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Creative Construction of a Nymph

Creative Construction of a Nymph

Put some funk in your subsurface bugs Bleached PT fibers make this pattern a killer I have been giving this topic a lot of thought lately as I have been filling some of my own boxes in between orders, and it also stems from several questions that we have gotten about substituting materials specific to nymphs.  If you are " Recipe Guy ," you might as well not read the rest of this post because it will make you go absolutely MAD...  Well, maybe not that extreme, but you get the point right? I know there are about a bazillion types of nymph patterns out there, but for the sake of making this article simple, I'm going to talk about the standard parts that make up a general nymph pattern: tail, abdomen/body, thorax, wing case, and legs.  Like any other pattern out there, there are no hard and fast rules about how you have to tie a nymph.  I'm going to list several of the materials that I like to use on nymph patterns, and I know I'll miss some here, so ple

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Tyer's Block

Tyer's Block

5 ways to get rid of tyer's block Yes.  That is a dime, and tying like this is NOT healthy It's the tail end of winter, and midges are a must in my box if I want to be able to catch dry fly eaters this weekend.  I really like to create new stuff at the vise, but all of my creative juices are being used up at the moment with big bulky streamers like articulated complex twist buggers and shiny dangly sliders.  Midges were causing me to get something that we all dread - tyer's block.  Instead of packing it in and watching Storage Wars for the evening, I decided to spin up some #30 bunny midges while I tried to force myself to be more creative.  The result?  Nothing groundbreaking on the midge front, but now I have a dozen tried and true midge patterns to fish with! (and they all fit on a dime.) Have you ever had a time where you sit down in front of the vise and you lose all motivation or inspiration to tie flies?  I have at times had to deal with sitting at my tying

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Smith Creek: Middle Fork Fly Patch & Rig Keeper

Smith Creek: Middle Fork Fly Patch & Rig Keeper

More innovation from Smith Creek We first tried some of the Smith Creek products last year and were impressed with the form and function of these innovative designs. So when we saw these two new fly patch products a while back, we needed to give them a try. Smith Creek Middle Fork Fly Patch First off, I don't like to carry a lot of dangling things when I fish. Not only can things bust off as you traipse through the bushes, but some things will just get in the way. So the first thing I noticed with these two products is they have a very secure (read: won't just break off), fastening system with the locking screw/cable design. But they hold flies and rigs secure enough that you can also just throw them into your pocket. Anyway, let's look at these two products here... Rig Keeper : This little gem is something I've been needing for a long time. When I nymph fish, I like to swap out a set of flies sometimes rather than just one at a time. This patch allows y

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Recipe Updates...  Arizona Prince and Belly Scratcher Minnow

Recipe Updates... Arizona Prince and Belly Scratcher Minnow

Color combos for fish slayers We posted a few simple (Cheech's hand) pics on social media last night and we have gotten quite a response asking for the new recipes for these color combos.  Ask and ye shall receive.  These have subtle changes in materials and hooks, but they are they exact same tying sequence.   Arizona Prince: Hook: Partridge Czech Nymph Hook #10  BUY HERE Thread: MFC Premium Thread - Brown 6/0  BUY HERE Bead: 3.8mm Tungsten - Gold  BUY HERE Biots: Stripped Goose Biots - Prince nymph brown  BUY HERE Dubbing: AZ Mega Synthetic - Yellow tan  BUY HERE Legs: Grizzly Micro Legs - Rootbeer  BUY HERE See the original post HERE Belly Scratcher Minnow: Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #4  BUY HERE Beads: 3mm Tungsten - Gold (really doesn't matter)  BUY HERE Thread: MFC premium 6/0 - White  BUY HERE Tail: Micro Pulsator Rabbit Strip - Black barred chartreuse over white  BUY HERE Body: Cactus chenille - White  BUY HERE Head: Bruis

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Zeph's Water Boatman

Zeph's Water Boatman

A Stillwater Sleeper Water Boatman (photo Tim Spuckler) Until a few years ago, I had never fished nor really appreciated the lowly water boatman. I'd seen them in the water and knew the patterns existed, but just didn't realize how important they could be to trout on the prowl. Combine a few trips where I got some good Water Boatman samples from trout and a couple of tips from a good friend who'd seen the same thing and I was a lot more motivated to whip up a good pattern for my stillwater box. If you want some good info on the insects themselves, check out our friend Phil Rowley's excellent write-up of them here . This imitation was patterned after some of the naturals we were seeing and I also wanted to include the magical fish catching dubbing that is Ice Dub from Hareline. Tan UV in this case. It's basically fish magnets chopped up and all shiny. Anyway, the pattern is pretty simple and also incorporates more Loon UV Clear Fly Finish like we did

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El Sculpito Dos - Updated!

El Sculpito Dos - Updated!

A small streamer with a bad attitude The new and improved El Sculpito ***UPDATE*** Shortly after writing this article, I started on tweaking the Sculpito into something that could be done with more readily available products.  The major change is the head which is now made of Mega Simi Seal.  There is also one change that I made after making the video, and that's the thread that I use for the head of this fly.  I was having issues with thread breakage when I wrapped the head due to having to cram it in between the barbell eyes so tight.  I switched to GSP and it fixed the problem.  GSP thread usually comes in black or white, so you may need to tag it with a marker.  The olive and tan El Sculpito is among our top selling flies on the site, and we see pictures from all over the country with fish that have been fooled by this pattern. Here are the updated recipes: Olive El Sculpito: Hook: Allen B200 #4 -8 BUY HERE or Gamakatsu B10S #1-4 BUY HERE Barbell Eyes: Bra

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The Crotcha: A Hybrid Bonefish Fly

The Crotcha: A Hybrid Bonefish Fly

Gotcha or Crazy Charlie? Crotcha Bonefish Pattern So I'm a big fan of taking perfectly good fly patterns, dissecting them or adding to them to create variations -- mostly including my own home-baked patterns. In this case, we had some buddies headed to a few different salty locales around the world and so this concoction was whipped up to be a good combo of probably the two most popular bonefish patterns around. Now I still don't really get all the differences between a Crazy Charlie and a Gotcha because you'll find images of each of them that look really close to each other swapping out materials and such, but this is a fun little tie that combines some of the aspects of each and then adds a few new-ish twists to round it off. And based on results of the first round of field testing, it does a pretty good job on the bones. So grab some materials and get tying... Material List Hook : Daiich 2546 #4 or Partridge Sea Prince Hook #4   (BUY HERE)   Thread : Mon

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