Establishing Thread Control – Kelly Galloup

From Kelly:
“Thread control is perhaps the most important element in all of fly tying, but is seldom discussed. Once you learn to establish proper thread control, your speed and efficiency will increase dramatically in addition to making your flies look more consistent.”

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Game Warden

This fly was designed by Earl Madsen in the late 1950s in honor of his friend Clarence Roberts. Earl was a famous Michigan river boat builder and legendary fly tyer of the Au Sable River in Grayling, Michigan. He has designed many popular Michigan flies, including the Madsen Skunk.

This particular fly was tied by Jerry Regan, a fabulous Michigan fly tyer himself.

This dry fly can be used for the big Yellow May hatch (Ephemera varia) in July.
NOTE: I’ve had good luck with white flies even when there isn’t a hatch. So give this fly a try at other times too. As Jerry will tell you, there doesn’t have to be a hatch happening for some of these flies to work and work well. -Paul

Fish the fly dead drift, twitched or skated.

***As you will notice in the material list, the butts of the underwing, which is deer hair, are pulled up and used as a post.

Materials list:
Hook: Mustad #94831 Size: 10
Thread: Yellow, 3/0
Body: Yellow Poly Yarn
Rib: Maroon Embroidery Floss, DMC #815
Underwing: Deer Hair, tied down wing style
Post: The butts of the underwing pulled upright, trimmed short.
Overwing: Grizzly Hen Neck, tied down wing, delta style.
Hackle: Brown & Grizzly, mixed, tied parachute.


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Green Back Tiger – Morten Valeur

From Ahrex:
“Tied by Morten Valeur. A large streamer for pike and musky. Tied on a light hook (Ahrex PR351 Light Predator Barbless) and with Fish Mask and Dragon Eyes from Flymen Fishing Company. Easy to cast but very much alive under water.”

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Flies With Attitude, Vlog#2 River pike in Ireland

From Norbert:
“Caution, some bad language may feature on this vlog…
Fly fishing for river pikes is one of my favorite thing to do, beautiful Irish landscapes, good pikes , good company makes for a great day out. Soon we will be in the new upcoming raft from Smithfly.”

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Borchers Parachute – Tim Neal

Tim Neal has a series that he has started on YouTube titled, “Tying Michigan’s Best Trout Flies”. Tim shows you how to tie a Borchers Parachute in this fly tying video. There are many that prefer the Borchers over the Adams, including me. So be sure to check this one out!


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Cat Nip – Gunnar Brammer

From Gunnar:
“I give a step by step instruction on tying an Eye Candy variation in the form of a Wiggle Tailed Swing Fly. The fly is designed to be swung/dredged for species such as Channel Cats, yet can be equally effective for Walleye, Bass, Pike, etc. The fly features a Palo Pacchiarini Wiggle Tail in Holo Black, size medium – From Rapax Fly Fishing.”

Hook: Ahrex, #1 Predator Trailing Hook PR 383
Shank: FlymenFishingCo 25mm Senyo’s articulated shank
Wire: Senyo’s Intruder Trailer Hook Wire, for size 6 and up or a 30lb nylon coated stainless steel substitute (0.018″ dia – 49 strand)
Wiggle Tail: Palo Pacchiarini Tail, Holo Black, size medium with a Snap for Tail

Body: EP Foxy Brush (3″), EP Sparkle Brush (3″)
Rubber Legs: Senyo’s Fushion Foil Legs
Head: Ice Dub in dubbing loop
Eyes: Painted Lead Eyes (Large)

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Southern Culture on the Fly – Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of Southern Culture on the Fly is live! Check it out!

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Henry’s Fork Salmon Fly – InTheRiffle

From InTheRiffle:
“The Henry’s Fork Salmon Fly is a great Salmonfly Dry Fly Pattern for large picky trout in slower water and pools. The Henry’s Fork Salmon Fly was developed on the world famous Henry’s Fork River, by Mike Lawson, and continues to be a popular Salmon Fly Dry for wary trout. The Henry’s Fork Salmon Fly is best tied large, on a #06 dry fly hook, and is most often fished near the bank.”

Materials List:
Hook: #06 Tiemco 5212
Thread: Orange UTC 140
Tail: Black Coastal Deer Hair
Body: Rusty Orange Hareline Dubbing
Wing: Natural Elk Hair
Head: Black Coastal Deer Hair
Legs: Brown Whiting Rooster Cape

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Black Stonefly – Ryan Cooper

From Ryan Cooper:
“If you have giant black stoneflies in your waters give this guy a try! I love the semi-realistic look the larva lace gives the body. Hope you enjoyed and be sure to tune in next week!”

Materials list:

Hook: Allen Curved Shank Nymph Sz.8
Thread: Uni 6/0 Black
Bead: 2.8mm Black/Nickel
Lead Wire: 0.015
Tail: Black Goose Biots
Body: Black Larva Lace
Legs: Black Goose Biots
Wingcase: Black Thin Skin
Dubbing: Black UV Ice Dub

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Transparent Baitfish SBS by Agne Sjöberg

Materials list:
Hook: Ahrex NS122 size 6
Tying thread: mono 004
Tail: 2 coq de leon feathers and 1 guinea fowl feather
Body dubbing: Ice dub uv pearl and fl red seals fur
Gills: 2 guinea fowl tips
Front dubbing: White STF
Back: Ripple ice fibers UV pearl, olive & black
Eyes: 4mm
Head: Loon uv fly finish thick & flow

1: Tie the thread to the hook bend

2: Cut the tip and strip off some fibers on a guinea fowl feather

3: Take two coc de leon feathers, strip of the soft fibers and glue the tips together. Then put the guinea fowl feather in between, secure with uv resin.

4: Tie in the tail

5: Dub the body

6: Dub the gills

7/8: Tie in one guinea fowl tips on each side

9: Brush the body

10/11: Tie in some STF under and on top

12: Fold back the STF and brush it.

13: Tie in some ripple ice uv pearl and fold back

14: Tie in some ripple ice olive and fold back

15: Tie in some ripple ice black and fold back

16: Whipfinish

17: Attach eyes

18: Build the head with uv resin

19: Finished fly

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