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La Ranita "Little Frog" Popper

La Ranita "Little Frog" Popper

The Ultimate Simple Frog Pattern Continuing on with the theme of the year of the bluegill ( #theyearofthebluegill ), this is a small frog style pattern that is fun to tie and throw at the 'gills.  This is a very simple version of a bluegill popper that can be tied without a fancy popper head.  This can be tied in all different color combinations, and is effective for anything that eats miniature frogs! Material List Add to Cart   View in store Hook : Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook - 10       Thread : Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Olive       Tail : EP Fibers - Olive       Body : Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Brown Olive       Wings : Solid and Krystal Tinsel Chenille - Olive       Legs : Rainy's Evazote Foam - Olive - 1/8"       Head : Silicon Streamer Legs - Olive Gold       TBD : Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Dirty Chartreuse       Other tools from the tutorial:

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Early Season 'Gills

Early Season 'Gills

Bluegill can actually be picky eaters I remember, as a kid growing up, throwing simple setups of a hook, worm and bobber to catch loads of small bluegill from a local pond. We even experimented and were surprisingly successful with just leaving the worm off and having them strike a bare hook. Apparently, our soda-can reel and lack of worms didn't dissuade the fish much and we had fun catching these small guys all day. However, there are times -- especially early in the season and/or just after ice-off -- that you might need to put a little more thought into catching these fun panfish. Anyway, the genesis for this whole early-season bluegill strategy started a number of years go. We were cajoled into hitting a great bluegill and bass fishery just after ice-off. I was pretty sure it was going to be slow as these fish are, after all, a "warm water" species. And true to form, an hour into the day of fishing produced very disappointing results using the standard table

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Pink Hoppers?

Pink Hoppers?

Why does pink work so well?? I had a few days in the past couple of years where my usual hopper patterns weren't fairing so well. I had tied up a variety of both pink and red hopper patterns and in one instance, they would not touch anything that wasn't red or pink. I guess I haven't given it much thought other than to say it's a good idea to carry crazy colored hoppers in your boxes. Any ideas?? And a video to boot:

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Imagination Station

Imagination Station

tired of tying flies that look like Uncle Ken's Wooley Bug? I have heard it a million times.  "Can I tie that in olive?" "Can I do that one without a bead?" "Can I change the marabou for pheasant tail?"  In the world of fly tying, the people who make the rules aren't even people at all.  They are fish.  They swim, eat , poop, and try to stay away from stuff that will kill it.  When assessing what is proper table fare for a fish, the only way to get them to eat something out of the ordinary is to serve it up for them.   Put more simply, there are no rules in fly tying; only observations that might make one fly more effective than others.  I am an artist at heart, and the major draw to fly tying is that I can create new things.  I started to learn how to tie14 years ago while sitting at a call center answering calls.  There was a guy that had his grandpa's kit, and would tie some of the gnarliest flies I have ever seen.  I had some in

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Real. Easy. Hopper.

Real. Easy. Hopper.

An easy one that doesn't suck A few years ago, I started messing around with some pre-cut hopper bodies from Wrightway sports. I liked the idea of pre-cut bodies because they already had some of the natural shape and I didn't have to spend time trimming the foam to size. For whatever reason, I tied up almost a full box full of these hoppers and they served me well for several seasons, catching many a trout. Anyway, if you can get your hands on some of these bodies, they're easy to tie. I have gotten comments as to the durability and my main advice there is to make sure you use super glue and/or at least cut a slit on the underside of the foam body to add some grip to the situation. You'll also find this pattern come up on Youtube as it's one of the most popular hopper patterns on there, so enjoy!! Hook : TMC 5263 #10 (although I now use the Mustad C49 S for most of my hopper patterns) Thread : UTC GSP 100 Olive Body : Pre-Cut Bug Body (Wrightway or

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Fly Tyin' with Uncle Ken

Fly Tyin' with Uncle Ken

The Wooly Bug: A secret trout weapon Here's the latest original pattern from Uncle Ken. You'll catch a trout on it...guaranteed!

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Flies for Froggin'

Flies for Froggin'

A little Toad-on-Toad action STP Frog ®  from River Road Creations  Bass on topwater: one of the craziest takes you can imagine. After a good topwater day, I'll have line burns on my fingers and a pretty sore arm. And frogs are one of my favorites to throw. Frogs are fun to tie up and there are a lot of different styles you can choose from. Here are just a few... Rainy's frog body, tube style With the Rainy's body frogs, I usually spray them with the airbrush and coat them with some Clear Cure Goo. They have a great shape and the foam isn't too heavy to throw with a decently powered fly rod. I tied them with regular hooks or on tubes. Tube body, weedless on regular bass hook Weedless Frog Failure Here is a proto-type one-timer pattern I worked up a few years ago. Threw it a few times and had a hard time getting it to land right. Chalk it up to experience, but it looks cool and keeps me company at the vise when my dog isn't.

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Down on the Patch

Down on the Patch

Harvesting for the caddis and terrestrial tying season I've had some whacky ideas floating around in my head lately and this style of picture-story photography is something I've really been wanting to try out. This is the first in a (hopefully) series of a few "mini-scenes" I've been toying with. Down on the Patch I went back and forth on the "patch" color, but ultimately decided on green. As you might see, they harvest the hair, set it out to dry and then prepare it for tying in the "natural" dried color. Not sure what these diminutive dudes would do with the bigger-than-life hair stackers (in reality the ones pictured here are the smaller mini-sized stackers as the normal sized ones were too big) but I figure it adds to the theme of tying with hair. Anyway, kinda silly but hope you can enjoy it.

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Sulky Holographic Tinsel

Sulky Holographic Tinsel

Tinsel you can get at the craft store So my buddy Grant Bench is a fly tying material connoisseur. He's always sliding me new materials to try out and for all I know he's dealing with black market goods coming from illegal sweatshops in a polar bear killing facility in Yemen. But yeah, he's got the hook-ups. This Sulky tinsel was one of his suggestions. I went to the craft store that same day and bought a few to try out. I'll say this stuff is the bees knees for ribbing or adding flash to flies. It's small in size, but yet flat and very shiny. Plus, it's strong stuff -- it won't tear or munch too easily. The spools here come in 250 yard amounts. And, even better, it looks good on a fly body. I found a good use for entire body wrapping and especially ribbing all sorts of flies. So it's a winner! Holo-Buzzer with Clear Cure Good finish Date 2/8/13 FlyFishFood  Review Product Sulky Tinsel Manufacturer Sulky Review

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Holodeck Fantasy Midges

Holodeck Fantasy Midges

The Holo-Buzzer is a tractor-beam of hotness Well, maybe not a tractor beam, but at least it gets the phasers set to stun. Either way, I've been on an extended chironomid binge as of late. My sights are set on an annual trip to the chironomid mecca of the Western US (luckily most folks don't know it's a mecca just yet). Here's a monster taken on a chironomid pattern by my buddy Herb Patterson (who, by the way, can catch a fish out of a mud puddle -- if given the chance or inclination) Angler: Herb Patterson I've had several of my best chironomid days at this reservoir: the fish are large and they will plow through the chironomid buffet faster than Uncle Ken at the Golden Corral on steak night. Often times, you can sight fish to these cruising brutes as they partake of the buffet mere inches below the surface. In cases where the fish are feeding just below the surface, an un-weighted fly is the way to go. But those times where the fish are holdi

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Peacock King

Peacock King

Time to expand your cluster patterns. I was about to tear into my burnt hot dog, Grandma's potato salad, and some pork and beans when I heard the shrill laugh of my half drunk Uncle Ken.  He was a lifetime oilfield roustabout who had lived in the same single wide trailer for his entire adult life.  He had a small patch of land with some sheep, dogs, chickens, and most importantly - a peacock.  Uncle Ken was the king of fishing the lakes up on diamond mountain (believe me, he told me) and his Zebco 33 / UglyStick combo was the best rig money could buy (he told me that too).  He knew that I liked to wave my fairy wand (fly rod), so he walked around the picnic table, uncomfortably too close, to tell me a "secret."  He told me that he had recently discovered a method that would catch fish on any  lake, any  time, and that he was going to let me in on the secret.  "It's a secret fly that nobody else knows and nobody else can tie.  I'm wondering if you could

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