Spinning Deer Hair

Spinning Deer Hair

Properly spinning and shave-shaping deer hair is one of the most challenging in fly tying, but the fish attracting successes of patterns utilising it make it an imperative to learn “how”. Patterns using the spun deer hair technique are generally large and also fairly involved, which tends to intimidate many tyers. The are numerous instructional… Continue Reading Spinning Deer Hair

Muddlers Made Easy

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The basic shape of the Muddler Minnow can be adapted to create patterns of any colours and made of any materials.

Most tying problems stem from two things:
Failure to properly plan the fly, and not knowing how to work with deer hair. Both of these are easy to remedy.

Don’t let the prospect of tying these simple, effective flies turn you into a head case.

THE ORIGINAL Muddler Minnow was actually a very simple affair. Minnesota angler Don Gapen invented the pattern back in the 1930s to tempt the big brookies of Ontario’s Nipigon River, and it has been undergoing constant tweaking, revisions, and reinventions ever since.

Tying good Muddler Minnows is not difficult. If you treat the Muddler as two flies on a single hook, with the back end being a streamer and the front end being nothing more than two or three dumps of stacked deer hair, you’ll find the Muddler and its variants no more difficult than any other fly.

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Dumbbell Eyes Test

Dumbbell Eyes Test

This video tests the location of dumbbell eyes tied on flies. I test under and over the hook shank with several conditions including a water test. This video might help beginning fly tiers understand the effect dumbbell eyes have on a fly depending on tie in location.

Lefty Kreh & Bob Clouser Demonstrate Whip Finishing

Lefty Kreh & Bob Clouser Demonstrate Whip Finishing

This segment is from the DVD 50 Years Behind the Vise – the best introduction to fly tying techniques ever produced. It features world famous fly fishermen Lefty Kreh & Bob Clouser, who have over 60 years combined experience tying flies for fresh and salt water fishing. These techniques can be used to tie flies… Continue Reading Lefty Kreh & Bob Clouser Demonstrate Whip Finishing

Hand Whip Finishing

Hand Whip Finishing

The Hand Whip Finish is a great technique to master. Once you master the Hand Whip Finish, you will have a deep understanding of how the whip finish knot works. The Hand Whip Finish allows you to quickly finish off a fly, without the aid of the Whip finisher Tool. Most commercial and professional… Continue Reading Hand Whip Finishing

Counter Wrapping

Counter Wrapping

Counter Wrapping is a fly tying technique used to lock down delicate materials and accentuate a ribbing material. Counter Wrapping is most often done with a fine wire or small tinsel. The Counter Wrapping technique is used on Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs and Woolly Buggers, just to name a few. Counter Wrapping looks like an… Continue Reading Counter Wrapping

Adding Dumbbell Eyes

Adding Dumbbell Eyes

Adding Fly Tying Lead Eyes to a streamer and saltwater fly pattern is a common technique used in fly tying. Lead eyes can often be frustrating for many new fly tiers. Dumbbell style Lead Eyes like to roll and move, even after the fly has been finished. Lead eyes are also hard to apply straight,… Continue Reading Adding Dumbbell Eyes