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Bunny Midge

Bunny Midge

Small, proportionate, AND visible. UPDATE! We wanted to highlight a few newer materials that we have been using in our midge tying.  Snow shoe hare's foot kind of got hard to find for a little but, so we started to play with some other options.  Poly yarn works well, but we just got some EP trigger point international fibers that is a very fine option for wings.  I have no idea what "trigger point international" means, but I'm translating it as "really good winging material."  We also wanted to show how to use Veevus body quill as a trailing shuck because it has just enough luster to make an effective shuck.  Keep in mind that I always use floatant on this bad boy, and Loon Lochsa is definitely my favorite. Check out the new video: Updated Recipe: *We used a Tiemco hook in the video because it's what we had at the bench.  The Gamakatsu C12-BM is a great hook too because it's barbless and it has a bigger eye. Hook: Gamakatsu

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Rod and Tippet Selection - Don't Give Fish Bad Blood

Rod and Tippet Selection - Don't Give Fish Bad Blood

It's not about you.  It's about the fish Small river, big gear.  Cheech fights a nice brown with a 5 wt and 2x tippet One 4th of July I picked up two of my five brothers (No.  No sisters.  Yes. Crazy mom.) on the way to our favorite bass lake so we could avoid the craziness of parades, barbecues, and extremely overweight people wearing shorts that are a size too small...  (sorry for the visual, but it helps me get in the zone.)  We launched at first light, and we rode the glassy water until we got to the happy hunting ground of submerged reeds and weed lines.  That's where the bass lived. That's where we would throw large hollow bodied frog lures and hope they would get engulfed by the jaws of predatory largemouth.  I opened up the rod locker to find that I hadn't brought a single fly rod - but I Frog Bass wasn't shocked - I left them home on purpose.  A day on the lake throwing heathen gear with my bros was going to be a great time even if the fish

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Low Brow Articulated Streamer Pattern

Low Brow Articulated Streamer Pattern

Fish like food - Feed them meat low·brow ˈlōˌbrou/ adjective adjective:  low-brow 1 . not highly intellectual or cultured. The Low Brow kind of just happened one day at the vise while I was covered head to toe in flash and craft fur.  I was in the middle of making a bunch of dubbing brushes, and I had an idea for a black, red, and blue brush a.k.a. Midnight Fire.  I wanted kind of a more neutral pattern that wouldn't sink quite as quickly as the Street Sweeper , and I also had an epiphany that I needed to tie more with silicone streamer legs in my flies.  Like the Street Sweeper, this pattern uses two different types of dubbing brushes, but it also adds the element of silicone legs, rabbit, and ballz-eyes at the head to make it move in the water a bit differently.   For the flash part of these brushes I'm using the metallic colors of ice dub (which are very straight fibers) and ice wing fiber cut to 2" lengths.  The best way to cut u

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Deep Dish Green Drake Nymph

Deep Dish Green Drake Nymph

A Beefy Bug Photo from Troutnut.com I remember the first time I ever saw a Green Drake nymph while seining a local small stream. I thought, based on the juicy plumpness of the bug, any self-respecting trout would treat it like a comparable Porterhouse steak. Turns out, that's not too far from the truth, so I like to come to the river armed with a few beefy drake patterns to imitate these obese nymphs. Before jumping into the tying part, it's good to understand what we're dealing with here. Cheech calls this #nerdalert. I call it getting to know what to feed the fish. The Green Drake or Western Green Drake is part of the Ephemerellidae family and is an oft-pursued "destination" hatch on many waters in the West, including the famed Henry's Fork in Idaho. Like their cousins, the more common Pale Morning Dun (PMD), Drakes are crawlers, which account for the super-buff Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque legs. You'll also find another smaller Drake spe

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Street Sweeper - Articulated Streamer Pattern

Street Sweeper - Articulated Streamer Pattern

More brushes than a street sweeper Street Sweeper It's no secret that fish love to stick flashy things in their mouths.  Some of my most effective patterns are almost entirely made of flash because of how the fish react to seeing such a huge wad of shiny plastic strings.  The Articulated Trout Slider , and the Sparkle Minnow Variation are prime examples of flies that go above and beyond with flash... The Street Sweeper is no different.  It's kind of funny Blue Halo + Street Sweeper = Rainbow how it all works out too, because I have heard countless people that use little to no flash because they learned somewhere that flash should be used in moderation.  Well... I'd say that's true sometimes.  Just like it's true that other times your fly should look like a Las Vegas billboard advertising an all you can eat lobster and filet mignon buffet!  The Street Sweeper is the Vegas buffet of flies.   I use two basic brushes on this fly, and the first

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Streamworks Scissors: Review

Streamworks Scissors: Review

Another player on the market Adjustable Tension 5"  After a vigorous effort in cleaning up my desk last month it's almost back to the point of no return.  The thread is exploring all the nooks and crannies of my desk like little cobras looking for trouble, and the marabou is basically honey badger marabou because it just does whatever it wants. I'm OK with that, because a disaster zone on my desk spawns creativity.  Aside from the fact that I have a maze of thread snippings and tufts of marabou orchestrating a hostile takeover of my desk, I realized that I have a pretty impressive collection of scissors right now.  I use all of them for different purposes and for different time frames, and I'm not about to stop aquiring new models.  See, for the addicted fly tyer, new scissors being introduced to the market is like a fat kid (Cheech) going to the gas station and seeing a new flavor of Cheetos...  The fat kid buys Cheetos...  I digress, even though I love Cheet

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