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Tacky UV Resins... The End of the World?

Tacky UV Resins... The End of the World?

Simple solutions for tacky resin Alpha Predator with a resin head Over the past few years it seems like everyone has adopted the new UV resins as a substitute to normal Squeeze n' Mix 2 part epoxies.  Yes...  Bliss is defined as a resin that can be cured instantly to achieve ultimate and instant gratification.  All of the sudden we are putting epoxy backs on our Copper Johns and hard heads on our baitfish patterns instantly ! Ah yes, these are the good ol' days of fly tying where so many good things like UV resin are readily available to us.  This being said, there has been a lot of discussion and debate about what is the "best" resin to use.  To be honest - I like them all, but I'm a bit partial to Loon due to the fact that they are a stand up company that is all ears when their customers give them input, and they try to do what's best for the environment. Like any good thing, there is a caveat to having this miracle resin, and it's a HUGE

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Virtual Iron Fly - Followers vs. Flyfishfood

Virtual Iron Fly - Followers vs. Flyfishfood

Challenge us to create stuff This plethora of vises will help us get the job done. These "Iron Fly" challenges that are popping up around the country are pretty awesome...  We have wanted to participate for a while now, and it just so happens that the Iron Fly in SLC is on a night that we get to fill bags full of goodies for our customers.  We're 100% good with that, BUT we still want to do an Iron Fly-esqe thing that involves our customers and followers, and this type of thing has been suggested already by several of you.  We will try to have a theme (either for the fly, or for the materials suggested), and our followers will comment on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. with the materials they want to see us use.  Whoever is in the hot seat, whether it is Cheech or Curtis will have no input at all on the final list of materials to be used (we tend to be BRUTAL with each other).  Then, once the list is gathered, we hold a live YouTube event so you can

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Snook Snack - Baitfish

Snook Snack - Baitfish

A simple bait fish solution When I started tying these I really didn't have snook in mind specifically, but due to the saltwater state of mind that I have been in lately and the color selection I chose for the first few rounds of this fly, it kind of came out snookish.  That being said, I have modified this pattern in other colors for trout and bass too.  Also, like many of our other patterns, this one isn't going to re-invent the wheel by any means, but it will maybe open some doors of creativity in showing some different materials for a tail and how to stick eyes on a baitfish without encasing them in UV resin.  I have been really liking the movement of craft fur in the water so I chose to make the tail out of it on this version.  Perhaps the most useful tip you can pull out of this short video is the marker blending technique that I use on Bruiser Blend. ~ Cheech Recipe: Hook: Daiichi 3111 2/0 (BUY HERE) Thread: Uni 6/0 - White  (BUY HERE) Tail: Craft Fur - Tan

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The Tools We Don't Leave Home Without

The Tools We Don't Leave Home Without

Non-standard standards Turbo Dubbing Spinner and the Wasatch Fur Comb A few weeks ago, I did a presentation for a trout unlimited group and was asked to discuss the various new tools and doo-dads we use. Surprisingly enough, beyond the normal scissors, bobbins, bodkins and whip finishers, there are still a lot of tools that we find indispensable. So rather than only listing them all here in writing we decided to bust out the movie making equipment and show our ugly mugs again. So we chose a handful of tools that we really use day in and day out. And rather than recap the video below, here's a quick reference list to the tools we discussed: ** Click each one for more information ** Peak Hex Hair Stacker -- Magnum size Cohen's Fugly Packer Wasatch Fur Comb Gator Grips Quick Cut Whip Finisher Turbo Dubbing Spinner Stonfo Elite Roto-Dubbing Twister

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Tying vs. Buying - Which costs more?

Tying vs. Buying - Which costs more?

Creativity meets economics This fly sells for $10 There are a lot of reasons why people tie flies.  I really like the artistic outlet that I have on my vise and the ability to create basically anything I want.  Others might like the relaxation tying gives them, they might only tie to re-supply their standard fish catching patterns, or they may do it to save money.   I have heard this a million times that you will never save money by tying your own flies, and for me specifically (if I didn't sell them) I'd say that I would definitely NOT save money no matter how I try to justify having about 25,000 hooks on hand.  This being said, there is definitely a way to save money on flies if one is fairly methodical about it. Before I get into the actual money saving part, I'll preface this by saying that if you only buy flies you are limited by what is in the shop, or what is available online. Period.  If you want to so much as change the marabou color on a Wooly Bugge

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Articulated Complex Twist Bugger

Articulated Complex Twist Bugger

If it's good, add more meat Articulated Complex Twist Bugger I have to say that it's pretty rewarding to see all of our followers posting their successes with Complex Twist Buggers (CTB).  That technique has become more of a mainstay on my desk, and I have even modified some of my other patterns to incorporate that body style.  Shortly after I tied the original CTB I whipped up an articulated version with a much bulkier front half, and the results have been pretty good!  Instead of schlappen I decided to put a full plume of marabou into the loop.  I thought that the fibers would bind up something fierce, but after a slight tease with my trusty metal comb, the marabou spun up and wrapped up the shank just right.  Because of the number of materials used in this fly it's quite possible to make some insane color combinations to match the local forage.  Spin these up and post your results on our social media feeds. ~ Cheech Recipe: White/Tan/Gold Front Half

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The Huevo Frito: Alevin Trout or Salmon Pattern

The Huevo Frito: Alevin Trout or Salmon Pattern

A High Protein Streamer Alevin Fly Pattern A few years ago, a friend of mine was talking about an effective yet under-used style of fly pattern he uses each spring in waters where we fish for Brown and Rainbow Trout. Stories of gigantic hungry fish smashing this little helpless immature trout/salmon fry got me curious enough to mess around with a few patterns. However, it wasn't until recently that I got a hankering to tweak some of my first versions of an Alevin (pronounced "aləvən") that I drummed up this little guy. I call it the "Huevo Frito" (fried egg), in part cuz it's got an egg sack and in part because my nickname has been "Frito" for a good portion of my life. Makes sense but really doesn't matter I guess. Anyhoo...the kicker on this pattern is the tungsten bead/egg sac that will be tied in "belly scratcher" style and keep the super-sharp saltwater/streamer hook riding hook-point up. And it wouldn't be compl

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The Tube Fly Primer, Part 1: Why Tubes?

The Tube Fly Primer, Part 1: Why Tubes?

Tying Has Gone Down the Tubes A few years back, based primarily on the need to find a way to huck big bass poppers with my fly rod Tube fly, popper style without having to worry about gigantic hooks, I made the dive into tube flies. Once I started messing around with tubes, it really opened a whole new world of tying for me and has helped me produce some effective patterns over the years. And given some of the factors we'll go into here, it's definitely a tying method you should not be ignoring. Besides an excuse to buy more fancy tools and materials, there are some definite advantages to tube flies -- regardless of the specific patterns you'll be whipping up. First off, and this is the biggest advantage from my vantage point, you can tie a fly with a much bigger and longer profile without adding the weight and worry of a large hook. For me, it was the need to cast some bigger salt-water poppers. When I got into the size hooks that would match the big popper

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Articulated Trout Slider

Articulated Trout Slider

Warm up your deer hair and razor blades Trout Mega Slider For the past few months I have really been on a saltwater kick, but little did I know that the slider pattern would punch me straight in the teeth!  I'm addicted to tying these, but more importantly, I love how they look in the water.  They are almost like a suspending bug that doesn't plummet, but slides down through the water column.  It also happens to have a pretty bulky head to help it push insane amounts of water if you are in to that type of thing.  The cool part about this fly is that the head can be attached to about any style of fly you want as you see with our complex twist slider .  The body of this fly is gold ice dub (sparkle minnow style), and I'll be attaching this style of body to many more of my patterns!  Hope you enjoy the video.  Keep your razors sharp and your deer hair fat! ~ Cheech Updated Material List Add to Cart   View in store Hook : Gamakatsu B10S - 1

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