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Fly Tying: Chan’s Caddis Pupa

This is a variation of a Brian Chan pattern. A defining tying concept here is to the swept back wing beneath the and to the side of the pupa’s body rather than on top as most patterns do. I used an atypical combination of natural peacock and dyed orange peacock herl to wrap the abdomen section. The top wing is hen hackle. The underwing is peacock Ice Dub tied under beard style and brushed back with an old toothbrush. The head is two turns of naturally awesome peacock herl.  


Fly Tying: Hidden Gems

Subdued Biots

I tied a bunch of these years ago. I found them beneath a pile of yellow Woolly Buggers in a box. I always looked at those yellow Buggers, but never selected one to fish. Tonight, I lifted the half dozen or so yellow flies to set them aside. Beneath them were a half dozen of these little gems. Hooks pitted. Flies long forgotten. 

What I like about this pattern is the peacock and the darker, tan biots (not the more traditional white biot wing/brown biot tail of a Prince Nymph). The furnace hackle palmered through the peacock body is a nice color contrast. Years ago there was, I recall, a pattern called the Simulator (not Stimulator) that was a worthy stillwater pattern. It was similar to the above except the hackle was trimmed shorter before the biot wing was tied in. It also had the more subdued biot wing and tail. Maybe this was some derivation of that? The fly was tied on a size 10 hook. 

It does pay now and then to really dig beneath some of those unused flies you carry year after year, but never use.


Fly Tying & Hair Extenstions: My $25.00 Worth, More or Less

Rooster Saddle Hackle for Extensions

My daughter recently asked to raid my hackle bins for some lengthy rooster feathers for extensions to be crimped into her hair. She helped herself to a half dozen feathers. At about 3 feathers for $25-36 crimped in, I can spare the feathers, because of my OCD (Obsessive Consumerism Disorder)

I don’t doubt this fashion craze is of consequence for some shops and the beginning fly tier, albeit short term, I believe. It the hackle sources are jacking prices to the shop, shame on them. This subject matter is actually pretty stale, but you need to maintain momentum as a beginning tier. 

So, my advice to the beginning tier, ride out the fashion craze. Tie wets, flymphs, nymphs, emergers and streamers. Tie anything that doesn’t require the premium dry fly hackle. Fish them and catch fish.


Fly Tying: Blending New & Old (Slow Down)

As a beginning fly tier, it can be a bit confusing. So many patterns. Fly tying is a lot like cooking. There are elementary preparations to learn and learn well before venturing off in all manner of more adventurous presentations. Fly tying is the same. Learn the basic techniques of preparing the materials and attaching the materials to the hook. Sounds simple, but it is the essence of tying that never changes.

Frankly, the beginning tier can be steered by shops, friends, magazines, blogs, the internet in general toward what is considered most important for the tier. My .02 cents worth of advice: tie simple patterns that are proven to catch the fish you are most likely to fish for: trout, steelhead, bass, pike etc. Every species has some basic, proven patterns that are well established. Tie these patterns, while carefully perfecting the basic tying techniques.

Historically, the beginning tier concentrates on trout/grayling patterns and progresses to more complicated patterns for different species. Probably this is not a bad idea. Don’t get pulled afar with all manner of patterns to soon. Keep in mind why you are tying a pattern. What does it imitate? The study of bugs and other food sources for fish is in order.

So: perfect the basic techniques of fly tying; tying basic patterns, study the food sources for the fish and understand how your patterns match those food sources…then study how and when to present those flies to catch fish. Keep it simple. You will often return to basics and simplicity in tying.

Here is an interesting analogy between music (mashing) & fly tying.

You will soon realize there are a gazillion pattern opportunities. Don’t go willy nilly tying this and that. Again, basics techniques and patterns and asking the why’s and how’s. Then venture off into new areas, creativity and traditions. Always have fun!


Fly Tying: Elegant Emergers (John P. Newbury)

I recently had the good fortune to make the FB acquaintance of John Newbury, an Oregon tier. His work is admittedly beyond the beginning tier. However, his pattern images are so inspiring (crisp, clean, beautifully photographed) that I bring them to you as inspiring and as exceptional standards to be strived for……………….   (my sincere apologies to John. In the original post I spelled his name Newberry)



Fly Tying: Nymphs & Their Sex Life


Nyphms Came Together & Put Their Heads Together In Order To...

Tomorrow, I think I will discuss the Fly Tying Expo in Albany, Oregon ( held today and Saturday, the 12th, Albany Expo Bldg.) As I sat in an accident related traffic jam tonight, I had time to reflect upon the event’s effect upon me. I will offer up my observations (in the for what it is worth department) and what I learned. Also, I will bring attention to a few tiers that caught my eye. Oh, and to you fella’s (and gals) that have a thing about sweet, innocent, wood nymphs and the like, and ended up here…………..they do visit here, but only after a wee bit too much of the spirits.



Fly Tying: Bead Head Flymph

I imagine my steelheading brethren cringe at the site or mention of a trout fly. And, I am equally certain those that chase trout (the non-ocean going variety) would take exception to me categorizing my concoction as a flymph. I first heard of flymph’s while reading the works of Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele in the early 90’s. I understood it to be a basic nymph pattern (not a wet) with an additional use of a wound hackle at the front (soft hackles). Here, I have added a root beer brown bead. The original flymphs were without a bead for sure. The tail and abdomen are dyed peacock herl and the thorax is a concoction of dubbings (dark brown). The hackle is from a PP Starling patch. No wingcase. The hook is an old Mustad 3906.


Fly Tying: Why Do You Tie?

~To save money.  ~To learn a new facet of the sport.  ~Enticing fish to your special, creations.  ~Satisfying your creative bent.  ~It links to your understanding of what fish feed upon and why.  ~Playing with tools, gadgets, materials, constructing, the process of it all.  ~The obvious, to catch fish, to feel ‘the moment’. ~More rare, to make money as a commercial tier, grinding out hundreds of dozens.  ~The challenge of something progressively more difficult.  ~Because your peers do, so it just seems that you should too.  ~Celebrating traditional aspects of the sport by tying classic patterns and to better understand the history/evolution of the sport. ~It provides balance. Fly fishing goes with tying; tying goes with fly fishing. What else?


Fly Tying: Blue Moon Caddis Pupa Pattern

Be it novelty, intrigue or curiosity, the blue thing has struck a chord of late. I have noted a few other tiers using blue abdomens and beads on their nymph patterns. This is just a fun concept to experiment with this coming year. The fly was constructed on a size 12 nymph hook. The bead is a blue, ‘metallic’ colored, plastic bead and there are several wraps of lead behind the bead in the thorax area. A dubbed abdomen of blended peacock and amber UV Ice Dub was wound up the shank and the thorax leg/wing effect is from a dubbing brush from Fly Tying Specialties. (Be patient with their website. Their products are outstanding if not yet shown to their full potential).


Fly Tying:Matarelli Whip Finisher w/ Joel La Follette

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