Sunday, March 30, 2014

House Fly II

House Fly. #14 hook. My own design. Compare to my previous 
house fly design from a couple of months ago HERE.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Special Thanks

Tradd had a great time tying flies at the Sowbug Roundup in Mountain Home, AR this weekend. One of the highlights of the trip was the result of the kindness of Michael Schraeder who Tradd met while tying flies on Thursday. Michael is an 8th grader, and is the current Southern Council Federation of Fly Fishers Junior Fly Tying Champion. He is a talented fly fisherman and an exceptional outdoor writer for the local newspaper, the Baxter Bulletin. 

On Friday, Michael sacrificed his personal free time and was an expert guide to Tradd on a local stream. Tradd caught a lot of trout, and the two fish pictured below were the highlights of the day. Thank you to Michael for the generosity of your time and for sharing your knowledge. It was a great day that Tradd will always remember. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Edmonds Bream Bug

Bream Bug. #10 hook. Design is by Kent Edmonds
at Color combinations and sizes are
endless and can be customized for all types of fish.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tradd's Mayfly

Tradd's Mayfly. #14 hook. My own design. Wings made 
using wing burner on some craft store material that I found.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bead Head Caddis Pupa

Bead Head Caddis Pupa (McPhail Variant). #12 hook. A variation of 
one of my favorite flies to tie but this one has a Flymen Fishing Company
 Nymph-Head™ tungsten bead instead of the burned mono eyes that 
I usually use. I've been experimenting with many variations of this fly
 the last few weeks and the fish are eating them all.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Copper John Variant

Copper John Variant. #10 hook. Pheasant tail instead
of goose biots. No flash on thorax. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dragonfly Nymph

Rainbow trout caught this weekend on a #10 dragonfly nymph. Had
only tied one of this pattern and another big trout broke me off a few casts later. 
Will have to tie another from memory to be able to post a picture of the fly.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Mallard Mayfly

Mallard Mayfly. #14 hook. My own design. Wings, tail, 
and body all made of mallard flank. Only non-mallard part
 of fly is the grizzly hackle. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


 Mouse. #2 hook. My own design. Experimenting with deer hair.

Monday, March 3, 2014