Applying dubbing can be tricky, but Tim Flagler share some great tips for making it easier, and for making a great-looking fly.
There are some flies that, upon first blush, make you wonder aloud as you pick through the offerings at the fly shop
Here in the West, the Green Drake is the harbinger of summer. Dependably, our largest mayfly shows up within a few days of the summer solstice, give or take a few days, and, if we happen to get some rain, this hatch can last for weeks
The legendary sulphur mayfly hatches on East Coast rivers have likely started for some attentive anglers, and the evening duns will continue to emerge for some time, with the famed bugs coming off wistful cream-colored clouds. But as any angler who has fished the sulphur hatch knows, getting the size and silhouette exactly right is vital — with so many natural bugs on the water, fooling trout with an imitation can be tough
Avoid the temptation to use one or the other — use both a brown and grizzly hackle stem for patterns that call for them
Tying a great Hare’s Ear variant, thanks to the creativity of Matt Callies of Loon Outdoors.
Watch as Tim Flagler ties the simple, yet elegant, Chuck Caddis
Tying the Shiney Hiney Caddis Pupa
Fly fishing on both coasts for striped bass wouldn’t be the same without Bob Popovic’s Surf Candy. It’s one of the best patterns anglers can use for stripers that are crushing bait in the salt, and even for fish that are migrating upriver en route to spawning water. Above, Tim Flagler ties up a new, … Read more
When I first started tying flies, I would avoid tying with bucktail altogether—it was unwieldy and my flies never seemed to come out the way I liked them. But, when I started fishing bigger water, and when I started chasing fish in saltwater, I had to get my head around tying with bucktail, and now, … Read more