Tying Video – Smallmouth It’s-A-Bug

Way back in August of 2019 I published a video on a fly called It’s-A-Bug.  It is a fly I read about in a short little article in Fly Tyer magazine back in 2001.  It is a great panfish fly but I thought if I tied it a little bigger and added some rubber legs … Read more

Tying Video – Joe’s Hopper

Joe’s Hopper is one of my favorite terrestrial/hopper patterns to tie.  It is a simple and straightforward fly and even if you don’t get everything just right you can still catch fish with it.  The pattern was originally tied by Art Winnie and was call the Michigan Hopper.  I think he created it sometime in … Read more

Tying Video – Henry’s Fork Hopper

The Henry’s Fork Hopper was created by Mike Lawson back on the 1970’s.  Specifically, he created it for fishing on the Henry’s Fork river and specifically when hoppers were prevalent (a.k.a terrestrial or “hopper” season).  Like many great flies, there is not much to it but it is put together in such a way as … Read more

Tying Video – The Bumblepuppy Streamer

The Bumblepuppy is a fly created by Theodore Gordon around the 1890s.  It is an interesting fly pattern in that he never considered it a “completed” fly.  That is to say, he never saw any versions of the fly as the one he thought was the best and therefore not needing any more development.  All … Read more

Tying Video – The Baby Hammerhead

While tying some Hammerhead flies for the updated video I released last week I decided it was time to create the modification to the Hammerhead that is the Baby Hammerhead.  I have been thinking about this fly for sometime and thought now is a good time to bring those thoughts into reality.  The original Hammerhead … Read more

Tying Video – The Hammerhead

Way back in 2009 I created the Hammerhead fly while fishing for great lakes carp on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.  It was created to resemble a sculpin, a crawdad or even a goby which are all prevalent in the lake and major food sources for the carp.  The first rendition of the Hammerhead caught … Read more

Tying Video – The Slump Buster

When I was asked  awhile back to tie a leech pattern or two one of the first flies I thought of was John Barr’s Slump Buster.  Although, maybe not a true leech pattern, it certainly can be swung and fished as a leech with a sleek and flowing profile and action.  Which is one of … Read more

Tying Video – Blanton’s Whistler

Way back in 2009 I was headed up to the Quetico provincial park in Ontario for a early season Northern Pike trip with some friends.  I had canoed the park many times in my youth but never fished it with a fly rod so I was very excited to see how I would fare compared … Read more

Tying Video – Moto Minnow

As fly fisherman & women we are often looking for flies that will catch multiple different species as well as be effective under various fishing conditions.  This is why such flies as the Clouser Deep Minnow and the Woolly Bugger are so popular.  Basic colors of these flies work in many different waters for many … Read more

Tying Video – Myakka Minnow

Sometimes you forget about some flies that you fished and tied and enjoyed simply because you moved to other patterns and experimentations.  Doesn’t mean the flies aren’t any good, all though sometimes that is the case, it is just that human beings always need to search for something new.  Something not developed, something not know … Read more

Tying Video – Double N #12

The fly I have for this week is an interesting streamer with an interesting past/history.  In the course of fly fishing and fly tying one ties up a LOT OF FLIES.  Many are known patterns you tie for others or for yourself.  Over time it is inevitable that you will start to experiment with patterns … Read more