Category Archives: Fly Tying

Hook Style Matters – Really

Yup. Contrary to what a person might think, different hook styles and manufacturers exhibit characteristics that are quite different, and these differences have a HUGE influence on the appearance of a finished fly tied on each specific hook. The flies above, … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ Hook Torture Test – Gamakatsu, TMC, Daiichi, and Ahrex

The picture tells the story I think. No, this is not science, this is a pile of hooks that is the aftermath of sitting down at my fly bench, placing a series of my hook boxes on the desk, grabbing my … Continue reading

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Jay’s White Ghost Tube Trout Streamer Fly Tying Video

In this video Jay ties up another delicious trout streamer. This fly really illustrates how using a variety of similar colored materials can add subtle accents and several layers of texture. This fly can be cast, stripped, and swung for … Continue reading

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Hook Up or Hook Down – Questions from NZ

Hey Jay, hope all is well. I was wondering about your thoughts on hook positioning in flies. In particular tube style flies. Have you experimented with hooks in the down position and further up towards the head of the fly? … Continue reading

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Jay’s Steelhead Tube Fly w/Grizzle Saddle and Pro Sport Flexi bead Fly Tying Video

In this video, Jay demonstrates how to tie a tube fly using Pro Sport’s Classic Tube and Flexineedle. Jay is also tying this fly with Skinny Grizzle Saddle instead of Ostrich. Using Saddle provides a little more durability than Ostrich … Continue reading

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Carey Special Fly Tying Video

In this video, Tony ties up a Carey Special. An old but very effective pattern for fishing lakes. The Carey Special is one of those “must have in your box” fly patterns when you visit a lake. It’s the Parachute … Continue reading

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Baja Flies by Gui Allen

  Yes, my friends Gui and Jim are (or have very recently been) fly fishing at Gary Bulla’s in Baja. I asked Gui to share several of the flies he has been tying for this trip. Without further comment, I’ll … Continue reading

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Tuna Tuxedo (Steve Farrar’s Blend) Fly Tying Video

In this video Jay ties another Tuna Tuxedo using Steve Farrar’s Blend. There isn’t really an advantage using SF Blend over UV yak hair – it’s only preference in materials! Both will fish great. This fly will work for a … Continue reading

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Forgotten Summer Steelhead Flies

Just a quick note to remind summer steelhead anglers that traditional wet flies or simplifications of these flies are to this day very effective when fishing for summer steelhead. While we have embraced the art and functionality of the Intruder … Continue reading

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Jay’s Slender Trout Streamer (Blue Smolt) Fly Tying Video

This fly is inspired by flies that folks over in Europe fish for Sea Trout. These flies are characteristically long and slender and they tie these flies on really tiny tubes and use less material which gives it a nice … Continue reading

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Product Review: Dubbing Assortment Dispensers

This short video is intended simply to remind tyers that this is a very attractive way to be prepared to tie a wide variety of trout and steelhead flies without agonizing over which colors to order. I mention several of … Continue reading

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Jay’s Ultralicious Steelhead Tube Tiger Fly Tying Video

In this video Jay shows us how to tie a Steelhead Tube fly using a Tiger Barred Rabbit Strip and Chromatic Brush. This fly can be tied with the rabbit strip tied in first and the collar wrapped around it, … Continue reading

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Tuna Tuxedo (Yak Hair) Fly Tying Video

In this video Jay ties up a Tuna Tuxedo using UV Yak Hair. Jay first used this fly while fishing for Skip Jack down in the Baja and it’s been in his fly box ever since due to it’s versatility … Continue reading

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Olive Silvenator (w/Pro Sport Flexi Bead) Fly Tying Video

In this video Jay demonstrates how to tie an Olive Silvenator Steelhead fly with a Gunsmoke Flexibead from Pro Sportfisher. This is a quick easy fly that can be fished for Steelhead and Trout. Olive Silvenator (w/Pro Sport Flexi bead) … Continue reading

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Jay’s Slender Trout Streamer Chub Fly Tying Video

This fly was inspired by flies used for Sea trout over in Europe. As you can tell from the name it has a very slim, minimalist profile. It looks very fishy and casts really easily. Jay prefers fishing this in … Continue reading

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