Fly Tying- a Quick and lovely Olive

robert strahl green drake

for a first tying video, this doozy by Robert Strahl is well, a doozy and one hell of a nice start !  those of us that follow Robert’s work through Facebook are well aware that he’s an exceptional tier, i can’t wait to see further videos.

for most, this pattern will probably be way too mussy and fussy and as far as actual fishing flies go i’d mostly agree, but that don’t matter ’cause its pretty and pretty is non-fattening eye candy plus there’s more than a few tying techniques to pick up along the way that the creative tier can benefit from. its all good, enjoy !

Catskill style flies- the Red Quill

by Tightline Productions tied by Matt Grobert

Art Flick’s old standard just doesn’t get old. it’s elegant, as effective as ever, straightforward to tie (just be sure to get the proportions right !), comprised solely of feathers and as an interesting-quirky feature, was devised to represent the Ephemerella subvaria (Hendrickson) male.
the TroutNut link tells us: “There are significant differences between the males and females in both size and color, and anglers should be prepared to match either one” but unfortunately doesn’t tell us what those differences are… however, once in the imago stage, these mayflies tend to drift for quite a long time before flying off and that’s what makes this ‘old-style high-riding’ fly interesting, specially for those of us who tend to favour emerging imitations over the completed imago.
nuff said, this as-ever great video by Tim Flagler shows in great detail how to get this fly just right. i hope you’ll enjoy.

Markus Hoffman’s E -merge- R

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yet another fantastic atmospheric thumbs-up man-cave tutorial of a great emerging mayfly nymph pattern. we’ll see at the end of the video how it sits super-inticingly-pretty just below the surface. enjoy !

‘whoever said a mayfly tail couldn’t be sexy was wrong.

Markus Hoffman hollow tailExtended Mayfly Quill Body by Markus Hoffman

i’ve seen a number of pre-made rubber hollow bodies aiming towards the same effect, but they where so ugly that using them felt more like an insult to fly tying but mostly to the fish.

and then comes Markus’ ever-creative mind that gives birth to this ingenious, simple, quick, realistic, transparent, lively looking, for-sure floating (because of all the trapped air when tied in) and just too friggin’ yummy mayfly abdomen for a fish to pass up.
by using the same pin and uv resin technique but using different sized and shaped pins and varying tail materials or not even placing a tail at all, under-body colours and rib materials we’ll end up with a whole range of delicious extended bodies to suit any hatching bug.
something tells me this  technique will be remembered and passed on for a while. simply brilliant, good on ya Markus. thanks !

Fly Tying Videos: the HatchMaster, a simple, elegant, adult Mayfly pattern

by Davie McPhail

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if you’re one of the many anglers who enjoy casting your flies into trees, rejoice ! this one’ll not only catch a lot of fish because it has all the right elements but will only cost you a little thread, a hook, two feathers and maybe two minutes of your time.
the ‘one feather extended body’ style was shown to me a few years back by Master-Tier Ulf Hagström with the difference that he slimmed down the body with varnish before tying it in. while the thinner body/abdomen looks a bit more realistic (let’s just say, at least from the tier’s point of view) than Davie’s version, it has a problem floating (varnish can’t soak up floatant) whereas when initially left unvarnished, the profile becomes thinner when floatant is applied, giving a very similar visual effect while the abdomen stays afloat imbedded in the surface film where in my opinion, it’ll  leave a bigger surface imprint more visible to the fish below.
mix colors and sizes to match your local bugs. you can also replace the hackle by cdc for calmer waters.
whatever you do with it it’s damn good stuff, enjoy !

a bourbon-flavored Iron Blue Dun

here’s a super-sweet, superbly tied Blue Dun imitation by 0031flyfishing

very much inspired by Marc Petitjean’s methods of working with cdc, following the basic guideline of this great tutorial and varying colors, sizes, omitting the red tag or not will lead to an extremely good generic imitation of just about any of the bazillions varied creatures of the Ephemeroptera (mayfly) family. *

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crank up the volume and enjoy !

* (and more or less any other bug that has wings, a body and a tail)
for more info on the natural insect click the pic to access troutnut.com‘s page.

Quill Gordon, Theodore Gordon-style…

by David Stenström

” The Quill Gordon is undoubtedly one of the worlds most well known dry fly patterns. The flies tied by Gordon back in the day looked quite different to the version we are accustomed to today. The other day I was looking through some of my books and came across a few pictures of flies tied by Theodore Gordon himself, and realized…   “

funny thing is i’m not particularly attracted to the historical aspect of fly fishing or tying but i just can’t get enough of David’s flies. from one of the best tiers specializing in the Catskills style, the fly below leaves me breathless.

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for more awesomeness and modern variants of the Quill Gordon click the pic. enjoy !