Category Archives: Fly Tying

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’s Crafty Bird Fly Tying Video

Jay demonstrates how to tie a Sand Eel pattern using an EP Craft Fur Brush. The Sand Eel is a killer baitfish imitation for fresh and estuarine waters. Crafty Bird Tube: Nanotube Sink 4 Cone: Pro Cone XSmall Red/Orange Flash: … 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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Nicholas’ Random thoughts on fly-bench organization

Sometimes a guy just has to blurt out some ideas. Not particularly organized ideas, perhaps, but hopefully some ideas that will help novice fly tyers. If this sounds like you, the I invite you to view this video and see … Continue reading

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Thoughts on sorting Schlappen & Saddle Feathers

  I often tie with strung schlappen and saddle feathers, and prefer to pre-sort these before I begin a mega tying session. In contrast with saddle and neck patches, strung feathers usually have a lot of scrap feathers on the … Continue reading

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Loc Tite – A Superior Super Glue for Fly Tying

  As a on again – off again user of various super glues, I’ve recently found a product (new to me) that I find is superior, at least for my skill level and preferred uses. I was formerly of the … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ Review of Gamakatsu SL 12s, SC 15 2H, SC17, and 811S fly tying hooks

Hooks pictured above: top row left-right 811-S_ 3/0 – 2/0 second row left-right SL 12S_ 4/0 – 2/0 third row left-right SC152H_ 3/0, SC15_ 2/0 bottom row left-right SC 17_ 3/0-2/0 I have found a few hooks that I particularly … Continue reading

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Random Review of Fly Tying tools, materials and gear – August 2017

For the record, I’ve been thinking about reviewing a bunch of fly fishing related items for quite some time.  I wanted to share my appreciation for a wide variety of products that I use on a regular basis. I will … Continue reading

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EP Brushes Help Make Super Baitfish Bellies

  Many fly tyers have realized that various material brushes can be great time-savers when creating a belly on baitfish & streamer flies. I have been using these materials for several years and have found several brushes that all work … Continue reading

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