Category Archives: Realistic

Art bugs by Peder and Robert

Peder Wigdell and Robert Strahl have tied up some beautiful bugs in the last couple of months. They will both tell you, these are not realistic fishing flies, they are just art. Even though you cannot fish with them, I thought it was worth displaying them here so people can see this level of realism is possible in fly tying. So check them out and enjoy!
-Paul

Tied by Robert Strahl

Sulphur Dun tied by Robert Strahl

Tied by Peder Wigdell

Tied by Peder Wigdell

Mosquito tied by Peder Wigdell

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Flies Around the Net – December 2016

Here are the final Flies Around the Net for 2016. It has been a year of good vibes and good times for FrankenFly. I want to thank all of you for coming and visiting the website. I’m glad all of you are finding it interesting enough to come back to the site to get even more into fly fishing! I love this sport and I’m glad all of you do too! Here’s to an even better 2017!

Thank you!
-Paul

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Flies Around the Net – November 2016

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Trashy Stonefly Nymph – Ruben Martin

I really like the buggy look of this pattern by Ruben and it has a good realistic look! Very fishy!
Watch as Ruben shows us how to tie it.

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Brita Fordice Interview!

brita
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the world of fly fishing?

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

Searun Cutthroat

Sea Run Cutthroat

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.

Saltwater Squid

Saltwater Squid

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.

Steelhead on Skated Muddler

Steelhead on Skated Muddler

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.

Custom Bronze and Blue Spey Fly tied by Brita

Custom Bronze and Blue Spey Fly tied by Brita

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.

traditional flatwing

traditional 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!

Flatwing Sand Shrimp

Flatwing Sand Shrimp

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Flies Around the Net – August 2016

I know, I’m running a little behind on posting Flies Around the Net. I apologize, just been a little busy. Anyway, enjoy!
Thanks all!
-Paul

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Adult Dragonfly by Ruben Martin

Hook: TMC 5263 o similar
Thread: UNI 8/0 o UTC 70
Head: closed cell foam and lastic bead chain eyes.
abdomen: closed cell foam and plastic seet (plastic soda bootle) torax: Hareline Senyo dubbing
legs: terrestrial legs o plastic bristles
Wing: 4 rooster neck feathers, grizzly o variant
back: closed cell foam.

Ruben notes, “Dragonflies or adult dragonflies are an obsession for many anglers fishing environments where hatchings of these insects are really abundant and can witness what this generates in fish … often mere imitations, low realism, are enough to deceive a couple of trout if we succeed with the size and color. However it is sometimes necessary to achieve realism in imitation for trout decide to take our fly, as I always say, realism, if not sacrifice any vital aspect of our imitation is never an aspect that remains … always sum. This model has spent years fooling trout during the hot months in the beautiful lakes in the north where you can do a fantastic fishing on the coasts with large reedbeds Patagonia.”

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Flies Around the Net – April 2016

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Flies Around the Net – January 2016

tied by Matt Ebbers

tied by Matt Ebbers

tied by Andrew Warshawer

tied by Andrew Warshawer

tied by Bob Mac Donald

tied by Bob Mac Donald

tied by John Robert Wilson

tied by John Robert Wilson

tied by Györfi Zsolt

tied by Györfi Zsolt

tied by Konstantin Karagyozov

tied by Konstantin Karagyozov

tied by Michał Zapał

tied by Michał Zapał

tied by Paul J. Beel

tied by Paul J. Beel

tied by Petr Kaleta

tied by Petr Kaleta

tied by Roberto San Martin‎

tied by Roberto San Martin‎

tied by Paul Slaney

tied by Paul Slaney

tied by Richard Strolis

tied by Richard Strolis

tied by Tim Sickles

tied by Tim Sickles

tied by William David Anderson

tied by William David Anderson

tied by William Ensiferum

tied by William Ensiferum

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Flies Around the Net – December 2015

I’m a little late posting Flies Around the Net, but better late than never I guess. The holidays were a little hectic, so I apologize for the late post. I hope you enjoy!

Curtis Fry

tied by Curtis Fry

tied by David Hise

tied by David Hise

tied by Mark Angus

tied by Mark Angus

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Looper Flies

tied by Looper Flies

tied by Matt Rowland

tied by Matt Rowland

tied by Allan Kuhlmann

tied by Allan Kuhlmann

tied by Jonathan Kiley

tied by Jonathan Kiley

tied by Miroslaw Senderski

tied by Miroslaw Senderski

tied by Matt Ebbers

tied by Matt Ebbers

tied by Michael Schmidt

tied by Michael Schmidt

tied by Steve Silverio

tied by Steve Silverio

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