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Flymen Fishing Company: Mohawk Sculpin

Flymen Fishing Company: Mohawk Sculpin

Tying with the Sculpin Helmet Update**  This brown version of the Mohawk Sculpin proved irresistible to some hungry Cutts. Recipe: Hook: Allen B200 #8 Head:  Fish Skull Sculpin Helmet  - small brown Tail/Overbody: Spirit River Dos Jailed Rabbit UV2 - sculpin Underbody: Arizona Simi Seal - crawdad Fins: Silicon Streamer Legs - speckled green pumpkin I opted not to put eyes on this fly to see how it would work...  No issues at all. Fish Skull Mohawk Sculpin I have to admit that I have been a bit reluctant to tie with some of the new products that have come out lately, but I finally got my hands on some Sculpin Helmets from Flymen Fishing Co.  I think we have all seen about everything there is to tie with these, so I decided that I'd throw my hat into the ring.  As you will see with this video, the Mohawk Sculpin is kind of a play on our popular El Sculpito pattern, but this one has much more of a darting motion due to the more aerodynamic and heavy

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Trokar Fly Tying Contest Winner

Trokar Fly Tying Contest Winner

Congratulations to Richard Swenson Swenson's Winning Fly Many thanks to all of you who submitted patterns.  It was a very hard decision, but the prize goes to Richard Swenson for his efforts in tying this meaty bundle of goodness.  I asked Richard about his fly, and he said  " I wanted an articulated streamer that was a take off on the highly successful Platte River Special color scheme."  I think he has done that very well. There is something about this fly that makes me either want to tie it, or invite Richard to go fishing so I can steal it out of his box!  For his efforts, Richard will get a care package from Trokar hooks. Here is the recipe: Rear Hook: Daiichi 2461 #1/0 Thread:  GSP 100, Veevus BUY HERE Tail:  Y ellow marabou, topped with medium brown marabou BUY HERE Body:  Montana Fly Company large gold Lucent Chenille BUY HERE Hackle:   Brown dyed grizzly schlappen, Whiting Overwing:   Medium brown marabou, topped with yellow pea

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Lunch Lady: A Chunky Streamer for Hungry Fish

Lunch Lady: A Chunky Streamer for Hungry Fish

"I know you like em' sloppy!!!!" Two Tone Lunch Lady Mega Lunch Ladies tied on 5/0 hooks As all of you know by now, I'm pretty addicted to throwing big nasty streamers at trout, and we have done tutorials on the Cheech Leech , Mongrel Meat , and Double Wide Cheech Leech , to name a few.  With the new development of our Bruiser Blend dubbing, I wanted to focus on a fly that used it's properties to get a certain action.  Bruiser blend is a great mix of bulk and movement because it slims down in the water just a bit, but not too much.  It's also moves in the water just enough, but not too much (I know it's kind of confusing).  The Lunch Lady uses a healthy portion of bruiser blend on the head, and the action that you get in the water is a rocking back and forth motion as you strip it through the water.  This might drive some of you nuts, but it actually is a pretty good representation of a smaller fish that is under stress.  This fly looks pre

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Trokar Tying Contest

Trokar Tying Contest

The ultimate "meat" fly 4/0 Trokar Meat Minnow tied with a Bruiser Blend dubbing head We are going to host a fly tying contest in conjunction with Trokar hooks for the ultimate "Meat" fly.  This fly should be large and in charge, designed to take down the most gnarly of flesh eating predators that swim in your waters.  This could be big trout, barracuda, sailfish, musky, or other carnivore.  You have until 4/26 to submit your fly for the contest.  The winner will receive an awesome care package of goodies from both Fly Fish Food, and Trokar. Here is how to enter: 1- Tie up some awesomeness (a fly) 2- Take a good quality picture of said awesomeness (fly) 3- Post your picture on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram, and tell us what your target species is with it. 4- Make sure to use #trokarcontest on your pictures 5- Wait anxiously to find out if you won. You can enter one fly and one fly only.  If you submit two flies, we will only judge

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You only really need one fly

You only really need one fly

The rest is fly box decoration A fly box with a few flies If I had a fly for every time someone looked at one of my fly boxes and either said "wow, that's a lot of flies, but there's really only one fly you need to tie and that's the <insert woolly bugger, Ken's Peacock King or the super-duper secret fly xyz here>" or "you're never going to fish all them flies in there", I'd have a huge box of flies for people to gawk at and wonder why I have so many flies. Think about that for a while. So why then, do we really carry so many flies in all different sizes, colors and styles when we honestly have no chance of using even a fraction of them? Beyond the obvious OCD collection affliction we all suffer from, we worry so much that there will come a time when only that "one fly" will work and worse, we don't know when nor what that fly might be on that given day, so we keep stocking and we keep stocking. I think we all l

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I've Got Worms

I've Got Worms

Turn your last resort into your first choice Spinoff of Mickey's UV Juan Several years ago before the age of crazy work schedules and kids, I found myself fishing my favorite tailwater a couple times a week.  One day I hiked down to my favorite hole to find that the water levels had risen just enough to make the fishing more difficult, and I was hiving to re-think my whole strategy about fly presentation.  This was frustrating because my go-to super special sauce flies weren't getting the love that they surely required.  I found a slower eddy, and finally managed a pretty little brown that surely was starving.  When I reached down to take my fly out, I noticed that the fish had been absolutely gorging itself on aquatic worms - so much so that there were worms all caught in its teeth.  I reached for the box that I kept at the bottom of my pack (because it was embarrassing to have a box full of nothing but worms) and tied on what would save the day for me, but more impo

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Book Review: Dynamic Nymphing by George Daniel

Book Review: Dynamic Nymphing by George Daniel

If you nymph, you must read this book I had been somewhat interested in Czech/Polish/Euro/Tight-line style nymphing ever since I was introduced to it by my very fishy friends Ryan Barnes and Lance Egan a number of years ago. It seemed for me, at least, more of just a switch in tactics to fit the style of fishing for the international competitions and besides, I had lost interest in nymphing for the most part so it didn't really grab my attention enough to dig into it much. It wasn't until the last couple of years that I really saw the vision of what some of these other nymphing techniques brought to the table. And once I read "Dynamic Nymphing", it opened up a whole new world of fishing to me.   As part of my nymphing re-awakening, I've had the chance to fish with and talk to a few guys that really have the Euro style down pat. I was most impressed with the insane catch rates and the fact you can really cover a lot of different water you normally wouldn'

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5 things I learned from being a gear hucking hillbilly

5 things I learned from being a gear hucking hillbilly

fly fishing vs. just fishing Raiders hat + Bob Marley shirt + 50 pound braid = HUGE bass I always get a kick out of people who say yeah I   fly   fish.  Well whoopty-friggin-doooo.  Don't get me wrong here - I LOVE fly fishing, but when the term "fly-fishing" is thrown out there like it's some kind of status symbol I always get a bit of a chuckle.  The majority of the time when I'm fishing it's with a fly, but fly fishing isn't always the most effective way to catch fish.  Just to give a little bit of back-story on this - I grew up in a small town in Utah, and really didn't start fishing with anything other than a wad of velveeta cheese on a hook until I was about 21.  I gradually made the change to lures, then I got a float tube, then I got introduced to fly tying and fly fishing, then I sold ALL of my non-fly fishing stuff etc. etc. you get the picture?  You guys probably all know this so-called progression of fishing that we all perceive to h

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Weighty Considerations of Fly Design

Weighty Considerations of Fly Design

Put your flies on a diet Slim version of a callibaetis nymph I had good reminder of a basic concept on fly selection last year when it comes to how fish will and won't take flies. I was fishing a high mountain lake with crystal clear water and was casting to a pod of very nice fish suspended about 6 feet down in 15 feet of water. They were actively feeding on Callibaetis nymphs, but not moving too much up or down. "Easy pickings", I'm thinking to myself as I slap on a proven nymph pattern and dropped it from my trusty indicator. Not only could I see the fish ignore my pattern, but they were also giving me the middle fin and laughing as I stood there in rejection. However, as I continued to watch their behavior reacting to my fly, a couple of things became apparent. First off, they did not like the fly just hanging there in front of their faces as it tends to do whilst connected to a floating indicator. Secondly, while the fly did garner some attention from a f

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Trout Fishin' Super Flies

Trout Fishin' Super Flies

Guaranteed that you will limit out in a half hour The ever deadly Fatty Longtail Rarely are we privileged with the opportunity to see these top-secret flies that only my Uncle Ken can tie.  The last time I was using them, the DNR came and checked my line and told me that it was unethical to use something so effective.  In fact, Utah has teamed up with 7 other western states to try to make them illegal, and there is a good chance that you will no longer be able to fish them after 2014.  Without further adieu, I present three weapons of trout destruction.

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