half-full Clark/Cheech says its a “hybrid of a hybrid” and this half-empty guy says its a “variant of a variant” but ! this isn’t a personality contest, its a friggin’ awesome fly. why ? the intangible explanation says this thing has fish-magnet written all over it and a maybe more reasonable reason is this pattern kinda looks […]
blae [bley, blee] Origin adjective, Scotland and North England 1. bluish-black; blue-gray. “Ye must be fair starving, Paul,” quoth she softly with her hand on my arm, and I daresay my face was blae with cold and chagrin. ‘The Shoes of Fortune’, Neil Munro now, what’s interesting in this fly’s name is that it doesn’t have any […]
a little sneak preview of an upcoming review of the Stickman Rods T8 Evil Black 9′ 8wt. first test is to see if it likes taking baths to bubbly music.
it was a great afternoon.
another great tying tutorial from Tim Flagler at Tightlinevideo these little beauties are all about these days and apart from admiring their cuteness, as trout fishers one of the better things we can do is try to use that cuteness to try to entice some fish before winter sets in. Tim’s video shows how to construct a […]
pretty much based on the use of a Tenkara-style rod*, regardless of what kind of rod you’re fishing, if we disregard the silly stuff like “let the wind load the line” and the rather mindless “constant tension cast” concept, there’s several very-very good drift techniques in these videos well worth adding to your bag of […]
both classics, both at the extremes of fly profile volume yet both equally effective. to start off, a lovely paired waterhen winged Iron Blue Dun from Davie McPhail for when the fishes want something big(ish). and a beautiful and very sparse Clyde-style Teal and Black from Peter McCallum via Magnus Angus / Fly Fishing and Fly Tying for […]
two absolutely lovelies from Barry Ord Clarke for us to drool over. click either pic to access Barry’s site. (i’d get a towel first)
as noted before, i don’t like the finality aspect of the term ‘perfection’ but these three fresh and very stunning wet flies recently shared by Hans Weilenmann might just be the next best thing to it in the fly tying world. Diamonds & Rust Grouse & Quill Krystal Palmer be sure to visit Hans’ FlyTier’s […]
by Daniel Lopez i’ve been getting reports from here and there around the world from friends who are either going through the winter blues or their area is hidden by clouds. here’s a little sunshine for ya ! be sure to click the image to access Daniel’s site for a lot more sunshiny eye candy. […]
by Ben Spinks as i’ve been recently researching and learning about and tying a lot of flies inspired by the North Country Wets or Spiders style and getting quite a few comments and questions by pm in the process, i thought i’d share this inspiring article that has a lot to say about these minimalistic […]
designed to stay as close as possible to the surface film during the drift by using a light wired hook, a prickly herl for the body and some hare dubbing as the head (to catch water and slow its descent), if needed, in faster waters those two elements can get some floatant with a little […]
by Davie Wotton here’s some absolutely wonderful insights, invaluable material information and groovy historical aspects for all those desiring to increase their knowledge of both traditional and contemporary wet flies by probably the most knowledgeable and talented person in the fly tying world. ’nuff said, enjoy !
the body was made of a Hans Olof (cat) whisker found in the apartment. soaked in water to make it less brittle when winding and tinted with a marker, it has a nice buggy look.
made with- love hook- Maruto D82 BL #14 thread- Veevus 14/0 brown body- Polish Quill ginger with a light coat of UV resin thorax- Mad Rabbit dubbing brown hackle- mature starling
made with: love Hayabusa ‘Bent Nymph’ H.Fly 383 no. 10 Veevus thread 16/0 brown tail- Whiting Pardo medium fibers splayed out fan-style body- a groovy knitting yarn found on some open-air market somewhere in France hackle- the fluffy-fuzzy stuff at the base of the Pardo feather wound in a dubbing loop the body’s a little […]
one of the things i like best in fly tying is being able to play with, smell, fondle and basically just admire the beauty of the materials used. close up of partridge feather fibers on a french-style drowned March Brown spent.
with Oliver Edwards not being of any traditionalist’s tendencies, what interests me most in wet fly fishing is more the style of fishing rather than the actual flies used as this method works equally well with unweighted nymphs or drowned dries (yup, put sinkant, mud or spit on it and it slowly sinks just where […]
Upstream Wetfly by Paul Arden “Another thing to try doing is to watch the water where you think your flies are swimming. Since we are using light spider patterns, on a short line, in fairly fast water, the fish hopefully will have to bulge the surface on the take. With big fish you may actually have to delay […]
another small stream escapade gem from Luke Bannister, a little something to wet the lips for those of us looking forward to another upcoming trout season. enjoy !
a very dark day needs some light to balance it out. this article cum memoir kindly sent in by Mark Surtees gleams with childhood fears that turn to admiration, magic, the realisation and appreciation that fly fishing is a lot more than just catching fish and most importantly, at least in my eyes, how we as […]
if we take a quick look at the fly below we’ll see a really nice looking pattern but we also might think ‘nice but old hat’. now, if we take a look at the video and pay close attention to how it was made we’ll notice two super-duper easy-peasy tricks to get it just right and […]
DEAR READERS, due to Photobucket’s recent online-photo sharing policie change (read blackmail), every single of the 204 images accompanying this article have been hidden from public view… i will do my best to try to get those images back from author Dennis Shaw and restore them to the article. in the meantime, and even though […]