Fly Tying


Have Some Fun & Fly Fish for Bluegills, The Seasons, The Patterns, The Presentation

July 15, 2016
While many fly anglers start their fly-fishing endeavors by honing their skills and practicing their technique targeting panfish such as bluegills, they quickly move on in search of bigger prey. Just…

5 Strange Fly Tying Materials that Really Work

April 29, 2015
A common misconception amongst inexperienced fly tiers is that prepped materials are the only ones worthy of a place by the vice. Veteran tiers eventually learn that being creative and using unlikely…

How to Select the Perfect Scissors for Fly Tying

January 6, 2015
With many different types of scissors available to the avid fly tier, trying to pick out a quality pair is not as easy as it might sound. Different sizes, styles and lengths can all effect how…

Tarpon Tactics: Cut Bait for the Silver King

December 21, 2014
No doubt you’ve seen tarpon paired with fly fishing or bottom jigging efforts. There will certainly be times, however, based on the mood of the fish, the weather conditions, and the angler’s…

Protect Your Investment: A Guide to Winterizing Your Fly Gear

December 18, 2014
If you are not lucky enough to live in an area that has a year-round trout fishery, then winterizing your fly gear should be an annual undertaking. Thorough cleaning and storage will keep all your…

Think Thread Doesn’t Matter When Tying Flies? Learn How to Pick the Right Thread for the Job

December 10, 2014
Many fly tiers won’t skimp when it comes to purchasing fly tying materials such as hackles or dubbing for fly tying but never pay any thought to the thread they’ll be using.  Other than the hook, fly…

3 Factors You Should Consider When Buying a Fly Tying Bobbin

November 25, 2014
Over my years in fly tying, I have been lucky enough to test nearly all fly tying bobbins. There are so many different varieties and styles of bobbins on the market today, it amazes me that fly tiers…

Do You Know How to Match a Fishing Hook to the Fly You’re Tying?

November 17, 2014
Just as the broadhead is the most important item in the bowhunter’s tool kit, the hook is what gets it done for anglers. Like all tools, you need the right fly fishing hook for the job. That’s…

Flashy Streamers Worth a Try When the Water is High

October 16, 2014
This autumn, your favorite trout fishing river may be faster and higher due to heavy rains. While fly fishing and wading may be difficult, you can always try swinging streamers. Swinging a fly…

Fly Strategies for Ice Out

April 10, 2014
This is a confusing time of year for a guy like me. Our lakes are still frozen, so I'll be chasing lake trout this afternoon with my sonar unit instead of turkey hunting and fly fishing. One of my…

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth? Try the Bunny Fly to Trigger Action

April 9, 2014
In the midst of the last snow storm of the year (fingers crossed) here in Wisconsin, I couldn't help but think of the smallmouth spawn being just a month or two away. During this period, gigantic…

How to Tie & Fish Egg Flies to Catch Trout

February 15, 2014
It's hard to think of a single more productive pattern for catching trout, salmon and steelhead in winter and early spring than an egg fly. This is particularly true where strong runs of these…