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Tail Fly Fishing Magazine – Issue 33

The January issue of tail is now available digitally and in Fly Shops and retail stores throughout the US and Canada. Head over to the Tail Fly Fishing Magazine website to find out how to subscribe to a great magazine!


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Several Flies from Andy Saunders

Andy is a fly tyer from the UK. I first noticed his work years ago when he posted many Buzzer style flies. Actually, a Buzzer is the pupa stage of a chironomid or midge. In other words, it is the middle stage of a flying bug. As you can see, he ties a lot of nice flies! Check out four of his latest. One of which, is a Buzzer.


Materials list:
Hook – Partridge grub and buzzer
Body – translucent spanlfex
Cheeks – Amber spanflex
Whole fly covered with Deer Creek Fine Flex Resin

Sedge Emerger

Materials list:
Hook – Tiemco 2488 #14
Body – Polish Quill Brown
Under Wing – CDC
Over Wing – Deer Hair
ThOrax – Pine Squirrel
Antenna – Stripped CDC

CDC Sedge

Materials list:
Hook – Partridge of Redditch SLD2 #10
Body – Deer Creek Northern Lights Hares Ear
Rib – Brown Uni 8/0 Thread
Wing – 3 x CDC Feathers
Hackle – Brown Rooster Saddle

Quill Jig

Materials list:
Hook – Partridge of Redditch #14 Jig Hook
Tail – Coq De Leon
Tag – Orange Thread
Body – Dyed Light Olive Goose Quill
Thorax – Olive hares Ear and Veniard Pink Glister Dubbing
Bead – 3.3mm Tungsten Slotted Bead.
Under the Quill i used Deer Creek Fine Flex Resin to Secure Quill.

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The Roamer – Jake Villwock

Jake Villwock is the owner and head guide of Relentless Fly Fishing. Check out his site to book a trip or buy some of his flies.
In this fly tying video, Jake ties his 4 inch streamer, The Roamer.

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Tasty Bug Tying Competition for Streamers!

Fly Shop of the Bighorns is hosting a fly tying competition for streamers! Check out the pdfs below to find out all of the details. This is a chance to show your stuff and there are some awesome prizes! Get pumped and get behind that vise!

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a Tight Loop Magazine – Spring 2016


The new Spring edition is now live! Check it out!

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Fly Shop of the Bighorns had Alyssa Halls in their shop and shot this fly tying video of Alyssa tying her Crawldaddy.

Alyssa and her husband own Owl Creek Flies.

Check it out!

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Griffith’s Gnat Emerger

George Griffith, one of the founding fathers of Trout Unlimited, made the Griffith’s Gnat famous. It can be used to mimic any small insects. This fly gives you a Gnat, emerger style.

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Grandpa’s Chickenhawk by Paul J. Beel

This is me tying Grandpa’s Chickenhawk. This is a pattern I designed to be a minnow type pattern. It has great action for a single hook streamer and it performs excellent when attracting smallmouth and largemouth bass. I have not fished it for trout as of yet. This is my go-to streamer for smallmouth bass. The chartreuse is my favorite, but I also tie this in a brown/gold too. (see below photo)
This is my first attempt at fly tying videos, so I hope you like it.


Grandpa's Chickenhawk

Grandpa’s Chickenhawk


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Wimpy Indecisive Fisherman Looses Prized Fly – by Jack Harford

Blue Bead Redneck Bugger

Blue Bead Redneck Bugger

One of my friends invited me to come over and fish the big lake behind his house the other day and it was my pleasure to take him up on that offer. We took off in our kayaks after an excellent burger on the grill dinner. It had rained some that day and was windy at times, but as we pushed off from the dock the water was calm and no rain in sight.

A hopper/dropper combination were the flies of choice this evening with a Giant House Fly on top and a Blue Glass Bead Black Redneck Wooly Bugger size 8 about 18” below. The fish were cooperative, but not overly so. Several decent bluegills and a few one pounder bass made for an enjoyable evening. All but one were caught on the bugger. Several little bluegills nipped at the house fly, but the #6 hook was a lot more that they could handle. I would like to show you the bugger that caught all the fish, but unfortunately it didn’t come home.

The sun was going down and there was one more bank to fish. This bank had a wall of railroad ties 3 or 4 feet high holding back the earth. A mass of stringy weeds littered the surface and the only spot to cast to was in between two rows of these weeds. A cast was thrown out and shortly after the flies hit the water, the house fly disappeared. As the hook was set, it felt like the flies were snagged on something, but then that something started to move, and then a little faster, and then back under the kayak, and then deep into the weeds.

At that point it seemed that the fish was lost, but she sat in the weeds only a few moments and made another run for it. It definitely did not feel like a bass. After a fight of about 10 minutes, something began to emerge to the surface. It was completely black, covered with a luminous shiny slime – big – bad – and ugly. As some of you may have guessed already, there was a big catfish on the end of the line. And when I saw her, I started asking myself questions like: Do I really want to bring that slimy mess into my nice kayak? How do I pick this gal up without getting one of those sharp spines rammed into my hand? And other nice questions like that.

While all these questions were circling in my mind, I had grabbed the leader and worked my way down to the tippet. Get the picture – Wimpy indecisive fisherman, holding a ten pound catfish by a four pound tippet, just at the surface of the water. That catfish just smiled, shook her head, snapped the tippet and lumbered off with my beautiful blue glass bead head black redneck wooly bugger.

I better get back to the bench and tie some more.

Blue Glass Bead Redneck Bugger
Hook: Mustad 9672 size 8 or any streamer hook
Thread: Red UTC 140
Tail: Black Marabou
Rib: Copper wire, or gold or silver
Body: Black Chenille
Hackle: black saddle hackle

I like to tie the hackle in the front after the chenille is wound to just behind the bead. Hackle the feather towards the rear and cinch it down with the copper wire. Do a few extra turns with the thread just behind the bead to get the redneck effect. I use red thread for 80% of my flies to give them a little extra attraction power.
We don’t catch fish, fish catch flies . . . . I try to tie flies that fish like to catch.

Jack Harford – Editor, Armchair Angler newsletter of for the Indianapolis Fly Casters

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Crystal Popper – Marcelo Morales

Foam poppers: chartreuse foam heads.
Thread: 3-0, white. Monofilament thread.
Hook: Long shank Daiichi Sea hooks. 2/0 to 3.
Feathers: American Hackle cape, badger color. Marabou chartreuse.
Cover: pearled Mylar Tube.
Epoxy: Devcon, 5 minute dry or similar.
Eyes: holographic.
Others: cianoacrilate enamel

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