The Fly Tying of Son Tao

I recently started to notice some beautifully tied flies posted by Son Tao. After seeing a friend from Indianapolis post that he was fishing with Tao, I was surprised to learn he was here in Indiana. I contacted him and below you can read a little about him. He has also been touched by Project Healing Waters, which is a fantastic organization that help vets. In a very short time, you can see by the photos, that Son has skills! Check out his work below!

From Son Tao:
“I’m 44 years old and currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I grew up in Pennsylvania but have bounced around for the past 16 years since I am active duty Army. My current rank is Master Sergeant.

I’ve been tying for 14 months now. I was first introduced to tying by a Korean War vet as a way to deal with post traumatic stress. I’ve been deployed 5 times and have seen some unimaginable horrors around the world. After dealing with numerous surgeries and the horrors of war, I was in a dark place. Fly tying provided me with an avenue to escape those memories. It relaxes my mind and focuses my attention in a positive way.

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoy tying classic patterns. I’m a history nerd and find the story behind Flies as interesting as fly fishing itself. So when I got started, I naturally was drawn to Catskill style dry flies.”

Stimulator with Elk wing

Fan Wing Ginger Quill

Lady Benson

Foam Back Humpy

Size 20 Griffith Gnats


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The Green Drake – Bob Jacklin

Bob Jacklin ties The Green Drake and he is always full of information. So listen to Bob and watch one of the masters.

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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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Filed under Deer Hair, Dry Fly, Foam, Hoppers, Intruders, nymphs, Poppers, Saltwater, Streamers

Micro Skagit Commando Floating Tips – OPST

From OPST:
NEW!!!! Our Tapered Micro Skagit Floating Tips are here just in time for Trout season! Our tips are constructed from PVC and have a core strength of 25# Test. Welded loops on both ends allows for a quick loop to loop tip exchange.

Micro Skagit Tapered Floating Tips allow for a delicate presentation, while not sacrificing the power and cast-ability of our OPST Commando Skagit Heads. Available in 5′, 7.5′ and 10′ lengths to accommodate rods 6′ to 11′.
Find them at your local fly shop or at:!/Commando-Floating-Tip/p/82846575/category=7107639

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Vlog 4 – Flood Devastation

Brian Wise covers the flood devastation in the Ozarks.

The April 29, 2017 Flood will be forever marked in the record books. Here is how YOU can help:
Find “Friends of the North Fork of the White River on Facebook

Special thanks for Aerial Ozarks for help on the aerial footage, find their channel here:

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Red Fox Squirrel Nymph

Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited proudly brings to you our Fly Tying Video Series. In this episode Chris Johnson, owner of Living Waters in Round Rock, Texas, ties one of the staple patterns found on the Guadalupe RIver, the Red Fox Squirrel Nymph.

Materials list:
Hook – Gamakatsu B10s Size 10
Bead – 7/64” Gold Cyclops Bead – EYC3250
Thread – Ultra Thread – 70 Denier – Rusty Brown
Hair – Red Fox Squirrel Tail – Micro / Nymph Size
Legs – Grizzly Pumpkin Rubber Legs
Ribbing – Small Oval Gold French Tinsel
Dubbing – Dave Whitlock – Red Squirrel Nymph Abdomen
Hackle – Whiting Brahma Hen Soft Hackle

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No Back 40 Mine

Why the Back 40 Mine Should Be Stopped.

Toxic – uses cyanide to extract gold, produces sulfuric acid
Unsafe – 150 feet from the Menominee River, not built to withstand large floods
Harmful – endangers drinking water supply and aquatic life such as lake sturgeon
Immoral – desecrates sacred Menominee Tribe cultural sites
False economics – benefits a Canadian corporation, harms the local economy

Go to this link to find out how you can help.


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New Micro Tip Scissors from Loon Outdoors

Loon Outdoors has just released two new pairs of scissors. I’ve been using Loon Outdoors’ other scissors for quite some time now and I’m extremely happy with them. Check out information on their new Micro Tips below.

The New, Hand-Tuned Micro-Tip Scissors

It’s fly-fishing season and that means less time at the tying bench and more time on the water. Loon Outdoors wants to help you with that goal by getting you the high-quality goods you expect from them. They sharpens each pair of scissors by hand before shipping them to customers, unlike competitors, making them sharper and, therefore, more precise.

Introducing two new pairs of scissors for this fly-fishing season: The Ergo Micro Tip Arrow Point Scissors and The Ergo Micro Tip All Purpose Scissors. Available now. Please keep these in mind as you put together reviews of fly-tying products.


The go-to when perfection is the standard. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the Micro Tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. 3.5″, $17.95; available here



These 4″ scissors were sized for versatility, designed for comfort, and sharpened for precision. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the Micro Tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. $18.95; available here

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Fly Punk magazine – Issue 4

Issue 4 of Fly Punk Magazine!

After the success of our first three issues, we are pleased to announce that the fourth issue of Fly Punk magazine ( has been released. Aimed at the younger generation of fly fishers, you cannot help but be drawn into our sport by the passion each contributor has. Issue 4 leads with a feature on fly fishing in Finland and how to earn a living from fly fishing, and has stories from USA, French Polynesia, South Africa and Switzerland. We even included a few videos which we thought you may like!

Planned for publication once every other month the magazine is packed full of people who all have experiences to share. We believe these will influence the future of our sport/art (depending on your perspective). This is not your normal fly fishing magazine, we won’t show you how to do it, instead we will try to figure out and share why we all do it.

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