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Mongrel Meat 2

Mongrel Meat 2

More meat for the carnivores Purple Mongrel Meat 2 The Mongrel Meat has been one of our very best streamer patterns for a few years now, but like many of our patterns, we tweak and modify them constantly to try to make them more effective and more simple to tie.  The original Mongrel Meat fished great, but the head was a bear to tie because it involved tying in so many clumps of hair.  We fixed that issue with Bruiser Blend Jr. dubbing.  Also, I have had a lot of luck with solid metallic colors (gold, silver, and copper) so I decided to add a fair amount of bling to these bugs.  Finally, we changed up the hooks to include two of the very best streamer hooks in the game right now, the Gamakatsu B10S and the Daiichi 2461. One modification you can try deals with the ice dub collars...  You can try substituting other colors of the metallic colors of ice dub like Silver, Copper, Pearl UV hue, Blue Steelie, and Red, to name a few...  You can also tie the fly without any flash to mak

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Slum Hopper

Slum Hopper

Simplify your foam game After we came up with the Project Hopper, I quickly realized that I didn't like to tie it very much due to how long it took to cut out all of the foam pieces.  I liked the rounded foam body and how it was attached to the hook, so I started tinkering with a more simple foam bug.  The Slum Hopper is named such because I was literally just grabbing stuff int he junk pile of my desk to tie it.  Even though it is straight out of the gutter of the slums, it absolutely fishes...  It will ride high, and it has a great hook that will stay sticky sharp and turn it over on every cast.  The best part is that you can tie a TON of them in very short order. ~ Cheech Recipe: Cutter: River Road Cutter: Hopper, Caddis Ant size 8 and 12 ( BUY HERE) Brown Hook: Gamakatsu L10 2H #6 ( BUY HERE ) Thread: Danville 140 Denier - Brown ( BUY HERE ) Body: 6mm Tying Foam - Brown ( BUY HERE ) Wing: Para Post Material - Norm Woods Special ( BUY HERE ) Indicator: 2mm Fo

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The Short Stack Slider: Carp, Crappie and Bluegill patrol

The Short Stack Slider: Carp, Crappie and Bluegill patrol

Sliders Don't Suck Black/Yellow Short Stack Slider I'm a sucker for bluegill and crappie flies. And although carp aren't the most popular quarry on my fly rods, I've caught enough of them to know enough to have a good fly selection for them as well. So the Short Stack Slider is a combination and culmination of a few patterns I've fished for both crappie and carp over the past number of years. One of my favorite crappie patterns is called the "Matacrappie" and consists of a wire body, a throat, legs and barbell eyes for weight. (see below for a very old photo of this fly) Matacrappie Fly As it turns out, I also ended up catching good numbers of carp and catfish on the Matacrappie as well. And in terms of Crappie, it did a good job. Check out this video from a few years back: However, there were two things I needed to change on the pattern. First, it needed to sink a bit slower and it also needed to land "butt up" to be a bit more

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Cheech Leech

Cheech Leech

My Favorite Streamer - hands down. Black/Red Cheech Leech at Glamour Shots in the mall **Update** As we do with many of our patterns as we fish them more and more, we find ways to improve them for effectiveness, durability, color combinations, or all of the above.  I have been playing with some different changes for the Cheech Leech, the most important being the way that I do the head.  I have to hand it to my buddy Jeff Welker for challenging me to tie a few "perfect" El Sculpito patterns that he was putting into a frame.  The El Sculpito uses the same type of head that the Cheech Leech uses so it was directly translatable.  The solution was simple, but it took me a while for my slow artist brain to catch up with what my hands needed to do.  It involves some velcro, a thick dubbing loop, and some strong thread.  This new color combo has been great, and with the addition of claret marabou, black wine dubbing, and black/red krystal flash, it really makes

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I'm Sponsored Bro!

I'm Sponsored Bro!

Gimme, gimme free stuff... Cheech's failed attempt at pro-staffing prison camo-wear So Cheech's latest rant the other day coincided with a some thoughts and grumbles I've had rumbling (and I'm not a "ranty" type guy, so take that FWIW). But I see a trend in the fly fishing and tying industry, and most other industries, that's changing the approach to marketing and collaboration -- mostly for the better but also with some downside. I call it the "social media influencer" ecosystem and it more effectively matches up companies who want to get their products in front of potential customers by virtue of partnering with content creators on the interwebs who these potential customers trust -- primarily via social media, but also blogs, podcasts and forums as well. You might know this better by terms like sponsorships, pro-forms, pro-staffers, ambassadors etc. But regardless of what you call it, like most things, it comes with good and bad, so I&#

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