Fly Tying- April tells us all about her Rhea

first, here’s the beast.
3 Rheas well, three of them…

as for the telling all about part, here’s April Volkey giving what’s in my mind/experience the finest and most thought-out fly tying material how-to-use demonstration i’ve ever seen.
it’s not about constructing a specific pattern but about exploring the endless possibilities and hands-on practical aspects of this long, durable and very lively fibre and incorporating it to all manner of salmon, steelhead flies or basically any kind of wet fly or streamer whether it be for fresh or saltwater. be sure to watch it in HD, enjoy !


as for the beast itself, click on the threesome for more info.

A Brief History of Feathers

granted, and in a simplistic way, knowing how feathers developed over millions of years won’t be a game changer whether we’re tying flies with them or fishing but, it’s still cool. enjoy !

as an aside, next time a fellow angler asks to see the fly you’re catching on, you could always tell them that it has dinosaur components. i’m sure they’ll take a pass next time they want to ask…

Coq de Leon Pardo Colour Chart

as a follow up to Lucian Vasies‘ first introduction to the various types of Coq de Leon feathers: Indio and Pardo, todays focus is on the different types and colour schemes of Pardo feathers. almost too pretty to use…

Pardo Corzuno Crudo

Pardo Corzuno Claro

Pardo Corzuno Medio

Pardo Corzuno Oscuro

Pardo Corzuno Rojito

Pardo Flor de Escoba

Pardo Flor de Escoba sin Penca

Pardo Tostado

Pardo Sarrioso

Pardo Rubion

Pardo Aconchado

you’ll find a fine selection of these feathers and all sorts of tying goodies at Lucian’s online shop troutline logo

don’t hesitate to contact him at for any special requests

Gorgeously Wet

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 & Rustdiamonds_rust
Grouse & Quill

Krystal Palmer
krystal_palmerbe sure to visit Hans’ FlyTier’s page at  for a wide variety of what’s most probably the best flies from the best tiers from around the World.

Salmo trutta Argusianus

or just plain Great Argus pheasant  (Argusianus argus)
photographed while visiting my friend Håkan Karsnäser’s fly cave, this is one of the most stunning feathers i’ve seen.
Salmo trutta argusianus

tying geeks use them to make salmon flies but the male bird uses these amazing feathers to dazzle the chicks before mating.
“Though the Great Argus is not as colorful as other pheasants, its display surely ranks among the most remarkable. The male clears an open spot in the forest and prepares a dancing ground. He announces himself with loud calls to attract females, then he dances before her with his wings spread into two enormous fans, revealing hundred of “eyes” while his real eyes are hidden behind it, staring at her.”

it’s an interesting technique, i think i’ll give it a try.

big thanks to Andreas Lestander for the cool and oh-so-well fitting ‘Salmo trutta Argusianus’ title !

Feathers from Coq de Leon – Indio and Pardo

these gorgeous feathers have been quite the thing over the last years but a lot of tiers aren’t aware of the different types available as most distributors only carry the basic Pardo in maybe three tints; dark, medium and light. these fibers make fantastic tails on dries and nymphs but also as wings and whatever the creative tier can imagine. an interesting aspect apart from their appearance is that they also vibrate in the water differently than the average hackle and we all like things that vibrate !
here, Lucian Vasies gives us a veritable catalogue of the distinguishing characteristics and specific names to these unique feathers. enjoy.
“In the Leon area in Spain we currently find two main families of roosters : Indio and Pardo.

The feathers from both families must be very bright on the front and it must preserve this bright on the back. The speckles, the fleshy leaves, penetrate the feather and should clearly be seen on both sides. It is also important that the background of the feather is similar on the front and the back and that the back is not whiter or lighter in colour. The barbs of the feathers are fine but really straight and elastic.”

be sure to click the pic to see a full range of these special feathers on his site

Tying a Golden Stonefly Nymph

 by Davie McPhail

you’ll have guessed by now that i’m a great fan of Davie McPhail’s tying skills and videos. just about every evening i’ll go through his video channel, just one tie at a time, watching sometimes over and over until i feel confident i’ve assimilated the techniques. observing

this bug is a fine blend between realistic and ‘fishable’ flies. vary sizes and colors and this stonefly will catch  fish anywhere in the World. enjoy.