Monday, May 30, 2011



Hook - Any curved or jig style hook
Thread - Black
Bead - Black brass or tungsten bead
Breathers - 4 strands of white uni-stretch
Ribbing - Red wire
Body - Flat silver tinsel
Thorax - Peacock herl

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Can't find that lead tape....

....for weighting those fly bodies at your local fly shop?

Try your local golf shop.

Or you can even get some flashing from your local doll house supply shop!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tak's Crystal Midge

Olive Body

Pearl Body

Tak's Crystal Midge

Hook - Tiemco TMC 2302 – size 10 to 22
Thread - Uni 8/0, white
Abdomen and rib - Stretch Magic, 0.5 mm, Olive or Clear
Top Wing case - Mirage tinsel, large
Side Wing case - Biots, brown or color to match the natural
Gills - Oral-B ultra floss, white
Protective Coating - UV Resin

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Biot Alternative

When tying really small flies and you cant find a biot small enough, just look to a tail feather and use a single strand to get that fuzzy ribbing effect. Add some crazy glue th the shank prior to wrapping for added durability.

In the photo above, i used a single fiber from a turkey tail feather. Try using goose, swan, pheasant etc.

thanks for looking

Joe's Hopper

Tie in red feather fiber tail

Tie in yellow whatever kind of yarn for the body and form a loop above the tail

Wrap the body forward and tie in the ribbing hackle

Wrap ribbing hackle forward an trim as show

Prepare the 2 matched turkey quill sections and tie in as shown

Tie in front hackle

Wrap front hackle tie off and you're done

Joe's Hopper

Hook: your favorite
Thread: white or yellow
Tail: red hackle fibers
Body: yellow yarn of your choice
Ribbing: brown hackle, trimmed
Wing: 2 matched turkey quill sections
Front hackle: brown and grizzly (I used a cree saddle)

Thanks for looking

Sorry for the crappy turkey wing slips. Thats what I had on hand. Off to the fly shop to get some better quality turkey!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Electrical Cords

This is an old tips and tricks but may help the younger tyers.

Electrical cords make an excellent source of fine copper wire. Cut your cords about 4-6 inches long and leave a short amount of the insulation to keep it all together. Pull out a strand when its needed.