Sunday, December 30, 2012

Minnow (generic)


Remove a couple of STIM-U-DENTS from the package and position 1 on top of the hook shank as shown, approximately at the barb of the hook.


Switch hands and continue to hold the tooth pick. Mark the tooth pick for length and for the forward shape of the body as shown.



Transfer the measurement to the other tooth pick and tie the tooth picks onto the hook shank. At this time you can head cement the entire body if desired. Then tie in the marabou tail. Tying Note: you could add flat strips of lead (such as TWISTONS) along the body or a piece of lead wire along the under side of the body for a weighted version.


Tie in a strip of bills body braid (green for the back) and a strip of bills body braid (silver or pearl for the body).


Wrap the silver braid forward and tie off. Pull the back braid forward over the top of the body and tie off.


Add eyes and whatever marking you want with the acrylic paint and let dry. Coat the body of the fly with a UV resin or epoxy. overcoat with sally hansens hard as nail polish if necessary.


Minnow (generic)

Hook: your favorite and size
Thread: 6/0 white or clear mono
Under body: shaped stim-u-dent tooth picks
Tail: marabou
Back: bills body braid or equivalent
Over body: bills body braid or equivalent
Eyes and body markings: acrylic paint
Coating: uv resin, epoxy and sally hansens hard as nails

The shown above recipe is merely a suggestion of what to use. As a creative tyer you have the option to switch items in the recipe to suit your needs or material supply.

Weighting Options





An older fly pattern known as the "JANSSEN MINNOW" can be tied in this manner. Paint up your minnow to look like them or be creative.


Thanks for looking.

DuBois Hackle Gauge

I was lurking on Ebay one evening and I spied an item called the "Du Bois Fly Fisherman's & Fly Tier's Gauge". I am familiar with other types of hackle gauges but I had never heard about this on so I ended up buying it for a reasonable price. This gauge is multi functional as opposed to other hackle gauges. It allows you to check on hook sizes, wet and dry tail length, wet and dry hackle length and wet and dry wing lengths. All in one gauge. Simple enough.

The gauge comes in a clear plastic protective sleeve and an instruction sheet on how to use the gauge.


Hackle Gauge


Instruction Sheet











Monday, December 17, 2012

Fly Fishing is a Joke

Fly Fishing is a Joke from Henry Harrison on Vimeo.

Buying Samples

I recently saw this on a fly tying forum. The tyer saw a pattern in a fly bin, got home and recreated it by memory and then asked other forum members if they knew the name of the pattern.

If you want to recreate that fly pattern you saw in whatever kind of shop you saw it in, buy 1-3 flies to have as samples and/or to deconstruct a fly to see how the pattern was tied. Shops will usually have the condiment cups or zip lock baggies to put flies in. Jot down the pattern name, size and where you bought it from for future reference. When you get home, take one out and photograph it for additional reference.

Don't try to go by memory after you get home.



Great for holding samples.




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Don't Know....

.....what I did right but I made it to the big


I just wish I could get more senior discounts!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Iphone 5


Not that anybody cares but I finally got sick of that POS Motorola DroidX cell phone and pre ordered the I phone 5. Unfortunately the due date is OCT 5. Not that long of a wait I guess.

Now to find some cool apps (flyfishing of course)

If anybody has some cool apps worth downloading, please leave me a comment. Not really a gamer but gotta have Angry Birds!

As always, thanks for looking!




Monday, September 3, 2012

Wire Heads


If you haven't seen or read about this innovative technique yet, here is your chance to do so. Have you ever run out of tying beads, then try this out!

Check out the articles and videos on Doug Korns "55 on the Fly" blog for all the details.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A.K. Vise

On nearly all of fly fishing/tying bulletin boards and forums that I participate in, there is usually a question on the vise from A.K. Best that was manufactured by Mackenzie (McKenzie) many years ago. There has also been very little to go by in the way of photographs on the web. With a great big thank you to M. Valbano on the Washington Fly Fishing fly tying board we now have a very good visualization of the A.K. Best fly tying vise and all of its tools.


The above photo is the full version (larger base, third hand and bobbin cradle) but from what I've been told there also was a sorta stripped down model that did not come with he  bobbin cradle or third hand.


Trying to find these vises and/or the original tools today is next to impossible unless your the highest bidder on Ebay, some other sporting goods auction site, estate sale or just plain lucky at a flea market or yard sale.

As always, thanks for reading.

Friday, August 17, 2012

I want to tie flies, What materials do I buy..


This is a question often seen on fly tying/fishing forums. The obvious items would be a vise, bobbin holder, scissors, whip finisher etc but you should also find 5-10 flies you want to tie. Check out the recipes. Buy the  materials listed in those recipes. These materials now become the building blocks for many future flies you may want to tie. If you are a new tyer, its obvious you cant go out and buy every tying material a fly catalog has to offer. Use that GOOGLE function thats comes on every computer and sign up for every free fly tying catalog you can find. 

There is no one catalog to rule them all!

Something that is also of great value will be to take fly tying classes from your local fly shop. These guys have been teaching fly tying for more years than you have probably been alive so they do know what they are doing. Teachers will sit down with each tyer and explain what each and every tool has to do with fly tying. Tyers on You Tube simply will not do that with you, they simply tie flys. Teachers have many more reasons to use this material over that material and will teach you about he different materials to use or not use. Some You tube tyers will have your head spinning faster than Linda Blair spitting up pea soup in the Exorcist movie! 

Tying lessons will reduce the learning curve drastically.

I'v tied for 30+ years ad I'm not ashamed to take a lesson every now and then or even attend a fly tying seminar. I could spend hours in front of a famous tyer at fly tying/fishing shows just to learn a technique. I try to attend tying seminars somewhere in the local New England are at least 2-5 times a year. (Sometimes my job as a submarine designer just wont let that happen and I dont like tying while on the road at different assignments). So I pay out the $75-100 bucks per lesson/seminar but the wealth gained is much more valuable than the money. 

Sorry for the rant. I was just trying to help.

We Could Use a Little Rain....


Pray for a little rain!



Friday, August 10, 2012

Popper Painting Ideas


Walking through my local Rite-Aide pharmacy (waiting for a prescription to be filled, honestly) and no way embarrassed about walking in the fingernail aisle looking for popper painting material ideas (as some men claim to be), I spied some fingernail stickers that would have great potential on poppers, the possibilities would be endless. Using some of these stickers sure would add another level of silliness to my already painted poppers.



Here is some more good example that could be used on the back of some poppers


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

USA Olympic Outfits made where???



Thank you Ralph Lauren. You can now join your buddy Donald Trump!




Monday, May 28, 2012

Black & Brown Bear Streamers


Black Bear

Hook: Mustad 79580 or equivalent
Thread: Black
Tail: Gray Squirrel. Tail should be 1/2 the length of the body
Hackle: Black tied palmered over the body
Body: Black chenille
Wing: Gray Squirrel 


Brown Bear

Hook: Mustad 79580 or equivalent
Thread: Black
Tail: Fox Squirrel. Tail should be 1/2 the length of the body
Hackle: Brown tied palmered over the body
Body: Brown chenille
Wing: Fox Squirrel 

Reference

Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson


Thanks for looking

Monday, May 7, 2012

Breadcrust


Breadcrust

Hook - Mustad 3906 size 8-16 or equivalent
Thread - Black 
Ribbing - Dark brown neck hackle stem
Body - Orange yarn or dubbed synthetic fur. 
Reverse wrap the body with fine gold wire after ribbing has been wrapped.
Hackle - Soft grizzly. Hen hackle is preferred over cock hackle

The above recipe is called for in Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson.

There are many version of this fly and its recipe. This is just a simpler method of tying it.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Heather Nymph



Heather Nymph

Hook - Mustad 9671 size 10-12 or equivalent
Thread - Brown thread
Tail - Scarlet red hackle fibers
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel
Bodu - Insect green rabbit fur or equivalent
Thorax - Peacock herl
Hackle - 2 turns of soft grizzly hen hackle

This pattern is very useful during damsel fly hatches on lakes. It was originated by Fenton Roskelley of Spokane, Washington, in 1960.

Reference: Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Royal Bobesh




Weight the hook if desired. Not all czech nymphs are weighted



Tie in gold ribbing wire



Tie in scud back at the bend of the hook



Dub the body



Pull scud back over body



Rib body with gold wire and build a small thorax area with wraps of gold wire. Pick out dubbing for legs if desired



Tying Note

You can tie off the ribbing wire in front of the body, tie in some tinsel and wrap that tinsel for the same effect as the wire.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A.P. Nymph

The "A. P." in this fly's name could stand for either "All Purpose" or the inventor, André Puyans. A generic nymph, it looks like a lot of things that live underwater and get eaten by trout. You can weight the fly with lead under the body or with a beadhead.

The following step-by-step tying process will assist you in tying the A.P. series nymphs.
The unique manner in which they are tied can be incorporated into many other patterns.


A.P. Nymph




Additional Recipes

A.P. Beaver Nymph
Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent
Thread: Black
Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair
Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)
Body & Thorax: Dubbed Beaver Fur
Head: Dubbed Beaver Fur

A.P. Black Beaver Nymph
Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent
Thread: Black
Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair
Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)
Body & Thorax: Dubbed Black Beaver Fur
Head: Dubbed Black Beaver Fur

A.P. Claret & Beaver Nymph
Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent
Thread: Black
Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair
Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)
Body & Thorax: Dubbed blend of 40% medium color beaver, 
20% claret synthetic for, 20% seal brown synthetic fur & 20% hares ear
Head: Dubbed with body blend

A.P. Hendrickson Nymph
Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent
Thread: Brown
Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Bronze mallard
Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)
Body & Thorax: Dubbed dyed reddish brown beaver or synthetic fur
Head: Dubbed with body blend

A.P. Muskrat #1
Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent
Thread: Gray
Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Blue Dun Hackle Fibers
Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)
Body & Thorax: Dubbed dark muskrat fur taken from the back of the muskrat
Head: Dubbed with body blend

A.P. Muskrat #2
Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent
Thread: Gray
Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Moose Body Hair
Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)
Body & Thorax: Dubbed dark muskrat fur taken from the back of the muskrat
Head: Dubbed with body blend

A.P. Olive Nymph
Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent
Thread: Brown
Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dyed olive barred mallard
Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)
Body & Thorax: Dubbed dyed olive beaver or synthetic fur
Head: Dubbed with body blend

A.P. Peacock & Pheasant Nymph
Hook: Mustad 9671 or equivalent
Thread: Black
Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Ringneck Pheasant center tail fibers. Select so that dark center portion covers wingcase area.
Ribbing: Copper Wire
Body & Thorax: Peacock herl
Head: Black tying thread


Tying Notes/Suggestions

Add a bead to make it a beadhead style fly

Add flash to make it a flashback style nymph

Try different colors & sizes to match the hatch

Try natural as well as synthetic dubbing

Tie the wing case similar to the Copper John

Use tinsel only as the wing case

Use your favorite hook

Try tying this pattern on a curved hook

Tie a light colored abdomen/dark colored thorax

Tie it with an all wire abdomen

Tie it weighted or unweighted

Use your favorite weighting material (lead or non lead)

You can weight the entire shank or just the thorax area

Dubbing the tiny heads on these patterns is optional

Length of tails should equal 1 to 1 1/2 times the hook gap


Tying techniques associated with this pattern

Wrapping thread on hook

Wrapping lead wire on hook

Tailing

Ribbing

Dubbing on thread and wrapping dubbed body, thorax & head areas

Wingcases

Creating legs

Disclaimer

The fly and recipes on this page is simply a demonstrated method of tying a fly. 
Every fly tyer has his or her very own tying style which allows them the freedom to tie how and what they want and not stick to predetermined rules but to be creative..

Monday, April 23, 2012

UV Resin Dispensing Needle Replacements

This is just an FYI so do with it as you please.

If you are looking for replacement dispensing tips like those shown below for your favorite uv setting acrylic resin bottles, there are numerous online sources for you to choose from.


Plastic Tapered Needles


Blunt Dispensing Needles


Angled Dispensing Needles



Syringe Tip Caps (These will cap off the bottles cover)

These needles and cap tips have a LUER thread on the end. 
These parts are generally used in the dental and electronics industries.


Here is a source where i bought replacements from

Friday, April 6, 2012

Betty McNall

Originated by Betty McNall of Colorado. A variation of the Royal Coachman trude which is desirable when a little more red wanted.


Betty McNall

Hook -  Dry/nymph style size 8-14
Thread - Brown
Tail - Dyed red hackle fibers
Body - Red floss with peacock herl tied in at the butt
WING - White calf tail tied over the body and extending to length of body and tail
Hackle - Brown 
Head - Peacock herl

Reference: Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Royal Cubbage

The Royal Cubbage is named after Tom Cubbage of Texas, who found the Colorado King dressing out floated the Royal Wulff but the Browns liked the coloration of the Royal Wulff..hence the pattern


Royal Cubbage

Hook - Dry fly style 
Thread -  Black
Tails - 2 peccary fibers or moose body hair tied in long a widespread at each side
Body - Royal Coachman style but with a twist. The rear peacock herl is tied in at the 
      rear BEFORE the tails. Then the tails are tied in on each side. Red floss is then
      tied in and wrapped to the wing position
Hackle - Brown tied palmer over the red floss only.
There should be 6-7 turns to give the fly good floating qualities
Wing - White calf tail tied over the body and extending to about the middle of the tail
Head - Peacock herl

Reference: Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Nyerges Shrimp

With today's magic foil and scud back materials providing the exoskeleton of insects and crustaceans, the Nyerges Shrimp imitation shows that none of today's materials are even required to make a good pattern.




Nyerges Shrimp

Hook:: Mustad 9672 size 8-12 (or equivalent)
Thread: olive
Body: Olive Chenille
Legs: Brown hackle 

The hackle is wrapped over the body & then clipped off on the top & sides to suggest shrimp legs.

This fly was developed by Gil Nyerges. A very simple fly to tie and very good anywhere shrimp are present.


Reference: Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Brassies

Years ago at one of my beginner tying classes, the instructor had us tie the Brassie, one of my favorite flies for fishing the South Platte River in Colorado which is the origin of this fly. The Deckers area of the South Platte can be very demanding and technical. Those fish have probably seen all kinds of flies but the Brassie in the right size will hook them every time.

The Brassie is a fly that can imitate both a midge and caddis larva. Here is how I was taught to tie the Brassie and some additional variations that can be very effective.



Brassie
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body: copper wire
Thorax: muskrat dubbing

Brassie Variations


White Winged Brassie
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body: copper wire
Wing: white zlon or pearl krystal flash
Thorax: muskrat dubbing


Spiral Ribbed Brassie
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body & Ribbing: copper wire
Thorax: muskrat dubbing


Spiral Ribbed Brassie
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body: copper wire
Ribbing: black or other colored wire
Thorax: muskrat dubbing


Brassie (Herl Thorax)
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body: copper wire
Thorax: peacock herl


Brassie (No Thorax)
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body: copper wire
Thorax: none
Head: black thread


Bead Head Brassie
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Bead: gold or your favorite color and size
Thread: black
Body: copper wire
Thorax: muskrat dubbing



Red Brassie
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body: red copper wire*
Thorax: muskrat dubbing

*Tying note: use any color wire that is available on the market for tyers


2 Wire Brassie
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body: 2 strands of wire; color optional
Thorax: muskrat dubbing


3 Wire Brassie
Hook: your favorite brand, style & size
Thread: black
Body: 3 strands of wire; color optional
Thorax: muskrat dubbing

Tying Note: The flies above are just a sampling of different ideas for tying the Brassie. Try different combinations of wire, herl dubbing and wing materials. Try tying it as a soft hackle.


References

Excellent history and photos can be found in Tying Small Flies by Ed Engle and in Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson.