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Product Review: Clear Cure Goo

Product Review: Clear Cure Goo

A product that has truly revolutionized my tying Not too many years ago, I found myself struggling with the epoxy conundrum: Basically is it worth throwing epoxy on fly patterns given its curing time and all the other challenges that come along with that? I usually found myself opting out of using epoxy in situations where I would have liked to use it, but just didn't want to mess with it all. Then along came the Clear Cure Goo revolution. This is a great product line that will literally put a totally different spin on both the patterns you tie and the workflow that you use to tie patterns that would normally use a traditional epoxy. Now there are a large variety of Goo styles, including, Thin, Brushable, Tack-Free, Thick, Flex, Fleck and so on, but our favorite is, hands-down, the Hyrdo. It's the perfect viscosity and will cure tack-free. But best of all, when it comes to this great UV Cure resin product, you can literally use it on a huge variety of flies. Midge

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Streamers are investments

Streamers are investments

Fish your streamers tough, but tie them tougher. Brown Trout on the Mongrel Meat I think everyone who tie flies has had this happen before.  You spend extra time and care creating the perfect  streamer, and when you show it to your "Wooly-bugger-or-die" buddy, he says sarcastically "Man, I sure hope you don't lose that thing." Double Wide Cheech Leech Just like anything else, tying flies can be relatively inexpensive and time consuming, or it can be very expensive and time consuming depending on a lot of variables.  I have no issue with trying to save money on fly tying materials (See THIS about our craft store adventures) but there are certain circumstances where, in my opinion, it is worth it to go all out on a fly.  One of these circumstances is tying and buying streamer patterns.  With all the bells and whistles, fancy epoxy eyes, lazer sharpened hooks, GPS homing systems, and attack grenades that you can fit onto a streamer these days, the

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Wasatch Fly Tying and Fishing Expo

Wasatch Fly Tying and Fishing Expo

Great Expo in Utah http://www.wasatchexpo.com Gut Bomb Bloodworm For about the last 10 years, Curtis and I have teamed up to tie flies at the expos that have come through Utah.  For the past 8 years we have had the privilege of tying flies at the Wasatch Fly Tying and Fishing Expo, and it's a great gathering of many skilled fly tiers and fly fishers.  This year we are going to both be presenting both days all day... (March 28th and 29th)  The expo is not only held to bring together people with similar interests, it is also a great fund raiser for fish conservation.  For more information about the expo, check out the web site listed above. Also, Curtis and I have something cool up our sleeves, so make sure you stop by and say hello.  Trust me - our fly display won't be easily forgotten (and not because of the flies). ~Cheech Pink Humpy

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Film Review: Kiss the Water

Film Review: Kiss the Water

A Film by Eric Steel A while back, we were given the opportunity to screen a new film that tells a story about the art of fly tying. Not being the type to pass up an opportunity to watch a good fly fishing film, I wasn't quite sure how well a film centered around fly tying would work. But as I began to watch the film, I was pleasantly surprised with the artistry, the well told story and how it all came together to form a very personal and compelling picture of fly tying and fly fishing for the people and places in the film. The film revolves around a well-known and widely respected Scottish fly tyer named Megan Boyd and her influence on the art of tying classic Atlantic salmon flies. Her story, as portrayed in the film and told by those who knew her over the years, shows a true dedication to the art of fly tying, starting from a young age, marked by a gritty determination to attain perfection in the flies she would tie. In addition to the focus on the eccentric Ms. Boyd, t

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The Economy of Thread Wraps

The Economy of Thread Wraps

clean up your small flies. The guys at Gink and Gasoline had a great post a few days ago about proportion and thread wraps when it comes to tying small flies.  Check it out HERE. If you haven't already, make sure you check out their blog http://www.ginkandgasoline.com/blog/  for great material on a day to day basis.

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Royal Wulff

Royal Wulff

A favorite for generations This fly really needs no introduction.  If you have fished with attractor flies, there is a good chance that you have caught fish with the Royal Wulff.  I was first introduced to it by my father in law when I first started fishing, and I caught my first fly rod fish on it.  As  my wife's grandpa used to say, "If a Royal Wulff isn't working, you might as well go home."  Fishing the Royal Wulff is pure bliss, while tying them can be pure agony.  My first attempts were about as ratty as they get, but they still caught plenty of fish.  As I progressed, I started making the wings out of turkey flats to make it a bit easier (yes.  they still caught plenty of fish).  The wings are the part of this fly that really make it or break it.  There are plenty of Royal Wulff videos on the internet, but I wanted to show some of the tips and tricks that I have learned over the years. ~ Cheech

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Bruiser Blend Dubbing

Bruiser Blend Dubbing

a new generation of streamer dubbing Brown Olive Bruiser Blend.  Fly "coming soon" Barf Brown Bruiser Blend Brown Olive Bruiser Blend I'm always on the lookout for new tying materials, and I have been known to make up my own when there isn't anything on the market that quite fits the bill.  I have about 5 bazillion different blends of dubbing that I have tried to implement in one fashion or another, and this year, I have been on the warpath in creating a dubbing that can be used for many purposes.  I started using Senyo's laser dub about a year ago, and was amazed with the versatility of the material and some of the applications that I came up with.  That being said, there were many times when I wished that it was a bit more fine, and longer in length.  I searched high and low, and have been able to find the perfect material to make this blend of dubbing.  I went through several blends of fibers before I settled on what is now called "

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Material Review: J:son RealSkin

Material Review: J:son RealSkin

Buggy Clothing for your flies J:son RealSkin Recently, we've had a chance to get our hands on some of the J:son products to mess around with in the lab. J:son is a company from Sweden and they specialize in materials geared to more realistic fly tying. Well, Cheech has been busy filling some new nymph boxes, and so first on the docket was the "RealSkin" product. It's a latex type material and comes pre-cut into a variety of widths (see the photo to the right). The first obvious applications are nymph bodies. In the stonefly pictured here, you'll notice the pronounced segmentation from the RealSkin. It's thick enough to give the natural-looking segmentation yet it doesn't stretch so much as to lose its thickness along the way. Cheech's RealSkin Stonefly Next up was a Czech style fly in Rock Roller flavors. Another nice thing about this product is that the colors don't fade much when stretched and there are some really buggy col

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5 unexplained mysteries of the fly fishing/tying universe

5 unexplained mysteries of the fly fishing/tying universe

Why do you do that?!!?? Euro Nymphing...  pfffft.  I only fish dry flies. There are things in fly fishing and fly tying, that for the life of me, I can't understand. WHY do people do them?  Maybe it's just the way they were taught, or maybe it's some type of superstition that I don't understand.  Here is a list of 5 things of those things that I'm just too dumb to understand.  Keep in mind that these rants (like this and this ) are just opinions and observations from an otherwise uneducated redneck from Vernal, UT. 1- The "Touchdown" formation Cheech is doing it all wrong here. HANDS UP!!! Setting the hook and fighting the fish with your hands directly over your head.  Yep.  You all have seen this if you have fly fished enough or have watched videos on the inter-webs.  a semi-pro guide is intently watching his indicator and sets the hook by promptly lifting his hands directly over his head.  He gets ALL fish (regardless of the size) on the

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Copper John -- Skwala Style

Copper John -- Skwala Style

How to get a two-toned body Two-Toned Skwala Style Copper John Sit back and get ready for a 2 hour long dissertation on the merits and history of fishing a Copper John. Or not. Suffice it to say, the CJ is a standard nymph pattern. Suffice it to say that here at Fly Fish Food, we tend to throw a curve at the "stand by" patterns. This is a round-about imitation of a Skwala Stonefly nymph. Obviously not exact and it's meant to be more of an overall searching pattern for the spring. It will sink like a rock and get down fast. The two-tone method on the wire is actually comprised of three separate strands of wire -- two yellow and one brown -- all wrapped forward at the same time. Check out the video to get the main idea. Two-Toned Skwala Copper John Material List Add to Cart   View in store Hook : Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless - 10       Bead : Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/32" (3.8mm)       Thread : Danville Flat Wa

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