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Selling Flies?

Selling Flies?

Can you make money in fly-eat-fly world? Low Fat Minnow - Perch Flavor Here is a question that I want you to keep in mind as you read this, and I ask you all because I have heard this debate a million times. Can you make money selling flies? Uncle Ken's famed Fatty Longtail The answer is yes and no depending on how you look at it...  The idea for this article came because I just got a bunch of spam comments in our Instagram feed from an account that was offering "top quality" "hand-tied" (that one always gets me) flies.  It wasn't even the Kenyans this time!!!  I always click on the profile link to see what kind of "top quality" we are working with here.  Well, their version of quality was certainly their own opinion, and the flies looked like they had been lashed together Uncle-Ken style with Mee-Maw's sewin' thread.  That's all fine and good, and I appreciate his fervor for being fly tying entrepreneur, but he pro

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Hooks - A Video Review

Hooks - A Video Review

It's all about that point boss The Allen J100BL on the "Snorkel Stone" Some of the most common questions we get are about hooks and why we choose one over another.  Also, there are a lot of questions about the Allen hooks that we use quite often, specifically about how the quality is.  We decided it would be best to do a video review to explain it all...

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If Flies Were Football Players

If Flies Were Football Players

Starting Lineup I'm a huge fan of Football, and Curtis and I always talk about our flies as "starters" vs. "JV players."  Now that that football season is coming to a close, we can go back and reflect how the season played out and how our teams need to adjust to be better next year.  I'm a Raider's fan so I'm pretty much hosed any way I look at it.  BUT... If flies were football players, which ones would be your starters? Here's my list Offense: Grumpy Frumpy QB:  Grumpy Frumpy - (tutorial here) It's a flashy fly that is the highlight on my box, and most of the attention goes to it when I show my box to someone.  It by far is the most developed pattern I have, and a lot of effort went into getting it where it is.  I can also imagine it taking control of a box and bossing everyone around. RB: Bling Leech - (tutorial here) The name of the game for this fly is to have more bling and flash than the rest of the flies in your

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Saltwater Gurgler

Saltwater Gurgler

Topwater fish magnets If you are a topwater fan you should pay attention to the simple gurgler patterns that are so popular with saltwater anglers.  I have dabbled with Gartside Gurglers and other variations of mice tied in "gurgler" style, but it wasn't until I started seeing the awesome patterns out there that I really focused more time on them.  If you are on Instagram do yourself a favor and go follow Nick Davis with @239flies.  His flies are some of the cleanest and most innovative flies I have seen for a while, and they can be modified for application for multiple species.  This gurgler is tied "gangster" style, and no doubt I got a lot of inspiration from Nick on this tie.  One of the key components that I use on this is Maradub dubbing for the body of the fly.  This dubbing is a great way to create just the right amount of bulk, yet leave lots of squiggly squirmies (marabou) coming out of it.   The cool thing about gurglers is that they ha

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5 Steps to Fly Box Organization Zen

5 Steps to Fly Box Organization Zen

Get Your Stuff Together! Chironomids ready for action I have a sickness. Up until two or three years ago, I would meticulously and, for the most part, needlessly re-organize my fly boxes and spend time filling the holes in the boxes so that, come spring, I'd be ready to roll with all parking spots filled, organized by types, colors, sizes, species and locations. If I had a row that had open spots, I'd tie to fill it. Can't have a box with open spots, as we all know. OCD, much? Uh..yeah. When I ended up realizing my need to organize wasn't properly balanced with a need to purge my boxes, I came to the stark reality that carrying around 30 boxes wasn't very practical. Then, as I wrote about here , I decided it was time to pare down the "varsity team" flies and stick with patterns I was actually using. That little article has some good information on how to successfully make the purge, however the focus here will be ways to effectively organize th

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Murica Merkin

Murica Merkin

Made in 'Murica Murica Merkin Alright.  Living in Utah doesn't provide much opportunity to fish for saltwater species, but my vise sure has an appetite for stainless hooks...  Merkins and toads have become a very entertaining style of fly to tie, but the technique was frustrating at first because I kept binding down the clumps of material together.  I also realized that this style of body can be tied out of a variety of materials to get some really cool effects, and I have successfully tied them with EP fibers, congo hair, bruiser blend, and our new salty snack dubbing.  In this video, you will see a very cool technique that helps keep the bundles out of the way while tying other bundles and legs into the fly.  You'll have to watch it to see.  The other tidbit on the video that you will find useful is how to separate and color the claws.  It's a very easy process if you use Loon clear UV resin. We posted this color combo merkin on our Instagram feed, and one

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The Brothers Hike of 2004

The Brothers Hike of 2004

Meet the Schaefermeyers Curtis and I camp in style.  It wasn't always this way. Here is a little gem that I posted on an old blog that I used to keep.  This trip is still talked about at family dinners and get-togethers all the time.  Sorry for the grainy pics on this one...  I was running solo with a Nikon Coolpix 3.2 MP camera. ~Cheech The crew with dinner The famous “Brothers Hike” of 2004 was set, and through research, my father in law and his wild bunch of brothers remembered a place up in the hills that would make a great base camp with close fishing opportunities.  Last year we decided to go explore the Timothy Lakes because everything looks good when you are just looking a squiggly contour lines on a topo map.  The most important things I learned that trip were that the maps we had used 40' countour intervals, and that there were a lot of lines that were really close together. We didn’t want to go back to the Timothy lakes because we found out that th

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