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Real. Easy. Parachute

Real. Easy. Parachute

Tidy up your parachutes Real. Easy. Parachute I remember when I got my first metz grizzly neck.  I went straight home confident that all of my hackle woes were solved, and that I would be able to tie top end flies just because I had better hackle. Well, the hackle helped, but I still had a lot to learn, specifically with parachutes.  Through the years, I have adopted several steps that have made my parachute tying life a LOT easier and cleaner.  As you watch the video, you will see some tips on tying in the biot, how to tie in the post without any bulk, and most importantly, how to tie off your parachute without ruining your work of art.  This pattern is more of a demonstration of techniques as opposed to a be-all end-all color combination.  Change up the body, tail, and basically any part of this fly...  Just incorporate the techniques in this video, and you will tie better parachutes. ~ Cheech Recipe: Hook: Daiichi 1110 #14-18 BUY Thread: UTC 70 - olive BUY Tail: S

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Real. Easy. Mayfly.

Real. Easy. Mayfly.

Great for skinny water When I was working my way through college, working in a local fly shop, one of my fellow shop rats invited me to head out and fish a PMD hatch early one June. As we ventured out, I made sure I had a few of my favorite PMD dry fly patterns at the ready. As we began fishing a very slow and glassy section of the river, my buddy was into fish right off the bat while I struggled to get any takers. My comparadun wasn't cutting it. I ended up swallowing my pride and took a peek at his pattern. It was nothing more than a hook with very sparse yellow dubbing and a few wraps of light dun hackle. No tail, no wings and nothing else. It was the only thing, on top, they'd eat that day. Since that time, I usually always have a variety of "sparse" style mayflies ready to roll.  This particular pattern is nothing fancy nor is it ground breaking, but I've been on a kick lately incorporating UV resin coated bodies into my dry flies. Surprisingly

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Ice Wing Pupa - Caddis

Ice Wing Pupa - Caddis

A simple pupa that fish can't resist Ice Wing Pupa There aren't many times that I catch fish faster than when the fish are keying on caddis pupae in the summer time.  Because of this, I really love fishing caddis pupa patterns and I typically have about 1,297 of them in my boxes.  The thing about caddis patterns is that you need a pretty wide variety in order to ensure that you have the bug that the fish want on a given day.  Instead of trying to dial in each exact specie and type of bug, I just carry a few shades and sizes of green/olive, amber, tan, and orange.  The ice wing caddis is designed to be tied in bulk and many of the fine details (wing pads, antennae, etc) are omitted in order to make it a quicker tie.  Guess what?  The fish don't care.  It reminds me of a little saying that a good buddy told me "If it looks like a caddis pupa, and it talks like a caddis pupa, you are drunk.  Caddis pupae don't talk."  This fly is similar to our Ice Wing

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Product Review: Loon Flow UV Resin

Product Review: Loon Flow UV Resin

Thin, tack free UV resin for a great price Loon's new all-star...  Flow Your fly boxes should be tacky...  not your resin. Jolly Rancher Chironomid, (video tutorial below) The first time I used UV resin it was loon wader repair, and I was patching some holes in my over-used waders that have now been recycled.  Not long after that I was trying to use it for tying flies, but the tack factor really turned me off and I didn't use it again for several years.  Had I known that the tack could easily be overcome with a light coat of head cement, I probably would have kept right on using it.  Fast forward to now, and I have many different bottles of UV resins on my desk that all have their place and application.  In the battle for the "best" resin, Clear Cure Goo Hydro quickly became my favorite because it was really thin and cured tack free.  The only downside to Hydro was that it was pretty expensive for a bottle even though it lasts a long time.  Curtis an

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The Ultimate Hackle Throwdown

The Ultimate Hackle Throwdown

The Hackle Comparison Nerdalysis Dueling Wulffs This post has been a LONG time in the making. You could say it began about 20 years ago when I bought my first neck -- a crappy cheap India neck from a local fly shop -- on my search for a decent hackle at a decent price. Not only did the webby hackled flies I tied from that neck not float at all, but the sizes were all over the board and they were difficult to tie with. Had I known back then what I know today, I would have saved a few more pennies and sprung for a good neck early on rather than get by with a much inferior product. Cheech - I have dabbled in many of the different hackles that are available - I have my preferences - but it seems as if there are a lot of guys who claim that a certain brand is superior just because it's what they have.  These are the good old days of tying, and we are truly spoiled with the quality of materials that are available - especially the hackle.  I really don't think there is such

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The Blingnobyl Continues to Perform

The Blingnobyl Continues to Perform

Not sure why, but it works Bonneville Cutthroat that inhaled a Pink Bling We have written quite a bit on the background and results of fishing this pattern  here ,  here  and here . Considering this spring and summer we've really been throwing it a lot more, it makes sense to push out another update with some more pictures. Although we've fished a few minor variations, the main style of the pattern has held true. Now with the store featuring most of the materials, including the fancy sparkle foam , it's a good time to get some of these tied up. They're super-easy to tie and float like a cork. Sparkle Foam Material List (see video tutorial below) Hook :  Gamakatsu S10 Dry Fly #8   -- Buy Here -- Thread : UTC GSP 100 Red or  MFC Premium Thread, Pink 3/0   -- Buy Here -- Under-body :  Pearl Cactus Chenille  or  MFC Lucent Chenille (Small)     Body :  Glitter Craft Foam (Pink 2mm)  glued to  2mm Fly Tying Foam ,  Cut to shape Legs : Rai

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Transitional Midge Emerger

Transitional Midge Emerger

Fripple Style Fripple Midge Emerger One thing about a lot of different hatches -- midges included -- is that there tends to be a fairly distinct transition period as the fish start to focus on different phases of the hatch. Whether it's a larva-to-pupa or a pupa-to-adult or just plain adult phase, it's important to remember that the hatch will progress and that what a fish was focusing on 10 minutes ago, might not be what they're focusing on right now. It's during those transitional phases where it's a good idea to have a "cross-phase" pattern. Cutthroat Trout who liked to eat midges The Fripple pattern, as I've written about before , is a great pattern for mayflies because it can cross the emerger/adult/cripple phases and be a lot of things to a lot of fish. Think of it as more of a cross-dressing jack-of-all-trades. The Fripple Midge Emerger has that same idea in mind. I've found it to fish equally well during the beginning of a

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Ice Wing Caddis - Deer Hair Dubbing Loop

Ice Wing Caddis - Deer Hair Dubbing Loop

Durable, Buoyant, and Effective Ice Wing Caddis in olive. I have been playing with some new tools and techniques on the tying bench for the last few months, and one of the flies that came out of my tinkering is too good not to share.  Recently Stonfo came out with a thread splitting tool that I had to get my grubby mitts on to try for myself.  I have played with split thread loops in the past, but never really got too excited about them due to the time it would take to find the center of 70 denier thread, and poke a needle through it.  While there is a short learning curve with the thread splitter, it really cuts down on the time that I take to split the thread.  It seems like just about everything that can possibly go into a dubbing loop has found its way into one on my desk, and my eyes were really opened when I aligned some comparadun deer hair and put it in the loop.  You will have to check out the video to see the full effect of the technique, but I essentially created

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