Elk Hair Caddis Step by step

Elk Hair Caddis Hook Mustad R30 # 16-10 http://www.mustad.no/productcatalog/product.php?id=175 Thread Dyneema http://www.virtual-nymph.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=1&Itemid=26 Body Olive dubbing Hackle Brown Cock Wing Bleached elk This classic caddis pattern is from the tying bench of well know American fly tyer Al Troth. This is probably the most well known caddis pattern in existence, and rightly so. The EHC as it is also known is one of the best adult caddis patterns that you could use.  I myself have fished this pattern for at least 30 years, and every season it never fail to provide me with great sport. Most of the materials are readily available but … Continue reading Elk Hair Caddis Step by step

Tying the Muddler Minnow

Unquestionably the most famous of all streamers, and the model for many others. Hook: Mustad R73NP-BR # 10-4 Thread: Dyneema (waxed) Tail: Mottled turkey Body: Flat gold tinsel Rib: Copper wire Underwing: Grey squirrel tail Wing: Mottled turkey Collar/Head: Spun and clipped natural deer hair   A few notes regarding the original Muddler pattern:   The hook used by its originator Don Gapen was a Mustad 38941 3X Long streamer, this was one of the long flies. When tying slip wings its important to use waxed thread. The Dyneema I use in most my patterns is too smooth for for … Continue reading Tying the Muddler Minnow

Stingsild bucktail streamer

In the autumn in Northern Europe after the long hot summer when the coastal waters begin to cool down again, its at this time of year you dont want to be without a stickleback imitation! Although the recent tendency for tying and designing sea trout flies has gone more towards imitation patterns, some of which are extremely realistic, I am constantly drawn back to some more traditional styles of tying, that never stop producing fish. This is one of them!  This extremely simple pattern is so effective on autumn sea trout that for the past few years at least a … Continue reading Stingsild bucktail streamer

Dyneema tying thread

Right now I am at the cottage by the sea  busy writing the  new book on ‘Patterns for salt water sea trout’ Heres one of the Hoodlum images.  All 50 patterns in the book will be presented like this with full stage by stage tying instructions. The book is due for publication in March next year. Over the past few weeks I have had many questions regarding the tying thread I use and where it can be obtained heres the details. I will also re post the piece I did on tying with Dyneema. http://www.funkyflytying.co.uk/shop/products/veevus-gsp-thread-dyneema-/1266/ Veevus GSP Thread (Dyneema) £3.50 … Continue reading Dyneema tying thread

Techniques for traditional dry’s

Techniques for traditional dry’s Its often said “If you can tie a good dry fly, you can tie just about anything” this makes dry flies sound extremely difficult, they are not. There are many other patterns that look much simpler but are much more challenging for the tyer to master.  The key to good dry flies:   Quality materials Proportion Attention to detail Follow the step by step instructions Practice Follow these rules and you will be tying great dry flies in no time. Although you dont need perfect, great looking flies to catch fish, a well proportioned dry fly … Continue reading Techniques for traditional dry’s

Cottus Gobio

Hook: Mustad R 74 # 2 Thread: Dyneema Tail: Siberian squirrel tail hair Body : Squirrel tron dark hares ear dubbing Rib: Fine copper wire Wing: Pine squirrel zonker strip Collar: Natural red fox body hair spun in dubbing loop Gill covers: 2 Ring neck pheasant “church window” feathers coated with Bug Bond Head: Natural kangaroo body hair spun in dubbing loop and clipped to shape Eyes : Epoxy eyes The original zonker pattern was tied by the American fly tyer Dan Byford in the 1970s and was quickly recognized the world over, as a big fish fly and extremely … Continue reading Cottus Gobio

Tying The Brassie

The Brassie Hook:  Mustad C49SNP # 6-22  http://www.mustad.no/productcatalog/product.php?id=177 Tying thread:  Dyneema Body:  Copper wire Head:  Mixed hares ear dubbing Its normal to weight nymphs with and under body of lead, but on small flies its sometimes desirable  to maintain a slim but at the same time heavy, body profile. With the Brassie copper wire of different sizes is used in respect to hook size, but you can achieve the best results with copper wire that is no thicker than the hook wire being used.  Copper wire in different colours can give extremely natural looking abdomen on pupa and larva patterns. … Continue reading Tying The Brassie

Tying The Humpy

This popular western pattern comes in many variants of colour, wing and tail materials, hackle and single and double hump.  The Humpy is also tied in two styles, short and fat and the long and slim version I am tying here.  Although made to imitate nothing in particular, except a juicy mouth full, this has a reputation of being a difficult fly to tie, but as I have mentioned in earlier step by step posts, follow the procedures and proportions and you will soon be banging them out by the dozen.  Hook: Mustad R50 # 10-16 Tying Thread: Dyneema Tail: … Continue reading Tying The Humpy