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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A New Spin on the Dubbing Brush Table

Next Level Dubbing Brushes

Dubbing Brush Table
So we've been messing with dubbing brush tables for a while now because, unless you've been living patterns and tutorials with them.
under a rock and haven't realized it, dubbing brushes are a big time saver and unlock a lot of creative possibilities with your streamer patterns. We've done a number of

So as we've done with many of our fly patterns, we ended up thinking about some options and features for a new table as we worked on a co-lab with the crew at Rocky Mountain nets. These guys are essentially wood-working ninjas and really knocked it out of the park on the end result.

Probably the coolest feature of all is the ingenious table drop design with recessed magnets that allow you to drop the table/shelf out of the way when you spin up your brushes. That, plus a good number of tool, dubbing wax and wire spindles, give this new version a big upgrade.

Anyway, check out the video to see it in action and check out the things you need for doing dubbing brushes.

Material List

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Tools from the tutorial:
Dubbing Brush Table     
UNI Dubbing Brush Wire - Medium (.006")     
Wire Flush Cutters     
Loon High Tack Swax     

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Yellow Tail Jig - Soft Hackle

Add some Jig to your box with this simple tie

Yellow Tag

It's no secret that jig hooks and slotted beads are rapidly increasing in popularity in the United States. I first was intrigued by the jig style hooks several years back when I started talking with the competitive fishing guys like Lance Egan, Glade Gunther, and Devin Olsen, and the proof is in the pudding - they flat out catch fish.  Not only are they very productive flies, but they tend not to snag so bad as you drag them close to the bottom.  I have been tying and fishing lots of jigs this year, and they all tend to end up having both a soft hackle and a hot spot.  I usually tie the hot spot on the front or back of the fly (or both sides like this one), and I like to add soft hackle like CDC or partridge to them.  There is a wide variety of sizes and colors of slotted beads you can use, and the body of these jig flies can be anything from bare thread, quill, or buggy squirrel dubbing.  Chances are that you can grab a handful of random materials and make them look awesome on one of these simple jig flies!

~ Cheech

P.S. - This fly is just a representation of a color combo that I like.  You should mix and match various different colors to match the bugs in your rivers.

Material List

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Hook: Fulling Mill 35045 Jig Hook - 14     
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Camel     
Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black - 1/8" (3.3mm)     
Tail / Ribbing: 3/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Yellow     
Body: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Hare's Ear     
Hackle: Nature's Spirit Primo Partridge Skin, Natural     
Hotspot 1: Ice Dub - UV Cinnamon     
Hotspot 2: Ice Dub - UV Hot Orange     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool     
Loon Ergo All Purpose Scissors - 4"     

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ostrich Callibeatis

The Stillwater Slaya

So.. despite how much I love tossing streamers, I really love fishing stillwater. My biggest fish have come from stillwaters and I just really enjoy fishing them. One thing I've discovered during my stillwater endeavors is that Callibaetis patterns that contain ostrich are stellar! Some of my best days on the stillwater can thank this bug and others like it. This Callibaetis pattern started with a bead and soft hackle, but like many other patterns it had to undergo a simplification process. I've found out that some days fishing a weightless pattern is just the ticket, and for some reason, the trout will ignore everything else. I don't have the slightest clue as to why, but I do know it works!

One of my favorite parts of this pattern is the slightly over-sized legs and the opal flashback. The over-sized legs really help this bug swim and act like rudders while finger crawling it back on a full-sink line, or even while doing long and steady strips. I did struggle with a dubbing for this pattern and after trying a bunch of different dubbings I have found my favorite to be a 50/50 mix of SLF Spiky Squirrel in Natural Fox and Peacock Ice Dub. As for the opal flashback... We all know opal calls in the fish like a carnitas burrito calls in da Cheech.

Next time you find yourself prepping your fly box for a stillwater adventure don't forget to tie some of these up!


Material List

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Hook: Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook - 13     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Olive     
Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Rooster Cape - Medium Pardo     
Legs: Coq De Leon Hen Saddle - Speckled Brown     
Thorax Pt.1: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing - Natural Fox     
Thorax Pt.2: Ice Dub - Peacock     
Rib: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Small     
Flashback (wing case): Mirage Flashabou - 3005 - Opal     
Wing Case: Montana Fly Company Skinny Skin - Mottled Brown     
Wing Case Coat: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish     
Abdomen: Ostrich Herl - Scud Tan     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Loon UV Power Light     
Thin Skin - Gator, Brown/Black     
Mayfly Tails - Dark Dun     
Rattle Bass Fangs Scissors     
Dr. Slick All-In-One Dubbing Brush