NEW Fish-Skull® Senyo’s Micro Shank™

Senyo's-Micro-Shank-flies-on-quarterNew Micro Shanks from Flymen Fishing Company! Details below.

Tie scaled-down articulated flies with lifelike movement.

Co-designed by Greg Senyo

Greg Senyo is a prominent steelhead and salmon expert who has designed many leading fly tying materials.

Senyo’s Micro Shank is a smaller, lighter version of the popular Senyo’s Articulated Shank, and is a simple, versatile solution for tying a variety of small, articulated flies such as petite trout wet flies, low-water steelhead flies, sparse streamer designs, and small traditional salmon flies. The wire diameter is small enough to directly attach to hooks as small as size #10.

The ultralight, slim, and strong shank also offers a new option for tying surface flies and brings a high degree of realistic, articulated movement to small fly design.


Spey fishing for Trout
Swinging flies for trout on one-handed or lightweight two-hander fly rods has been rapidly gaining in popularity, and for good reason – it’s super fun!

Sometimes referred to as the “Single-Hand Spey Revolution,” anglers are now adapting proven, traditional spey fishing tactics and fly designs to target trout in ways similar to swinging flies for salmon and steelhead.

Low-water steelhead fishing
In recent years, anglers targeting steelhead have had to adapt their fly designs to match the increasing low-water conditions in fisheries worldwide.

A lighter shank for designing and tying smaller, sparse flies is incredibly useful in these situations.

European fly designs
Anglers across Europe, particularly in the Nordic countries and the Baltic region, are creating unique and innovative small fly designs to target Atlantic salmon, sea trout, and brown trout. Senyo’s Micro Shank enables the tying of these of these smaller, less bulky patterns.

Other uses
Panfish, warmwater, and saltwater applications are still present, and this lightweight shank with an up-eye is compatible with all current shank models as an add on.


Quick and easy to tie
Senyo’s Shank is designed to be able to be held straight in any fly tying vise, avoiding the need to tie the fly at strange angles.

This allows you to easily attach a free-swinging stinger hook or do a direct hook-to-shank connection using the rear loop.

Loop-up eye
Keeping with traditional salmon and steelhead flies.

Thin wire
The Micro Shank uses thinner, lighter wire, enabling articulation of the fly without adding weight, which is a key factor in small, featherweight fly design.

This provides your flies with a more realistic action, while maintaining profile and the suspended, slow sink rates ideal for these styles of fishing.

Small rear loop

Allows you to attach hooks directly onto the shank.

Stainless steel
For saltwater use



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CF Baitfish

Niklas Dahlin produced this fly tying video with Andreas Andersson tying his signature CF Baitfish. A fly that can be tied large but still light weighted and with great movement in the water, A fly that has caught a bunch of different species around the world.

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Adult Dragonfly by Ruben Martin

Hook: TMC 5263 o similar
Thread: UNI 8/0 o UTC 70
Head: closed cell foam and lastic bead chain eyes.
abdomen: closed cell foam and plastic seet (plastic soda bootle) torax: Hareline Senyo dubbing
legs: terrestrial legs o plastic bristles
Wing: 4 rooster neck feathers, grizzly o variant
back: closed cell foam.

Ruben notes, “Dragonflies or adult dragonflies are an obsession for many anglers fishing environments where hatchings of these insects are really abundant and can witness what this generates in fish … often mere imitations, low realism, are enough to deceive a couple of trout if we succeed with the size and color. However it is sometimes necessary to achieve realism in imitation for trout decide to take our fly, as I always say, realism, if not sacrifice any vital aspect of our imitation is never an aspect that remains … always sum. This model has spent years fooling trout during the hot months in the beautiful lakes in the north where you can do a fantastic fishing on the coasts with large reedbeds Patagonia.”

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Gummy Minnow – In The Riffle

In The Riffle’s information on this video includes the following.
“The Gummy Minnow is a super realistic baitfish pattern that works very well for minnow eating ocean species. The Gummy Minnow can be tied on several different color variations, such as Brown, Olive, Blue and Pearl. The Gummy Minnow is simple, in that it is only made of 2 materials (Crystal Skin and Eyes). But the Gummy Minnow in not necessarily easy to tie. The Crystal Skin or “Sili Skin” can be very difficult to work with. It is super sticky and clings to anything. Once you get the hang of this fly and get used to working with Crystal Skin, you can begin to crank them out!”

Gummy Minnow Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #1/0 – #06 Tiemco 811S
Thread: White 100 Denier Veevus GSP
Body: Pearlescent Thin Crystal Skin or Sili Skin
Back: Moss Green Thin Crystal Skin or Sili Skin
Overcoat: Clear Thin Crystal Skin or Sili Skin
Eyes: Super Pearl 3/16″ Stick On Eyes
Glue: Loon Hard Head

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Alpaca Dubbing in FrankenFly online shop


I now have Alpaca Dubbing from The Laughing Fly available in the FrankenFly online shop. This is 100% Suri Alpaca. They are long fibers that you can use in streamers for tails, bodies, etc. The fibers have an extremely real life like movement in the water.

This is the alpaca used in the brand new Monster FrankenDub. You can check that out at this link or at the menu at the top of the FrankenFly website.

I’ve used alpaca in a number of my own streamer patterns. Most notably I use it for the Bearded Wonder, Mama’s Cornbread, and Barn Stormer.



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This is Fly – Issue 56


Check it out!

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Sulphur Breadline Emerger 4K

A new fly tying video from Tightline Productions. Great looking pattern here!

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FrankenDub is now available!


FrankenDub is now available for purchase! Please go to the new FrankenDub page for details and purchase information. Right now FrankenDub is only available through J. Stockard Fly Fishing. The purchase links are on the FrankenDub page. I do plan to make it available to other fly shops and stores in the future.

If you have any other questions, please contact me at paul.beel(AT) or leave a comment here.

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Hatchmaster Green Drake by Scott Patterson


Variation of a Darbee Two Feather; not sure who came up with this version. Cool fly, pretty simple tie; good thing because I don’t see these standing up to much chewing. Tied here as a Green Drake (hence the slightly elongated wings); change color/size to suit your needs. In smaller sizes, you might want to try some different materials – mallard breast (natural or dyed), partridge?

hook – Dai Riki 125 #10
thread – Danville 6/0 olive
tail/body – mallard flank dyed olive
wings – hen hackle tips black
hackle – grizzly dyed olive

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Kris Keller’s Montana Mouthwash

A new fly tying video from Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks! Brian says, “Freshen your breath with a little Montana Mouthwash this Monday morning. Kris Keller’s seriously cool sculpin single.”

Hook – TMC 5263 #2
Eyes – Dumbell
Tail – Stacked Marabou
Hackle – Strung Saddle
Body – Cactus Chenille
Rubber Legs – Sili Legs
Head – MFC Bunny Brush

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