Monthly Archives: November 2017

Destination Articulation Fly Tying Contest

Gentlemen, thread your bobbins.

We love tying articulated flies and if you ask us, winter is one of the best times of year to whip them up at the vise. We’ve seen more and more photos on social media of amazing articulated flies tied by tyers like you with shanks from the Flymen Articulated Shank family.

The flies we’ve seen are just the tip of the iceberg, so we’re holding a fly tying contest on Instagram to help you show off your patterns to the world and give you the chance to win grand prizes from Renzetti, Taylor Fly Fishing, and Ahrex Hooks as well as weekly Flymen prize packs!

Orvis had to get in on the fun as well. If you take part in voting in the final round to decide the winner you’ll have the chance to win a Helios3 Fly Rod!

See all of the details and how to enter at Flymen Fishing Company.

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Finn Racoon Hohbo Spey

Using Finn Raccoon instead of marabou to increase the life of your flies in freezing temps.

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Charlie Craven – Stimulator

From Charlie:
“The Stimulator enjoys the reputation of being one of the most popular dry flies in the Rockies. Fly shops sell them by the hundreds of dozens, and its no wonder. Developed by Randall Kauffmann the Stimulator is a great floater, highly visible, and sports a wide, fish-attracting profile. A good match for an adult stonefly, it mimics caddis and terrestrial insects just as well. Overall, this fly just yells “Food!” to the fish, and I always have some in my box. At first glance, the Stimulator looks complicated, but its made up of all the same components and steps as the Elk Hair Caddis.”

Materials list:
Hook: #6-18 TMC 5212
Thread: Fluorescent Fire Orange 70-denier UTC
Tail: Natural Yearling Elk Hair
Rib: Fine Copper Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Yellow Antron Dubbing
Body Hackle: Brown Rooster Neck Hackle
Wing: Natural Yearling Elk Hair
Thorax Hackle: Grizzly Rooster Neck Hackle
Thorax: Fluorescent Fire Orange Antron Dubbing

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Chickadee – Fred Klein


This is a beautiful fly tied by Fred Klein and it has a beautiful story to go along with it. You might remember a post I did about Fred’s fly tying a few weeks back. If not, you can find it here. Anyway, I came upon this lovely fly while browsing Instagram the other day. When Fred posted this fly, he included a story about how this fly came about. It was about his father, who had recently passed away. His name was also, Fred Klein. So in memory of Fred, here is the brief story and recipe behind this fly, the Chickadee.

“My Dad recently asked me if there is a fly pattern named after the chickadee. A man that loved and lived in the woods, he was particularly fond of the wild song birds of winter.
After his passing last week, I walked outside and a friendly chickadee was singing on a tree branch, reminding me of our conversation. I thought that I would tie a fly named after his favorite.”

Materials list:

Tag: Gold Tinsel
Tail: White and Black Goose
Body: White Ostrich
Hackle: Wood Duck hackle
Wing: White and Black mallard

Fred Klein

Fred Klein

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Balanced Leech Olive Pumpkin

The balanced fly philosophy has had a huge impact on my fly tying in recent years. Designed to suspend in a horizontal manner balanced lies such as the Olive Pumpkin are deadly. They out perform traditional flies under an indicator by a wide margin. Balanced flies work well cast and retrieved too.

Materials list:

Hook: Mustad Ultra Point Jig Hook 32833BLN #10
Thread: UTC 70 Olive
Tail: Olive Marabou,
Mixed with 4 Strands of UV Pearlescent Flashabou,
Tied Along the Sides of the Tail
Body: Azizona Simi Seal-Olive
Head: Hot Orange Ice Dub
Bead: Gold Tungsten, Mount on a Straight Pin and Secured on the Hook Shank

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Initial Public Offering of HMH’s TRV Vise


This was just posted from HMH Vises. A brand new vise that many have been anxiously waiting for. Read below and then follow the link for more details.


You have heard about it for almost a year, the TRV is READY!

After much development and testing the first production run of the HMH True Rotary Vise (TRV) is ready.

HMH will be taking orders by phone only for the first 100 Vises starting:

Friday November 24 at 09:00 Eastern time

207 729-5200
800 355-9057

At this time for Initial Public Offering, there will be (2) versions:

HMH TRV Spartan

HMH TRV Exhibition

Follow this link to read the details about each vise and how you can order one of the first 100 beginning this Friday!

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This is Fly magazine – Issue 65

The latest issue of This is Fly magazine is live! Check it out!

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Midas Dry Fly – Andy Saunders

Materials list:
Hook: size 12 Partridge of Redditch SLD
Thread: Red
Rib: Mono or Fluorocarbon line
Dubbing: Red and Brown mixed
Legs: Pheasant Tail
Hackle: Furnace or Dark Brown
Head: Gold dubbing

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30 Percent Sale! – Right here at FrankenFly

I have reduced most of my streamers to 30 percent off in the FrankenFly online Fly Shop. Check it out and see if you can find something you like. Also, if you are wanting a streamer that isn’t in the shop, just let me know and I’ll give you 30 percent off anything custom tied. Just contact me by email to ask about that.
My email is paul.beel (AT)

I’ve also had some inquiries on my new frog and new articulated streamer. You can find these on my Instagram @FrankenFly. These swim very well, but have not been fish tested. However, if you are interested, I’ll tie some for you and just charge you half what they will retail. Just send me an email asking about it.

Link to FrankenFly Online Fly Shop.

Thanks all and I appreciate all of you reading FrankenFly!

Bernard’s Green Bombers

Thunder Mutts

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Kispiox Special

A classic steelhead fly that is even known for some world record fish. Dave from Wet Fly Swing shows us how to tie it. Check it out!

Materials list:
Mustad 36890 size 4
Red Hackle
Orange Chenille
Silver Oval Tinsel
Calf Tail


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