Category Archives: Foam
I think the way he shows how to cup the foam in the front on this popper is a nice idea.
The Foam Panfish Popper is an easy to tie and very effective popper. It can be tied in a variety of different colors and sizes to match any situation you might find yourself in.
Posted by Brandon Bailes on Thursday, January 5, 2017
Brandon has been doing a live tying session usually about one day a week on Facebook. In this one, he shows how to tie his Panther Creek Hopper. This is a fly pattern that Orvis has picked up. This live tying session from Brandon was back on January 5th. Check it out, it’s a very nice hopper pattern.
I learned from my dad and grandfather when I was very young. I grew up with a cabin we spent most weekends at on the Stillaguamish river in Washington state. I learned to fly fish at the age of 8, and I never truly learned to throw a spinning rod until 2016….. Spinning rods scared me. Too easy to knot up.
Did you have a mentor of any kind? Someone that you learned a lot from or was inspired by when fly fishing or fly tying?
I wouldn’t say I necessarily had a mentor, however one person that I highly respect that continues to challenge me in my fly tying even from a few states away is my old work colleague Andrew Grillos. He is also the single best fly naming person I’ve ever met.
How long have you been tying flies?
I taught myself at ten.
What species do you fish for most often these days?
Sea Run Cutthroat and Salmon in Puget Sound
Would you describe a couple of your rod setups? For example, the size and type of fly rod, line, and leader you use?
I use a Sage 690 X rod with a RIO Coastal Quickshooter intermediate fly line or a RIO Outbound with a 5-10’ versileader and a 4 foot section of 10lb fluorocarbon tippet.
Have you designed your own fly patterns?
Yes. All of the flies on my Instagram I’ve created. I have specific Umpqua flies that are copyrighted.
What is your process like when designing a new fly?
There aren’t many things I will admit I am good at. And being self-taught with no formal casting instruction for 25 years I am by no means a perfect fly caster…. But the one thing that has always come very easy to me is tying, and I’ve worked hard at it. There are few baitfish in the world that I can’t look at the fish and duplicate it in a fly form. I have never used recipes, and it bores me to try to follow a recipe. I don’t cook well either for that reason 😉 It challenges me daily to find fish to recreate, and I love the physics involved in order to enable it to ride correctly in the water.
What are some of the things you are thinking about when designing a fly for steelhead specifically?
“Texture and colors” are what I usually like to consider… In that I always want lots of movement in the water, and different forms of movement. I also want different colors that compliment the pattern, yet also give a “depth” to the fly pattern.
What type of fly tying vise do you use?
Beat up old Renzetti Traveler…. One day I’ll upgrade, but this vise won’t die and I love it.
Could you describe a couple of your most memorable fish that you have caught?
I generally look back on certain fish as being memorable not because of the fish necessarily, but because of the company too. One fish was my Clearwater steelhead hooked on a skated muddler. The fish wasn’t that great, but the whole weekend was amazing fishing with my friend and guide Brian Styskal.
I read that you are an encyclopedia of fly tying materials of classic and modern flies. Can you explain a little about this?
I joke with people that I’m a plethora of useless knowledge… I spent decades ordering tying materials for the fly shop I worked at. We were and still are the most eager shop I’ve ever encountered to special order tying materials for customers, which required me to memorize every catalog that came through over the years. I can look at virtually any synthetic and most natural tying material and tell you exactly what it is. I used to have people bring in boxes of materials consistently for me to look over and label what the fur and feathers were.
Do you still fish any classic flies?
Yes. Most are renditions of classics and my own take on them. I love Alec Jacksons Spade fly, the Orange Heron, and Dec Hogans versions of the Akroyd fly. I tie a large number of Dee flies for my own use as well.
Can you explain a little about what spey fishing is for those that do not know?
In general, it is a technique for casting that originally was developed on the river Spey with heavy rods that were upwards of 20 feet initially. It utilizes a water load as opposed to false casting in the air like a single hand rod. Spey casting allows an angler to cast a great distance with little back casting room, and allows more control over the speed of the swing of the fly.
I notice you tie various flatwing flies. Could you explain what that is?
This is a technique for tying that was developed and created by the legendary Kenney Abrames for stripers on the east coast. It is not one fly specifically, but a technique and fishing method. There is nothing I have ever found that fishes the way a correctly tied flatwing fishes. Many claim to tie flatwings… But there is a method to the madness, and without the correct order and specifically placed materials it just isn’t a flatwing.
Thank you for doing this interview for FrankenFly Brita, it was a pleasure!
Brita is a fly fishing guide at The Avid Angler in Washington. She also teaches classes there and works for Far Bank(Sage Rods) full time during the week. Be sure to look her up for your next trip to Washington!
The finalists have been decided, now it is time for you to vote for the best in the Surface Seducer fly tying contest by Flymen Fishing Company. Vote by going to the Flymen Fishing Company Instagram page and liking the fly of your choice. http://flymenfishingcompany.com/pages/surface-seducer-fly-tying-contest
Here are the finalists.
Ken Tanaka of Wish4Fish is back on the water. Late Summer fly fishing is all about terrestrials. Time to get out the ants, beetles and HOPPERS. One of the best ways to utilize both water columns is the dry dropper or the hopper dropper. This way you take advantage of rising fish as well as fish feeding subsurface. Ken says, “Here I will be using the W4F Hip Hopper designed by Wish4Fish and Blue Ridge Custom Flies as well as the Mutt Bug designed by Wish4Fish and Fletcher’s Flies. My set up is the Winston Biiix 9′ 3wt and Ross Colorado LT reel. I am also using the Rio Gold line and a Rio Powerflex Plus 7.5ft leader in 3x with Rio 4x Fluorocarbon tippet.”
W4F Hip Hopper can be purchased at www.BlueRidgeCustomFlies.com
Mutt Bug can be purchased at
The New Surface Seducer Double Barrel Popper & Slider Bodies make creating your own Poppers and Sliders so easy! In this video Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie an effective Slider Baitfish pattern to fool Smallmouth Bass looking for an easy baitfish meal.
Surface Seducer Double Barrel Slider Baitfish
Hook: Suface Seducer Popper Hook, sizes 2-8
Slider: Surface Seducer Popper & Slider Body, Sizes X-Large to X-Small
Glue: Zap-a-Gap(fast) or Gorilla Glue(slower)**apply water first**
Eyes: Zap-a-Gap Gel; Hareline Adhesive Holographic Eyes, Super Pearl or Hareline Adhesive Eyes, Super Pearl Black
Popper Finish: Fine Glitter mixed with Liquid Fusion & Top Coat of Liquid Fusion mixed in Loon Mixing Cup
Thread: White Veevus 10/0
Tail: Steve Farrar SF Blend, UV White and 1/69 Opal Mirage Lateral Scale
Collar: Hareline UV Polar Chenille, Silver UV
I want to send a thanks out to everyone that ordered Zudbubblers and other flies from my online store during the recent sale. I still have a few sale orders to tie and send out. The Zudbubbler sale has been a success, but all good things come to an end. So this weekend will be the end of the sale.
Here are a few shots of some of the orders that came through. Also, I went out last weekend and threw some Zudbubbers to largemouth, so check it out!
Tim Flagler shows us how to tie a quick and extremely buoyant ant pattern.