Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tying Tip #8 - Thread

Add a small amount of varnish to the thread just before whip finishing. This saves you from getting varnish on the hackles when finishing the small dry fly.

Every single turn of the thread better have a damn good reason for being there.

2 tight turns of thread are better than 6 slack ones.

Break your thread! Get to know how much pressure you can apply to your tying thread by making it break.

Use the thinnest thread wherever possible.

1-2 wraps of thread is sufficient to hold materials.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Feather Craft Gift Ideas

T.D.C Nymph

T.D.C. Nymph

Hook: your favorite hook and style
Thread: black
Ribbing: fine silver tinsel
Body: black wool yarn
Thorax: black chenille
Colar: white ostrich herl


Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Adjustable Balloon Strike Indicator


Friday, November 25, 2011

Fly Box Inventory, Sorting & Cleaning

These are the trout boxes. 
Bass & panfish boxes will be taken care of over the Christmas Holiday work shutdown.

Since I have a 4 days off from designing submarines, I thought I would take out a few fly boxes and inspect them for rusted flies, flies coming apart from trout teeth etc and just do some basic resorting of the dry boxes.

Lady McConnell

Lady McConnell

Originator: Brian Chan
Hook: 2xl dry fly hook
Thread: black
Shuck: grizzly hackle tip
Shellback: deer hair
Body: gray dubbing
Hackle: grizzly

A Brian Chan designed pattern for McConnell Lake in the Kamloops area of Canada.



Originator: Phil Camera
Hook: your favorite curved hook
Thread: black
Under body: pearl krystal flash or tinsel
Over body: Larva Lace or equivalent
Rib: spiral black thread forward
Post: white foam cylinder
Thorax: Hares ear dubbing

Tying Tip

Vary the thread, tinsel and tubing colors to make variations of this fly. This fly can also be tied with v-rib, d-rib, body glass etc. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blackburn Tellico Nymph


Hook: 2X Nymph  #6-12
Thread: Brown/Black
Tail: Brown hackle fibres 2/3 shank length
Wing Case: Turkey wing strip, full length top of body 
Rib: 2-3 peacock herls spiraled full length (under wing case)
Body: Dirty golden yellow dubbing (hare's ear plus golden) Hackle: Brown hackle palmered on forward 1/3 of body(under wing case)

This pattern was originated by Richard Blackburn of Tennessee to imitate the Golden Stonefly Nymphs that are common in the fast rocky streams of the Smokies.

Reference Information

So after seeing how the fly tied above is really not going to be that durable against little trout teeth, I tied up the following fly and added a rib of fine mono thread to at least provide some durability to the back shell in the body area.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Frustrated with Package Shipping

I recently ordered from 2 on-line fly tying suppliers and 1 personal order from a forum member and the supplier closest to home took the longest to arrive.

Popular on-line fly tying material supplier
Florence, MT to Norwich, CT
2525 Miles
2 Days
Sent by USPS

Personal Package
Indianapolis, IN to Norwich, CT
861 Miles
2 Days
Sent by USPS

Popular on-line supplier
Kent, CT to Norwich, CT
94 Miles
Sent by UPS

Where in the hell did the truck go with this package? It should have been at the distribution center in Fitchville, CT by the end of the day and it should have been at my house the NEXT DAY!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cheater Soft Hackle

Can't find the right length feather for that soft hackle you're tying?

Try the following technique shown in this video.

Check out here for additional info.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Humpback Warrior

Here is a variation of Lance Egans "Rainbow Warrior"

The recipe is exactly the same as a "Rainbow Warrior" except the bead is a "fringe bead" in a pearl color.

Charlie Craven Parachute Adams (Biot Body)

Here is Charlie Craven tying a variation of a parachute Adams. In this video he explains quite a few techniques that will help a beginner and an experienced tyer.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tying Tip #7 - The Craft Shop

Always have a look in your local big box craft shop, home center, department store or dollar store. You can find some interesting fly tying materials that you wont usually find in a fly shop. Feathers, foam, beads, wire, organza, ribbons, tinsels, paints, markers, storage boxes, threads, metallic threads, yarns etc.

But by all means, support your local fly shop if you have one nearby.

Once again, thanks for looking.