Detailed instructions for tying a Tabou Caddis Emerger by Tightline Productions.

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Flymen Fishing Company Launches 2015 Product Portfolio

Flymen Fishing Company has launched some new products at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show. I have already posted about their Fly Tester, so I do not link to it in this article. Just scroll down FrankenFly to read more about the Tester. See below to read about the other new products from them.

2014 International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show, Orlando FL, USA, July 16, 2014. Flymen Fishing Company announced the expansion of the Nymph-Head® and Fish-Skull® brands with the launch of several new, innovative products.

  • Nymph-Head® Evolution Beadhead
  • Nymph-Head® Evolution Fly Range
  • Fish-Skull® Fly Tester
  • Fish-Skull® Articulated Fish-Spine (individual sizes)

These new Flymen Fishing Company products are now available for dealer pre-order and will start shipping by the end of July, 2014.



Nymph-Head® Evolution Beadhead

Nymph-Head® Evolution™is a family of tungsten fly-tying beads molded in the natural shape, size and colors of the heads of the three most common aquatic insects that trout feed upon and which fly fishermen attempt to imitate, namely mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies.

The four Nymph-Head® Evolution family members consist of:

  • The Evolution Mayfly Swimmer & Burrower beadhead
  • The Evolution Mayfly Clinger & Crawler beadhead
  • The Evolution Stonefly beadhead
  • The Evolution Caddis beadhead

Moving beyond the traditional round bead…the Nymph-Head® Evolution™ beadhead allows fly tiers to tie nymphs that not only sink quickly, but have a more anatomically correct profile and head-size relative to the insect’s body.

Key Features:

  • Tungsten for fast sinking flies
  • More Realistic Fly Profile (mayfly, stonefly, caddis)
  • Natural Fly Colors (brown, black, olive)
  • Up to five sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL)
  • Premium quality retail packaging with MSRP $7.45

Product information:


Fish-Skull® Articulated Fish Spine™

Released in 2013, the Fish-Skull® Articulated Fish-Spine™ is an innovative system of interconnected, articulated shanks that combine to form a multi-jointed, “fish spine” upon which incredibly animate and realistic baitfish patterns can be tied. In addition to the original Starter Pack, we NOW expand this product to offer all four shank sizes individually packaged which enables fly tiers to purchase the specific sizes of shank they need.

Key Features:

  • Sizes 10mm, 15mm, 20mm & 25mm.
  • Tapered, daisy-chain effect creates life-like action.
  • Stainless steel for saltwater flies.
  • Individual shank size packs (24 shanks) MSRP 7.95.
  • Starter pack (6-8 spines/ 24 shanks) MSRP $9.50

Product information:


Nymph-Head® Evolution™ Fly Collection:

The first in a series of next generation nymphs tied with the new Evolution™ tungsten beadheads. Anatomically shaped tungsten heads combined with natural colors make these flies irresistible. MSRP $4.95 per 3-fly box.

NH Evolution™ Fly Collection Product information:



“We are really excited about launching our new line of products today! Both the Fly Tester™ and Evolution™ Beadhead demonstrate our company’s single-minded focus on designing and introducing innovative, ‘next generation’ fly tying materials and flies,” said Martin Bawden, CEO of Flymen Fishing Company.

“Under the theme of ‘Design Better Flies,’ the Fish-Skull® Fly Tester™ is the first readily available, out-of-box solution for fly testing and demonstration. The ability to ‘Test’ fills the critical gap that exists between tying a new fly that looks great in your vise and then going fishing with the hope it works!”

Bawden also commented: “The Nymph-Head® Evolution tungsten beadhead represents the natural progression (evolution) of the traditional round fly tying bead. The combined benefits of having a more realistic insect profile, natural fly colors and fast-sinking tungsten now enables fly fishermen to create a whole new generation of better beadhead nymphs.

“Building on the success of the Articulated Fish Spine™ launched a year ago, we are responding to customer demand to offer the different sizes of shanks in individual retail packs. This allows fly fishermen to purchase the specific sizes they need for their Game Changer style flies instead of having to buy the full Starter Pack each time.”

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a Tight Loop – Summer 2014

The new issue of a Tight Loop is out! Check it out!


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Brian and Flip Carp Fishing- Part 2

Flip Pallot and Brian Flechsig chasing carp during the famous Mulberry season in Ohio.
See Part 1 here.

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Tying a Flymph

Ray Tucker recently filmed Bill Shuck at the latest flymph gathering in Yellowstone. In the following videos Bill shows how to use the Clark block to prepare dubbing loops and store them on a card. Bill then shows how to tie a flymph or soft hackle. These methods were made famous by Jim Leisenring and Vernon S. “Pete” Hidy who together wrote Leisenring’s book, The Art of Tying the Wet Fly in 1941. The term “Flymph” was contrived by Pete Hidy to describe the type of pattern that Jim Leisenring developed to imitate the stage between a nymph and an adult.
If you would like to know more about the Clark block, visit William Anderson’s website.

Creating a spun silk body with a Clark Dubbing Block:

Tying a Flymph:


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Fish-Skull® Fly Tester™ Official Video

The Flymen Fishing Company are preparing to release a new product called the Fish-Skull® Fly Tester™ next week at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Orlando, Florida. The Fly Tester™ will retail for $285.00. Watch the video and take a look at this little baby! Check out the company’s page to read more details. All I know is, I want one…really bad!


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FrankenFly update


I thought I would take some time to update all of you FrankenFly readers on the happenings with me and all things FrankenFly, since I haven’t had the chance to do that for some time.

First, since this post is leading with an image, as you can see, I have brand new fly artwork from my graphics guy, Eryck Webb. I thought it would be cool to have some art for my Bearded Biscuit articulated streamer. I couldn’t be happier with the job Eryck did on this! I plan to have t-shirts made up soon. The Bearded Biscuit has caught some huge brown trout and some big bass. Fish dig the beard!

I have been planning to add more flies to the FrankenFly online store. I have many more classic Michigan dry flies to add, but I’ve been so busy tying orders, I haven’t had a chance to update it yet. That is actually a good problem to have. I also do custom fly orders, so if there are some flies you would like to have tied by me that you don’t see in the store, just email me and ask me about it.

As far as the website, I can always use more content for FrankenFly posts. So if you are a fly tyer and you have something to send me, don’t hesitate to do so. It could be anything about the flies you tie or original patterns you have designed. But it could also be anything fly tying related, like a specific technique, tip or trick, etc. Look for the contact link on the About page here if you don’t already know my email address.

Finally, in about a week, I will be heading to my favorite places up north to vacation and fish in Pure Michigan. I hope to have some nice photos and summarize the trip on my return.

Once again, thank you for visting and reading FrankenFly. It means a lot to me that all of you keep coming back and enjoying the website. Thank you!


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Red medium cactus chenille
EP foxy brush 1.5 inch
Red arctic fox
Root beer polar chenille
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Brian and Flip Carp fishing- Part 1

Part 1 of Brian Flechsig and Flip Pallot fly fishing for Carp during the famous Mulberry season in Ohio. Stay tuned for more….
Brought to you by Mad River Outfitters.

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Flies Around the Net – 7-9-2014

William Ensiferum - Caenis CDC Spent

William Ensiferum – Caenis CDC Spent

Live 4 Fly Fishing - Natural Quilled Nymph Orange Dot

Live 4 Fly Fishing – Natural Quilled Nymph Orange Dot

Andreas Andersson - Red Lipped Roach Divers

Andreas Andersson – Red Lipped Roach Divers

Matthew Pate - Czech Nymph Hook

Matthew Pate – Partridge Czech Nymph Hook

Ariko Miettinen-The Usk Grub

Ariko Miettinen-The Usk Grub

Jeff Dickey - Captain 1.0

Jeff Dickey – Captain 1.0

Matt Zudweg - Zudbubbler

Matt Zudweg – Zudbubbler

Mig Carnapeche - Pheasant Tail nymph

Mig Carnapeche – Pheasant Tail nymph

Trace Hilt

Trace Hilt

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