the Definitive Clouser

as just about every single tying video by Tim Flagler, today’s infamous Clouser Minnow tutorial is one to bookmark and keep as a reference.
extreeeemely well detailed with special focus points to help us construct a strong, effective and fish-attracting fly. this is a real gem, enjoy !

Davy Wotton’s Davy Knot

coming from Tim Flagler i’m not in the least surprised to see the best Davy Knot video tutorial there is and if that weren’t enough, we also get a ‘Double-Davy’ version for thicker diameter tippets and bigger flies and just to one-up everyone else, Tim demonstrates how to tie either knot with a spring hackle plier, very useful for cold fingers, the seeing impaired or in dark fishing situations.
tip- try the latter with your forceps, it’s even easier and we always (should) have them on us anyway. enjoy !

Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph

by Tim Flagler – TightLines Productions
the PT nymph needs no special mention. always have an assortment when fishing for insect-eating fishes or miss out on a lot of hooking-up opportunities so, apart from the must-have,
today’s find goes from spot-on tying tips, has a short intermezzo of Tim playing with a soft and sticky looking fish mouth to show us that barbed hooks suck and then we’re back to a whole host of other not-so-common tying techniques in this just-out-today-tutorial.    enjoy !

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 !

no Muddling around here, buddy.

in one of (if not THE) best-ever tying tutorial i’ve had the pleasure of observing, here’s a brilliant gem on a classic fly from Tightline Productions

as Tim Flagler mentions at the beginning of the video, tying a Muddler Minnow can seem a bit daunting and complex which unfortunately puts off a lot of people from giving them a go. more importantly this is unfortunate (for the fly fisher at least) because tying it correctly means learning some non-negligable skills (that can of course be transferred over to other patterns) and it’s such a great and versatile fly. heck, this fly is so good and well known that it’s even on a stamp !


some interesting stuff from Peter Gathercole‘s book ‘The fly-tying bible: 100 deadly trout and salmon flies in step-by-step photographs’ 2003:
The Muddler Minnow was spawned, so to speak, by Don Gapen of Anoka, Minnesota in 1937, to imitate the slimy sculpin. Gapen developed this fly to catch Nipigon strain brook trout in Ontario, Canada. The Muddler, as it is informally known by anglers, was popularized by Montana, USA fisherman and fly tier Dan Bailey. It is now a popular pattern worldwide and is likely found in nearly every angler’s fly box, in one form or another. Due to its universal appeal to game fish, the muddler minnow will remain as an integral tool in sport fishing.
The versatility of the Muddler Minnow stems from this pattern’s ability to mimic a variety of aquatic and terrestrial forage, ranging from sculpins, to leeches, to grasshoppers, crickets, spent mayflies, emerging green drakes, stonefly nymphs, mice, tadpoles, dace, shiners, chubs, and other “minnows,” along with a host of other creatures.
There are limitless material and colour variations, however the essence of the Muddler Minnow is a spun deer hair head. While each Muddler may differ in colour or profile, all true Muddlers have a fore-end or body of spun deer hair that is clipped close to the shank to provide a buoyant head. Typically there is an underwing of squirrel hair and a wing of mottled secondary turkey feather. Often the fly body is made of gold/silver Mylar or tinsel wrapped around the hook shank. Marabou may be tied in as a substitute wing for colour and lifelike movement through the water. The head may be weighted or unweighted, according to the style of fishing, the target species and the intended imitation. The muddler has served for the basis of several patterns, including the Spuddler, Muddler Hopper, Mizzoulian Spook, Searcy Muddler, Keel Muddler, and so on, but even in its simplest and original form, it remains a very effective fly.

technique-wise, of special interest in the video below are two elements a lot of tiers have difficulties with: paired wings and of course the spinning/stacking/trimming of deer hair but if you’re one them (us… ) rejoice ! because the explanations and demonstrations are as good as it gets, or in other words: it’s feckin’ awesome and well worth viewing over and over. expect a few ‘aha’ moments.

enough said, here’s the making of the beast. enjoy !

ps- now that you’ve seen a really nice one, a little chewed but no worse for wear after maybe a dozen trout here’s my first attempt from years back.

i’ll have to work on this pattern a bit…
mf's 1st muddler

Light Cahill’s extended body

a Matt Grobert fly via Tightline Productions

of particular interest, this video shows us a nice, simple and nifty way to create an extended-body generic mayfly pattern. i’ve seen this style many times before and i don’t know if Matt is the creator of this method but this tutorial indeed demonstrates this technique best.
as an option, other tiers will slick-down the body with varnish or uv resin to make the finished body thinner to match their local bugs. as might be expected, this thinner, coated  version will only help this part of fly sink as a sealed material can not soak up fly floatant but sometimes that’s not such a bad thing as the half in/half out appearance could suggest an emerging fly struggling to break through the water’s surface tension. as Matt’s use of rabbit dubbing on the video suggests that the thorax would be underwater, the tier wishing to have a higher floating fly can easily substitute for other coarser materials such as hare, seal’s fur or even foam. enjoy !

Andy & Al’s Trico

in a world where seemingly having everything in XXXL makes one the top-dog, sometimes it pays off to have the smallest one around !

A cult following is something to which few insects can lay claim, but the tinyTricorythodes mayflies certainly qualify. Their widespread, reliable, heavy hatches draw impressive rises of ultra-selective trout which demand the most of a technical dry-fly angler’s skills.

It is surprising that such a great hatch took so long to come to the attention of fly fishermen. The Tricos were first introduced to anglers in a 1969 Outdoor Life article by Vincent Marinaro, who misidentified them as Caenis. By the early 1970s the identification had been corrected but Swisher and Richards still wrote in Selective Trout,”Few anglers are familiar with these extremely small but important mayflies.” The next wave of publications boosted Tricorythodes to its current fame. I suspect their early dismissal was due in part to tackle limitations; anglers in the 1950s had no means to effectively tie and present size 22-28 flies”
(click the pic for more info on this little cutie)

here’s Andy Baird‘s size 28 version inspired by Al Miller’s Trico seen on the tying video at the bottom of the article.
not only is this pattern a sure success when these tiny insects are out and about, it’s an easy tie and one i’d most definitely recommend as a first mini pattern for those who have been reluctant to tie so small.
when learning to tie the smaller flies, general advice has it to start off tying the same pattern two, even three sizes bigger and as the mojo sets in and results get good, go one size smaller at a time till we get to the required size. this pattern will very easily make a very good midge imitation so the bigger flies won’t go to waste ! anyhow, this is a very interesting exercise that makes one a better tier and it helps break away the “that’s way too small for me” attitude.
just might make a nice winter project for those who are into winter projects… 😉

video via Tightline Productions

click Andy’s pic for the materials list and while your at it be sure to check out his great blog Small Fly Funk. enjoy !

Le Pouic !

from Tightline Productions

pronounced: Pweeek in french or in this case, Pine Squirrel Streamer in mid-western.
anyway, whatever you call it means fish. lots of fish. i have no idea who originally came up with the pattern but that person deserves a monument  just like the person who invented the bed does !
having come across this basic pattern years ago as a staple for colder-weather stillwater fishing and usually fished with a sinking line, playing around with the pattern, adding weight in front or along the shank to vary the swim or a fold-over foam piece in the front to make it float and wobble even more makes this a bread and butter fly for just about any kind of  fish in just about any kind of water.
for a slimmer profile use rabbit strips, for a chunkier aspect go for the pine squirrel as on the video. probably one of the least expensive flies to tie, it’s well worth diversifying components and profiles and have a good selection of them to cast to the fish. follow the basic pattern described below and they all will work and they’ll all work very well. enjoy !

Forget-Me-Knot Midge

from Tightlines Productions

nice, buggy, adaptable, most definitely out the box design, basically indestructible and super-easy to tie. those are a lot of good points for a fly i’d say. enjoy !