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 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Woven Stonefly Nymph

Woven Stonefly Nymph. My own design.

Hook - #10 Nymph
Tail - Goose Biots (Black)
Body - Cross-stitch Thread (Black and Yellow woven together)
Underbody - Sparkle Dubbing (Peacock)
Shellback - Wapsi Thin Skin
Legs - Goose Biots - hand knotted (Black)
Antenna - Goose Biots (Black)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Jungle Beetle

Jungle Beetle

Hook - #14 dry fly
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Black)
Body - Deer Hair (Black)
Wing case - Jungle Cock Nail (Clear Cure Goo)
Thorax - Ice Dubbing (Black)
Legs - MTC Centipede Legs

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hi Viz Stimulator

Hi Viz Stimulator

Hook - #12 dry fly
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Tail - Elk Hair (Natural)
Body - 2mm Foam (Yellow)
Wing - Elk Hair (Natural)
Hackle - Furnace Hackle (Brown)
Indicator - 2 mm Foam (Yellow and Orange)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Mayfly Nymph

Mayfly Nymph

Hook - #12 nymph
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Head - Flymen Evolution Nymph Head 
(Olive - Size XS - Mayfly Swimmer and Burrower)
Tail - Goose Biots (Fiery Brown)
Antenna - Golden Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Body - Nymph Skin (Hand colored)
Gills - CDC
Legs - Hungarian Partridge
Shellback - Nymph Skin (Hand colored)
Thorax - Dubbing (Camel)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Olive Latex Caddis Pupa - Step by Step

Materials Used 
#12 Barbless Scud Hook
Golden Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Hungarian Partridge (Natural) 
Camel Dubbing (Olive)
Latex Strip
Prismacolor Marker (Olive)

Tie in the Flymen Caddis Nymph Head snug against the hook eye:

Tie in a short strip of latex at end of hook in bend:

Wrap the latex from back of hook towards the front to make segments 
and tie in approximately the width of the head back from the head:
Cut latex strip and tie down with thread wraps approximately
1/4 of the way back away from the head:

Tie in a second strip of latex approximately 1/4 of the way back 
away from the head then bring thread wrap back to head:

Select a Hungarian Partridge feather and then pluck the fibers at
the top to form a "V" shape. Then position each side of the "V" on 
the sides of the fly to form the legs and tie in with thread wraps:

Cut the excess Hungarian Partridge and add dubbing to the thread:

Dub the thorax of the fly:

Pull the second latex strip towards the head and 
tie in right behind the head:

Select two Golden Pheasant Tail fibers, pinch them together
evenly, and tie in under the tag of the latex strip:

Cut the tag ends of the Golden Pheasant fibers and the latex strip:

Hand color the latex materials with a Prismacolor Olive 
Marker (do not color the bottom of the fly):

Pick/tease the dubbing at bottom to make the fly look "buggy".
Tie the fly to 5X or 6X tippet, make a nice cast, and hang on... :