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Tie Like a Pro – Episode 4-part 1 & 2 – Gunnar Brammer

Episode 4 of Tie Like a Pro starts off with an introduction to this 4 part episode where we’ll be going over an array of streamer head designs that impart/or are unique to a flies derived action. Part 1 showcases Jerk Flies and explores the 2 primary methods for developing a “profile turn” action, as well as giving two tying examples for building a durable ultra thin “Jerk” head. Topics include hook selection for Jerk flies, physical characteristics and creating the vertical sail, and momentum/viscosity principles.

Part 2 of Episode 4 is all about Articulating Flies! The Articulating Fly style is one of the most deadly and versatile styles in the modern streamer game and this episode is all about breaking down the physics of how and why they work. In this episode we explore Hook properties and considerations, attaching lead eyes and the purpose behind the weight, water push vs. water drag based on material selection and density, as well as 3 tying examples including Kelly Galloup’s Sex Dungeon Head, a Stacked Dubbing Head, and a Strung Fuzzy Fiber Head.

Attaching Lead Eyes: 7:40
Dungeon Head Discussion and Materials: 11:30
Dungeon Head: 13:20
Wool/Dubbing Discussion: 34:12
Wool/Dubbing Stacking: 37-ish
Strung Fuzzy Fiber: 46:45

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Tie Like a Pro – Episode 2 and 3 – Gunnar Brammer

Gunnar has already released episodes 2 and 3 of Tie Like a Pro. So I figured I would go ahead and get them posted to follow-up the last post. See the information below from Gunnar.

“This is just a scratch on the surface on articulating flies and is intended to get you started on building your own platforms with proper spacing, hook selection, and proportionality. Episode 2 of Tie Like a Pro is all about the “how to” of articulating streamers. In this episode we go over hooks, spacing and beads, wire placement and types of wire, creating a vertical wire loop, and proportionality based on your reference point- the hook shank. We also discuss how and why articulated flies came to be and what problem they solved in predator fly fishing.”

“For the longest time I struggled with getting hackles to lay correctly, either for the tail or fins – my feathers would often twist away from the orientation I intended, or my feathers would twist when I’d go to palmer them – reversing the concavity….Episode 3 of Tie Like a Pro is all about working with hackles! In this episode we are going to look at differences in Saddle Hackle vs. Schlappen, tying in hackles vertically and horizontally to achieve desired affects, figure 8-ing hackle and the importance of controlling concavity for fly durability, as well as some minor differences in palmering materials from their base to tip/tip to base and its affect on fly silhouette and bulk.”


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Tie Like a Pro – Episode 1 – Gunnar Brammer

Gunnar has started a new fly tying video series called “Tie Like a Pro” where he asked for questions from subscribers and is now answering those questions. This is the first episode.

From Gunnar:
“This is episode 1 of Tie Like a Pro! To start off this series we are taking a quick look into the basics of tying and thread control. Topics include proper hook placement, casting on, thread base, thread tension, spinning threads, pinch/set/and lock wraps, and different threads used for streamer tying.” About me – head to the blog section of my Website:

The fly tying vise Gunnar is using in the video is an HMH Standard.

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Composite Loop Zonker

Tim Flagler shows how to tie a composite loop style streamer. This is a technique originated by Jerry French.
You might have noticed the composite loop mentioned in some other posts here on FrankenFly. It’s a cool technique that you can do a lot with. So be sure to check it out.

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Two Simple Tricks to Improve the Consistency of Your Flies – Kelly Galloup

From Galloup’s Slide Inn:
In this tying tips segment, Kelly will show you two simple yet highly effective ways to improve the consistency of your fly patterns.

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Establishing Thread Control – Kelly Galloup

From Kelly:
“Thread control is perhaps the most important element in all of fly tying, but is seldom discussed. Once you learn to establish proper thread control, your speed and efficiency will increase dramatically in addition to making your flies look more consistent.”

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Squirmy Wormy

Some tips and tricks for dealing with tying with this material.

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Tie-Fast Knot Tool

I thought I would follow up the previous knot video with another one. So I was fishing last weekend with Dave from Pile Cast and I needed a new leader on my line, but I told Dave I was too lazy to change it. So he got out his knot tool and whipped one up in no time. This made me a believer in the knot tool. Although, I still want to keep in practice of tying knots myself, I think this tool can come in very handy. The video above shows you just how easy it can be.

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Perfection Loop

In this video, Tim Flagler shows how to tie the Perfection Loop. This is a extremely useful not in fly fishing. I use this myself when looping my fly line to my leader. Useful stuff!

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Lefty Kreh & Bob Clouser Demonstrate Whip Finishing

Here are two legends demonstrating how to do a whip finish. Bob and Lefty show you how to use a tool to whip finish and how to correctly use just your fingers to do a whip finish. Whip finishing is one of those fly tying techniques that can be very hard to understand when you are first starting. Bob and Lefty break it down for you in this blast from the past fly tying video!

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