Monthly Archives: October 2017

Two Bit Stone – Charlie Craven

From Charlie:

A variation of my Two Bit Hooker Pattern the Two Bit Stone uses three beads (one Tungsten and Two Brass) to get the fly down to the fish. This golden stone fly pattern works great in a dry-dropper rig or on its own. Tie some up and see what you think.

Materials:
HOOK: #8-16 TMC 5262
BEAD: TWO GOLD COLORED 3/32″ BRASS AND ONE TUNGSTEN
THREAD: WOOD DUCK GOLD 140-DENIER UTC & 70-DENIER UTC
TAILS: DYED GOLD NATURAL TURKEY BIOTS
ABDOMEN: 140-DENIER TYING THREAD
RIB: BLACK ULTRA WIRE (SMALL)
FLASH: 1/100″ MIRAGE FLASHABOU
WING CASE: GOLDEN STONE THIN SKIN
THORAX: AMBER SUPERFINE DUBBING
LEGS: DYED YELLOW COQ DE LEON HEN SADDLE FEATHER
COATING: SOLAREZ THICK, HARD FORMULA

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The Fly Tying of Jan Popel

Jan Popel


Hello, I’m Jan, from Germany. It has almost been 3 years since I have been tying my own flies. Over time, a passion has developed. For me it is a kind of meditation which I pursue with a lot of heart.

At this point, I would like to thank a very good friend and excellent fly tier , Paul Slaney, who gave me a lot of tips from his knowledge. I especially love the old school patterns. These patterns contain many of the basics that you can build upon.

I like to work with Calf Hair, Peacock and Deer Hair, because it is natural and can be processed very differently.
For me it is a good feeling when I can inspire other people. Because together everything is better and gives meaning to life.

Thank you Paul for your invitation to be on FrankenFly and I wish a good day to all.

Be sure to follow Jan on Instagram @jan.p72

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Filed under Catskill, Classic, Dry Fly, nymphs, Salmon

Babine Special

Greg Senyo tied a modern version of this classic steelhead fly and it caught my eye on Instagram. The classic was a steelhead, salmon egg pattern that was originally tied for use on the Babine River located in British Columbia. It was meant to resemble roe of spawning fish. The white wing was meant to mimic milt that has covered the eggs. From what I gather, it catches steelhead and salmon, just about anywhere.

Senyo’s Babine Special rendition

Materials listed by Greg:

cut 4x hook
Senyo wire
Ice Dub
Marabou
Ostrich
Lateral Scale
Pearl Braid
Orange Chinese Hackle
8mm Tangerine Beads

classic Babine Special

Tied by Global Fly Fisher website:
Hook: #4 or #6
Thread: Black
Tail: White marabou
Body: 2 eggs made of orange/peach chenile and two sections of hackle. One being red and the other being white.

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Tie Like a Pro – Episode 4-part 1 & 2 – Gunnar Brammer

Episode 4 of Tie Like a Pro starts off with an introduction to this 4 part episode where we’ll be going over an array of streamer head designs that impart/or are unique to a flies derived action. Part 1 showcases Jerk Flies and explores the 2 primary methods for developing a “profile turn” action, as well as giving two tying examples for building a durable ultra thin “Jerk” head. Topics include hook selection for Jerk flies, physical characteristics and creating the vertical sail, and momentum/viscosity principles.

Part 2 of Episode 4 is all about Articulating Flies! The Articulating Fly style is one of the most deadly and versatile styles in the modern streamer game and this episode is all about breaking down the physics of how and why they work. In this episode we explore Hook properties and considerations, attaching lead eyes and the purpose behind the weight, water push vs. water drag based on material selection and density, as well as 3 tying examples including Kelly Galloup’s Sex Dungeon Head, a Stacked Dubbing Head, and a Strung Fuzzy Fiber Head.

Attaching Lead Eyes: 7:40
Dungeon Head Discussion and Materials: 11:30
Dungeon Head: 13:20
Wool/Dubbing Discussion: 34:12
Wool/Dubbing Stacking: 37-ish
Strung Fuzzy Fiber: 46:45

My Website: http://www.streamersbygunnar.com

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Easter Bunny – Tube Fly

Tied by Michael Jensen.
Here is what Michael had to say about his Easter Bunny Tube Fly.
“Tube fly version of my Easter Bunny. A couple af years ago i came up with the Easter Bunny streamer fly, and it turned out to be my single most catching streamer. Trout, sea run browns, perch and pike all have approved this color combo, so it’s a personal favourite. Now I’ve tied a tube fly version aimed primarily at river sea trout and salmon fishing. The ability to change the hook from tripple, to double or single – and even to a barbless version on the water is pretty cool. The fly is tied on the Pro Sportfisher Prto Flexitube System.”

You can see a video on that right here:

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Admiring Matuka Streamers

This morning I was doing some work and Googling some websites when I ran across a couple of beautifully tied Matuka Streamers tied by Dave Flint. Dave hails from Massachusetts and is known for his Atlantic Salmon flies. It appears these two streamers were tied for the book Forgotten Flies.

I then hopped on YouTube and noticed that Davie McPhail just made a video on tying a Badger Matuka. So for some reason, the Matuka gods were speaking to me this morning. Since I do not want to anger the Matuka gods, I thought I would post the Matuka Streamers by Dave Flint first giving their recipes. Then below you will find Davie’s video where he explains how to tie one of these beauties. By the way, the Matuka style streamer originated in New Zealand.
Enjoy!
-Paul

tied by Dave Flint

Materials list:
No hook given. I think a Mustad R74-9672 or similar in a size 8 would work well.
Rib: Medium oval gold tinsel
Body: Olive chenille or wool
Wing: Four dyed olive rooster or hen saddle hackles
Collar: Olive, as collar

tied by Dave Flint

Materials list:
No hook given. I think a Mustad R74-9672 or similar in a size 8 would work well.
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Wing/tail: Bittern wings feather or badger hackle
Collar: Badger hackle

Materials list:
Hook: Classic Lure Size 8
Thread: Uni-8/0 Black
Rib: Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: Black Chenille
Wing: Badger Hen or Cock Hackle, Badger Hen

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HMH FLY TYING CONTEST by HMH Vises

HMH Vises is running a fly tying contest! Read the details below.

1. Tie a fly using your HMH Vise and take a picture of it.
2. Please include HMH vise in the photo in some way.
3. Post your photo on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #hmhflytying
4. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

The contest runs between now and Sunday, Dec 10th. The HMH team will then vote on finalists. Finalists will be posted to the HMH Instagram page on Tuesday, Dec. 12th. Voting will then be up to the people and the voting period for those finalists will last until Thursday, Dec. 14th. The winner will be the fly with the most likes. The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 15th. Criteria for winning will be a well tied, well designed, and creative fly. A new design will have a better chance of making the finals.

Winner will receive an HMH Deluxe Tool Set. Estimated value is $150.00.

HMH Deluxe Tool Set

***HMH Pro Team Members are not eligible to participate.

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Loon Live – Oct. 21st – Brita Fordice – Full Video

In case you missed it, here is the full live stream video of Loon Live with Special Guest, Brita Fordice. Brita ties a couple of Flat Wing streamers and a Squid. Check it out!

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LOON LIVE TONIGHT: SPECIAL GUEST BRITA FORDICE

Special Saturday night edition of Loon Live tonight!

On this special Saturday edition of Loon Live we welcome special guest Brita Fordice. The fly fishing industry is covered with Brita’s fingerprints from her time as a shop employee and manager, fly designer, product consultant, guide, and writer. Beyond her resume, she is a fantastic angler, and beyond that, she’s fantastically humble.

Brita will be tying up a squid and a flatwing streamer developed for her home waters of the Puget Sound. If you fish in the salt at all (even if you’re not a tyer), then join us on Saturday night as she’ll be going beyond tying to discuss tips and techniques for fishing the Sound.

We hope to we see you on Saturday at 6pm PST!
Follow this link when the time comes tonight.
https://loonoutdoors.com/loon-live-tonight

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Tie Like a Pro – Episode 2 and 3 – Gunnar Brammer

Gunnar has already released episodes 2 and 3 of Tie Like a Pro. So I figured I would go ahead and get them posted to follow-up the last post. See the information below from Gunnar.

“This is just a scratch on the surface on articulating flies and is intended to get you started on building your own platforms with proper spacing, hook selection, and proportionality. Episode 2 of Tie Like a Pro is all about the “how to” of articulating streamers. In this episode we go over hooks, spacing and beads, wire placement and types of wire, creating a vertical wire loop, and proportionality based on your reference point- the hook shank. We also discuss how and why articulated flies came to be and what problem they solved in predator fly fishing.”

“For the longest time I struggled with getting hackles to lay correctly, either for the tail or fins – my feathers would often twist away from the orientation I intended, or my feathers would twist when I’d go to palmer them – reversing the concavity….Episode 3 of Tie Like a Pro is all about working with hackles! In this episode we are going to look at differences in Saddle Hackle vs. Schlappen, tying in hackles vertically and horizontally to achieve desired affects, figure 8-ing hackle and the importance of controlling concavity for fly durability, as well as some minor differences in palmering materials from their base to tip/tip to base and its affect on fly silhouette and bulk.”

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