Monthly Archives: December 2017

Classic Salmon Flies and the like

I wanted to show some love to the classic salmon fly tyers out there, so I took a trip around the Internet and put together a collection of great looking salmon flies. Some of these are classic, some are tyers tying freestyle. I hope you enjoy the salmon fly eye candy!

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H&L Variant – Son Tao

Son Tao ties up a very old dry fly called the H&L Variant. A fly that was made to fish in rough water.

Materials list:
Wings and tail:calf tail
Body: stripped peacock quill and peacock herl
Hackle: Whiting Farms brown Pro Grade
Hook: Tiemco 100 sizes 10-20

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Choosing the Right Hooks with Kelly Galloup

“With the hundreds maybe thousands of hook options on the market, how do you find consistency in the hooks you tie on? Do you have one go to hook for all your nymphs, and one for streamers, and one for tires, etc? I found myself buying and tying on dozens of different nymph, streamer, dry fly hooks and I really think I need to consolidate the variations of hooks I use (that way I can purchase larger quantities and keep hook prices low). Without asking too many questions: What are your go to hooks for nymphs and streamer patterns and do you find that some brands are far superior to others?”

If you want to send Kelly a question, head over to their website and send them an email.

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Walt’s Worm Blow Torch – Tim Cammisa

The Walt’s Worm is a pattern that has led to MANY variations…and here’s another! Join me in this video as I share the Walt’s Worm Blowtorch, plus share a story about Mr. Walt Young.

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Skeleton Leech by Kevin Feenstra

Skeleton Leech tied by Kevin Feenstra

“This fall has been challenging with limited numbers of steelhead. The good news is that the quality of the fish has been great. Because numbers are low, we are constantly trying new color combinations, trying to find something that will take an extra fish or two. Some of the best flies we have found have been when the fishing is not great. Difficult conditions forces us to try new things.

In September, I received some of flashabou’s new white color flash. I could not find a good use for it at first. I decided to incorporate it into some leech patterns this fall. I really did not expect it to work, but the first time we used it we caught a fish. This became a regular occurrence, and this fly has saved some days that would have been unproductive. I have not found a substitute for this new material. The white flashaou is necessary for this fly to work.”

The fly is very easy to tie, here are the materials:

Shank: 25-45 mm of your choice, with a loop of your choice of braid or beadalon
Eyes: Lead or bead chain eyes to suit conditions
Tail: Black Marabou
Wing: White flashabou #6947 (
Wing 2: Black magnum flashabou, clear grizzly flashabou, or black holographic flashabou
Wing 3: (Optional) On cloudy days, a strand of copper magnum flashabou; on sunny days, a strand of magnum holographic flashabou
Head: Orange ice dub covered with hot orange ice dub or Hot orange over pink, or hot orange over chartreuse.

“Fish this fly deep with a heavy sink tip and you won’t be disappointed!”

You can find more about Kevin Feenstra and his guide service at his website.

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Pat Cohen at Ole Florida Fly Shop

Here are a few instructional fly tying videos from when Pat Cohen visited Ole Florida Fly Shop a few months ago.

If you are interested in becoming better at tying with deer hair, Pat has made some excellent DVD’s on the subject. Check out his website to see more.

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Sulphur Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle – John Collins

John Collins tied up this beautiful Sulphur Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle and it grabbed my attention. I chatted with John about this fly a bit. Here are some interesting features about this fly that John mentioned.

*The Partridge is a custom dye from a friend of John’s.
*The Tail is a Teeny Nymph dyed Pheasant Tail from Jim Teeny Inc.
*It’s difficult to find this bright of yellow pheasant tail. You can find yellow, but it isn’t nearly as bright. What John uses here is from Jim Teeny. You may be able to find them on their website, but John thinks they might be discontinued.
So if they are and you want to achieve this yellow, John said you would need a buff pheasant tail which are basically tannish to white pheasant tail, without the barring, and dye it yourself.

John says, “This one should definitely get things stirred up, when the time is right.”

Sulphur Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle #14

Materials list:
Hook: Wet fly hook
Thread: Orange
Ribbing: Fluorescent orange Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Dyed Bright Yellow Pheasant Tail Fibers
Dubbing Ball: Senyo’s Laser Hair dubbing (right before the hackle)
Hackle:, Dyed Sulphur Yellow, Hungarian Partridge


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Dave’s Emerger – Dave McKee

From The Weekly Fly:
“Fly tyer Dave McKee is a native of PA, Dave has been involved in guiding fly fishing since graduating from Colby College in 1993. After a childhood of fishing the waters up and down the east coast, moving west seemed a logical step and after 3 years of guiding in the Wind River Range and Jackson Hole area in Wyoming, he moved to Bozeman where he now lives with his wife Cory and sons Jack and Charlie. Dave operates his own outfitting business (Dave McKee Fly Fishing LLC) and spends more than 200 days on the water each season. During the off season, he ties flies for Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone as well as for the fly selections that are available through his website His unique cork strike indicators are available at many flyshops around the country or on his website as well. Dave is a signature tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants, on the board of Directors for the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana ( FOAM), a member of the Scientific Anglers Pro Staff, is a director of the Montana Fly Fishing Guide School, and served as the outdoor columnist for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle for 10 years. On his days off he typcially goes fishing.
You can reach Dave through his website or at 406-579-8116″

Materials list:

  • Hook: Dai Riki #075 size 16-18
  • Thread: Black 8/0
  • Tail: Woodduck Flank
  • Body: Red, Black, Copper Brown or Copper Wire
  • Wing: Woodduck Flank or Pearl Krystal Flash
  • Thorax: Peacock Herl

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Stone fly nymph – Barry Ord Clarke

From Barry:
“This is a semi realistic pattern with all the features of the real stone fly nymph but easy to tie and a good pattern to get started with if you haven’t tied semi realistc pattens before.”

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The Fly Tying of Adam Harman

Adam Harman

I’ve been fishing most of my life but I really didn’t take up fly fishing until I was a young adult. I did a lot of “dabbing”, as my Dad called it, when I was younger with a 7’ fly rod and a dry fly catching native brook trout in some of the small creeks in Southwest Virginia, where I was raised. As years past, I discovered a whole new world of fly fishing.

A couple of years after I truly started fly fishing my Father-In-Law gave me a fly tying kit for Christmas when I was 27. This opened the door to endless possibilities. I remember the first fly I tied, an olive wooly bugger with red hackle. It was a pretty ugly, disproportional fly but it started a passion that has grown into a small side business over the years.

Back in 2014, I started posting my flies on Instagram and people started asking me if I was selling them. Before I knew it, I was selling a couple here and there and then one day I asked myself why not turn it into a legit tying business? I got together with my friend and fly fishing mentor Jeff Wilkins, he gave me some sound advice on running a tying business and that started the endeavor. In early 2015, Blue Ridge Custom Flies was launched. Since that time I have tied for people all over the country, including places like the UK, Canada and Australia. I have tied at several fly fishing shows and demoed for local shops and fly fishing clubs. I’ve also had the honor of joining some very fine pro-staffs. I am currently on the pro-staff of Dr. Slick, Flymen Fishing Company, Hazard Fly Fishing and most recently J. Stockard Fly Fishing.

When I am not tying, I enjoy targeting native brook trout and wild brown trout in the small streams of Western North Carolina, East Tennessee and SW Virginia. Small stream trout fishing has always been in my blood and it’s something I am very passionate about. To me, there’s nothing more rewarding than hiking several miles into a wilderness and catching 8-10” native Appalachian brook trout out of a stream that is generally less than the width of a two lane highway. Some people may scoff at this idea, but if one could just see these beautiful creatures in person and the streams they come out of, it might just change one’s perspective. Sometimes fly fishing isn’t just about catching, it’s about enjoying the creation that surrounds you.

*Adam resides in Kernersville, NC with his wife Erin and their two children Jonah and Olivia. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook @blueridgecustomflies or visit his website at

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