Category Archives: Fly Tying

Jay’s Trout Tube Streamer (w/ Pine Squirrel) Fly Tying Video

In this video, Jay ties us a Trout Tube Streamer using Pine Squirrel and a Sommerlatte’s Foxy Brush. This is a fun fly that is easy to cast and won’t hold a lot of water. But it will also get … Continue reading

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Ahrex Fw 581 Wet Fly Hook – Barbless – Review

This is another Ahrex fly tying hook that I have been working with for several months tying and fishing wet flies. Available in sizes that span the range from 4 to 10, I appreciate the wire, the barbless feature, the … Continue reading

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Ahrex NS150 Nordic Salt Curved Shrimp Hook Review

I have been tying and fishing one of my shrimp patterns on the NS150 Nordic Salt Curved Shrimp Hook for several months and am quite impressed with the hook’s overall performance as well as the esthetics of the hook and … Continue reading

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Ahrex NS 115 Nordic Salt Deep Streamer Hook Review

I have been tying and fishing a hook that is new to me but well established in Northern Europe for some time.  While there are many styles of Ahrex fly tying hooks that we can provide — from tiny dry … Continue reading

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Gamagatsu SL12S Wide Gap Big Game Hook Just got better

Fact is, I couldn’t imagine an improvement on the trusted Gammie SL12S Wide Gap hook. This hook, in sizes # 2, 1/0, and 2/0 has ben my number one choice for salmon clouser hooks for over a decade or so. … Continue reading

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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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