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Rich Strolis’s Silly Rabbit – Brian Wise

NOTE: The new animation logo that Brian has in the very beginning from Trevor Collias is AWESOME! I watched the beginning like five times. Killer job Trevor!

From Brian Wise:
“One of my personal favorite fly tyers right now, Rich Strolis ties some of the most CLEAN flies I have ever seen. The Silly Rabbit is clean, easy, swims like crazy, and can catch any kind of fish in the world—literally. Contact Rich to order this and MANY more flies….and check out his site at:

Hook – Gamakatsu SC15 #1
Foul Guard – 30 Pound Mono
Under Body – Ripple Ice Fiber
Tail – Magnum Rabbit Strip
Body/Head – EP Minnow Head Brush
Head – Fish Mask (size dependent)

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FrankenFly update 6-23-2017

I haven’t been posting much about what has been going on behind the scenes at FrankenFly, so I thought I would write a post to give you readers an update. Hopefully I won’t bore you to tears.

First and foremost, the fishing season is in full swing. I have to say, this season has been a little rough, but hopefully turning around. By rough I mean, tough conditions mainly, then there are broken oar anchors, and broke rods to add to that. But that’s how it goes sometimes in fishing.

The primary thing I have been doing is going to a local river often and learning this river much more than I have in the past. Let me tell you, it’s a fickle son of a gun! My buddy, Josh King and I have been lugging his old aluminum row boat around, that we call, “Old Iron Sides”, and getting quite the workout rowing her down the river. Not to mention dragging her up and down hills to get into sketchy access points.

Old Iron Sides

Besides fishing, I continue to make FrankenDUB dubbing. I am extremely happy with how well the dubbing is liked out there. I’ve received tons of great comments about the dubbing and that’s awesome! I just sent another shipment to J. Stockard Fly Fishing, so they can restock, yet again. Check out the tab at the top of this website for more about FrankenDUB or you can visit it at this link.

I’ve been tying flies as fast as I possibly can, but wish I could go faster. Thank you for all of the orders! Besides orders from right here on the website, I’ve recently been tying flies for Ken Tanaka at Wish4Fish. I’m sure you have seen his very cool fly fishing videos that I post here at FrankenFly. The two main flies I have been tying for him so far is his Tanaka Your Socks Off (TYSO for short) and his Pink Power Ranger nymph. If you watch Ken’s videos, you will see him catch a lot of great fish on these two flies.

Tanaka Your Socks Off articulated streamer

Pink Power Rangers

Also, Feathered Game Changer orders have been coming in like crazy! With good reason, these babies move like no other in the water. Strip and pause and watch this baby dance!

Ginger Feathered Game Changers

In between orders or just to end a day of tying, I’ve been working on some new fly designs. I’ve sent a new dry fly to a guide friend, Chris Lessway of North Branch Outing Club, in Michigan for testing. I have a streamer called the Thunder Mutt, that isn’t really new, but I’ve got the final tweaks made at last. I’ve worked on the Thunder Mutt for the past two years.

Thunder Mutt

Also, in the same amount of time, because of the inspiration of OPST, Jonathan Farmer and Greg Senyo, I’ve been diving into the world of Micro Intruders. You might say, “Intruders for bass?” Yes, all day long! That’s what I’ve been using them for, but they can also be thrown for trout. I love these things!
Intruders were initially designed for steelhead by a group of guys that included Ed Ward and Jerry French. Who then started the company, OPST. However, Olympic Pennisula Skagit Tactics, with Ben Paull, have been churning out the Micro Intruders. (By the way, the Intruder is a style of fly, not a specific fly pattern.) I’ve always been in love with Intruders and the design, movement, and look of them. But the nearest steelhead river is about 3 hours away. So, I’ve been going the Micro Intruder route and targeting smallmouth bass. I’ve been doing my homework, fishing, and tying them lately and I’m really excited about how they are performing. Needless to say, I’ll be working on new Intruder designs in the future. Check out some of mine that I’ve tied below.

So that about sums up things here at FrankenFly. I will continue to roll on and see what the future holds. Everyone keep fishing out there!

Thanks for reading!

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Tying a Flatwing – Barry Ord Clarke

From Barry:
“This is a single hackle flatwing sand eel, that is a killer fly for sea trout here in Scandinavia and striped bass in North America. A real easy pattern to tie when you know how.”

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Craft Fur Streamer – tied by Henrik Kure Nielsen

From Ahrex:
“Henrik tied this sculpin imitation targeting sea trout along the Danish coastline. Works fine all year round. He ties the fly to his leader with a loop knot, for increased movability.”

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Flies Around the Net – May 2017

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Green Back Tiger – Morten Valeur

From Ahrex:
“Tied by Morten Valeur. A large streamer for pike and musky. Tied on a light hook (Ahrex PR351 Light Predator Barbless) and with Fish Mask and Dragon Eyes from Flymen Fishing Company. Easy to cast but very much alive under water.”

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Cat Nip – Gunnar Brammer

From Gunnar:
“I give a step by step instruction on tying an Eye Candy variation in the form of a Wiggle Tailed Swing Fly. The fly is designed to be swung/dredged for species such as Channel Cats, yet can be equally effective for Walleye, Bass, Pike, etc. The fly features a Palo Pacchiarini Wiggle Tail in Holo Black, size medium – From Rapax Fly Fishing.”

Hook: Ahrex, #1 Predator Trailing Hook PR 383
Shank: FlymenFishingCo 25mm Senyo’s articulated shank
Wire: Senyo’s Intruder Trailer Hook Wire, for size 6 and up or a 30lb nylon coated stainless steel substitute (0.018″ dia – 49 strand)
Wiggle Tail: Palo Pacchiarini Tail, Holo Black, size medium with a Snap for Tail

Body: EP Foxy Brush (3″), EP Sparkle Brush (3″)
Rubber Legs: Senyo’s Fushion Foil Legs
Head: Ice Dub in dubbing loop
Eyes: Painted Lead Eyes (Large)

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Transparent Baitfish SBS by Agne Sjöberg

Materials list:
Hook: Ahrex NS122 size 6
Tying thread: mono 004
Tail: 2 coq de leon feathers and 1 guinea fowl feather
Body dubbing: Ice dub uv pearl and fl red seals fur
Gills: 2 guinea fowl tips
Front dubbing: White STF
Back: Ripple ice fibers UV pearl, olive & black
Eyes: 4mm
Head: Loon uv fly finish thick & flow

1: Tie the thread to the hook bend

2: Cut the tip and strip off some fibers on a guinea fowl feather

3: Take two coc de leon feathers, strip of the soft fibers and glue the tips together. Then put the guinea fowl feather in between, secure with uv resin.

4: Tie in the tail

5: Dub the body

6: Dub the gills

7/8: Tie in one guinea fowl tips on each side

9: Brush the body

10/11: Tie in some STF under and on top

12: Fold back the STF and brush it.

13: Tie in some ripple ice uv pearl and fold back

14: Tie in some ripple ice olive and fold back

15: Tie in some ripple ice black and fold back

16: Whipfinish

17: Attach eyes

18: Build the head with uv resin

19: Finished fly

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Flies Around the Net – April 2017

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Loon Live from April 20, 2017

From Loon Outdoors:
“We’ve been prepping for trout season by tying up a bunch of trout bugs. We’re still pumped for trout season and will continue to stuff our boxes with bugs that (we hope) will reunite us with our good old friend Mr. Trout. This week on Loon Live we’re taking a break from little bugs, and tying up something that will drive the big boys crazy.

Matt presents a couple predator hunters in the form of his Stocker Trout and Slayer Sculpin. Yes, they’re both big. Yes, they’re both a big deal.”

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