This past weekend I was tying at the Heartland Fly Fishing Festival in Lebanon, Indiana. See my earlier post on the details of the show. Anyway, it was a great show and I really enjoyed it! An Indiana fly fishing guide friend of mine, Jeff Conrad, came over at one point and told me I should take some time to go talk to Chuck Kraft. Chuck started guiding back in the 80’s and before that designed some nice flies to get him started. He guided in South America and spent a lot of time guiding the James, New, Shenandoah and Jackson Rivers in Virginia. Chuck has even fished with Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser.
So I of course took the advice of my friend, Jeff, and I’m glad I did. Chuck was such a nice guy to talk with about fly fishing, tying and guiding. He even came over to my table before his fly tying demo and we had a nice chat about a flash product he uses on his Kreelex fly called Kreinik and his Clawdad fly.
He definitely made an impression on me as I watched his fly tying demo and I went back over to Chuck’s table after his demo and wanted to buy one of his Clawdad’s and he insisted I just take it and not pay him, even though I tried several times, until he said, “I’m not going to take your damn money!” Haha, that cracked me up!
So, below is a video of Chuck tying his Kreelex fly that uses the Kreinik Flash I mentioned above. You can find the Kreinik Flash at the Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing which is ran by a friend of Chuck’s, William Heresniak.
Chuck was telling me he literally designed the Kreelex in his sleep before heading to Chile to guide for a few months. This fly is a very popular streamer even now, out west. So check it out!
From Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing:
“This is one of Chuck’s best flies he ever developed and is deadly on Freshwater and Saltwater species. Since 1996 this fly has literally caught almost every fish you could think of from Smallmouth to Dorado, to Trout to Musky. It has won fishing tournaments and was outlawed in certain fly fishing tournaments for being too effective. Simple to tie and if we had only one fly to fish for anything it would be the Kreelex.”
From Jonatan Ternald:
“A step by step on how to tie the Mini STF baitfish. One of my favorite bait fish patterns for sea run brown trouts, but it will hunt a lot of different species in both salt and fresh water. Small and transparent. Quick and easy to tie. If you don´t have access to STF you can use the next best ting, Polar Dub. It dose´t hav as long fiber as the STF but it´s no need for that on this fly. Happy tying!”
In this tutorial, Pat Kelly at Mad River Outfitters walks you through tying a Peacock Bass Fly called the “PEACOCK PUNISHER”. A MUST HAVE fly on our annual excursions to the Amazon.
You can visit the Mad River Outfitters blog for more detailed information.
Thread: 100 Denier GSP
First Shank: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Fish Spine 25mm
Second Shank: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Shank 20mm
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S 4/0
Flash: Mirage Flashabou- Fl. Yellow
Flash: Holographic Flashabou- Red
Flash: UV Pearl Polar Chenille
Eyes: Flymen Fishing Co. Living Eyes 10mm (color of choice)
Articulation Point: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Shank 35mm
Tail: Strung Rooster Saddles- Yellow
Body: Yellow Bucktail, Red Bucktail
Cement: Brushable Zap-A-Gap
Epoxy: Loon UV Resin Thick
Pat Kelly, fly manager and guide at Mad River Outfitters teaches you how to tie a premium hollow fly in this fly tying tutorial. For those who know Pat, you know he is addicted to this style of fly and fly tying. You’ll be seeing a lot more from Pat with variations on this theme.
Hook: Partridge Predator 2/0
Thread: UTC 140- White
Tail: White Bucktail
Tail Flash Material: Lateral Scale
Hollow Ties #1-3: White Bucktail
Body Flash Material: EP Sparkle Holographic Silver
Chocklett’s Body Tubing: ¼” Clear
Hollow Tie #4: Fl. Yellow Bucktail
Hollow Tie #5: Fl. Blue Bucktail
Eyes: Pro Sport Fisher Tab Eye- 10mm or Pro Sport Fisher Pro Jungle Cock Large- Blue or Red
Cement: Brushable Zap-A-Gap
“Here is another cool way to make realistic bait fish. Copic Air Systems offer a unique way to give color and efficiently offers a solution to what would normally be a slow process. Lastly, you can utilize the new Fly Skinz, Kiley’s Bait Fish Stencil Kit & Harelines Pattern Coloring Patches to make it even easier.”
This is a very interesting video and you can learn a lot from it. Mark Sedotti’s fly started the big fly craze back in the early 1990s. Mark talks about how be brought the fly to Michigan for the first time and about what happens afterwards. You can also learn a lot about weighting a fly and the action, by listening to Mark. I know this is a long video, but it’s a good one, so watch and learn!
“Paying my respect to a true master of fly tying and flyfishing, the late great Jack Gartside. If I had to choose just one streamer fly for the rest of my days of fishing, Jack’s Soft Hackle Streamer would come out on top. You can wrap up a dozen of these in an hour and they will catch just about any predator out there. In this video I tie Jack’s original version and a variation with jungle cock sides instead of a mallard hackle. Important tying tip: The main material is blood quill marabou, which combines volume with a spey-like character. It’s important that all feathers in a soft hackle streamer are tied in by the butt end – not the tip. ”