Monthly Archives: September 2017

Crazy Dad – McFly Angler

From Shawn McQuade:
“This small crawdad streamer works so well, I was catching fish I want even targeting with it. I went out fishing for carp, and got a carp and even some smallmouth bass. In fact, the carp I caught on this fly was 30″ long, and the largest bass I caught that day was a good 3.5lbs. Most crayfish patterns are larger sized streamers, that are heavy and hard to cast. This fly is refreshingly light, and small. Easy to cast, and also easy for fish to swallow. When targeting carp or trout, sometimes too large is a bad thing.”

Materials list:
Hook: TMC 9395 in size 10
Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 140 in Brown
Claws: Rubber Legs (preferably two tone)
Dubbing: STS Trilobal Dub
Weight: Gold Dumbbell Eye 4mm or 5/32″
Top Wing: Fox Fur
Adhesive: Solarez “Bone Dry” UV Curing Resin

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Revive – Final Issue

I’m sad to see this one go. This is the final issue of Revive magazine. Read the inside cover for the details and enjoy the final issue.

Read it here.

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Lowrider Sculpin – Doug McKnight

Doug Mcknight is a Fly Tyer, Artist, and Guide from Livingston, Montana. Doug is also a fly designer for Umpqua feather merchants, and you can check out his website at

Materials list:

Hook: Wapsi Super Jig Hook
Thread: Flat waxed nylon
Tail: Olive zonker strip
Belly: Mouse Grey Zonker strip, rainbow crystal flash
Fins: Dyed Olive pheasant saddle feathers
eyes: large mono nymph eyes
Head: Dark olive furry foam, glued with Zap Goo

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Several Flies from Andy Saunders

Andy is a fly tyer from the UK. I first noticed his work years ago when he posted many Buzzer style flies. Actually, a Buzzer is the pupa stage of a chironomid or midge. In other words, it is the middle stage of a flying bug. As you can see, he ties a lot of nice flies! Check out four of his latest. One of which, is a Buzzer.


Materials list:
Hook – Partridge grub and buzzer
Body – translucent spanlfex
Cheeks – Amber spanflex
Whole fly covered with Deer Creek Fine Flex Resin

Sedge Emerger

Materials list:
Hook – Tiemco 2488 #14
Body – Polish Quill Brown
Under Wing – CDC
Over Wing – Deer Hair
ThOrax – Pine Squirrel
Antenna – Stripped CDC

CDC Sedge

Materials list:
Hook – Partridge of Redditch SLD2 #10
Body – Deer Creek Northern Lights Hares Ear
Rib – Brown Uni 8/0 Thread
Wing – 3 x CDC Feathers
Hackle – Brown Rooster Saddle

Quill Jig

Materials list:
Hook – Partridge of Redditch #14 Jig Hook
Tail – Coq De Leon
Tag – Orange Thread
Body – Dyed Light Olive Goose Quill
Thorax – Olive hares Ear and Veniard Pink Glister Dubbing
Bead – 3.3mm Tungsten Slotted Bead.
Under the Quill i used Deer Creek Fine Flex Resin to Secure Quill.

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Epic Montana Fly Fishing Adventure “Journey On”

I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile. This is a long video, a short film really. But if you are a fan of fly fishing, you will enjoy it, because I sure did. The film work, narration, editing, and beautiful scenery adds to the feelings you have while watching. Be sure to visit Chase and Aimee’s website at Tight Loops to keep up with their other adventures. Enjoy!

From Tight Loops:
“In the summer of 2015, filmmakers Aimee Savard and Chase Bartee packed up their belongings, moved into their 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia, and left their home in Massachusetts. The goal? To make their way to Montana, and spend as much time as humanly possible exploring, fly fishing, and documenting their travels. Living in an eighty square foot van would pose its challenges. But the lessons learned and experiences gained over the next three and a half months would set events into motion that would change their lives forever.”

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UConn Caddis Emerger – Howard Cole

Howard Cole shows us how to tie his UConn Caddis Emerger. Howard also talks about the pattern in detail, which is interesting and helpful. This fly tying video is brought to you by The Weekly Fly.

Materials list:

Hook: Tiemco 900BL #14-#20
Thorax: Glass Bead 11/0-15/0 Diamond
Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0 Rusty Dun
Tail: Z-lon Amber
Body: Dubbing Dark Olive
Overbody: Z-lon Dark Olive
Wing: Deer Hair

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NEW BOOK: The Best Bass Flies – Jay Zimmerman

Jay Zimmerman has released a new book called The Best Bass Flies.

Jay actually contacted me about content for this book and I was hoping mention of the Bucket Mouth League would have made it into the book, but it doesn’t appear that it did.

Anyway, I know Jay is into Largemouth Bass fishing as much as I am and I think it’s awesome that he wrote a book on it. He did a great job on his last book, The Best Carp Flies, so I expect this one to be even better.

Here is what Jay had to say about this book.
“Crazy amount of time and work and attention to the smallest detail came down to holding my breath and opening the box from the publisher…. This book nearly broke me. I am very satisfied with the outcome and hope anyone who ends up with a copy in their possession finds it entertaining, informative…or it at least spurs some new creative endeavor either at the vise or at the keyboard. Enjoy.”

Here is the description:
“Bass fishing (largemouth, primarily) is growing in popularity around the country; it is growing really fast in western states such as Colorado, Idaho, and Nebraska due to the accessibility (public water nearby), crowding of trout streams, and new cadre of anglers that prefer alternatives to trout. Jay Zimmerman features 18 cutting-edge patterns from around the country for largemouth and smallmouth bass, explains how to fish them, and has detailed tying steps. Because of how widespread bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) are, this book should appeal to anglers around the country.”

So definitely check out Jay’s new book, I think you will thoroughly enjoy it, especially if you are into bass fishing on the fly.

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Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Lines – Using them in a new way

Recently, I had a chance to chat with Josh Jenkins, R&D Manager at Scientific Anglers. Lately, there has been a trend brewing about using Spey type lines with one-handed rods for trout and bass fly fishing. This could be useful when you are in an area where a backcast is out of the question. It could also be something new and fun to try out on the stream.
Josh had some terrific answers to my questions and it will hopefully clear up some confusion about using these new Spey Lite Lines in a new way.

q. First, do you believe the Spey Lite collection from SA can be used on a one-handed rod to cast streamers to trout and bass? If so, which Spey Lite line would you recommend?

a. The spey lite collection works great on both single and double hand rods. In general, the Skagit Lite (paired with the appropriate tip) will turn over larger flies than the Scandi Lite. The Skagit Lite system also makes it easy to switch out tips to fish different depths or speeds. Our Spey Lite family is unique in that some of the models include integrated running lines. So if I was stripping a streamer back to me, I wouldn’t have to worry about a loop-to-loop connection passing through the rod guides. My ultimate suggestion would be a Skagit Lite Integrated line with appropriate tips.

q. Could these lines be used in tight areas where a back cast would be difficult to perform or just for fun? In other words, would it make it easier to perform a roll cast, even with a large streamer tied on or to cast a streamer on a smaller weight rod?

a. All of our Spey Lite lines have short heads that excel in tight casting quarters. I watched one of our pro-staffers throw a tandem streamer rig with a 9’ #5 and a 180 grain Skagit Lite. There are definitely applications where these excel, but there are some anglers who pick up spey lines simply to challenge themselves and learn a new skill.

q. Are there other Spey casts that would be more productive with this type of setup than the roll cast?

a. Generally speaking, the Skagit Lite works best with sustained anchor casts, like the Snap-T or Perry Poke, where the tip and fly are statically “anchored” in the water. The Scandi Lite will work better with “Touch and Go” style casts where the forward stroke is made when the leader touches the surface of the water after forming the D-loop. It’s tough to explain in text, but I’d imagine that a brief YouTube search could reveal some helpful hints as to the difference in Skagit and Scandi style cast. All of the Spey Lite lines will roll cast, but you’ll get more distance out of a spey cast. These line can also be overhead cast like a shooting head by using a slow stroke and an open casting arc. One important note to remember is that the black marker at the back of all Spey Lite lines MUST be near or inside the tip top guide when casting.

q.If a fly fisher was interested in purchasing this line for this purpose, how would they determine what grain would work with what size rod? For example, if I have a 9 foot, 5 weight, which grain should I go with?
We have a chart with suggested grain weights for each application. All you need to do is match up the rod style and weight to determine with line works best for your rod!

Grain Wt. Skagit and ScandiSingleHandSpeySwitchTips/leaders for Skagit
1503/4Sonar 10′ Leaders
1804/53/4Sonar 10′ Leaders
2105/634Sonar 10′ Leaders
2406/73/44/5Sonar 10′ Leaders
2707/845Sonar 10′ Leaders/8′ 80gn TC Tips
30084/55/68′ 80gn TC Tips
3308/9568′ 80gn TC Tips/10′ 120gn TC Tips
3608/95/66/78′ 80gn TC Tips/10′ 120gn TC Tips


q. Do you think this would even work well with a small weight fiberglass rod? Possibly a 2 or 3 weight?

a. Slower rods generally pair better with lighter lines. The above suggestions are based on standard carbon rods. My guess is that our 150 grain size may be a bit much for a 2/3 weight glass rod.

q. If trout fishers wanted to use this type of setup for dry fly fishing, I’m assuming the Skagit lines would be too heavy and make quite a splash, but possibly the Scandi line might work for this application?

a. You’re spot on, the Scandi Lite works better for dries, small nymphs, and soft hackles.

q. Is the line all in one? All one needs to do, is add a leader to the line?

a. The Skagit Lite lines MUST be used with a TC TIP or SONAR LEADER (see chart above). I’ll usually use a 3-4’ section of tippet to connect the fly to the TC Tip or Sonar Leader. Scandi Lite lines will work best with a standard 9’ tapered leader. Shorter leaders (~7.5’) work better for larger flies with the Scandi Lite.

q. Can you back cast this line just as you could a normal fly line?

a. You can cast these lines overhead as well, but the casting stroke is different than a standard single hand line. As I said above, the black marker at the back of the head on all Spey Lite lines MUST be near or inside the tip-top guide on the rod when starting a cast. Basically, you want to limit the amount of running line that is outside of the tip-top guide. The black markers are there to make gauging overhang easier. When you cast these lines overhead, you want to use a much slower stroke, don’t try to overpower the line.

q. Are there any other thoughts about this that you might have Josh?

a. I think my last point would be to restate an answer above. These lines definitely have a specific application where they exceed, but they are also a great option for a caster who wants to try something new and learn!

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Realistic Mayfly Nymph – Ruben Martin

An easy to tie, realistic mayfly nymph pattern.

Materials list:

Hook: Dohiku P #14
Poly floss tan
Deer creek thin flex uv resin
Eyes: monofilament 0,40 for the eyes
brown permanent marker

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Hook: Ahrex PR350
Thread: Veevus 50d
Grizzly Saddle – Olive
Grizzly Saddle – Natural
Grizzly Saddle – Pink
Sommerlatte Brush – White
Ice Dub – Pink
Craft Fur – Olive
Craft Fur – Pink
Ripple Fiber – Pink Ice
Eyes: Living Eyes – 15.00 mm


Hook: Ahrex NS156 #10
Thread: Veevus 50D
Tail: Biot – Yellow
SLF Dubbing – Golden Stone
Tubing – Yellow
Wire – Brown
SLF Dubbing – Golden Stone
Instajig Bead – Mottled Brown
Legs: Hen Feather
Antenna: Biots – Yellow
Wing Case: UV Clear Fly Finish – Thin


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