In this episode of Tie Tv Daniel Bergman from Fly Dressing will show you how to tie a Magic Minnow. This is the fly that he and Steffan Jensen mainly used when they won Perch PRO 2017.
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Offer predatory fish a vulnerable easy meal.
From Flymen Fishing Company:
The Howitzer is a next-generation soft foam popper head that provides new options for tying articulated baitfish poppers.
The Howitzer imitates the head of a small minnow (or baitfish) that is splashing and sipping at the surface of the water. It’s designed with a deep recess at the back of the head so that an articulated body and tail of a minnow can be embedded seamlessly into the back of the head. As a result, the body of the minnow hangs down in the water (roughly at a 45-degree angle) and moves enticingly in a position that can be seen by predatory fish from a long distance and offers them an irresistible profile and an easy opportunity for a meal!
Want to learn more?
Read Inside Look: Designing the Surface Seducer Howitzer by Martin Bawden for a behind-the-scenes look at developing this new material, as well as videos demonstrating how to tie with it.
Back in February in a post where I included a video of Kelly Galloup talking about scissors, I included a note mentioning the red, white, and blue Deer Creek scissors that I use and love! These are fined point scissors and very sharp. I use these for all of my close-up, small area work, but I also use them as my main scissors. I’m just careful not to use them to cut synthetics or wire.
Well, Deer Creek now has them available again on their website. They are called Deer Creek Pro Razor Scissors. You can find them here: https://www.deercreek.co.uk/blank-c10n8
They also have a red, white, and green version now as well. Check them out, they are well worth the price. I’ve been using my first pair for well over a year now and they are still going strong. (Just don’t drop them on a hard surface, because you could damage the tips.)
NEW!!!! Our Tapered Micro Skagit Floating Tips are here just in time for Trout season! Our tips are constructed from PVC and have a core strength of 25# Test. Welded loops on both ends allows for a quick loop to loop tip exchange.
Micro Skagit Tapered Floating Tips allow for a delicate presentation, while not sacrificing the power and cast-ability of our OPST Commando Skagit Heads. Available in 5′, 7.5′ and 10′ lengths to accommodate rods 6′ to 11′.
Find them at your local fly shop or at: http://www.opskagit.com/store.html#!/Commando-Floating-Tip/p/82846575/category=7107639
The New, Hand-Tuned Micro-Tip Scissors
It’s fly-fishing season and that means less time at the tying bench and more time on the water. Loon Outdoors wants to help you with that goal by getting you the high-quality goods you expect from them. They sharpens each pair of scissors by hand before shipping them to customers, unlike competitors, making them sharper and, therefore, more precise.
Introducing two new pairs of scissors for this fly-fishing season: The Ergo Micro Tip Arrow Point Scissors and The Ergo Micro Tip All Purpose Scissors. Available now. Please keep these in mind as you put together reviews of fly-tying products.
ERGO MICRO TIP ARROW POINT SCISSORS
The go-to when perfection is the standard. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the Micro Tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. 3.5″, $17.95; available here
ERGO MICRO TIP ALL PURPOSE SCISSORS
These 4″ scissors were sized for versatility, designed for comfort, and sharpened for precision. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the Micro Tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. $18.95; available here
The Brook Fishing Equipment Brook Box is an amazing fly box! I’m not just saying that, it has some outstanding features that made me very happy when inspecting and testing the box for myself.
First, I’ll give you a brief backstory. I had never heard of Brook Fishing Equipment before the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo where I tied back in March. Jarrett from Brook Fishing Equipment came to my table and was telling me that he really enjoyed FrankenFly and that he had a booth there himself. I asked him about his booth and he brought back his Brook Box fly box and was telling me about the silicone inserts.
Since then, I’ve had the chance to thoroughly check out The Brook Box. The silicone inserts work exceptionally well! They are kind of a rubbery type of material, to help explain what they feel like. The reason they work so well is because you can put a hook into them, take the hook out and you can’t even see where the hook was in the insert. It heals itself right away. For testing purposes, I placed a 4/0 hook into the insert, pulled it out and had the same result. I even put magnifying glasses on to try and see a hole and I could not find one. Brook Fishing Equipment offers the inserts in slit and non-slit form, in case you are interested in having slits. In my opinion, slits are not necessary when you have inserts like this.
Another impressive feature about The Brook Box is the depth of the box. If you are a dry fly fisher I’m sure you know how hard it is to find a fly box that doesn’t mash your flies down when you put them in a fly box. I placed dry flies in The Brook Box and they were not even close to being in danger of being smashed. Plus, the way the slit inserts are made, your hackle will hang over the trough of the inserts so your hackle isn’t mashed on the bottom. I love this!
Not only can it handle dry flies, it has the room to store poppers. I placed a large 1/0 deer hair popper in the box and closed the lid. It did not move the popper or smash it.
Besides having plenty of room I noticed the box was very well made and sturdy. It also floats. The dimensions of the Brook Box are: 6.625″ x 4.125″ x 1.75″
Another product available from Brook Fishing Equipment is their Outta The Box fly patch. This is a fairly large fly patch with dimensions measuring: 7.875″ x 6″. It is designed to be placed in your boat, kayak, vehicle, next to your fly tying vise or where ever you need to place your flies. It has Velcro mounting, so it is easily mounted and can be mobile.
I have posted below their current brochure which includes more details about Brook Fishing Equipment products. Be sure to visit their website at www.brookfishingequipment.com. If you are in the market for a new fly box, I highly recommend The Brook Box!
Blane Chocklett answers some questions regarding the new Faux Bucktail from Flymen Fishing.
Fish‐Skull® Faux Bucktail™ is a tapered synthetic fiber designed to imitate typical premium‐length natural bucktail (or other animal fur fibers that have similar properties).
Natural taper: Faux Bucktail™ fibers are designed with the same basic diameter, gentle “crinkle”, and natural taper as bucktail, allowing you to tie most of the standard techniques and achieve the same distinctive bucktail fly or lure action in the water. In appearance, it looks almost identical.
Consistent length: Unlike natural bucktail, every Faux Bucktail™ fiber is of premium length (6‐inches / 152mm), eliminating the need to sort and search for ideal length strands and having to discard short hairs and under fibers that are unusable.
Ease of Use: Each Faux Bucktail™ bundle of fibers is glued together at the base making it easy and convenient to work with. Simply peel off the full length of your desired amount of fibers, trim to desired length, and tie them in. All the fibers are already “pre‐stacked”, but like natural bucktail a clump of fibers can be easily pulled and teased out to create a nice tapered tail, wing or body on your fly or lure.
Permanent color: Faux Bucktail™ is available in 12 vibrant colors will not bleed onto your hands while tying or fade from constant fishing. More colors will follow as the product gains momentum in the market.
Tough & durable: Designed to hold up to the toothy rigors of big‐game fishing (“bite‐proof”), Faux Bucktail™ fibers bond with super glue or other adhesives better than natural fibers, which secures eyes and other materials firmly in place and increases the lifespan of your flies or lures.
Versatile: The full length can be easily trimmed to suit the specific fly or lure you are tying. Anything from large Pike or Musky flies/lures to smaller Clouser Minnows or Deceivers or Bucktail Jigs or bite‐proof tails on Foam poppers!
Sheds water: Keep your flies light and easy to cast all day. No more waterlogged flies or lures.
No Smell: Unlike natural bucktail, Faux Bucktail™ will make both your wife and fish much, much happier!
Premium Retail Packaging: Each bundle of Faux Bucktail™ Fibers is packaged in the highest quality, barcoded; colorcoded retail packaging designed to look fantastic hanging in your store. The packaging splays the fibers in such a way that customers can closely examine the product and provide all the information necessary to make a purchasing decision. In addition, the light‐weight, low‐profile retail packs allow for easy, lower cost shipping.
Export Ease: Being a synthetic product, this eliminates the usual government requirements and restrictions for importing/exporting animal fur and feather products.
Performance Advantage: Faux Bucktail™ has a distinct performance advantage over other synthetic fibers on the market because it is tapered enabling your finished fly or lure to move more naturally in the water like real animal fur. To explain, normal synthetic fibers are not tapered which means the diameter of each fiber is exactly the same thickness from one end to the other. This creates a “consistent stiffness” along the full length of the fiber which does not allow the energy generated from the front of the fly or lure (as it moves through the water) to accelerate along the full length of the fiber to the back in the same way that a tapered fiber does. To illustrate this concept, think of how much easier it is to crack a whip than it is to crack a length of rope! In summary, a tapered fiber will give your fly or lure better action.
Find out more details at this link:
1. The Predator Fly Tying Vise (“Predator”). The Predator is taller, stronger, and more beefy than any other vise on the market. Aesthetically, it is different than any other vise on the market and is very eye catching compared to its competitors. Some have described it as an industrial sculpture. In other words, not only is it stronger and more substantial, it looks stronger and more substantial. The Predator comes standard with many new exciting, innovative, features and fills existing voids in fly tying that tyers have wanted (either consciously or subconsciously) for years. The typical reaction when the vise is demoed is “why has no one else done this yet?”
Hook range for the vise is from a small #28 to a large #6/0.
The Predator comes standard with the following features a. through e.:
a. 12 inch tall/ fully adjustable height: unlike most fly tying vises, the Predator stands much taller than the majority of its competitors, putting the fly closer to the tyer’s eye level without having to place things underneath the vise to get it to eye level. Furthermore, unlike most of our competitors, the height is easily adjustable for the tyer’s preference.
b. 5/8 inch post: The Predator utilizes a 5/8 inch post, for weight and strength. The Predator is not just a vise, it is also a platform, which will allow for the addition of multiple attachments, including the Back Snatch, which comes as a standard with the Predator. Other attachments (which may be purchased separately) already in production include the Flex Arm Pro Tyer Light and the Flex Arm Smart Phone Profiler/Magnifier. A vacuum attachment that will catch trimmings as they fall and will vacuum up toxic fumes from adhesives while the tyer ties, is in the works. Force Fly Fishing intends to continue to develop other ground-breaking attachments, which may be added to the Predator.
c. Centerlines- After “true rotary” which is sold for the ability to spin the hook on a horizontal axis, no other vise company has addressed how to control centering the plane of the hook. Our centerlines (every 90 degrees with added angle marks between them) allows the user to tie in wings, eyes, wing cases, etc. in a properly aligned position, giving the tyer confidence in the accuracy of the alignment of the fly. This is extremely important for those tying flies professionally for sale in shops.As well as the hobbyist tyer No other company has used centerlines.
d. Back Snatch: The Back Snatch Flex Arm is basically a third hand/arm, providing the tyer with another hand to assist in dealing with unruly material. Every tyer wishes they had more hands. It also acts as a gallows tool also for tying parachute styled flies. Other than gallows tools, no other company has developed anything like the Back Snatch. The Back Snatch is extremely flexible, yet sturdy, and can be adjusted many different ways. It also accommodates other uses such as a bobbin rest.
e. Work Caddy: The base of the vise is a work caddy, as opposed to simply a platform, which the post attaches to. Most vise bases are simply that… a base, which has no other purpose than being something to attach the vise post to. These traditional bases take up crucial space on the tyer’s bench. The Predator’s base functions simultaneously as a solid platform to attach the vise post to and as a work/tool caddy, providing a convenient place for the fly tyer”s tools to be easily picked up , and put back down during tying. Few, if any, vises have any sort of work caddy built into the vise. Other companies have developed caddys for storage of tools, thread, etc. but they are not attached to the vise. So, the tyer has to reach further to find necessary tools and tying materials, which can be a nuisance when tying detailed flies where time is of the essence (because glue is being used or materials are being held in place) and mistakes are easily made when the tyer must search around for necessary materials. Here, the tools and materials are at the tyers finger tips because they are contained in a work caddy attached to the vise. The only other company to date that we have found that has a built-in stock work caddy is the vise made by Stonefo (an Italian company). Our work caddy is superior because it is much larger and less confined, allowing for space for larger tools, glues, and other materials. This feature adds to the user-friendliness of the Predator, alleviating the need for extra work caddys and saving critical space. We are also in the process of developing another work caddy that attaches to the vise, which will be sold separately. Although this is a beefy, innovative, feature-filled vise, we are trying to keep the price reasonable.
2. Flex Arm Pro Tyer Light (“Pro Tyer Light”): The Pro Tyer Light is another step forward toward the future of fly tying. This fully adjustable LED light with dimmer switch, is the perfect adjustable lumination for fly tying, brightening your fly tying experience.
3. Flex Arm Smart Phone Profiler/Camera Attachment/Magnifier (“Profiler”): Attach your smart phone to this flex arm attachment & download a free app, which will allow you to choose any color in the spectrum & brightness for a profiler that will help save your eyesight & do the job a profiler should do. Added bonus, spin your phone around, turn on camera and magnify your fly/zoom in on your fly to any extent your phone will allow. Turn a #32 hook into the size of the screen of your phone. Imagine that! This attachment also allows you to watch or make instructional videos (or whatever else floats your boat), while you tie.
From Tim Cammisa:
In this fly tying tutorial, Chuck Furimsky is our guest tyer and shares his Turbo Tail pattern. This unique tie features Chuck’s Bugskin material, and there is no doubt that his creativity shows with this one. Chuck does an excellent job tying, plus shares a lot of great stories and thoughts along the way.
If interested in purchasing the Turbo Tail fly tying material, please contact Mike Hogue of Badger Creek: 607-347-4946
This video also features some incredible underwater camera footage by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions; please visit his site here: http://www.tightlinevideo.com/
Hook: Partridge Ad Swier Pike; # 8/0
Thread: Ultra 210 Denier; white
Tail Guard: 25# monofilament
Tail: Turbo Tail; X-large
Body: EP Craftfur Brush
Thanks for viewing this YouTube fly fishing tutorial, and I encourage you to view my additional videos at the following website: http://www.troutandfeather.com
Chuck Furimsky is the creator of the largest fly tying show in the world, the International Fly Tying Symposium; check out information about the show here: http://www.internationalflytyingsymposium.com
Let us know what you think of this pattern, and if it’s one you will tie or fly fish with. Feel free to leave any additional variations, questions, or comments on this YouTube page, or you can email me: email@example.com