Monthly Archives: January 2015

Flies Around the Net – 1-31-2015

Tied by Alex Wassink

Tied by Alex Wassink

Tied by Allan Kuhlmann

Tied by Allan Kuhlmann

Fred Hannie - Purple Marsh Crab

Tied by Fred Hannie – Purple Marsh Crab

Tied by Henk Graafsma

Tied by Henk Graafsma

Tied by Jan Fredrik Lund - Harry DarbeeTwo Feathers

Tied by Jan Fredrik Lund – Harry DarbeeTwo Feathers

Jirka Rážek - Caddis Hooligan

Tied by Jirka Rážek – Caddis Hooligan

Tied by Marcus Loranga Zetterblad

Tied by Marcus Loranga Zetterblad

Miroslaw Senderski - Flights Fancy

Tied by Miroslaw Senderski – Flights Fancy

Tied by Norbert Renaud

Tied by Norbert Renaud

Tied by Petr Kaleta

Tied by Petr Kaleta

Tied by Robert Strahl

Tied by Robert Strahl

Tied by Vitalik Bruttalny - Irish style, variant Fenian

Tied by Vitalik Bruttalny – Irish style, variant Fenian

Tied by Mike Valla - Dr. Oatman

Tied by Mike Valla – Dr. Oatman


Filed under Catskill, Classic, Realistic, Salmon, Streamers, Trout flies

Mayfly by Pier Luigi


List of material is this :

Hook: Dohiku 301 #14

Wire: Uni Trico 17/0

Tails: coq de leon color flor de escoba

Body: mix dubbing, Super Nymph Dubbing color light beige by and Super dry Fly Dubbing color Amber. Finished with Pantone brown

Wings: mallard flank feathers color natural

Torax: three different types of cul de canard: dark brown, dark yellow and light yellow.




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Filed under Trout flies

Miller’s D-Midge


This pattern and photo comes from Charlie Craven’s website, Charlie’s Flybox. I thought this was a great little fly and the information that Charlie provided convinced me that this would be one heck of a dropper to tie on to the back of your favorite dry fly. Notice the color choice in the material list. The information below was provided by Charlie Craven.

Material list:
Hook: TMC 2487 or 2488 #16-22
Beads: Extra Small Glass
Thread: 70 Denier UTC, color of choice
Tail: Flouro Fiber, color of choice
Rib: Fine Wire
Legs: More Flouro Fiber

This cool little pattern comes from my dear friend, Dennis Miller. Dennis runs the flyshop down in Almont during the summer months and both he and his son, Brad (see the Span Juan Worm here on the FlyBox) create some super effective, guide-style fish catchers. The D-Midge is Dennis’ answer to an all around dropper style fly that can be taken for a variety of insects. Tied with two glass beads and a bit of sparkling flouro fiber, the D-Midge is a crafty little bug that deserves a spot in your fly box.

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Filed under nymphs

The Bad Hair Day – Dave Pinczkowski

Tightlines Fly Shop brings us another video from the midwest legend Dave Pinczkowski. Have a bad hair day with Dave and thunk it!

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Filed under Smallmouth, Streamers

Steve Dally’s Hippy Chick

The Hippy Chick was designed initially as a heavy “nymph”, a mobile baitfish profile to be fished dead drift in deep fast water for the White River shad kills.The Shad Kills of late winter are a true feature “hatch” with shoals of dead and dying baitfish pushed through the power station turbines into the river. It’s chumming on a grand scale. The key to the best fishing is finding the right part of the water column in a wide range of flows and the Hippy Chick was another tool for the box.

It had to be heavy, but still mobile enough to mimic the “fluttering” movements of the dying shad, and with the “chesty” profile of our shad.

But, the basic premise, swathing a flashy underbody in the mobile marabou intruder style, lends itself to tying single hook and articulated streamers as well. To avoid the “wet pencil” look use thread pressure “reverse tying” the marabou fibres back to the weight: dumbbell eyes, coneheads or beads _ to flare the marabou and keep a baitfish profile, whether it is stripped or drifted

I use predominately pearl, or silver for the underbody and eyes on these, though the red conehead looks pretty trick too. Lighten up on the eyes if you want a streamer to strip.

Huge thanks to Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks for his camera work, production and all around sense of lunacy.

HIPPY CHICK RECIPE (shad, heavy)

Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #6 through #1

Thread: Wapsi UTC 140 Red.

Eyes: Wapsi Nickel Plated Dumbbell Eyes (large)

Tail: Bunch from the butt end of an Extra Select Marabou feather. (See Note).

Body: Pearl Palmer Chenille medium

Wing: Tip of an Extra Select Marabou feather. (See Note).

Note: Pick out a nice long Wapsi Extra Select Marabou feather and stroke back the fibers so they stand out. Measure down from the tip until the stem just starts to thicken and cut the stem. Stroke the fibers forward on the butt section and you should be able to trim out a tail about the length of the body.

The top section gets tied in by the tip to the rear of the eyes, wrap the feather twice behind the eyes (stroke the fibers backwards on every turn). Wrap the marabou forward underneath the eyes, and keep wrapping and stroking back the fibers to the eye of the hook and tie off the feather.

Now use your left hand to evenly distribute the fibers, but train them top and bottom, and wrap the thread back until you get the appropriate flair.


Filed under nymphs, Streamers

Clark “Cheech” Pierce’s Cheech Leech

Rear Hook:
Hook – Partridge Attitude Streamer #2
Tail/Body – Simi-Seal

Front Hook:
Hook – Partridge Attitude Extra #2/0
Eyes – I-Ballz
Tail/Body – Simi-Seal
Wing – Marabou
Rubber Legs
Head – Simi-Seal
Top it off with Loon UV

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Filed under Streamers

The Lion tied by Timo Kontio


For the main wing I tied the bigger portion of it as a mixed wing but with sides and roof not mixed in. The pattern and notes per Land & Water as follows.

The Lion (James Wright.)

Tag: Silver twist and yellow silk.
Tail: A topping.
Butt: Black herl.
Body: Silver tinsel (flat), ribbed with silver tinsel (oval), about one fifth part being left at the shoulder for dark scarlet seal’s fur well picked out.
Hackle: Natural black, as shown.
Throat: Gallina.
Wings: Commencing with a few fibres of golden pheasant tippet, sword feather of the golden pheasant and peacock herl. Yellow macaw, red macaw, bustard, golden pheasant tail, teal, gallina ; with two strips of mallard above, and a topping.
Sides: Jungle fowl.
Horn: Blue Macaw.
Head: Black Berlin wool.

The shoulder of the Lion, together with its silver body, leads us to the conclusion that it is for bright water purposes. In fact, all silver bodies are used with greater success in bright weather and clear water, although this particular pattern may certainly show a little more than others of its sort in waters that are porter- coloured from peat, or otherwise slightly stained.
Visit Timo’s website at the Fly Tying Archive

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Filed under Classic, Salmon

How to tie Catskill Wood Duck Wings

Dave Brandt shows how to correctly tie wood duck wings on a traditional Catskill dry fly. Dave is one of the masters in tying Catskill style patterns. Listen and follow along carefully and you will be tying great looking wood duck wings in no time.

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Filed under Catskill

Eat a Peach Leech – Dave Pinczkowski

Check out Midwest legend Dave Pinczkowski tie the Eat A Peach Leech. Dave has been a long time friend of Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co. and we are lucky enough to film a few of his fish catching patterns. Check us out at!

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Filed under Smallmouth

Rough Water Caddis

Detailed instructions for tying a Rough Water Caddis. In Norwegian, the fly is called a Dyret.

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Filed under Trout flies