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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Fish-Skull Faux Bucktail Fly Tying Contest

The Faux Bucktail Throwdown.

Since launching our new Fish-Skull Faux Bucktail, we’ve seen more and more photos of amazing flies tied by people like you on social media.

The flies we’ve seen are just the tip of the iceberg, so we’re holding a fly tying contest on Instagram to help you show off your patterns to the world and give you the chance to win grand prizes from Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods, Hareline Dubbin, and Loon Outdoors as well as weekly Flymen prize packs!

It’s easy to enter – tie a fly and snap a picture.

  1. Tie a fly that integrates Fish-Skull Faux Bucktail in some way (Faux Bucktail does not necessarily need to be the primary material) and take a photo of it.
  2. Post the photo on Instagram, tag @flymenfishingco@thomasandthomasflyrods, @harelinedubbin, and @loonoutdoors in your post (make sure you’re following all of us!), and hashtag #FauxBucktailThrowdown2017.

For more details about the contest, visit the Flymen Fishing Company web page.

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Legtastic Critter – 239 Flies

Nick Davis ties his Legtastic Critter.

Medium cactus chenille
Crustacean eyes (optional)
Arctic fox tail
Palmer chenille
Krystal hackle
EP tarantula brush
Bead chain or lead eyes
Loon outdoor UV Thin
Daiichi 2546 size 2

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Bucket Mouth League – April 2017

It’s been almost two years since the Bucket Mouth League was born right here on FrankenFly and it is still going strong! I was checking out the hashtag #bucketmouthleague on Instagram and this year has already started off on fire! There were so many, that I had trouble grabbing just a few photos for this post. The Bucket Mouth League is better than ever!
I want to thank all of you Bucket Mouth League members who have used the hashtag and continue to embrace the passion for Large Mouth Bass on the fly! Keep it up!

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W4F – Fly Fishing Tennessee and North Carolina “Early Spring Tips”

Ken Tanaka of Wish4Fish is back on the water. This time in Tennessee and North Carolina on the Watauga River.

From Ken:
“I was switching up tactics from Streamers, Dry Dropper and Tight line nymphing throughout the day. Before all the good hatches start, early spring is all about being on your toes and being versatile. Finally caught some fish on the new Ross Reel Evolution R as was as the Flut Rod Company prototype. Can’t wait till spring really starts kicking off!”

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Fly Fishing Gear
Ross Evolution R –
Flut Rod 9′ 5wt –
Ross Colorado LT –

Flies – Tanaka Your Socks Off, WD40, Prince, Adams

Camera Equipment
Sony Action Cam FDR x3000v –
Sony Action Cam FDR x1000w-
Sony RX100v –

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Koga’s Bonefish Shrimp

Peter Koga ties his Bonefish Shrimp with Tighline Productions. Tim Flagler gives a brief introduction about Peter in the beginning, which is nice.


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Thinking about tying your own flies?

Sara Golden has recently written a comprehensive article on the subject. I’ll let Sara take it away and then link over to the WadingLab to read her article. I think Sara did a great job of covering a lot of information for beginners in this article, so give it a read.

“If you enjoy fly fishing, there are more than enough reasons to start tying your own flies. It’s an awesome hobby and can bring your fishing game to the next level. While beginners in this sport might want to start with flies out of the store, there are many reasons why a lot of fly fisherman start to tie their own flies eventually. While basic flies might be fairly easy to tie, the tools you need to get started can be quite confusing for the novice. There are too many people falling for the average cheap pre-packed kit, that seems like a great deal at first, but usually turns out to be a waste of money. Therefore I wrote a comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to get started, no matter if you go for a kit or choose to pick every tool separately. Combine this guide with all the great information on tying itself found on FrankenFly and you are up for a great start into a new and amazing hobby!”


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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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Vlog 3 — Striper “Recon” and Woody Stationwagons

Brian Wise, Steve Dally, and Ben Levin take a recon trip on the North Fork of the White River for Stripers…

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Brook Fishing Equipment

The Brook Box

The Brook Fishing Equipment Brook Box is an amazing fly box! I’m not just saying that, it has some outstanding features that made me very happy when inspecting and testing the box for myself.

First, I’ll give you a brief backstory. I had never heard of Brook Fishing Equipment before the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo where I tied back in March. Jarrett from Brook Fishing Equipment came to my table and was telling me that he really enjoyed FrankenFly and that he had a booth there himself. I asked him about his booth and he brought back his Brook Box fly box and was telling me about the silicone inserts.

Since then, I’ve had the chance to thoroughly check out The Brook Box. The silicone inserts work exceptionally well! They are kind of a rubbery type of material, to help explain what they feel like. The reason they work so well is because you can put a hook into them, take the hook out and you can’t even see where the hook was in the insert. It heals itself right away. For testing purposes, I placed a 4/0 hook into the insert, pulled it out and had the same result. I even put magnifying glasses on to try and see a hole and I could not find one. Brook Fishing Equipment offers the inserts in slit and non-slit form, in case you are interested in having slits. In my opinion, slits are not necessary when you have inserts like this.

Another impressive feature about The Brook Box is the depth of the box. If you are a dry fly fisher I’m sure you know how hard it is to find a fly box that doesn’t mash your flies down when you put them in a fly box. I placed dry flies in The Brook Box and they were not even close to being in danger of being smashed. Plus, the way the slit inserts are made, your hackle will hang over the trough of the inserts so your hackle isn’t mashed on the bottom. I love this!

Not only can it handle dry flies, it has the room to store poppers. I placed a large 1/0 deer hair popper in the box and closed the lid. It did not move the popper or smash it.

Besides having plenty of room I noticed the box was very well made and sturdy. It also floats. The dimensions of the Brook Box are: 6.625″ x 4.125″ x 1.75″

Another product available from Brook Fishing Equipment is their Outta The Box fly patch. This is a fairly large fly patch with dimensions measuring: 7.875″ x 6″. It is designed to be placed in your boat, kayak, vehicle, next to your fly tying vise or where ever you need to place your flies. It has Velcro mounting, so it is easily mounted and can be mobile.

Outta The Box

I have posted below their current brochure which includes more details about Brook Fishing Equipment products. Be sure to visit their website at If you are in the market for a new fly box, I highly recommend The Brook Box!



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