Monthly Archives: April 2016

PMX (Parachute Madam X)

The PMX (Parachute Madam X) is a great hopper and stonefly dry fly imitation. The PMX is the Parachute version of the traditional Madam X. The PMX is easier to see, floats higher and has a more life like look picky trout. The PMX can be tied in many different colors, with Yellow, Red, Olive and Orange being the most popular. The PMX is a fairly difficult dry fly to tie, and takes some time to master. The many materials tend to often get in the way and can be frustrating to deal with. Using a strip of lead wire to wrap around and tame these materials helps.

PMX Parachute Madam X Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #04-12 Tiemco 5212
Thread: Black UNI 6/0
Tail: Deer Hair or Elk Hair
Body: Red UNI Single Strand Floss
Wing: Deer Hair or Elk Hair
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Legs: Natural Medium Grizzly Barred Rubber Legs
Wing Post: White McFlylon
Hackle: Grizzly or Brown Whiting High and Dry Rooster Cape

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Quilled Caddis – Robert Strahl

New Zealand fly tyer, Robert Strahl, has started making his own fly tying videos. If you haven’t seen any of Robert’s photos of flies he ties, you are missing out. He is an excellent fly tyer with skills. In this video, Robert shows you how to tie a Quilled Caddis.

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Spring and FrankenFly!

So spring is finally here! During the show season this year, I heard a lot of positive feedback about people visiting the website and that’s awesome! Besides tying a lot over the winter and hitting shows, I’ve been working on blending some new dubbing and it’s going very well. Right now, the plan is to come out with 3 types of dubbing. There will be a general purpose, nymph, and monster dub. The monster dub will be a longer streamer type dubbing. You will be hearing more about all of those very soon.

Mama's Cornbread

Mama’s Cornbread

Recently, Orvis has picked up another one of my fly patterns. This time it is Mama’s Cornbread. This is a smallmouth fly pattern that I designed to fish deep. I plan to be posting a step-by-step of the pattern soon. It will be available from Orvis in 2017. You can find it in the FrankenFly online store, here.

Bart-O Minnows

Bart-O Minnows

I just finished a large order of 300 Bart-O Minnows that are headed to Wisconsin and have designed a fly for another shop up that way. This little 1.5 inch streamer will work in small creeks, but it still needs a lot of testing.

Mad River Outfitters hat and Simms Jacket

Mad River Outfitters hat and Simms Jacket

Mad River Outfitters has sent me a new Simms jacket. This will be a dream to wear on the stream. The water just beads off of this jacket. Check out the photo of the water I poured on it.

Simms jacket with water added.

Simms jacket with water added.

I hit the water for the first time this year. Did some creek fishing and some small pond fishing for panfish. It was nice to just get out and cast and be outside again.
Finally, since spring is finally here, I picked up a new kayak. It is a Perception Sound 10.5. I have been working on outfitting it and will be heading to some local waters. It should be a blast! I already tied up an articulated Zudbubbler to throw out to some Bucket Mouths. It sure is nice when Spring rolls around. I don’t know about you, but it gets me all pumped up and ready to fish!



Articulated Zudbubbler


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Flymen Sexy Walt’s Nymph

This is a fly tying video from Flymen Fishing Company and it is called Sexy Walt’s Nymph. Looks like a fish catcher to me!

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Peacock March Brown

John Collins ties up hi Peacock March Brown for Tightline Productions in this fly tying video.

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SK Skipping Prawn

This is a good idea on how to use a Fish-Skull articulated fish spine shank from Shannon Kitchener. Check it out!

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Chewy Chubby

Well, we are going to continue the love for Alyssa Halls with Fly Shop of the Bighorns newest fly tying video. In this one, Alyssa demonstrates how to tie Owl Creek Flies’ Chewy Chubby.

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Fly Tying comic pages – Alyssa Halls

Alyssa Halls of Owl Creek Flies has been extremely busy lately. Not only has she been tying flies and making fly tying videos, she has been drawing fly tying comic pages for a friend of hers that requested them. They aren’t full step-by-steps, but more art to show glimpses of the process of tying some of the flies designed by Owl Creek Flies, like The Cannonball, El Pulpo, and Thunder and Lightning.

If you haven’t seen the full step-by-step Alyssa drew of the Cowboy Wayne, an articulated mouse pattern, you can find it here.
Awesome stuff!




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Kris Keller’s 3 Pack Shaker

Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks with another fantastic fly tying video.

“From a single hook to a Triple-Articulated beast….Kris Keller’s 3 Pack Shaker. This thing is a best, loads of movement, loads of kick–killer streamer!!”

Rear Hook – TMC 5263 #2
Tail – Marabou
Body – Polar Chenille

Flymen Articulated Shank
Complex Twist Body

Front Hook
Hook – Gamakatsu sp11-3l3h 2/0
Arctic Fox
Complex Twist
Arctic Fox
Fish Skull

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a Tight Loop Magazine – Spring 2016


The new Spring edition is now live! Check it out!

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