Fly Tying and Slurping and Burping

the Slurp and Burp Worm: its as if a mouse, a beaver and a wild and wooley, rattling hillbilly mind and body-melded themselves to a hook. what’s not to like ?

more than just a nifty bass and whatever other species that likes hybrid foods fly, this is one the most well explained tying tutorials i’ve seen in a long while. Pat Cohen goes the extra mile and this is well worth setting aside seven and a half minutes to observe. geez, this is the first fly i’ve ever seen that has a beaver tail, i love it ! enjoy !


Fly Tying- a Looooong Mouse

by Andreas Andersson via KanalGratis.Se

deerhairmouseif you’re the fast-food type that needs quick tutorials and quick ties you might want to look away. on the other hand, if you want what’s very probably the most awesomest deer hair mouse tutorial, hang on.

43 minutes long, you’ll need patience, time and about fourteen deer hair hides to make one of these beasts but its such a great video so full of tying tips and tricks and that all makes it more than worth the time. enjoy !

James Brown and Gandalf

a tasty funky streamer tying tutorial by Norbert Renaud

mix in equal parts and you’ll end up with not only one of the cutest streamers there is and if that weren’t enough,  you’ll probably start gyrating your hips while tying it. (gyrating’s good. in fact it’s the secret of all great fly tiers)

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ps- be sure to tie a few extra and cut off the hook and give them to your kids and cats as toys.  enjoy !

Lachmann’s Stickleback

here’s one of those baitfish imitations that brings up the questions: how could i top this and why would i need anything else ?

to be honest, apart from tweaking it here and there by changing its size and colour schemes to match local baitfish, with less or more lead wraps or even weighted with dumbbell eyes maybe for a pronounced jigging action, i don’t think i could and this fly sums up what a baitfish imitation should be so, can’t and no.

be sure to check out Holger Lachmann’s site The One Fly for lots more in the yummy fly department. enjoy !

Connor’s Jerk

by Connor Jones via Gink & Gasoline 

a simple to tie, great profiled, minimally explained (big bonus points !), all-purpose baitfish imitation that’s cute and sexy, easy to cast because it won’t hold water for long, wiggles and jiggles the way a baitfish imitation should and all that to a nice soundtrack by Adrian Belew. what more could we want ?
tie them smaller, bigger, maybe weighted with lead wire wraps if it needs to get down a little faster and in different colour combos to suit your local needs, baitfish and target species. enjoy !

Fly Tying- the Hang Time Optical Streamer

by Brad Bohen via TheNewFlyFisher

i really like this guy’s style. fur. feather. flash. repeat. sweet. neat. enjoy.

hard-core rainbows

Thomas Harvey’s Double Rainbow by Brian Wise via The Ozark Fly Fishing Journal

Wicked  fly, video, soundtrack  and bunny. all the right ingredients for a perfect streamer.

i can’t advocate the use of two hooks on the same fly because the second has so many chances of seriously hurting the fish but this articulated streamer is so right in so many ways that i just have to share it.

as for the double hooks, if it bothers you too, cutting one off at the bend after the fly’s completion is a piece of cake. enjoy !

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Tying a Tube-Fly Bunny Leech

by Davie McPhail

enough already with the dainty wee stuff ! here’s something to wake up and get just about any fish all nasty-excited.
as with anything in the fishing world there’s of course no rules but you can expect hard and adrenaline-pumping takes with this type of fly and that’s well, cool to say the least.
by their sexy undulating and volume changing swim, bunny strip flies attract and seduce not only the hungry but lazy, unfocused or simply curious fish. they’re appetizers and as lively in the water as any other material i can think of and that’s what makes them the standard that they are for making ‘living’ flies. some synthetics are pretty good but none come close to the natural materials when we want that special dance.

however, as with our own mating rituals, success doesn’t come without a price. these things are big and when wet, start to feel like a soft brick when casting it to the next spot so we’ll have to adjust the casting stroke accordingly. avoid dry fly-style tight loops and slow down the cast while keeping constant tension on the line. an elliptic cast is ideal.
(often falsely referred to as the Belgium cast, this falseness will be explained in another post)
i.e. a side cast back cast followed by an overhead front cast.
the back cast is done on a side plane, the casting arm drifts up while bringing the rod tip back to the ‘standard’ over-head cast position while the line is unrolling towards the back, and then the front cast is initiated in an over-head plane. this keeps both fly and rod legs of the line well separated, is much easier to keep constant tension and because of all this, there’s little or no ‘kick’ and it helps the bunny tail from wrapping itself around the hook during the cast.

Davie shows us a pike streamer below but this is a pattern that can very easily be adapted in many ways (i often use simpler versions that are 2,5 cm / 1″ long for trout, perch, carp and whatnot) and in fact, the tube, feather over-wing, the rubber legs, eyes and built-up head can be considered accessorial or simply elements that might adapt the fly better for a given species or situation. however, the tail and wound bunny body are what really make it work.
in all it’s variants this is a must have fly so, get you some !

The fly for Autumn Pike…

a step-by-step by Barry Ord Clarke

simply friggin’ awesomely Wicked ! 

for the full step-by-step click on either pic but in the meantime, just to get your mouth watering here’s a little teaser on how to fish this Wicked fly.
” Firstly, find a likely spot on the water, where there’s maybe a pike lying in wait, or resting after a hunt. Before casting, make sure that your streamer is well-soaked and all air removed. This will not only make it sink quicker but also make it more aerodynamic and so easier to cast. Then with a short, hard and direct cast, shoot your streamer into the water as hard as you can – then repeat this three or four times in the same area of water. Splash that fly and heavy leader as loud as you like, it will surely attract the immediate attention of any pike within spitting distance.

Make one last cast and this time let your streamer sink… and then retrieve as normal. If there’s a pike in the vicinity it will come to the fly, the rest, as they say, is up to you… “

Popovic’s FlexFleye

here’s a sweet little number sure to be good for any predator fish in the salt or or freshwater.
the use of fleece to bulk up the body without having to add a lot of body/wing material is pretty ingenious. it allows the fly to swim well, stay soft, keep a certain amount of transparency and save on expensive materials. this UV cured resin seems to be very interesting as it remains very flexible while holding all the materials well. good one Bob !

The Wing

by Steve Silverio

a big fly with a big profile. strong, attractive, lively in the water, a built in weed-guard, quite easy to make and doesn’t cost a fortune in materials as so many big flies do.
since i’m on a micro-streamer kick these days i’ll be trying this one on a size 16 hook !