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This Thing? – Gunnar Brammer

From Gunnar:
“I give a step by step instruction for tying This Thing. This pattern is designed to resemble an injured baitfish laying on its side in the water column, yet function as a diver/swim fly on the retrieve. Can be fished successfully on either floating or sinking style lines, recommend 6wt and up.”

Material List:
Hook: Ahrex 2/0 26* Bent Streamer Hook
Tail: FlymenFishingCo Faux Bucktail, Polar Flash (20 strands)
Body: EP Craft Fur Brush/EP Sparkle Brush
Material Dam: FlymenFishingCo Double Barrel Popper (small)
Collar: Hedron Inc. MicroLon
Head: Senyos Laser Dub
Eyes: 6mm Deer Creek Gator Eyez
Resin: Deer Creek UV Diamond Flex

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How to Attach Pacchiarini Wiggle Tails to Hooks and Add Action to Your Flies

From Rapax:
“Paolo Pacchiarini’s wiggle tails are a great way of adding life-like action to your flies. It is a proven way of attracting predatory fish such as pike, bass, perch, large trout; you name it, and have resulted in many big catches throughout the world.

In this brief video I show you how to use “snaps for tails” and “snaps for hooks” to attach Pacchiarini’s wiggle tails to your hook.”

Both the snaps and wiggle tails shown in this video can be bought from

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Fly tying of John Satkowski

Having designed commercial patterns for Rainy’s Flies for two years now, I am constantly pushing the boundaries of movement and effectiveness with my patterns. Being a Bass guy my whole life, my eyes weren’t opened to the whole long rod thing until a family trip to Montana in high school changed my perception of what fly fishing is. Big streamers for aggressive brown trout was the ticket. I quickly learned that these trout can be fished very similar to smallies on a river system by quickly ripping streamers through pockets, over drops, and around cover. I was a convert almost instantly.

When I got back home I picked up a simple tying kit and began to experiment. I will admit I tied a lot of awful buggers and some terrible Adams before I had something that resembled a decently tied fly. I would go to Chris Helm’s shop in Toledo, Ohio and watch a true master spin and stack deer hair and go to Cabela’s on Saturday mornings to watch guys like Bear Andrews and Dennis Potter tie and after a while, all the time and energy paid off. I was able to design patterns and go fish with moderate success. I really started getting into Pike with their nasty attitude and speed. The tug is the drug when you fight these toothy, slime bullets. The more time on the water I spent, the more I started to notice things and by the time I was in college I pretty much had my home waters figured out.

I have learned a lot along the way and now that I am getting waist deep into the waters of the business side of things, I am learning the fly industry can be fickle and tough. You always have to self-advocate and no matter how many patterns you have on the commercial side, you always have to keep being creative and inventive. I do a fair amount of realistic tying but those flies never see the water. The real bread and butter is being able to tie a fly that works for the intended species and is easily repeatable. For the most part, my flies are developed for the way I fish. The people that I take fishing and my friends always get annoyed with me because I fly fish for bass like a tournament bass fisherman. I rip streamers or drift a nymph through a hole and if no takes I move on. I really like to cover water when I fish, especially if I’m wading. When I tie a streamer, I want the movement to be instantaneous when entering the water, get the attention of the fish, and then trigger a strike. Things like the movement of rabbit and hackle together or my addictive and generous use of ice dub in a dubbing loop to create collars and bodies lends to this method. I generally fish clear water so the patterns must not spook fish but have a good draw from a distance.

I was a teacher by trade so I love teaching the art of fly tying as well. The trick to becoming a good tier is always simply doing it. Instead of just trying to tie a wooly bugger, tie seven or eight in a row. You have to work out the kinks in the process whether it be rushing the eye or overly bulky bodies. You will tie a bunch of ugly fuglies before you tie something decent so be prepared for that. Have fun while you are at the vise. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a $500 vise and expensive tools to tie. The same goes for gear, it is really nice to have a $300 fly rod, but it simply isn’t a necessity. Get something in your price range and go fish. It’s as simple as that. A little extra information though, for big or tough fish you don’t want to skimp and be outgunned.

For tying tips, questions, and inquiries folks can visit my facebook business page River Raisin Fly Company or email me at for water levels, suggested patterns, and additional information about myself, my patterns, and the adventure we all call fly fishing.

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Willy’s Fruit Rollup – Willy Self

I dug this up from back in 2014. Willy tying his Fruit Rollup.

Materials list:

Hook: 730 Series 4, 6, 8, 10
Thread: 3/0 mono cord
Bead: Glass or Brass
Tail: Scud Back over Krinkle Flash
Body: Dubbed Simi Seal
Head: Bead

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Dubbin’ Sculpin – Hackles & Wings

Simon Johansson of Hackles & Wings, ties the Dubbin’ Sculpin. Simon explains,”An easy sculpin pattern with a lot of movement, hook point riding up, and a real nice belly.”




-Thread: Nanosilk 50D White
-Hook: Gamakatsu F314
-Belly: Ripple Ice Fiber, UV Pearl
-Back, Hackle: Rabbit Zonker Strip, Purple
-Eyes: Double Pupil Eyes, Chartreuse
-Head: Monster Dub, Black

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ARF Articulated Sculpin – Al Ritt

Al Ritt ties up his ARF Articulated Sculpin.

Materials list:

Hook: Daiichi 2451 sz 2 through 4
Articulated Shank: 55mm through 35mm
Flymen Fishing Company Sculpin Helmet: Large or Small – Brown
Tail: Marabou, Black Barred Tan (tied on hook) supported by several wraps of Brown Saddle Hackle
Butt: Marabou, Black Barred Tan supported by several wraps of Brown Saddle Hackle
Body: Laser Dub, Tan underneath, alternating bands of Brown and Dark Tan on top
Flash: Krinkle Mirror Flash, Root Beer
Collar: Schlappen, Grizzly Varient Brown

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$5Shake – tied by Oskar Hagelin

Oskar Hagelin ties his $5 Shake!
This is a rock’in fly tying video of Oskar tying his $5 Shake streamer. Check it out!
Brought to you by Ahrex Hooks.

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Flies Around the Net – March 2017

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Kelly Galloup’s Bangtail T&A

Brian Wise tying Kelly Galloup’s Bangtail T&A.

Materials list:
Rear Hook
Hook – Gamakatsu SP11 #2
Tail – Saddle Hackle
Tail/Body – Marabou
Wing – Marabou

Front Hook
Hook – Gamakatsu Sp11 #1
Underbody – Marabou
Wing – Laser Dub
Body – Ice Dub

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Tim Morales – fly tyer introduction

I met Tim at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Michigan. He came to my table and had a box of flies with him and wanted me to take a look to see what I thought. Tim’s flies were tied very well and looked great! He ties very cleanly. So well, that he doesn’t need to be asking anymore if his flies look good enough, they already do. I wanted him to send me some information and photos of a few flies he has tied, which you will find below. Tim is on Instagram, so be sure to give him a follow @t1mb3an.

I started fishing at age four when my grandfather took me out on a little lake near Greenville, Michigan. Ironically, my first fish was caught on a fly rod that my grandpa had rigged with bait. He casted for me just a short ways out and I caught my first fish, a Largemouth Bass. It was at that point a passion was sparked that has shaped the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I didn’t pick up another fly rod until the age of 14. Ever since then it has been my preffered method of fishing. I am now 22 and have graduated to tying my own flies. Initially, I started tying because my local shops didn’t always have what I was looking for. I immersed myself in everything fly tying and attempted to learn as many techniques as I possibly could. My preferred target for fly fishing are trout… browns and rainbows to be exact. So far I have caught trout on two continents and I look forward to what the future will hold!

CF Baitfish

CF Baitfish
This pattern I tied with trout and bass on my mind however I am sure it would work for a variety of target species depending on the color and size. This color scheme is geared more towards Scandanavian sea trout. A very simple pattern, this is tied with craft fur and ice dub.

Split Back PMD

Split Back PMD
I am not sure who the original creator of this pattern is but I tied these with the intention of targeting browns and rainbows. I plan on fishing it on point with a small parachute on a dropper when BWO’s, PMD’s, sulfers, and March Browns are coming off. My thinking is that I can fish both the subsurface emerging nymphs and duns when they are coming off. Materials are, pheasant tail, hare’s ear/squirrel blend dubbing, body glass, foam, and goose biots.

Hot Head Stone

Hot Head Stone
This pattern was inspired by Max Inchausti who posted something very similar to his instagram gallery @east_coast_fly_fishing. I tied this with browns and midwest steelhead in mind however I cannot see why this wouldn’t work on a variety of species. Materials are, 0.020 lead wire underbody, sili legs, hare’s ear/squirrel blend dubbing, opal mirage tinsel, black wire, and Kiley’s nymph skin.

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