Kelly Galloup’s Pearl Necklace

Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks, shows us how to tie Kelly Galloup’s Pearl Necklace. Enjoy!

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Fly Punk (Free Digital Magazine) Issue 2 is Released

No tweed, wicker baskets or trousers tucked into socks. Just a free digital magazine aimed at the fly fishing punk … Read on and join the party …

After the success of our first issue, we are pleased to announce that the second issue of Fly Punk magazine ( has been released. Aimed at the younger generation of fly fishers, you cannot help but be drawn into our sport by the passion each contributor has. Issue 2 leads with a feature on fly fishing for Halibut, and has stories from Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. We even included a book review; one guys adventures fly fishing in Colorado.

Planned for publication once every other month the magazine is packed full of people who all have experiences to share. We believe these will influence the future of our sport/art (depending on your perspective). This is not your normal fly fishing magazine, we won’t show you how to do it, instead we will try to figure out and share why we all do it.

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Orange Heron Intruder – Kevin Hospodar

From Kevin, “A variation of the Orange Heron spey fly and the Intruder. Tied on a 45mm waddington shank, this is an unweighted fly to be swung for Steelhead.
This isn’t an Intruder in the true sense of the pattern, but rather a mash-up of the classic Orange Heron fly and the large profile stylings of Intruders.”

Orange Heron Intruder
45mm Partridge Waddington Shank
sz4 Partridge Z4 Intruder hook
Body – Orange Yarn with gold tinsel Tag/rib
Wing – Temple dog
Shoulder – Tented Jungle Cock
Hackle1 – Orange lady amhurst tail fibers
Hackle2 – Dark Purple Heron

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Trout Nugget XL Tutorial – Gunnar Brammer

Gunnar gives a step by step tutorial on his Trout Nugget XL. He says, “This is an articulated zonker pattern perfect for chasing trout and bass on the fly.”

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Junk in Da Trunk – Norbert Renaud

Norbert at his best, cranking out a big pike fly! I think Norbert always has a lot of ingenuity in his flies. Pay attention to some of his work on this one and enjoy!

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Panther Creek Hopper – Brandon Bailes

Topwater foam

Posted by Brandon Bailes on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Brandon has been doing a live tying session usually about one day a week on Facebook. In this one, he shows how to tie his Panther Creek Hopper. This is a fly pattern that Orvis has picked up. This live tying session from Brandon was back on January 5th. Check it out, it’s a very nice hopper pattern.


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Death Ray scores in Patagonia!

Kate Smith with large brown trout. – photo by Ray Schmidt

This is Kate Smith with a big ol’ brown caught on my articulated streamer, the Death Ray. The fish was caught in the Rio MaƱihuales River, Patagonia, Chile. Kate and Ray Schmidt are friends of mine from Michigan. They are the owners of Double SS Outdoors and are consultants to the Fly Fishing Industry. They are also Temple Fork Outfitters representatives.

Close up of fish with fly. – photo by Ray Schmidt

How this started was that I had just made an order for new FrankenFly hats at the end of the year and Kate and Ray ordered a couple, so I also threw in a couple of my Death Rays for them to use on their trip to Patagonia. Kate sent me these photos yesterday. It was awesome to see her smiling with a big brown trout she had just caught on one. Really AWESOME!!

wet Death Ray with FrankenFly hat – photo by Ray Schmidt

The rods Kate and Ray are using are a 7wt TFO BVK and an 8wt TFO Impact. The Impact is the new rod out from TFO and you can see a banner ad for it on the side here at FrankenFly. Just click the banner to find out more about that rod. I have a BVK and it is a great rod that has a good feel to it.

a wet Death Ray – photo by Ray Schmidt

Another thing I want to make note of is the split tail on the Death Ray streamer. These Split Tails are made by Pat Cohen and part of his Cohen’s Creatures line of products. They are available on his website Super Fly. Back in the beginning of 2016 Pat had asked me to test some of these tails and one of the flies I designed used this Split Tail. I did a review on them in the April 2016 issue of North 40 Fly Shop Emag. I did not plan to use any of the streamers I played with when testing the tails, but after fishing the split tail fly through the summer I fell in love with it. It became known as the Death Ray.

By the way, the head on the Death Ray is made from FrankenDUB Monster dubbing and then I trim it.

Congratulations to Kate Smith on a beautiful fish and I hope she and Ray continue to have a wonderful time in Patagonia!



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BC Steelhead Fly Fishing – The New Fly Fisher

Host Tom Rosenbauer travels to beautiful British Columbia near Terrace to try his hand on the Skeena River for steelhead. Gil McKean is the expert guide who shows Tom how to use two-handed rods to catch fish.

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Art bugs by Peder and Robert

Peder Wigdell and Robert Strahl have tied up some beautiful bugs in the last couple of months. They will both tell you, these are not realistic fishing flies, they are just art. Even though you cannot fish with them, I thought it was worth displaying them here so people can see this level of realism is possible in fly tying. So check them out and enjoy!

Tied by Robert Strahl

Sulphur Dun tied by Robert Strahl

Tied by Peder Wigdell

Tied by Peder Wigdell

Mosquito tied by Peder Wigdell

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Crystal Meth – Sucker Spawn Egg Fly

Tied by Kevin Hospodar. Kevin notes: “This is maybe the easiest fly to tie, and the most effective. One material is all it takes to tie this great egg fly / sucker spawn pattern. A great steelhead nymph fly or trout fly pattern for beginners and advanced fly tiers.”

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