A nice technique for making a CDC body, without coming in conflict with the under body of the fly. This makes the body fish deep under the surface but keep the wing high and dry. Continue reading Double D caddis/sedge
A nice little diving caddis that has has a somewhat different detached body technique. Hook: Mustad C49S # 16 Thread: Dyneema 55 Abdomen: Cream Para post Wing: Natural deer hair Thorax: Light & dark olive dubbing Continue reading How to tie Para post diving caddis
An unusual peacock and deer hair pattern with a double wing. Originaly made to imitate a caddis fly the super bug is also a great searcher pattern, that will raise fish from their holding spots just about anywhere. Hook: Mustad … Continue reading Double super bug pattern
An excellent loch style pattern that is a real attractor when pulled in or just under the surface. Also an extremely popular pattern to fish as part of a team. Claret snatcher wet pattern recipe Hook: Mustad C49S # 8 … Continue reading Claret snatcher wet fly
A quick and simple adult CDC caddis/sedge with a sparkle thorax and wing. Hook: Mustad R50X # 12 Tying thread: Grey Body: 2 Blue dun CDC hackles Wing: 2 Blue dun CDC hackles & Ice dubbing Continue reading CDC Sparkle wing caddis/sedge dry fly
Another pattern from John Goddard that was an instant success on still waters in the UK. The polystyrene ball tied just above the hook eye makes the suspender midge float all day and beyondwhile presenting the pattern in the perfect … Continue reading Goddard’s suspender hatching midge
A semi realistic eel pattern for night fishing. Perfect for salt water sea trout fishing and stripped bass that are feeding on sand eels. Nocturnal eel streamer pattern recipe Hook: Mustad C47S # 2 Tying thread: Dyneema 55 Body: Black … Continue reading Nocturnal eel streamer
A simple tie for a very buggy large October caddis that floats like a cork with a wonderful wing. Wonder wing caddis pattern Hook: Mustad R43 # 10 Tying thread: Dyneema 55 Body: Natural deer hair Underwing: 2 Natural CDC … Continue reading Wonder wing caddis
Another dry fly hackle tutorial this time the paraloop technique. Although I don’t use this hackle much its a great choice for emerger patterns. Please subscribe to my You Tube channel to receive the videos as they are published. Continue reading Tying a paraloop hackle tutorial
A variant of the Kingsmill Moore pattern, the golden Olive bumble that was popularised in his great book ‘A man may fish‘ A cracking dry fly attractor that hardly ever fails as a top dropper. Pulled through the surface as … Continue reading Golden olive bumble muddler
A real simple beetle/ bug that has never failed me even under super selective feeding. Your help and support in keeping the channel going is greatly appreciated. If you enjoy the videos please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thanks… Continue reading The Beetle Bug
Another different deer hair technique, this time showing you how to tie a parachute hackle made of deer hair. Thanks for watching and please remember to subscribe to the feather benders You Tube channel: Continue reading Tying a deer hair parachute hackle
This is a pattern designed to show the pure versatility of deer hair! Tail, spun body and hackle all made from deer hair and nothing more. Three deer hair techniques that will for sure be helpful to you when tying … Continue reading Deer hair irresistible fly
I have had so many questions regarding the correct deer hair for tying the streaking caddis that I have made this little tutorial on deer hair and prep for the streaking caddis. Learn more about deer hair materialUltimate guide to … Continue reading Deer hair prep for streaking caddis
Another deer hair technique that shows you how to make spun deer hair bodies with the use of a dubbing loop. Learn more about deer hair materialUltimate guide to deer hair part 1Ultimate guide to deer hair part 2Ultimate guide … Continue reading Spinning deer hair in a dubbing loop
This is yet another parachute technique with a twist! A very satisfying method of finishing a traditional parachute hackle that also equips the pattern with a quick sight indicator. Hook: Mustad R30 # 12 Tying thread: Sheer 14/0 black Tail: … Continue reading How to tie Poly weld para dry fly
This is a priceless little trick for improving the grip of most hackle pliers substantially! Continue reading Improving your hackle pliers!
The feather benders home grown and hand crafted fly tyers wax scull’s. It’s not that long ago that pre-waxed tying thread was not readily available, and tyers, especially of the more classic stile patterns resorted to various types of wax to make tying more easy and the natural threads such as cotton and silk more durable. Because the majority of tying threads available today are pre-waxed, the practice of waxing your own tying thread has been somewhat neglected or almost forgotten for most fly tyers. Apart from the obvious advantages as mentioned above, waxing your own thread makes easy work … Continue reading A new batch of sculls now available…
This is one of the best searcher patterns that will bring even sluggish fish up from the bottom. Easy to tie and even easier to fish. Tied with only one material, good old deer hair. Sedgehog fly pattern recipe Hook: … Continue reading Sedgehog fly pattern
My Shove, Shave, Singe and Sand technique for the tightest deer hair bodies.Probably the most frequent question I am asked at shows and demos is how do I get my small deer hair bodies so tight. Well heres my secret … Continue reading Shove,Shave,Singe and Sand Technique for deer hair bodies
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 … Continue reading Tom Thumb fly
Large dark olive nymph The large dark olive (Baetis rhodani) are probably the most widespread of all the European may flies, being Multivoltine, where water temperature allows, having two or more generation cycles per year, makes it even more important … Continue reading Large dark olive trio Baetis rhodani – LDO
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 … Continue reading Humpy fly
Here it is, working with deer hair, all three parts in one post, updated with new techniques and images. 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 … Continue reading European Roe Deer Hair, tools and top tying tips 2
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 … Continue reading Goddard Caddis – G & H Sedge
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 daddy are terrestrial there are a … Continue reading Deer hair daddy
Here are a couple more quick techniques, for making cork like bodies from deer hair and a deer hair guard. Continue reading Tying with deer hair part 3. Spinning ultra tight bodies with deer hair.
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 … Continue reading Techniques for tying with deer hair part 2 Spinning and burning.
Stimulator-“Something that causes and encourages a given response” The original pattern is from the American fly tyer Randall Kaufmann and is probably one of the most popular flies in North America. Originally tied to imitates the adult giant stonefly, … Continue reading The Stimulator Dry Fly
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 dimensional effect. I achieve this through … Continue reading Foils rush in where angels fear to tread
Hi, I am now back from a weeks fishing with Marc petitjean and Neil Patterson on the Kvennan beat of the river Glomma here in Norway. We had a great week with lots of grayling on dry fly, up-to 45 cm. I will be posting a full rapport from this trip later. Heres a snap of Neil doing his thing… And Marc doing his… Just to keep you up to date, hunting has started here and the first opportunity I get (the next deer I shoot) I will be doing a step by step tutorial on skinning and preparing the … Continue reading The Autumn is upon us.
Proppen, Without doubt my most productive sea trout fly. over a thousand sea trout can’t be wrong!! This is my variant of one of the best salmon flies in recent years. It is, without doubt my most productive fly for … Continue reading Proppen-most productive sea trout fly
Muddler minnow pattern notes 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 … Continue reading Muddler Minnow – most famous of all streamers
This is another deer hair technique that very useful for many dry, terrestrial, and streamer patterns. Although not an easy technique to get right without detailed instruction, once mastered, never forgotten! Hook: Mustad R30 94833 # 4-10 Tying thread: Dyneema Tail: Bleached elk hair Body: Floss silk Wing/head: Bleached elk hair Legs: Rubber legs This pattern was designed by US tyer Doug Swisher for attractor fishing in the Rocky mountains. The advantage of rubber legs in an attractor pattern is that the create maximum movement in the surface, ideal for searching out fish with both free drift and stripped across … Continue reading Bullet head technique Madam X
Wooly Muggler For me there are two big fish flies that I just dont go trout fishing without, Wooly bugger and Muddler minnow. Wooly Muggler streamer pattern recipe Hook: Mustad S74S NP-ZS # 6-4 Thread: DyneemaTail: Marabou and crystal hair Body: DubbingHackle: … Continue reading Wooly Muggler: A big streamer for big fish
This next fly in the course is the X Caddis pattern. This is a no hackle dry fly that floats extremely well because of the natural buoyancy of the deer hair and Antron tail. I can´t recommend the X-caddis enough. … Continue reading X Caddis pattern
Elk Hair 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 Elk Hair Caddis as it is also known … Continue reading Elk Hair Caddis
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
Recently I have had many questions regarding spinning deer hair and the best method of attaining a even open fibered body for deer hair flies. I use this technique on patterns such as G&H Sedge. The other technique is for making cork like bodies from deer hair. Once mastered these techniques can be applied to many patterns. 8You can now begin to wind the dubbing onto the hook shank just like a conventional feather hackle, combing the fibers back with each turn. Continue reading Making a deer hair dubbing loop.
This is a video I made some years ago, but its quite easy to follow and all the basics are there, so give it a go. I have half a dozen or so more video tutorials that I will post … Continue reading Tying the Thunder Creek streamer