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The Project Cicada

The Project Cicada

Another Go-To Crunch Bug Project Cicada (v. 2) I had a friend ask the other day "why retool or re-design a Cicada pattern when you have a good one already in the ' Sickada '?". I guess I rarely look at any pattern without thinking of how I can improve or change it -- sometimes just for given conditions or purposes and other times...just because I can. So earlier this spring, after a long tying session whipping up a bunch of Project Hoppers , a few ideas and techniques there carried over to improving an already good Sickada pattern. So rather than just revamp what we had before, I wanted to give this pattern more of the "Project" moniker because it's indeed been a longer term project fly. Some of the bigger differences are the technique to make the body (much easier now) and using the heated-foam technique for shaping the body a bit more realistically. The overall profile and wing method is relatively unchanged, although we throw in some para-post

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Top 10 Summer Dry Fly Patterns

Top 10 Summer Dry Fly Patterns

Feed them the floating protein... 'Tis the season to be throwing dry flies, and in many cases, BIG dry flies.  We have been having a blast throwing flies that consist mostly of foam and rubber legs, and it's a blast to see the wide variety of "eats" on these flies.  Some fish are so confident that they simply rise to a juicy hopper like it's a delicate mayfly, while others launch their whole body out of the water because they eat the fly so aggressively.  We though we would give you a rundown of what has frequented our boxes this summer. Here is our top 10 in no particular order (Click the name for the story) Blingnobyl Ant - This fly is pretty unconventional in regards to colors, but many a summer fish has tried to eat it and digest it all in the same motion. Grumpy Frumpy - Still Cheech's favorite dry fly of all time.  It often gets tied on after other patterns get the nose from the trout.  They usually end up with a sore mouth/lip/tongue.  W

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Complex Twist Mouse

Complex Twist Mouse

Pushing water in a lake near you Chug Chug Chug... SLURP. News flash...  Fish eat mice.  You already know that, but we might underestimate how important a mouse might be for a large predatory fish that makes a living sucking down protein all day (or night... yes, most definitely night.)  We have all seen the pictures on the internet where a fish is gutted and is filled to the brim with mice, but how do they get there?  Good question, but I kind of have a theory.  Mice have two things going for them that make them excellent fare for fish.  1- They aren't the brightest creatures in the world and scurry about like me looking for the cotton candy section at a convenience store.  Fast and furious, 100 mph all the time.  This speed and determination often ends up in them taking a wrong turn at Albuquerque and boom... they are in the water.  2- They are excellent swimmers. If you have ever seen a mouse swim you will understand what I'm saying.  They use their whole body

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Allen Exterus Packs

Allen Exterus Packs

A Great Lineup of Fly Fishing Packs Exterus Ebb Series Large Sling Pack I've used a lot of different styles of fishing packs over the years. Up until most recently, in order to accommodate my big DSLR camera and lenses, I had been using a camera/lens specific sling bag that I had adjusted in order to double as a fishing bag. It wasn't until earlier this year, when I upgraded my camera outfit to a much smaller lighter weight mirrorless setup, that I could once again consider a more standard style fishing pack. Before going much further, let me clarify my requirements. First off, I hate traditional vests and haven't worn one for over 20 years. I like to have nothing in the way of my arms when I cast yet I like to have easy access to my gear. I also don't like the idea of a back-pack style system because you end up having to remove it to gain access to your stuff. So most of my packs over the years have either been hip or fanny pack style or sling back style (or j

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Vedavoo Limited Edition Gear

Vedavoo Limited Edition Gear

Quality gear made in America The Bench Basin...  Keeping the trash where it should be. By the raise of hands, who likes gear that falls apart?  Neither do I.  Several months ago we reached out to well known manufacturer of bulletproof gear - Vedavoo.  Vedavoo is synonymous with creating functional gear that will last a lifetime of use, and we are excited that they agreed to make some of their gear with our logo on it.   When I talked with Scott, the head cook bottle washer at Vedavoo, he was excited about making our gear for us even though they were "slammed" with orders at the time.  Being so busy with orders is a sign of a very well made product, and we were more than willing to wait a while for our stuff to be made.  Upon the arrival of our Vedavoo products, we were super impressed with the amount of detail that went in to each piece.  We can appreciate what it takes to make a quality product in any sort of quantity here in the USA.  Similar to tying a custom

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Project Hopper

Project Hopper

Welcome to Project Hopper The Project Hopper is just that - a project.  This fly has been in the process of being made for about 2 years now (as of 2015) and will probably still be tweaked and modded based on fishing situations. Different hooks When you leave your car in anticipation of hitting the water in mid to late summer it's always a good thing to see hoppers flying around on the trail to the river or lake.  You are sure that the fish will be shamelessly slamming these big morsels of steak floating awkwardly downstream.  One summer I got schooled by a lack of selection in my hopper game, and the problem was that I thought I had my hoppers all figured out.  I didn't.  Up to this point the Stoneflopper was about all I needed when a hopper situation came up, and this day was going to be a good Stoneflopper day.  The problem was that the fish would come over to the fly only to give it a good stare down and a window shop before returning to their feeding lanes.  T

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