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UV Resin Shootout

UV Resin Shootout

Resin is Resin right?  Wrong... Disclaimer! Before I jump into this post, I just want to be clear that most of these resins that I tested are VERY GOOD.  The differences between a high score and a low score are very very small.  Also, you can create your own ratings based on what you think are the most important attributes of resin.  This being said, we tie everything from tiny midges to huge sailfish flies, and we have used resin in most of these applications.  Based on our experiences on the tying bench and through these tests, we have come to these conclusions. There is nothing quite like a good disclaimer to start out a post right???  Light cured resins...  While they have been around for many years, they have become more and more mainstream in the past little while, and I think that a lot of companies are starting to crack the code to make very quality products.  I remember the first time I saw flies with very elaborate epoxy work, and the first thing I thought Resi

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Hambone

Hambone

Catch fish, or season a pot of beans Hambone Several years ago I went to Phoenix on a business trip, and as I usually do, I stopped in a fly shop to "check it out."  Little did I know that I had walked into Arizona Flyfishing; the shop that was owned by the godfather of dubbing - John Rohmer.  His walls were covered top to bottom with all types of dubbing, and I left with some goodies that day.  I was introduced to the simi seal leech that day, and I also talked to him about fishing for bass with baitfish patterns; specifically one of his flies that he used superglue to shape the head.  The technique was very simple, and I tied and fished some with great success.  I never really added a lot of those to my arsenal because my fishing priorities changed a bit, but the important part of that trip was that I learned a great technique by listening to someone much more experienced than I was.  The super glue head technique came in very handy on the Hambone. The Hambon

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Craft Fur Dubbing Brush

Craft Fur Dubbing Brush

Speed up your complex streamers Dubbing Brushes with some Hambone flies As many of you know by now, I love to tie streamers with dubbing loops.  Dubbing loops are a great way to place a material on a fly with maximum durability and full body.  It really wasn't until a few months ago that I decided to give my hand a try with dubbing brushes because we had just ordered about every color of craft fur under the sun.  I was determined to get over my love/hate relationship with craft fur and start using it more in my patterns.  I was building loops with a couple colors of craft fur and putting in flash, but I realized that I probably ought to just build brushes if I was going to get any more complex.   My biggest beef with the dubbing brush jigs/tables that I had seen was that they left very little room for longer fibers once you start to twist them.  I wanted table that I could remove once I started twisting the brush so I could ensure that none of the long fibers would b

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Complex Twist Bugger

Complex Twist Bugger

Complexity in a simple form Complex Twist v2.0  ***UPDATE*** Do you have a fly that always ends up making it's way onto your line because it just plain works?  As many of you might know I really like trying new patterns and branching out to explore new patterns, but when the going gets tough, or if I need to have a fly on my line that I'm 100% confident in, it's the Complex Twist Bugger (CTB).  The brown and black CTB has produced when other flies have not, and I caught the biggest fish of my life this spring on it (caught and landed are two separate things right?) The Complex Twist Bugger has been an absolute beast for us this year, and we have made a few changes to the pattern that we'll share here.  I have been using a cone head (both brass and tungsten) and a better hook, and I have even switched out one of the strands of chenille for another color of schlappen (yes, two pieces of schlappen for one fly.) Check out the secret recipes below the new vid

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The Beginner Corner: 4 Flies And The Materials To Get Started

The Beginner Corner: 4 Flies And The Materials To Get Started

A material and fly list for beginners Your fly tying room, once you get addicted Out of the many questions we get sent to us via email or messages on social media etc, one of the more common, especially for beginners, is what materials or flies should they focus on while learning the ropes. So let's talk about that question here... First off, there's really no right or wrong answer. It really depends on what you'll be fishing for and subsequently the bugs you'll be tying that ultimately determines your material selection. However, there are a few skills that can be learned on fairly simple fly patterns that can translate universally to other more complex flies as you gain more experience. So our first recommendation is that even though you might be living in Florida and plan on fishing for Tarpon, these are some patterns that you could start with just to nail down those skills. We'll focus on a few of those patterns as well as a list of materials to cove

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How to Fish Undercover

How to Fish Undercover

6 pointers to improve your hero shots Largemouth Bass caught in Pelican Lake, UT Have you ever had this terrifying act happen to you while fishing?  Before I delve into this serious subject, I want to just explain that there need to be two willing parties to make this work.  1- The "Dude" and not the Big Lebowski type of dude.  The Dude is the guy in all of the pics regardless of who catches the fish.  2- The "Wing Man."  This is the guy who gets to use the Dude's camera to take pics of said Dude.  No real photography skills are needed for this role because all cameras come with the little "green camera" auto setting that ensures that you will be automatically awesome on Instagram, Facebook, and your local pissing match forum. This excerpt is directed at the Dude.   NOT the Wing Man:  You are fishing your secret spot that is probably public water that may or may not be accessible to the jackwads that frequent the interwebs.  It's just

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5 Tying Station No-No's

5 Tying Station No-No's

Just say "NO" I realize this post might not go over well with a lot of people, but sometimes you just gotta help your friends make some informed decisions. And before anyone that reads this wants to punch me in the face because you're doing these things, I'll admit I've been guilty of most of these babies, so there you go! We're trying to help you from making the same mistakes we did. 1. Spooled threads and materials that are stored on those awesome spindle thingies. Here's an example of what I mean with the photo on the right. "What's wrong this this?!!" you ask. Well for starters, what color thread is under the blue wire on the third row back? Yeah, I thought so. Even if you didn't have this staggered setup and could see each spindle in its entirety, you'd still have to remove the top spools to get to anything underneath them. Too much work. Beyond that, having your thread out in the wide open like that turns it into a d

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