Category Archives: nymphs

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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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 www.blueridgecustomflies.com

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Flies Around the Net – October 2017

I haven’t forgotten, here is Flies Around the Net for October! Enjoy the fly eye candy!

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JCs Electric Steelie Stone

Detailed instructions for tying New Jersey fly tyer, John Collin’s Electric Steelie Stone.

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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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Flies Around the Net – September 2017

Yes, I know, I’m running a little late with this. But here it is! Thanks for reading FrankenFly!

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Flash Tag Caddis Pupa – Justin Aldrich

Justin Aldrich is just beginning to make fly tying videos and here is one of his first. I’ve been noticing his tying skills for awhile now, so check it out!
-Paul

From Justin:
“This easy to tie Caddis Pupa is a great “Guide’s Choice” Caddis is terms of being able to represent the Pupa, the Emerger on the swing, and in some hotter colors it works really well as an Attractor pattern…. even tied with the natural colors it’s got a great Flash Tag triggering characteristic. Fish it dead drift, Euro Nymphed and/or High sticked, or down and across on the swing for some real excitement.”

Materials list:

•Hook: Scud/Pupa. #14
•Bead: Tungsten or Brass. Gold 7/64″ (Size to fit hook.)
•Thread: Veevus 8/0. Chartreuse.
•Thorax: Black Hares Ear Plus & Black Peacock Ice Dub. (60%/40% mixture)
•Wing: Mallard flank fibers.
•Body/Abdomen: Olive Hare’s Ear Dub.
•Ribbing: UTC Sm. Gold Oval tinsel
•Flash Tag: Sm. Pearlesent Flashabou.

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Realistic Mayfly Nymph – Ruben Martin

An easy to tie, realistic mayfly nymph pattern.

Materials list:

Hook: Dohiku P #14
Body:
Poly floss tan
Deer creek thin flex uv resin
Eyes: monofilament 0,40 for the eyes
brown permanent marker

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