A great attractor, but a little more challenging pattern than usual, with several interesting techniques that can be learned and put to good use in other patterns.
This easy fan wing mayfly can be tied spent or as a dun, just by changing the position of the wings when mounting. Straight up for a dun, or as here out to the sides for a spent spinner.
Merlin Unwin Books author Barry Ord Clarke The Feather Bender is tying flies at two special events hosted by Orvis (London 3-7pm Wednesday 6 November and Stockbridge 3-7pm Thursday 7 November) you can also buy a signed copy of his book The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques! Register your interest below or RSVP: Andy@zambuni.com. Orvis UKOrvis Orvis Zambuni PR Veniard.
Not many dry fly patterns can be tied in three minutes, but heres one of them. The Elk & Hackle caddis. A quick adult skating caddis, that is an easy tie, but don’t be fooled, it’s also a very effective attractor.
A nifty para-weld caddis with a mottled turkey wing and a buggy hares ear abdomen and thorax. You can make the wing a little more robust by giving it a thin coat of UV resin.
Rubber grub grub, three bugs in a tub. A super quick and easy grayling grub for fishing fast flowing pocket water with great effect.
The mother of all daddy’s. This larger than life foam bodied daddy long legs, is a great attractor that moves a whole load of water when pulled through the surface, and will float all day long. With a neat foam body technique.
This coming Friday 27, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 I will be tying flies and signing my new book at the Glasgow Angling Centre open weekend. Everyone that buys a copy of the book this weekend will go into a free draw to win a set of flies tied by me. Or just call in for a chat and say hello, I look forward to seeing you all there.
Heres a review by Magnus Angus from the October issue of Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine.
19 September 2019
If you haven’t seen the new book, heres a short video explaining the concept behind it and the whole idea of it making fly tying tutorials and mastering techniques easier than ever before.
This, as the name suggests, is a quick quill dun that is easy to tie and a very effective pattern for river fishing. Just change the colour and hook size to match your hatch.
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After receiving many requests to do some salmon fly videos, I have decided to do a collection of some of the most famous and fishable patterns. Starting with one of the classic North American hair wings and definitely the most famous from the Rat series.
Rusty Rat double
Hook: Mustad DL71UBLN # 6
Tag: Oval gold tinsel
Tail: Peacock sword fibres
Body: Yellow floss & Peacock herl
Veil: Yellow floss
Rib: Oval gold tinsel
Wing: Siberian squirrel tail
Collar: Grizzle cock hackle
A quick and easy little semi realistic hatching / cripple midge that fishes well. It also has a few nice techniques that can be employed in other patterns.
A good looking pattern that has a nice technique for a dubbed segmented body and double Wally caddis wing.
The feather bender’s new book is out, and it’s fair to say I’m pretty excited about it! Check out this video for a little sneak peek into some of the incredible techniques & patterns, all celebrating the wonderful world of fly tying!
Make sure you order your copy –
Available in the UK now.
French edition available September 17th 2019 .
Australia & New Zealand available from 1st November 2019.
United States & Canada available from 5th November 2019.
Amazon.com USA & Canada
This is a pattern I designed for sea trout fishing in the early 90s. Initially as a sand eel imitation but over the years its proven itself as a general streamer that has worked well for most trout fishing. You can substitute the Vulturine guinea fowl will regular blue dyed cock hackles if you wish.
A very simple, but semi realistic pattern that has only two materials, natural mallard flank feathers and a single blue dun CDC hackle. Although the technique requires a little dexterity, take your time and you’ll soon master it!
After a whole load of work, I am pleased to announce that you can use the link below for UK orders. I will be posting a link for US, Canada and the French publication orders in the next few weeks, as and when they become available.
276 x 216 mm, 256 pages, over 30 patterns step by step beautifully photographed, each and every pattern with a QR code video link to the author tying every fly featured, all for only £25. The book can also be ordered from: Amazon
This slender little pheasant tail with a copper wire abdomen is a combination of two classics. A great pattern for a generic nymph, that is easy to tie, in even the smallest sizes. A must for all fly boxes.
Dear Feather Bender subscribers and viewers,
I wanted to personally thank you all for your continuing support.
Your interest in my site has kept me motivated in producing new content and videos. I am also pleased to say, and as you can probably see above, the new book, “The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques” is due for publication at the end of this month!
Although the book focuses on techniques and materials, it has 28 patterns all illustrated with detailed step by step images. This will be the first flytying book to pair up every featured pattern with its own bespoke matching YouTube video: you’ll get the best of both worlds!
The book will be available in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe in both English & French languages.
I will be posting order details for the book when the shops have it in stock at the end of the month.
I will also be doing signings in:
England, Scotland, Ireland & France. I’ll post the location and dates as and when they are confirmed.
Meanwhile, I really appreciate your on-going support by continuing to watch and share my videos, revisiting my YouTube channel and blog, and posting creative and constructive comments.
I would not have been able to keep going or produce the book without your enthusiasm, so thank you all!
Barry Ord Clarke, aka – The Feather Bender.
A quick and easy sparsely dressed, adult stone fly that works well for both the early and late season hatches of needle fly. For a lower profile try trimming away the hackle fibres on the underside of the hook.
Something for the weekend! A quick semi realistic generic mayfly nymph, that can be tied in various colours and sizes to match the hatch.
If you are out after attracting bigger trout the BAF is a good ‘go-to’ pattern for searching water. Not a challenging pattern to tie, and if you have done Zonkers & Muddlers before, you’ll find it easy! I Like the natural colours but mix and match your own, in everything from all black to more vivid combos.
This is a quick and simple midge emerger that works well all year round. Use 3 or 4 CDC hackles for the wing, this in combination with the oversized hook makes the pattern hang vertically in the surface film for perfect presentation.