Eel-Tailed Catfish

Eel-Tailed Catfish

The eel-tailed catfish, Tandanus tandanus, is a freshwater fish native to the Murray-Darling river system of eastern Australia. The scientific name for eel-tailed catfish comes from a name for the fish in an unidentified Aboriginal Australian language – Tandan, which Major Thomas Livingston Mitchell recorded on his 1832 expedition. Read More »

Skip Morris Predator

Skip Morris Predator

Designed by Skip Morris, the Morrisfoam Predator was orignally developed as a trout fly, however it is equally effective as a trout fly.

While it is an effecitve top-water bug, it best fished on on a sinking line – the line finds the bottom while the fly (on an active retrieve) hovers just above the lake bed. Read More »

Tarpon

Tarpon

Commonly referred to as Tarpon, or ox eyed herring, Megalops cyprinoides is a feisty northern sport fish species famous for their aerobatic displays when hooked. They are commonly encountered as a by-catch whilst targeting other more popular northern freshwater species, such as the barramundi but are extremely popular amongst fly anglers. Read More »

Bead Head Hastings River Mayfly

Bead Head Hastings River Mayfly

Materials

  • Hook: Size 14 2X Nymph Hook
  • Thread: Black 14/0
  • Bead: Tungsten Mottled Olive 5/64 (any dark color Ok)
  • Tail: Olive Green Dyed Pheasant Tail Fibers. (Any dark PT Ok)
  • Body: Olive Green Dyed Pheasant Tail (same)
  • Rib: Extra Small Copper Wire
  • Wings: 4 strands of Semco Fringe Shimmer White (Spotlight) or single stand of flash
  • Thorax: Reddish Brown, Olive Brown or Chocolate Brown Hares Ear (any dark OK)
  • Hackle: Black CDC Feather.
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Paul Fedeles’ Orange Bass Flopper

Paul Fedeles’ Orange Bass Flopper

This is a combination hopper, Chernobyl ant and cicada in black and orange foam. I tied it in the morning for the first time. Toss it, flop it down, let is set and water movement is enough.

Materials

  • Thread – Orange 6/0 thread for the body and red nylon stretch overlocking thread for the head.
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Shute-Hill Special

Materials

  • Thread: Red 14/0
  • Hook: Scud size 10
  • Bead: Silver 7/64
  • Lead free wire – 4 turns .015, 4 turns
  • Rib: very small silver wire
  • Tail: Brown make up brush fibers
  • Body: Natural or Olive Hair’s ear dubbing
Shute Hill Special
Shute Hill Special

Tying Steps

  1. Silver bead and four turns of the lead free wire, should fit into the bead.
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Stealth Bomber

Stealth Bomber

A foam derivative of the Turck’s Tarantula, the Stealth Bomber is a foam diver/slider designed to duplicate the Tarantula’s diving motion and the resulting bubble trail made when the fly is stripped hard.

The rear tab of foam and the air space below it captures air, which bubbles on the dive. Read More »

Whip Finishing Instructions

Whip Finishing Instructions

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  1. Hold the Whip Finish Tool in your hand trapping the ball located just above the handle between thumb and index finger. (This prevents the tool from turning.) While holding the tool in this manner, position the head of the tool on tying thread as shown in Figure 1.
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Stingray

Stingray

The estuary stingray (Hemitrygon fluviorum), also called the estuary stingray or brown stingray, is a species of stingray in the family Dasyatidae.

Endemic to eastern Australia, it typically inhabits shallow, mangrove -lined tidal rivers, estuaries, and bays in southern Queensland and New South Wales. Read More »