I would like to thank everyone who participated in the draw. My web master drew a winner yesterday evening and the Fly Photography Gadget will be sent too… William de Jong in the Netherlands. Congratulations William, please send me your … Continue reading And the winner is….
The full fly Photography Gadget set that will be given away on 17th March, and the winner will be a announced on the 18th March 2021. Flies Photo Gadget Giveaway / Share and winAnyone who shares this post on their … Continue reading Fly Photography Gadget Give away!
NESTING HAIR STACKER An hair stacker might seams the simplest of the tools but yet is one of the most important friend for the complete fly tier, not to mention for those aficionados of clipped deer hair bodies or hair … Continue reading Nesting Hair Stacker tool set
For many of us fly tyers, we love collecting, and over the years buying a cape here and a saddle there, have resulted in a small fortune invested in materials. These need proper care and protection. Heres a little guide … Continue reading Fly tying materials: Organization & Storage
Different deer used in fly tying Here I would like to familiarize you with the different deer used in fly tying, the location of the hair on the animal, sex, age, colour, length and applications. Antelope This deer like Antelope … Continue reading The ultimate guide to deer hair part 3
Different hairs from different locations on a deer hide In this second part of the guide to tying with deer hair I will describe the different hairs from different locations on a deer hide. Hair from each part of the … Continue reading The ultimate guide to deer hair part 2
Deer hair fly tying material Having been a passionate fly tyer and deer hunter for the best part of my life, It became a natural progression for me to embrace the material these animals have provided me with over the … Continue reading The ultimate guide to deer hair part 1.
Heres a little tutorial showing how to use Marc Petitjean Magic Tool. Everything from a single CDC hackle to mixing deer hair and CDC for special techniques. Marc petitjean magic tool set video instructions Buy Magic tool If you enjoy … Continue reading Petitjean Magic tool set: How to use
This simple technique shows you how to chemically strip peacock eye tops using just a few household items. One of the jobs that was essential for earlier fly tyers when stripped quills where not available. Always good to know! Continue reading Stripping peacock quills
Like a hares mask, the deer mask offers an abundance of material for the fly tyer. In this tutorial I show how to skin and prep a European roe deer mask. If you don’t hunt yourself, you may know a … Continue reading How to skin Deer mask for fly tying
Petitjean Swiss Vice As well as a high capacity regular C-clamp (100mm-table), the stem and the special looking nut, allows extension arm positions with various angles.The Master can be a pedestal table as well. Delivered with: Cordura zipped padded travel … Continue reading Marc Petitjean explains the Swiss Vice
This ia a short tour of my tying room and photo studio here at home. Not the best filming but you’ll get a good idea of how its layed out and works. Buy MUSTAD signature hooks on AMAZON:Buy VENIARD product … Continue reading Barry Ord Clarke tying room video
These are spade hackles from the roosters of rare breeds of domestic fowl, that originate from the region of Leon in northern Spain. Flor De Escoba The feathers have remarkable colourations and, in the traditional Spanish patterns in which they where used, are not wound onto the hook as a normal hackle.Instead bunches of the fibres are bound onto the hook and then splayed with the tying thread to obtain a radial hackle effect. The speckeled plumage also make excellent tails and caddis wings. The feathers have become more easy to obtain in recent years as their popularity within fly … Continue reading Coq de Leon review
Here are three quick and easy dubbing techniques with hares ear. 1 Instant goød ribbed hares ear. 2 Fine and spiky and three traditional dubbing rope. Thanks for watching and please remember to subscribe to the feather benders You Tube channel: Continue reading Hares ear dubbing part III
The second part of hares ear dubbing prep. Blending with Antron, how to achieve different shades and storage. Thanks for watching and please remember to subscribe to the feather benders You Tube channel: Continue reading Hares ear dubbing prep part II
After several requests I have made a short video for hares ear dubbing prep. Thanks for watching and please remember to subscribe to the feather benders You Tube channel: Buy MUSTAD signature hooks on AMAZON:Buy VENIARD product on AMAZON:Fly tying tools and materials shop TRIDENT:Buy SIMMS fishing products:EPIC water filters Very useful thing when fishing:Trouts fly fishing Premier Fly Shop & Outfitter:Polarized fishing sunglasses RHEOS 55$:TheRiversEdge flyfishing shop – Bozeman Montana:Buy STANLEY products. Free Shipping on all orders!Buy BEST fly tying VISE Continue reading Hares ear dubbing prep part 1
I thought that you might like to see this ‘one off’ vice that was hand-made by Marc Petitjean for me! Marc designed the vice to make photographing flies easier, or should I say quicker. Once a fly is placed in the jaws of the vice, the vice head can be removed and placed into one of the very precisely engineered 4 head slots. This gives the impression of true rotary (through the camera) creating a 360 degree effect both horizontally and vertically ! Photographically this means that I can photograph a fly from above, underneath, the side and from the … Continue reading The Petitjean Photo Master Vice
Heres a nice little film from the science channel showing how a Regal vise is made. Although a good few minutes viewing, they could have made a better job with a little advice on how a vise is used from a real fly tyer… That being said, a good vise and a good advertisement for our craft! Enjoy. Buy MUSTAD signature hooks on AMAZON:Buy VENIARD product on AMAZON:Fly tying tools and materials shop TRIDENT:Buy SIMMS fishing products:EPIC water filters Very useful thing when fishing:Trouts fly fishing Premier Fly Shop & Outfitter:Polarized fishing sunglasses RHEOS 55$:TheRiversEdge flyfishing shop – Bozeman Montana:Buy … Continue reading Regal Vise, how they are made!
THE SPOOL TOWER There are constantly new tools, gadgets and other fly tying paraphernalia being launched as a must have for your fly tying bench. The truth be known, most of them are re-invented copies of existing tools or just … Continue reading The Spool Tower review
Hackle traditionally arouses the greatest passion amongst fly tyers. Cock (rooster) capes of particularly good or rare colour and those with sufficiently short barb length to enable small dry flies to be tied have always been prized. In the 60s and 70s it was a common complaint that good dry fly capes where scarce – to the extent that many of the “traditional” natural colours were virtually unobtainable. Dyeing and other methods such as blending two hackles were used to replicate difficult colours specified in old patterns. Things have improved dramatically since then, due to the efforts of specialist breeders … Continue reading Dry or Die
Its not often that I recommend tools but every now and again you come across one thats just worth knowing about. Over the years I have accumulated a good deal of fly tying tools, some bought and many received as … Continue reading Stonfo Pettine comb brush review
My good friend Espen has teamed up with Marc Petitjean to produce his 25th anniversary – Limited Edition vise and it looks fantastic! Continue reading Petitjean 25th anniversary vise
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. Veevus GSP Thread (Dyneema) A superb … Continue reading Dyneema tying thread
The rag worms wedding as it is known, is called the springs most exciting adventure for the sea trout fisherman. And if you are lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time, there is no danger … Continue reading Rag worm streamer
Since I posted the video of the Veniard 120 challenge, I have been bombarded with questions about the head gear David Edwards and myself are using! They come with three separate lenses x 2. x 2.5 and x 3 that just clip on and off. The head band is adjustable and fits all. If you wish to improve your tying these will do it overnight!! You can see the slightest mistake and the rest. They are available from: Sandra or Dave at: The Anglers Lodge Jubilee Lakes Redworth Darlington Co Durham DL2 2UH Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org Though we dispatch every working … Continue reading Head gear for tying!
Flying Mutantz After much response regarding my Mutantz pattern I published last year, here is the new and improved Flying Mutant that has fished extremely well for me this year, with a few new techniques that can be applied to … Continue reading Flying Mutantz ants
Fly tying, in most cases, begins with a fly tying kit. Unfortunately most fly tying kits can result in the same frustration as starting to tie too difficult patterns. When you open a fly tying kit for the very first … Continue reading Fly tying kit – Build your own
For all my German friends. In 2014, I will have deliverd fly tying step by step articles for the the top German Magazine ‘Rute und Rolle’ every month for the past twenty years! In december this year they will publish a whole special fly tying issue, with over 40 of my step by step patterns and a free pack of five of my favorit Mustad hooks. Danke Rute und Rolle! Continue reading Rute und Rolle
Throughout my many years tying flies, I quickly understood that one of the most important tools are the scissors you use. During this time I have accumulated several dozen pairs of scissors, in all forms, shapes and sizes, but if I am honest, I have only four scissors that are constantly in use. 1. A pair of small extra fine pointed cuticle scissors for all the small detailed work and thread. 2. A General purpose serrated scissors for cutting tinsel, wire and heavier gauge materials. 3. A pair of long bladed straight scissors for larger jobs like preparing … Continue reading Running with scissors.
The ultimate UV tool is now available! If you use Bug Bond, the new professional curing light is now available! One of the main advantages with this new mains operated foot pedal adapter is that you have full power constantly for optimal curing. You can order your Bug Bond mains adapter now from: It will also be available from all Veniard stockist soon! So what’s new… For those of you that have seen me tie at any of the shows this year, you may have seen me using, the Professional UV light. A new attachment for the Bug Bond light, that … Continue reading Pedal power for Bug Bond is now available!
Being no stranger to stripping and tying with quills, I was eager to try these new hand stripped peacock herl from Polish quills. At first sight I must say I was a little disappointed with the short length of the quills, they are approximately 6 cm in length, from end to end and have a usable area of about 5 cm. But I gave them a go and was pleasantly surprised that you could actually get quite a good length of body out of each quill. No doubt the shortness of the quill is reflected in where the herl is … Continue reading Playing with Polish Quills
Keeping on the theme of melt glue I thought I would show you this pattern that has a little different technique than the Mutant. Here I combine the material into the melt glue. It does take a little practice and time to master these melt glue techniques but the results are worth it! For more general info on caddis pupa take a look at the Bee Cee caddis in the archive. Melt Glue Caddis Pupa: Hook: Mustad C49SNP-BR # 12-8 Thread: Dyneema Body: Melt Glue Gills/rib: Olive Ostrich herl Thorax/Head: Black and brown Antron dubbing and CdC Continue reading Melt Glue Caddis Pupa
This is a tutorial I made with my good friend Marc Petitjean to demonstrate how he uses the magic tool and a few other CdC techniques he has up his sleeve. If you are not familiar with Marc’s tools and … Continue reading CdC tutorial with Marc Petitjean part 1
The reverse foil Gammarus I cant really say much about this pattern as I only designed it and tied it up a couple of hours ago while playing with the new Shrimp Foils. But I could see right away when I started messing around with them that if I tied the foil onto the hook in reverse it could possibly bee a decent gammarus shell back! Hook: Mustad C49SNP # 8 Tying thread: Dyneema Feelers: Partridge hackle Underbody: Seals fur Shell back: Shrimp foil small with Bug Bond Rib: Clear mono 1 Secure your Mustad C49SNP hook in … Continue reading How to tie reverse foil Gammarus
Deer hair is normally described as hollow, This doesn´t mean that it´s hollow like a drinking straw, but that each hair is built up of hundreds of small air ﬁlled cells. This type of hair structure is most deﬁned in deer from areas with an extreme winter climate. The result, the colder it is, the better the spinning qualities, with some exceptions. The hair from our own reindeer and the north american caribou. In order to achieve optimal insulation, these hairs hold so many air cells that they have a tendency to be brittle, and break under the pressure of … Continue reading European Roe Deer hair tying material
If you are after a realistic sand eel, these are the way to go! This is the first time I have used the Deer Creek Fish Headz and I have to say they are the best self adhesive heads I have used to date. Available in a great selection of colours and sizes, I am glad to say even extra small which are the perfect size for salt water sea trout patterns. Unlike some of the other self adhesive heads these are already coated and are flexible, almost rubber like and adhere extremely well to the materials I have used … Continue reading Deer Creek Fish Headz
My first attempt with some of the great Virtual Nymph products I received at the weekend and Bug Bond. Not 100% happy with the results, but when I have played a little more, I will be making the full step by step for this Stone fly nymph. Hook: Mustad Slow death 33862NP-BR Thread: Dyneema Tail: Porcupine guard hairs Underbody: Natural seal fur Dubbing Body: Natural nymph skin Wing cases Virtual nymph stone clinger wing-buds and heads coated with Bug Bond Legs: Turkey biots coated with Bug Bond Antenna: Porcupine guard hairs Continue reading Virtual Nymph
The Dyna King fly tying vise review: It all started with the thought of purchasing a new vise for the photography of salt water flies for my new book. I needed one that had full rotation in all directions, horizontally, … Continue reading Dyna King Ultimate Indexer review
Confessions of a glue user… For over two decades I have been a serious user of various types and brands of two component bonding agents and epoxy in my fly tying and rod building, all of which have their (highs … Continue reading Bug Bond UV cure resin Multi LED Kit
The Midas nymph is my rendition on a more common pattern called the copper John, which uses copper wire instead of gold oval tinsel amongst other things. The interesting thing about the copper John, according to Bruce Olsen sales manager … Continue reading The Midas touch, confessions of a nymph-omaniac.