Christmas tree streamer

Search fly tying materials and tools The Juletræet as the original is called in Danish or translated, Christmas tree is a popular Danish coastal pattern for sea run browns. The original is from the early 80’s and comes from Danish fly tyer Steen Ulnits. This simple but effective pattern is easy to tie but requires the correct Mylar tubing. Many Mylar’s when the weave is opened, the tinsel will be curled and impossible to get to lie flat, you will need one that is easily opened and all the strands of tinsel are straight. The Christmas tree has a great … Continue reading Christmas tree streamer

Hares ear dubbing part III

Search fly tying materials and tools 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: See CanCooker’s line of indoor/outdoor cooking gear at cancooker.com. Great for Fly fishing adventures Shop now! cancooker.com Continue reading Hares ear dubbing part III

Hares ear dubbing prep part II

Search fly tying materials and tools 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: See CanCooker’s line of indoor/outdoor cooking gear at cancooker.com. Great for Fly fishing adventures Shop now! cancooker.com Continue reading Hares ear dubbing prep part II

Hares ear dubbing prep part 1

Search fly tying materials and tools 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 See CanCooker’s line of indoor/outdoor cooking gear at cancooker.com. Great for Fly … Continue reading Hares ear dubbing prep part 1

How to tie Stingsild bucktail streamer

Search fly tying materials and tools 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 … Continue reading How to tie Stingsild bucktail streamer

How to tie Magic Head Flat wing streamer

Search fly tying materials and tools Magic head flat-wing An extremely easy yet effective pattern for Bass and salt water sea trout. The modern flat-wing stile of salt water streamer was developed by the American fly tyer and artist Kenny Abrames. He recommends at these streamers are fished on the drift or with a extremely slow retrieve or a combination of both! When fished in this manner the flat-wing creates the illusion of volume with a rippling swimming movement even if they are so slightly dressed. Its important that have constant contact with your stripping hand and the fly line … Continue reading How to tie Magic Head Flat wing streamer

The royal member of the Wulff pack

Search fly tying materials and tools The Royal Wulff As the name says, the man behind the famous series of patterns was Lee Wulff and the most famous of all is the Wulff that is Royal! The fattest pattern of the Wulff family is just as good fished as a searching pattern as it is as a adult may fly. It just presses all the right buttons, It floats high, its visible even at a great distance in rough water and looks like a mouthful of whatever trout are eating. Although a great pattern, I hardly ever see people tying … Continue reading The royal member of the Wulff pack

How to tie Famous Grouse wet fly

Search fly tying materials and tools   Inspired by my sons first hunting trip and the beautiful feathers from the female black grouse he shot. In this simple wet fly tutorial I have tried to include as many classic wet fly elements as possible. Tail, tinsel body, oval tinsel rib, palmered body hackle slip wing and throat hackle, but keeping the colours simple. Thor Edward on a very successful first days hunting, here with a female capercaillie the largest member of the grouse family. One of these birds has enough material to tie flies for fishing, for many many years… Hook: … Continue reading How to tie Famous Grouse wet fly

Tom Thumb dry fly Tutorial

Search fly tying materials and tools This magical little deer hair pattern seems for the most to have been forgotten! I have looked through a whole range of my ‘go to’ pattern books and have found reference to it only in name, no images and no step by step. Although I have located some info regarding the pattern on the net I felt that it deserved a proper step by step tutorial. As far as I understand the Tom Thumb is said to have originated from England in the 1940s, but I find this a little misleading as deer hair … Continue reading Tom Thumb dry fly Tutorial

The Black Pennell wet fly

Search fly tying materials and tools Black Pennell & Family…   One of the classic ‘Black’ flies that has survived the test of time.  Classified as a fancy wet or loch style pattern the Black Pennell came from the tying bench of Mr H. Cholmondeley Pennell a wealthy Edwardian english gentleman, who loved fishing in Northern Europe. There are several styles in tying this pattern, some with a fine slim body of only one layer of tying thread, the tapered body, as shown here and one with seals fur or black wool. Although some listings say that the hackle should … Continue reading The Black Pennell wet fly

How to tie Long Flies-streamer

Search fly tying materials and tools Blue Devil Custom This is one of the many patterns from the legendary Rangeley fly tyer Carrie G Stevens. Most of her patterns where tied on 6 X long – 10 X long shank hooks although she did use some that where even 12 X long, these super long shank hooks is what gives these flies their unique profile and silhouette. In 1924 Carrie G Stevens caught a 6lb 13oz brook trout on a prototype streamer she had made herself. She entered her catch into the fishing competition in the well known American magazine … Continue reading How to tie Long Flies-streamer

How to tie Cottus Gobio sculpin

Search fly tying materials and tools 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 … Continue reading How to tie Cottus Gobio sculpin

How to tie Pseudo Mayfly Spinner

Search fly tying materials and tools Fishing, or even identifying a mayfly spinner fall can be one of the most challenging situations a fly fisherman can experience! Its all about breaking codes and learning to read the signs. With the larger mayflies its somewhat easier to recognize the spinner fall, danica and vulgata are so large that they can be seen at a greater distance floating in a crucifix posture and lifeless in the surface, sometimes with such a high mortality rate they cover the whole surface of the river. But smaller darker and sometimes almost transparent species can be … Continue reading How to tie Pseudo Mayfly Spinner

Fender Parachute

Search fly tying materials and tools This is a quick and simple parachute technique that requires only deer hair and Bug Bond. Hook: Mustad C49 Tying thread: Dyneema Body: Moose mane hair Hackle: Roe deer hair and Bug Bond Thorax: Underfur from deer or moose winter coat. Trident Fly Fishing | Shop the largest selection of fly fishing and fly tying products on the planet. 1. Secure your emerger hook in the vice with as much of the bend clear of the jaws. See CanCooker’s line of indoor/outdoor cooking gear at cancooker.com. Great for Fly fishing adventures Shop now! cancooker.com Continue reading Fender Parachute

Fly Tying Course # 19 The G & H Sedge

Search fly tying materials and tools The G & H Sedge or Goddard Caddis The G & H sedge, as it was originally named was created by John Goddard and Cliff Henry.  John Goddard who died last December was one of the great innovators of fly tying. This is a small tribute to one of, if not, his most famous patterns. The dressing and style of tying I demonstrate here, is taken from the 1977 re-print of his 1969  book ‘Trout flies of still-water’.   Original recipe Hook:  Long-shank 8-10 Tying Silk: Green Underbody: Dark green seals fur Body: Natural … Continue reading Fly Tying Course # 19 The G & H Sedge

Fly Tying Course # 17 Chernobyl Ant

Search fly tying materials and tools   This pattern was the product of Rainey Riding’s imagination after the Chernobyl atomic plant accident. Resembling an ant, only in the weirdest imagination, this is a great stimulator pattern. The CCFS (closed cell foam sheet) used in this ant floats like a cork, and the 8 rubber legs dance a jitter bug across the surface of the water. I first encountered the Chernobyl ant many years ago, while visiting a fly fishing shop in Toronto Canada, called Skinners. I enquired about good patterns for Brook trout in the north, they said that I … Continue reading Fly Tying Course # 17 Chernobyl Ant

Fly tying course # 4 a simple nymph

Search fly tying materials and tools Now you should have learned the basics, mounting the hook, attaching the tying thread and the whip finish. With these you should be able to start and finish a fly, its just what’s in between now! I always believe its better to start with a simple pattern that illustrates other elementary techniques, than demonstrating each technique one for one. When you are tying this pattern you may find that handling the materials is a somewhat difficult task especially if you have large fingers and are not use to intricate work. But let me assure … Continue reading Fly tying course # 4 a simple nymph

Fly tying course # 1 Getting started

Search fly tying materials and tools Hi, due to the popularity of the fly tying course I have decided to publish all 20 courses again, so if you know anyone who would like to learn to tie flies or is just getting started please let them know about the course and share the link with your fly tying forums and other fly tying friends. I will be posting one course each day until the 5th January. This on line fly tying course will be dedicated to showing those of you who are new to fly tying all the correct moves … Continue reading Fly tying course # 1 Getting started

Clouser deep Minnow (Variant)

Search fly tying materials and tools Clouser Deep Minnow (variant) Bob Clouser is a well known fly tyer from Middletown USA. He designed the Clouser minnow with the goal of making a pattern that would represent a fleeing bait fish, with a jig motion. The key to achieving this is locating the eyes in the right position on the hook shank. When you retrieve the fly it rises and when you pause if falls or dives. It never stops moving. I am calling this a Variant because I dont believe it to be 100% the original Clouser deep minnow, but I … Continue reading Clouser deep Minnow (Variant)

Deer hair daddy

Search fly tying materials and tools Many daddy patterns are somewhat delicate and easily damaged, be it by fish, or even prolonged casting, and general ware and tare.  Here’s a pattern that show you how to make your daddy’s not only more resillient, but also with added float ability.   Tipulidae or Daddy long legs as they are more commonly known, are a familiar sight both on and off the water more or less the whole summer.  There are in fact several hundred species of daddy’s from just a couple of mm  to over 40mm long.  Although most species of … Continue reading Deer hair daddy

Techniques for tying with deer hair part 2 Spinning and burning.

Search fly tying materials and tools Anglo – Swedish caddis: This is a hybrid pattern that combines two great patterns, the wing and head of the Swedish streaking caddis and the body of the British Goddards caddis. There are a few techniques here that are useful when tying with deer hair.  Cut a thin strip of deer hair from a winter coat, rather like a deer hair zonker strip and attach a Magic tool clip about half way down the hair. With a pair long straight scissors trim off the hide from the deer hair strip. You will see that … Continue reading Techniques for tying with deer hair part 2 Spinning and burning.

Foils rush in where angels fear to tread

Search fly tying materials and tools Keeping on the salt water theme for sea trout, heres another sand eel pattern that mixes the new with the old. When designing bait fish patterns, a few things I consider are the shape and silhouette of the fish to be imitated. This is important as you never know if the fish will see it, when fished, in a reflected or backlight situation. The size and colour, and last but not least movement. All these can be achieved with a careful selection of materials. I sometimes also like to give the patterns a three … Continue reading Foils rush in where angels fear to tread