Category Archives: Fly Tying Materials and Supplies

This category is a home for information about fly tying techniques, tools, materials, and supplies for the experienced and novice fly tier.

Loon Fly Tying Tools – Reviewing a few options with Jay Nicholas

Loon is a respected source of high quality fly tying tools and quite a variety of associated products. I have only been using Loon tools for the last two years, but they have been so good that I decided to … Continue reading

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Cohen’s Sculpting Scissors – New Product Review by Jay Nicholas

I discovered an entirely new-to me scissor recently, put them to work, and liked the results so much that I decided to share this information. There are four options now available of this very solid scissor for fly tying the … Continue reading

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Jay’s Swing Jig Fly Tying Video

In this video Jay ties a Jigged version of the Ultralicious Steelhead Tube Fly. This fly is tied on a #2 Jigged hook using the same color combination of black and blue and includes Double Pupil Eyes. It is fished … Continue reading

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Daily Special Fly Tying Video

Justin Helm demonstrates how to tie a versatile tube streamer using some of our favorite fly tying materials. This pattern can be adapted to trout, steelhead, bass, salmon and more. Using a variety of color combinations one can make a … Continue reading

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Jay’s Olive Brush Bugger Fly Tying Video

Jay demonstrates how to tie a wooly bugger style fly on a Pro Sportfisher tube. By using an EP Foxy Brush as the hackle the fly becomes super durable and quick to tie. Jay’s Brush Bugger Olive hook guide: medium … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ Shamen Fly Tying Bobbin Review

Fly Tying Tools Review: Shamen Bobbin I have tied flies with many, many bobbins over the last five decades. Complicated and simple, inexpensive and pricey. In general, I prefer bobbins that are on the less technically challenging variety, and appreciate … Continue reading

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New Options for an Old Favorite: UV and Pastel Bucktail by Spirit River and Hareline

Fly Tying Materials Review: Hareline Pastel and Spirit River UV2 Bucktails. I am a regular and frequent user of bucktails and am always on the lookout for variations or specifics when it comes to acquiring bucktails to tie my salmon … Continue reading

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Jay Nicholas at the tying bench – December 2, 2017

  I hope that you will be able to drop by and join me sometime between 11 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, December 2nd. No, Boomer will not be with me at the Shop, but I’ll be tying trout … Continue reading

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Gamakatsu Fly Tying Hooks – A Review

Let’s get one thing straight: it is impossible to tie a first class fly of any sort on a sub-standard hook. It is also true that the best tyer who applies virtually identical materials to five different hook styles will … Continue reading

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JAY’S RABID WABBIT (shiner) Fly Tying Video

In this video Jay uses a jig style hook to add action to his streamer fly. The “Rabid Wabbit Shiner” is an excellent trout, bass and more fly pattern. This super durable fly uses natural and synthetic materials to attract … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ Marabou Steelhead Tube – Purple/Blue/Black

This is another very effective steelhead fly pattern—tied on a Pro Sportfisher Classic Tube—one that I have caught summer and winter steelhead on. Like Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco Series, these simple tube flies are not weighted. Un-weighted tubes will fish … Continue reading

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JUSTIN’S CHOPPER SCULPIN FLY TYING VIDEO

In this video Justin Helm demonstrates how to tie his “Chopper Sculpin”. The “Chopper” fishes anywhere trout swim, it’s a great mix of some classic and highly effective patterns… muddler, Galloup Sex Dungeon, Whitlock Sculpin and more. Fish it on … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ Mini Fish Taco Tube Steelhead Fly

This is a downsized version of the fly tied by my friend Jeff Hickman—tied on a Pro Sportfisher Classic Tube. The entire series of the Fish Taco flies are well established as effective patterns to fish for steelhead and salmon. … Continue reading

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Simple Marabou Leech Fly Tying Video

Tony demonstrates how to tie a very easy but effective lake pattern. This fly can be fished at a variety of depths and has an attractive swimming motion that catches fish. Simple Marabou Leech Thread: Veevus 8/0 or 10/0, Color … Continue reading

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pH Violations in the Lower Deschutes River: Why it’s Happening, and Why it Matters

From The Deschutes River Alliance Dear Deschutes River Alliance Community, There has been a lot of discussion these last few years about how Selective Water Withdrawal operations at the Pelton Round Butte Project have impacted temperatures in the lower Deschutes … Continue reading

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