Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Profile Plate

A profile plate helps to reduces glare, eyestrain and blocks out the busy background on the tying bench. The plate is also perfect for providing a plain background for photographing your flies.

But they can cost $$$ depending on the vise manufacturer

So here is my cheaper alternative

I bought a typists document holder for $5 + free shipping

Insert a 39 cent piece of your favorite color craft/scrapbooking paper in the holder

Then place it behind your vise to block out the mess and clutter on your bench and you'll see what youre tying much better

Please note: this is just one way of making a profile plate. There are many more clever and elaborate ways of making one

Thanks for looking


Friday, December 4, 2015


Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Trout Fishing and the Color of Wet Dubbing


Folding Feathers

Every now and then there is a need to to have that swept back look with hackles and other feathers

Here is one way out of many to achieve that look

This is a simple fly tying technique someone might want to learn

Yes it adds time to tying your fly but who cares!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Alpine Emerger

Alpine Emerger

Hook: Nymph/Wet
Thread: Black or gray
Tail: Dyed blue dun barred mallard fibers tied sparse
Body:Blue dun synthetic fur
Legs: Same as tail fibers

Reference: Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Monday, November 9, 2015

Body Glass Caddis

Body Glass Caddis

Hook: straight or curved
Thread: black
Ribbing: copper wire
Back: pearl tinsel
Body: olive body glass or equivalent
Thorax: peacock herl
Legs: optional

Thanks for looking

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Careless Coachman

Careless Coachman

Thread: Fluorescent Red
 Golden Pheasant Tippet
 Few Turns of Peacock Herl
 Fluorescent Red Floss
 Silver tinsel, wound closer than usual
 Brown Calf tail

How to adjust your bobbin holder

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Stump Lake Damsel

Stump Lake Damsel

Hook: your favorite
Thread: olive
Eyes: see below
Tail: marabou
Body: swannundaze or d-rib etc
Wing case: olive magic foil, scud back etc
Thorax: SLF damsel olive dubbing

 Thread 2 fringe beads onto a short length of wire and twist until tight. I added a drop uv resin to help spread them apart. Tie them onto the hook and make some figure eight wraps between the beads.

Example of fringe beads. Note the offset hole.

If you're lazy and don't want to twist up any eyes just use peanut beads.

Thanks for looking & happy tying.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lopez Minnow

Hook: Streamer style
Thread: White
Under body: Lead Wire
Tail And Back: Buck tail (Brown, black, green etc)
Over body: Silver mylar braid piping
Eyes: Black under yellow
Overcoat: UV Resin

Reference: Streamers & Bucktails The Big Fish Flies by Joseph D Bates Jr

Thanks for looking

Friday, October 9, 2015

Thumb Tack Eyes

I had an idea regarding eyes for larger flies like those used for pike, musky, saltwater fish etc and thought about using thumb tacks for eyes. I had a box of white thumb tacks and a variety of lacquer craft paint and married the two together as shown below

You can start making the eyes using gold, silver, white, multi colored thumb tacks

When ready to install in your fly, just snip off the tack to the desired length and use epoxy to adhere the eyes to your fly.

I used the Wasatch eye painting tools to help make the eyes

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sinfoil's Fry

Sinfoil's Fry

HOOK: Dai Riki 700, size 10-12
THREAD: Black 6/0
UNDERBODY: Silver mylar tinsel
BODY: Clear plastic wrap cut into 1/8 inch strip and wrapped
COLLAR: Flourescent red Body Stretch
WING: Sparse widgeon flank or mallard flank fibers
HEAD: Black thread
EYES: Painted black on yellow

Creator of this trout fly: Ken Sinfoil


This British fry pattern, when properly tied, is a paragon of durability. Only when the fly breaks off will it be rendered unusable. It is an excellent pattern because of its combination of durability, ease in tying, suggestiveness, and effectiveness throughout the season. Fish this fly near weedbeds, banks, docks, and boat ramps.
Imitates small fry (very young fish). Most inch-long fry are white with a dark back, regardless of what colors they possess when they grow bigger.

How to Fish

While the fly can be retrieved, it is most effective when left motionless on the surface. That's because many small fry die, especially if they were stocked from a hatchery truck, and float on the surface.

Awesome Lake Brookie

Awesome Lake Brookie

Hook: Streamer style
Thread: Light color for under body and then black
Tail: Olive marabou
Ribbing: Red holographic tinsel
Body: orange floss, orange Uni Stretch or equivalent
Topping: Peacock herl from an eye stick
Throat: White buck tail followed by orange hackle fibers
Eyes: Painted yellow and black

Tying Note: Light colored thread is used to help maintain the body color of the fly. 

Thanks for looking.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Slade's Secret

Slade's Secret

Tag: Flat gold tinsel & gold floss
Tail: Bronze mallard
Butt: Peacock sword
Rib: Gold oval tinsel
Body: Rear half lime green wool, front half peacock herl
Wing: Brown bear
Throat: Teal flank, sparse

Reference: Charles DeFeo section of Forgotten Flies

In this pattern I made a couple of substitutions

1. I colored white floss with a gold marker to achieve the gold floss

2. I used peacock herl for the butt. I didnt feel the peacock sword herls I had were long enough.

3. I used moose body hair for the wing. I have no brown bear.

I hope you like it.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

How Does a Trout Catch a Fly?


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Preserving And Storing Material

Feathers are composed of about 91% protein, 8% water, and 1% lipids.  The type of protein in feathers is called keratin, a sulphurous, fibrous protein.  Fur and hair have a similar composition so use this information for storing all natural materials.

Read the rest of the article here

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Oval Tinsel Substitute

So you want to tie a streamer body of flat tinsel and ribbed with oval tinsel and you search and search for the oval tinsel and you come up empty. Do not fear! Here is a simple trick for making your own. It wont replace the real thing but it will serve as a substitute.

Tie in the flat tinsel and wrap the tinsel in touching 
turns to the bend of the hook. 
(I like to attach hackle pliers to the tinsel at this point)

Begin twisting the tinsel from the flat ribbon to a rope 
configuration. Pay attention to the twisting of the tinsel so that you get a 
silver rib on a silver body.

Wrap the tinsel into a tight rope.

Wrap the ribbing forward and tie off.

You now have a smoothly wrapped tinsel body with a rib of 
twisted tinsel that substituted for the real oval tinsel.

Continue to finish the fly.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Imitation Jungle Cock

Here is an easy and inexpensive way to make a jungle cock substitute by Dick Talleur

Tt wont actually replace the real thing but for fishing flies who cares! 

Keep the real jungle cock for your museum quality flies

You don't really have to use the brass template to make the imitation.

All you need is a feather that has a white spot in the center of the stem as shown in the first photo and a pair of scissors. 

Just strip away any waste barbs and trim the guinea feather to the approximate shape shown in the third photo on the left.