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Fripple 2.0

Fripple 2.0

A Mayfly imitation worth a look The story of the Fripple goes back a number of years to a lazy day on the bank of the river watching the blue winged olives hatch. I noticed that the fish were not keying on the high-floating soon-to-fly-away able bodied adults, but rather on the bugs that we still struggling to leave the surface of the water. This drove me to the vise and, after a few iterations over the following days, I decided on a spent-wing style imitation. The Fripple has provided me some great fishing over the years in all sizes and colors to cover anything from a drake to a PMD.  Fast forward a few years and Fripple 2.0 is the mayfly focus these days for me. Coupled with my Aero-baetis , I've got two new solid confidence flies for hitting any mayfly hatch. Here's a fella that, along with a bunch of his friends this day, slammed the fly all afternoon... Brown trout on the Fripple 2.0 Material List Hook : Daiichi 1160, #14-#18  (+) Thread : Dan

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A Great Pre-Hatch Baetis Nymph

A Great Pre-Hatch Baetis Nymph

Aero-Baetis FTW! Aero-Baetis Nymph I'm often reminded of a time I hit the river for some spring Baetis or Blue Winged Olive action a number of years ago. It was mid-morning and as I walked by one of my favorite dry fly sections of the river, there was a dude just sitting on the bank watching the water. I, at first, figured he was keenly observing the water to figure out what first to tie on. As I approached and spoke to him briefly, however, it turned out he was "staking out" his spot on the river for the hatch that was about two or three hours away. I passed by, finished up with a fine day of fishing and then ran into him again on the way back to my truck. Turns out the hatch hadn't quite materialized and he hadn't ended up catching more than a couple of fish all day. I mention this because it uncovers a side of fly fishing we often forget about or overlook -- the hatch leading up to the hatch. Indeed this day the fish didn't come up to take dry

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Craft Store Recon

Craft Store Recon

Places where I don't belong... The nice oldish lady in the bead aisle at the craft store gave me a sideways glance and a funny look as if to say I was obviously lost and probably needed help finding the sporting goods store because I was invading her happy place. I wasn't lost but I was tempted to let loose with a good crop-dusting as I walked by her. The place needed more man-scents but I doubt it would overcome the Martha Stewart-ish smells that dominate craft stores. Anyhoo...back on task. Whether you want to stick out like a sore thumb, try to covertly shop or show up in drag, craft stores are a gold-mine for the fly tyer. I have three decent sized craft stores within a few miles of my house (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Michael's) and I usually do tying recon missions fairly often. They bring in and feature new products VERY frequently so you will usually find new things every time you visit. Here's a quick run down: Feathers: You'd actually be surpr

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Fly Tying Workstations: What's best?

Fly Tying Workstations: What's best?

Decide the style of station that suits you best From time to time, we get asked what our tying stations look like and subsequently what we'd recommend to others thinking about either getting into tying or coming up with a better or more organized/efficient setup. This happens to be a loaded question and doesn't have a simple answer. The solution can vary depending on how much space you have, how many materials you have (or will have) and how mobile you want your entire tying work place to be. And no matter what you option choose, make sure you do what fits your style the best. Here are a few suggestions to consider: If you have the space available, look at more of a permanent setup from the get-go. Whether it's a man-cave in your spare bedroom or a hide-away roll-top desk or other "hidden" work station furniture in a main area of your house or apartment, a permanent setup will undoubtedly lead to more time at the vise. Many years ago when I was living in

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Peak Hair Stackers

Peak Hair Stackers

I am a sucker for tying tools, and I have about everything I will need to tie flies for the next several centuries. This didn't make me any less excited when my Peak hair stackers came.  I like to work with deer hair and buck tail a lot, and without a good set of stackers this can be a very frustrating task.  I began immediately by tying a big ol' meaty bullethead, because it would be a good pass/fail test for the magnum stacker.  It performed brilliantly, and what impressed me the most, was the design of the stacker that allowed me to extract the hair without having to pull it out as far as a traditional stacker.  As you can see in the picture, you don't have to pull a sleeve out of the body of the stacker; you simply pull off the bottom, making it easier to keep the tips aligned.  In addition to the innovative functional design, they are shaped in hexagons so they don't roll off the desk while tying.  All of the above is all good, but one feature of this stacker tru

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Changing up royalty

Changing up royalty

This Prince wants a change Mylar Prince Purple Mylar Prince The Prince Nymph is one of those flies that works in rivers, lakes, and for multiple species.  I typically have many of them in my box, and they have almost become one of those "last resort" flies that does the trick after I have almost tried EVERYTHING in my box.  The other thing that I really like about the Prince Nymph is that they can be tied in such a wide array of variations.  You can change the biot colors, or change them to other materials all together.  You can change the body from peacock to wire, mylar, dubbing, biots, etc.  The hook can also be played with; as you see we have tied this fly on a curved shank hook instead of the traditional straight shanked hook. These modifications can also be done to almost any fly out there, so don't be afraid to get a little crazy at the vise.  Remember, you won't know if the fish are going to eat it until you feed it to them. Cheech Yo

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