Tuesday’s ShoutOut- the UKFlyDressing forum

UKFlyDressing or UKFD, has been since i signed up six years ago my favorite fly tying forum among the crowd. always friendly, unpretentious and with a very rich assortment of fly patterns, step-by-steps, tying tips and you name it goodies to keep the fly tier of all levels learning, creative and more efficient. the highly […]

Fly Tying- More on Tying Thread Twist

good things come and go and the UKFD – UKFlyDressing forum recently and very unfortunately did just that. it’s hard to put a rating on fly tying forums but i always really appreciated this one, there was so much to learn from very talented tiers, excellent tips and tricks and step-by-steps and always a helping hand […]

Black Beaver and Cock

‘A fly no angler should be without is a small black midge. Summer or winter you will always find them on the water, and so will Mr. Trout. The beauty of midge patterns is that they don’t need to be complicated, a bit of dubbing and a hackle is all that’s needed. Stick one on […]

Fly Tying- Working with Tinsels

 Is your body sexy ? Does your body look like this?.. Yes? Would you like it to look like this?… Yes? Well the good news is you don’t have to go on a high protein diet or jog 10 miles every night! You don’t need special tools, skills or materials. The bad news? Well there’s […]

Fly Tying Tips and Tricks: Working with Marabou

in another fantabulous tying tutorial from Dennis Shaw at UKFlyDressing, this time we venture into the soft and fluffy world of Marabou feathers with some invaluable tips on getting the most from this lively and versatile material.  ” There are basically two ways to tie in marabou for wings and tails. Below I will show you […]

Fly tying step-bysteps: Harelug & Plover, Stewart-style

by Roy Christie via UKFlyDressing Origin of LUG Middle English luggen to pull by the hair or ear, drag, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian lugga to pull by the hair. “Tiny pinch of dark fur from root of hare’s ear” Plovers (/ˈplʌvər/ or /ˈploʊvər/) are a widely distributed group of wading birds belonging to the subfamily Charadriinae. “Golden plover hackle, long enough of fiber to reach almost […]

a dry and damp Culard

dry “This is the Culard, another successful pattern from Hans van Klinken. It has been a hugely successful pattern for me, much more than the well known Klinkhammer Special and the Once and Away. I believe Hans designed the fly for fishing low water conditions on a river, and at that it certainly excels. It […]

Fly Tying- Roy Christie’s Reverse Parachute Fly

just like their creator Roy Christie, born on the wee ‘Putting back the rocks’ burn * , these very much ‘out of the box’ flies are an ingenious alternative to the more classical patterns. i’m still in awe with this hackling method. not only does it leave  a perfect ‘puffy’  and buggy imprint on the […]