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.

I think I love you.

after what seems like centuries.., buddy Ulf Hagström has finally ! gotten around to making a fly tying video: one of his notorious articulated pike flies, the Wild Thing
with a start like this, well, i’ll just say i hope he keeps this up. enjoy !

Ulf’s latest blogpost kinda says it all:
to see a lot more yummy pike flies be sure to visit Ulf’s blog by clicking the image above.

Tying up the Nagli

a Spey-style variant of the classic Islandic Nagli Atlantic salmon fly by Davie McPhail.

outside of yet another fantabulous tying tutorial with Davie’s impeccable techniques and explanations, those of us that don’t get the opportunity to chase Atlantic salmon very often might be inspired by this pattern’s basic design to adapt it to river trout use, particularly rainbows. tied as is, i can’t help but think this one would be a doozy on steelhead as well. enjoy !

Fly Tying: Design, Dancing and a Bathtub

effective streamer design takes a little more than just strapping large amounts of materials to a hook and adding some factory made weighted heads and 3D eyes. in other words, it’s not good enough for it to look good all fresh off the vise and dry.
in a larger scale testing facility than my notorious and ritualistic bidet test where all of my flies get to meet water for the first time and i get to get a better idea how they’ll behave on or in the water, this pretty groovy bathtub underwater dancing film shows us an extremely well constructed and thought out imitation. it tracks straight, material selection, weight distribution and hydrodynamics are spot on, sweet !

American Trout-Stream Insects

by Louis Rhead 1914 via OpenLibrary
Am. trout-stream insects TLC 8-11-13
without a doubt we can be pretty sure that hatch timetables and even bug species in the last ninety-nine years have come to be inexistent in some areas while others have taken their place, we’re still left with an enormous wealth of information regarding river-side insect life and how to put this to good use.
geared towards U.S. rivers, anglers from around the world will find similarities and usefulness for their own waters. besides, i’m not sure it really matters, it’s a great read regardless and maybe a reminder that bugs is bugs and fishes is fishes and fly fishing hasn’t changed all that much and there’s still a lot to learn from the past.
americantroutstr00rhearich_0053the many hand-drawn plates created by the author back up all the groovy buggy-fishy info with beauty, further sharing the notion that it’s not just a matter of fish food and catching fish but of creatures to be admired on their own and thank you Mr Rhead for that.
click either image for 177 pages of old school coolness online or HERE to download PDF, Kindle and others to enjoy this offline.

SheepFleece Pike Fly Tutorial- A lesson in Swedish with Niklaus Bauer

going a little bit out on the limb here with a tutorial that the vast majority won’t understand a single word of (don’t worry, me neither and that even after living two years in Sweden… ) so , even without the extremely thorough explanations (ok, i do get a word or two now and then), what we have left are exceptionally detailed visuals on tying an exceptional tie that has become Nik’s signature fly.
i’ve seen these swim and their very enticing action in the water is a result of long experience combined with a lot of talent. the video is 33 minutes long and well worth the watch for anyone interested in tying pike or other predator species tube flies. i hope you’ll enjoy.

pissy beer, crisps, a nifty tune and a tube fly.

points 1 and 2 and 3 kinda set the tone for this first tying video from friend and instructor colleague, Happy Instructor‘ César de la Hoz
oint 1 is obviously bad for your health and so is point 2 but after thinking about it for a while, point 2’s greasy-greasiness might just be a bonus for tying these types of flies: materials will stick together, making the process easier to get ‘just the right form’ and although it’s hard to tell if they’re flavored or not, all that salt and all that greasiness might leave some fish-atracting scent on the fly making it a super pattern.  this might be a secret, who knows.
point 3 isn’t hard-core and that’s good.
it seems like we’re left with part 4 and it’s about time…
i hope we’ll be seeing a lot more from César soon. 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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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. Workingwithmarabou

” There are basically two ways to tie in marabou for wings and tails. Below I will show you both ways. I have shown them for tails, but the process is exactly the same for tying in wings. I’ll leave it to you to decide which one you use. ” Workingwithmarabou-16little technique details that make a big difference.

click either image for the complete tutorial. enjoy !

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Combed-Over twice

two options:
you can have your Comb-Over like this,


or like this…comb-over

being predominantly bald (by choice) i can’t help with option no. 2 (it is sexy though… ) but if you’re interested in serious streamer design here’s another great tying video tutorial from Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food.
contrary to what seems like a lot of anglers/tiers might think, creating a successful streamer is a little more involved than just sticking a whole bunch of materials on a hook. Curtis demonstrates several key elements that not only make this design more ‘fishable’ but also more ‘fishyable’.*

“When you’re tying flies that will imitate any sort of baitfish pattern, there are a few factors to consider. Among these factors is buoyancy, lifelike action/look in the water and also “castability”. The Comb-Over minnow is an example of how to incorporate a few of these aspects.”

amongst other goodies to learn in this great tutorial, be sure to take note of the way the back material is tied in evenly around the hook bend, how the head shape is secured by a little dab of UV resin without having to create a hard encased ‘bullet head’ and the use of thinning shears/scissors to finalize the fly and give it the perfect combination of taper, shape and translucency. the last being a very important aspect in my eye with flies made of synthetic materials, something that really makes them come alive. enjoy !

and if you’re in an ‘out-of the-box’ frame of mind, some invert the color scheme on flies of similar design to be able to visually track the fly. a pretty ingenious idea that brings up the possibility that predator fish, similar to those who like to attack a fish that has just taken a smaller one,  just might be more attracted to baitfish that swim upside-down !

Paul's 'usd' double-bunny* the ability to excite fish while simultaneously relaxing them so much they’ll simply open their mouths and blindly gob.

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a Wake up Wiggle

as in: “It don’t matter if the fish are hungry or not ’cause when they see me shake my thang the only thing they’ll be thinking about is slurpin’ me down”

here’s the Waking Wiggle beast

waking wiggle

and here’s the Wiggle that’ll wake up the most lethargic fish.

the body and tail are just a variation of a Woolly Bugger and the shell/head is two pieces of sheet foam glued together. simples.
be sure to place a drop of glue behind the hook eye before slipping the foam lip over to keep it in place and keep the fly tracking straight during the retrieve.
as always, play around with colors, sizes and materials.

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ride the White Polar Pony !

Ride a Wild Pony poster

hard not to think of the timeless eighties’ piece when thinking about this awesome hollow-style streamer from awesome Monsieur Steve Silvario.
contrary to my musical inspiration, (at least as far as this fly is concerned… :mrgreen: ) our video tutorial editor has removed Steve’s voice and replaced it with some nice tunes. from a pupil’s point of view i find that interesting as it forces me to pay more attention (or at least a different form of attention) to what’s going on. for instance, the way he builds up and reinforces the thread wall after installing a wad of polar pony. (hmmm, that last bit sounds a little funny…) anyhow, yup, it’s a bit labor intensive but what a result. enjoy !

and if you’re sick of jazz, here’s the real thing…

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Matuka !

matuka BOC 1 probably more fun than tying or fishing them, the greatest joy with this awesome streamer pattern is yelling


at the top of your lungs when approaching a likely big-fish holding spot. this seemingly counter-intuitive act puts the bigger fish in a prime eating mode and also chases away any other angler for miles around. (nothing’s worse for good fishing mojo than say, having a casting instructor observing your style from behind a bush with the ensuing silent tsk, tsk critiquing). the unsuspecting angler may not see or hear anything but  as we all know, negative vibes are the real cause of tailing loops !

having a hard time finding out the actual creator of this pattern, i’ll go sheep-like and simply bleat that it’s origins originate in New Zealand (the land of sheeps) and was devised as a bait fish imitation to match well, the local baitfish.
matuka BOC wingsit’s particular shape comes from the use of two feathers, carefully prepared, trimmed to form and tied in back to back on top of the hook shank. that in itself doesn’t seem to be so unique as it apparently has been part of much older salmon patterns and we’ll also readily find flies of the same name tied in with a rabbit fur (or other similar fur strip) instead of  hackles so, what seems to me is the Matuka style can mostly be attributed to the fact that whatever the ‘wing’ is made of, it’s held in place by the rib starting by the back of the fly and wound towards the front.

anyway, in what is by far the prettiest, neatest and over-all yummiest version of this pattern i’ve ever seen, Monsieur Barry Ord Clarke shares with us a great step-by-step of this version with all of the finer points in making a not-only beautiful but successful fly worthy of presenting to a bigun‘.

as suggested, don’t hesitate to mix and match other materials to suit your needs and get ‘just the right profile’. one recommendation though, be anal with the feather preparation and symmetry as this greatly affects how the fly swims and tracks through the water.
click either pic to access the step-by-step. enjoy !

matuka BOC 2

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Wedding Veil

in one of the finer examples of what a marriage can produce, today’s dub-stepped tying tutorial of a Thomas Harvey Wedding Veil streamer via Ozark Angler’s says “comon’ big guys, eat me !” all over it. wedding veilmore than just a nice combination of, shape, size and trigger points, what i see here is a judicious arrangement of the fly’s head/body proportions and how this shape will create turbulences and affect the movement of the hackle tails, even when retrieved very slowly. the use of UV resin reinforces the built-up bulk of the head and helps it keep the right ‘water-pushing’ shape throughout the fly’s swim. brilliantissimely awesome, enjoy !

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how to tie a Woolly Bugger

by  Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions

as Tim points out at the beginning of the video, the Bugger needs no introduction. wooley-bugger-tim-fogler-e1361100237378
unless you’re one of those Halfordian weirdos… simply put, this is a pattern every fly angler should have. it’s often referred to by countless fishers as the absolutely most productive fly. ’nuff said.
below is the best tutorial for this fly i’ve seen. always clear, concise, Tim’s videos are a real treat. tie it weighed or unweighted, big or small and vary colors and accessories like flash or rubber legs.
go nuts but here’s the basics,  enjoy !

brainwashem’ young: Miss Fingers and the Grey Ghost

interesting coincidence as i was reading back through  GOne Fishin9  while thinking of setting up a post on Davie McPhail’s Gray Ghost streamer and found this little gem.

in Davie ‘s version there isn’t a cute little helper or background birdsongs but it’s still a pretty nice fly even though he deviates quite a bit from the original above while still calling it a Grey Ghost:mrgreen:

you’ll find a lot more fly fishing kids in the brainwashem’ young series.
please share these with either your own kids or ones you might have borrowed along the way. our passion of the aquatic world and everything that goes with it is a good one, and one well worth passing on.

Swimming Bunny-Leech

earlier today in the Tying a Tube-Fly Bunny Leech post i brought up the appetizer aspect of these flies, here’s what i meant.
similar in size and construction as Davie’s, this one has dumbbell or bead-chain eyes and is probably weighted towards the front giving it a pronounced jigging (up and down) action but otherwise the manner in which the beast swims is relatively similar.
most definitely slinky & sexy. how could any fish resist ?!

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 !

a few Bangs and a Butt Monkey

here’s wishing you all a Fishy New Year !

a fishy new year

and since no real party is complete without a Butt Monkey, crank up the volume and enjoy this !

see ya next year, friends.

“blow on the Alewife, it brings out the Mojo”

from Scot Hinkel via Pile Cast
s an alewife imitation or in varied colors to represent all sorts of other baitfish, here’s an imitative streamer that has all the great elements of form and ‘living’ mobility to make it work on just about any target species. the rabbit strip built-up bulk of the head surrounding the dumbbell eyes gives a nice realistic head shape when wet and this bulk produces turbulences to the materials in the back making them wiggle even with a slow retrieve or in slow current. good stuff indeed.
notice the cleaver use of the koozie as a trash bin, genious ! crank up the volume and enjoy !

Lego’ my Pro Tube !

“When I was a child, I got a big box full of LEGO. I loved to play with it for hours! Ok, my mom was often not so happy, because after playing, my room looked like after an explosion of a bomb.

I still “play” with a kind of LEGO today. Well, it’s more like a fly tying LEGO. I’m talking about the tube fly system from Morten Bundgaard, owner and chief creative of Pro Sportfisher. Like Lego, everything fits together perfectly. It’s just so fun to be creative and to find out, how much is possible.”

toys, playing, fly tying and great results. i love how all this fits together and by looking at the yummy fly below, who wouldn’t ?


click the pic to access this great step by step. while you’re there i’d really recommend going through Holger’s site to check out his other works, you won’t be disappointed. enjoy !

the Lady Gaga fly

apart from matching yellow rabbit fur hairdos, i can’t really see any resemblance with the pop singer but i won’t hold that against Eric because he ties a wicked fly !

a relatively simple tie, what makes this one stand out is it’s double tail. these things wiggle and jiggle like crazy even with a slow retrieve.
this seducing action doesn’t come without a price though as these things just LoVe to wrap like crazy around the hook while casting (this greatly changes or even ‘kills’ the flies action on retrieve. it’s lumpy and bumpy and we all know how unsexy lumps can be…
but ! there’s a rather simple method to reduce those wrapping-arounds.
– avoid trying to cast far as this promotes the possibility of wrapping because casting far makes it harder to control line tension than with shorter casts.
– cast as slowly as possible, no jerky power application. think whip-cream smooth while taking the time to taste it’s creamy smoothness.
– try to adopt the two-plane Elliptic style (some call it Belgian, Austrian and who knows what else… ) meaning, and traditionally, the back cast is performed as a side cast and before the line straightens out, ‘drift’ the rod tip back up  in a continuous move to where the rod would be at the end of a ‘normal’ overhead cast and then initiate the front cast in an overhead plane.
all of this is done in one smooth move and if done correctly, the fly, leader and line all keep a pretty good amount of tension and what we’re really achieving with this is the Gaga hairdo is always pulled away from the hook and not wrapping itself in some horrid dreadlock around the bend !