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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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 watch us struggle to tie a fly that is somewhat usable.  The tyer will have no knowledge of the final list of materials chosen until the night of the live event.

I did this once at a family reunion when all of my brothers challenged me to tie a fly 100% out of materials from the shed.  I could use a hook and thread from my kit, but everything else was shed fodder.  What came of that was called the Weed Whacker Special tied out of twine, weed whacker line, and some flashy junk from a Christmas ornament.  Yes it worked... barely.  

Here's how it works.  

  1. We set a theme and a date
  2. You suggest the materials (via blog, social media, etc)
  3. We tie the fly during a live Youtube event
  4. You ridicule us while we struggle at the vise
  5. We either succeed or fail to make a usable fly.
  6. After the event there will be a drawing to win the fly that we tied and a small goodie bag.

You can suggest fly tying materials, stuff from the dollar store, etc etc.  One key to having your material selected is that it should be readily available.  If it's hard to find or really expensive, it likely won't make the list.

So here goes...

Date:  March 5, 2015 7:00 pm (Mountain time in 'Murica)
Theme: Meat (This will get more creative as we go on)

Start giving us your suggestions in the comments below and on social media.  More details once we get closer to March 5th.

Somehow I feel like we are going to regret this... but it will be for your entertainment.


  1. Awesome topic- I wish you guys luck, it will be fun for sure.

  2. I'd wanna see you tie with a house key!

    1. And we have our first dick material of the day haha. Great choice Andy. Brutal, but great.

      I suggest a Postage Stamp.

    2. I could actually pull off the house key no problem. I could use it as the weighting system on a belly scratcher pattern.

  3. The "Everything but the Sink: Weekend Chores Edition Fly"
    Grocery Bag
    Dryer Lint
    Terry Cloth
    Twist Tie from a Bread Bag

    Good Luck!
    This should be fun.

  4. There are some great suggestions here I am not sure what your going to do with a house key good luck with that. The material I am going to suggest wont be hard to use but I think it would be fun to see you use it. I would like to see you guys use cat fur. I bet Uncle Ken has some stray cats that wont miss a couple patches of fur. I don't advocate animal cruelty so you don't have to harvest the hole fur just a couple snips with the clippers should do the trick. It is possible you may have harvested some already for your buddies in

    1. Well, I do have a fly that I used to tie called the "Figaro Special." It was a great fly until my sister in law noticed the missing patches of hair from ol' Figaro.

  5. I'll throw out buck tail to make it sporting.

  6. 1. Collared Peccary Tusk.

    2. Natural Lamb Skin Membrane.

    3. Spanish Silkworm Gut.

    1. If you provide it, I'll lash it to the hook.

    2. Email me your mailing address and I'll have all three items in on the way to you next week.

  7. Let's see a FFF Hot Melt Glue Fly...

  8. Senko Minnow, Tungsten Minnow Weight, Power Bait

  9. AZ Diamond Dub, Marabou, Rubber band, thimble (you might not have this), christmas tinsel, shoe lace, your hair,

  10. How about a Costco fly? Nothing that wasn't bought at costco except for hook and thread. p.s. A Costco Crawdad would be sweet!

  11. Paper. No kidding. Hook, thread... fine. NO adhesives... Pure paper... Tie a fly of varying textures using paper. Even better if it is colored paper and could catch at least 1 fish. Go ahead... I triple dog dare you :)

  12. Only using material from your body. Hair, belly button lint, ext. How far are you willing to go?!

  13. I want you to deconstruct one of Uncle Ken's flies and use those materials to create another fly.

  14. Trojan Magnum , spanish moss, liberace's boa and some corn cob.

  15. Since your theme is meat, how about the plastic "meat" from a child's play kitchen. Chicken, steak, whatever is available.

  16. Vacuum a floor of your choosing. Whatever the vacuum is able to pick up is what you're allowed to use.

  17. What's meat without a potato?
    Beef suet or fat chunk from a roast
    Blood, either human or animal
    Animal bone
    Chicken skin
    Blood tampon thing from a meat package
    Grass or hay
    Chicken foot