Thursday, October 13, 2016

Y2K Egg (Variant)

Hook - Partridge #12 Heavy Grub
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Body - McFly Foam (Chartreuse and Orange
Head - Tungsten Bead (any color)

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Hook - Partridge #12 Czech Nymph
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail - Coq de Leon
Body - SLF Enhancer (White, Brown, and Black)
Shell Back - Scud Back (Clear)
Rib - Mono Thread (Clear)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Two Tone Blobs

Hook - Partridge Size 12 Czech Nymph Barbless
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Fire Orange)
Body - Estaz Chenille (any color)
Head - Tungsten Bead (any color)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Adult Mayflies

Hook - Partridge Size 14
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail - Moose Mane (Natural)
Extended Body - Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (Mahogany)
 and Thin Skin (Brown)
Wings - Swiss Straw (Brown)
Legs - Brush Bristles bent by hand (Brown Sharpie)
Antenna - Moose Mane (Natural)
Thorax - Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (Mahogany)
Eyes - Burned Mono

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Emerging Mayfly

Hook - Partridge Size 8 (bent by hand)
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail on Shuck - Ring Necked Pheasant (Natural)
Tail on Adult - Moose Mane (Natural)
Body on Shuck - Ring Necked Pheasant (Natural)
Extended Body on Adult - Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (Mahogany)
 and Thin Skin (Brown)
Wings - Swiss Straw (Brown)
Legs - Brush Bristles bent by hand (Brown Sharpie)
Antenna - Moose Mane (Natural)
Thorax - Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (Mahogany)
Eyes - Burned Mono

Monday, July 4, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Irish Wet Flies

Hook - Size 8 Wet Fly
Thread - Veevus 16/0 (Brown)
Tail - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Rib - Wapsi UTC Size - Brassie (Silver)
Hackle - Rooster (Various Colors)
Body - Angora Goat (Various Colors)
Throat - Hen Hackle (Various Colors)
Collar - Chuckar (Various Colors)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Articulated Stonefly Nymph

Hook - Size 12 Nymph
Thread - UNI-thread 8/0 (Camel)
Rear Segment - Flymen Fishing Co. Wiggle-Tail Shank
Tail - Wapsi Sili-Legs (Brown)
Body - Hareline Dubbin Kileys Nymph Skinz (hand colored)
Legs - Knotted Turkey Biots (Brown)
Thorax - SLF Dubbing (Fall Brown)
Wing Case - Wapsi Thin Skin (Mottled Oak)
Antennae - Wapsi Sili-Legs (Brown)
Head - Flymen Fishing Co. Evolution Stonefly Tungsten 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Woven Extended Body Mayfly

Hook - Size 12 Dry Fly
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Tail - Moose Mane (Natural)
Extended Body - Cross Stitch Thread (Green and Yellow)
Wings - Gadwall Duck (Natural) - Wally Wing Style
Hackle - Rooster Hackle (Grizzly)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mini Scott Wet Fly (Freestyle)

Wet flies using similar materials as a fully dressed Jock Scott
(my own design)

Hook - Size 6
Thread - UNI-thread 8/0 (Light Cahill)
Tag - Extra Fine Oval Tinsel
Tail - Golden Pheasant Crest
Body - Japanese Silk Floss (Yellow and Black)
Rib - Fine Oval Tinsel (Silver)
Veiling - Dyed CDC (Yellow)
Throat - Hen Hackle (Grizzly)
Wing - Goose Shoulder (Blue, Red, and Yellow, Turkey Tail
and Kori Bustard - married together
Sides - Jungle Cock Nails
Head - Sharpie (Black) and Loon Hard Head Cement

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Caddis Larva

Hook - Size 12
Thread - UNI-thread 8/0 (Black)
Tail - UNI-Floss (White / Red and Olive Prismacolor)
Body - UNI-Floss (White / Red and Olive Prismacolor)
Body Coated with Loon Outdoors UV Fly Finish (Thick and Flow)
Legs - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax - UNI-thread 8/0 (Black) Coated with Loon UV

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fluorescent Pheasant Tail Nymph

Hook - Size 12
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail - Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Body - Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Ribbing - Wapsi Small UTC Wire  (Copper)
Thorax - Hareline Ice Dubbing (Peacock Black)
Wing Case and Legs - Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Head - Allen Tungsten Bead (Any Fluorescent Color)

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Hook - Size 2 Streamer
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Camel)
Head - McFly Foam (Yellow)
Eyes - Burned Mono and painted black
Antenna - Blue and Gold Macaw
Legs - EP Brush
Body - Rabbit Dubbing (Tan)
Shellback - Swiss Straw (Brown)
Ribbing - 6X Nylon Tippet
Tail - Swiss Straw (Brown)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fire Ant

Hook - Size 18
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Light Cahill)
Legs - Brush Bristles (Yellow) - crimped by hand
Antennae - Nylon 6X Tippet
Body hand colored with Brown and Orange Sharpie
Entire fly coated with Loon Outdoors UV Resin (Thin)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tube Fly

Tube - HMH 3/32 Plastic Tube
Thread -Uni-thread 8/0 (Fiery Orange)
Tag - Uni French Oval Tinsel (Silver / Small)
Tail - Kid Goat (Hot Orange)
Body - Diamond Brite Dubbing (Red)
Rib - Uni French Oval Tinsel (Silver / Small)
Wing - Arctic Fox (Orange and Red) and Angel Hair (Red) 
and EP Sparkle (Opal)
Eyes - Split JC Eyes
Throat - Guinea Fowl (Natural)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Hook - Scud (Size 12)
Thread - UTC 70 Denier (Black)
Body - Flexi-Floss (Black) and Turkey Fiber (Grey)
Wing Buds - Flexi-Floss (Red)
Thorax Cover - UTC Mirage Tinsel (Large)
Gills - Antron Yarn (White)
Body and Thorax coated with Loon Hard Head Cement

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Flashy Pheasant Tail Nymph - Wiggle Tail

Hook -  Size 12 Nymph Hook
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Firey Orange)
Head - Flymen Fishing Co. Tungsten Nymph-Head (Caddis Green)
Shank - Flymen Fishing Co. Wiggle Tail
Tail - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Body - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Rib - UTC Mylar Tinsel (Small / Pearl) 
Thorax - Hareline Ice Dubbing (Peacock)
Wing Case - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Hot Spot - Hareline Ice Dubbing (UV Red)
Legs - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Frenchie Nymph (Variant)

Hook - Jig Hook (Size 12)
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Firey Orange)
Tail - Coq de Leon (Natural)
Tag - Uni-thread 8/0 (Firey Orange)
Body - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail
Ribbing - Wapsi Small UTC Wire  (Copper)
Thorax - Fox Squirrel Dubbing (Natural)
Hot Spot - Hareline Ice Dubbing  (Fluorescent Pink)
Head - Allen Tungsten Slotted Bead (Gold)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mayfly Nymph (Crawler and Clinger)

Hook - Nymph Hook (Size 14)
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail - Three Ring Necked Pheasant Tail Fibers
Body - Wapsi Scudback (Brown)
Gills - Ostrich Herl (Natural)
Legs - Hand Knotted Ring Necked Pheasant Tail Fibers
Wing Case - Wapsi Thin Skin (Brown)
Head - Flymen Fishing Co. Evolution Tungsten Mayfly Clinger

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

UV Dub Caddis

Hook - Size 12 Nymph
Body - Spirit River UV2 Seal-X Dubbing (Hot Pink)
Ribbing (left) - Mirage Tinsel (Small)
Head (left) -  2.5 mm Brass
Head (right) - Flymen Fishing Co. Heavy Metal Nymph-Head

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Rainbow Trout Underwater


Short video from a recent fishing trip . . . 
This is what trout do . . . hold in the current all day and eat.
(may not play on some mobile devices)

Monday, December 7, 2015

WNC Fly Fishing Expo

Had lots of fun tying flies in the Flymen Fishing Co. 
booth at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo last weekend!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Foam Crane Fly

Hook - Dry Fly (Size 12)
Thread - Uni-Thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Body - Foam (Tan)
Wings - Grizzly Hackle
Legs -  Pheasant Tail (Hand Knotted)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Byron's Knucklehead (and Baby)

This is a normal sized Byron's Knucklehead (Size 6) and
a Baby version that I tried with a Size 16 hook.

Just a few ingredients are needed:
Size 6 Hook (but can be scaled to any size hook)
Foam (any color)
Rubber Legs
Crystal Flash
Eyes (made by Wapsi)

For detailed tying instructions, click HERE

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Deer Hair Popper

First attempt at a stacked deer hair fly.

Hook - Size 2/0
Tail - Marabou (Olive and Yellow); Crystal Flash
Body - Wapsi Deer Belly Hair (Black, Green, and Yellow)
Legs - Rubber Legs (Yellow and hand stripped black)
Eyes - Flymen Fishing Co. Living Eyes (Earth color)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Dee Fly

Dee Fly (my own design)

Hook - #4 (modified to make it blind eye)
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Black)
Tag - Oval Tinsel - Small (Silver)
Body - Danville Floss (Black)
Rib - Oval Tinsel - Small (Silver)
Body Hackle - Golden Pheasant Body Feathers
Throat - Schlappen Feathers (Hot Orange)
Wing - Turkey Tail
Sides - Jungle Cock Eye
Eye - Silk Gut

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Grey Streamer

Grey Streamer (my own design)

Hook - #6 Streamer
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Black)
Tag - UTC Mylar Tinsel - Medium (Silver)
Body - Uni-Floss (Orange)
Rib - UTC Mylar Tinsel - Medium (Silver)
Throat - Buck Tail (White)
Wing - Peacock Herl and Grizzly Rooster Hackle
Sides - Jungle Cock Spade Feather

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fly Tyers Weekend

Fly Tyers Weekend is less than a week away. November 7 and 8.
CLICK HERE for details and the tying demonstration schedule.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Elk Hair Caddis

Basic Elk Hair Caddis on a #14 dry fly hook. Elk hair, 
Grizzly Hackle, and Wapsi Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing. 
Simple ingredients and simple fly, but it catches fish.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Makeshift Mouse

 At the FFF Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair, one of the 
visitors asked me to tie a Mouse Fly. I did not have all
of the best or required materials with me, but came up with
 this mouse from the materials that I had brought. These
pictures are from the show, and not from the very beginning
of the fly, but it will give a basic idea of how one is tied.

Spin the deer body hair. This is one not packed tight so it 
is a longer haired mouse. The tail was added first 
but not visible in the picture.

Add some foam or any other material you like for ears.

Trim the deer hair to the body shape you want.

Keep trimming.

The ears need to be shaped.

Cut the ears to whatever shape you like. Then tie
in some whiskers (these are elk hair).

Add some eyes and it's done.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Wapsi Challenge at the 2015 IFFFSOC Fly Fishing Fair

At the FFF Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair, Wapsi Fly Company
sponsored a fun contest where they gave all of the fly tying demonstrators
identical materials and the game was to come up with any fly pattern
you wanted.  You had to use as many materials from their selection as possible
and were only allowed to add a hook and one more ingredient. The following 
were the ingredients in the contest package (not all of the items were labelled, 
so I may be guessing at some of the packaging names):

UTC 140 Denier Thread (Olive)
Silly Legs (Grizzly Brown)
A new open-cell foam material (Gray)
Thin Skin - Czech Speck (Black and Clear)
SLF Dubbing (blend of rabbit and sparkle)
Turkey feather (Natural)
Mirage Tinsel (Medium)

I added eyes made of burned monofilament line and a Size 12 nymph hook
 and was fortunate enough to win the contest. Big thanks to Wapsi 
for the very nice prize package and for hosting the contest! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 Fall Orvis Days

Looking forward to seeing my friends at Orvis and
demonstrating fly tying at the Orvis Store in Asheville, NC
all day tomorrow (October 10). 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Size 32 Fly

This is the first trout I caught on a Size 32 fly.  Didn't measure the 
fish but approximately 15 inches.  Caught a few more after 
this one. You can see the tiny fly in the picture near the "32" on
 the label. Found the Size 32 hooks  at Blue Ribbon Fly Shop last week
 in Mountain Home, AR.  Very nice fly shop and people there. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Southern Council IFFF Fly Fishing Fair

Demonstrating this weekend (Saturday) at the
Southern Council IFFF Fly Fishing Fair (Mountain Home, AR)
October 2-3, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Classic Trout Wet Flies

Classic Trout Wet Fly (my own designs)

Hook - #8 wet fly
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Black)
Tail - Goose Shoulder (Yellow and Orange)
Body - Uni-Floss  (Orange)
Rib - Oval Tinsel - Small (Silver)
Throat - Keough Hen Hackle (Blue)
Wing - Goose Shoulder and Kori Bustard (Yellow, Orange, and Red)
Sides - Jungle Cock Nail