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There is always room in my fly box for versatile flies—patterns that can be dead-drifted or fished on the swing are valuable assets for the fall and winter angler. Maybe no pattern incorporates the versatility that the Carey Special does. Carey Special Video of Carey [ READ MORE... ]
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If you're like me, you've resorted to buying hair-wing attractor dries like the Ausable and the Royal Coachman, or you've learned new tying techniques to avoid using hair wings at all. I tie my Royal Coachman pattern "renegade" style, using hackle tips rather than hair wings. It's faster, easier [ READ MORE... ]
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I learned the trick that Tim Flagler demonstrates in the video below a while back, and it's made my flies that incorporate rubber legs much easier to tie.  Tying in Rubber Leg Material Video of Tying in Rubber Leg Material Tying rubber legs need not be the [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY chris_hunt ON November 6 - 12 COMMENTS
Flies to die for?
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The Royal Coachman. Worth dying for? Let's have a little fun, if no other reason than to talk about those fly patterns that just never seem to let us down. Here's the question: What fly would you climb out on a limb to retrieve, even if the limb looked a little sketchy and the tumble you'd take [ READ MORE... ]
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Count me among the many who didn't think it could be done, at least not on a regular basis. I've managed to catch hard-head catfish on a fly in the Lower Laguna Madre and in the mangrove swamps near Pine Island in Florida. The former was on crystal-clear flats and I was sight-fishing to foot-long [ READ MORE... ]
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A Royal Wulff Stimulator doesn't necessarily match any hatch, but it does get the attention of trout when nothing else is on the water. Editor's note: The following excerpted from TU's book, "Trout Tips," available online for overnight delivery.  Where there are naturals on the water, make it look [ READ MORE... ]
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Matt Callies ties the Balanced Bugger and the Perdigon Variation nymph live tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Fly tying, for many fly fishers, is an economic necessity. Dropping $50 at the fly shop on tying materials can literally save you hundreds of dollars—if, that is, you factor in the time spent at the [ READ MORE... ]
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By Eric Booton It's like watching magic happen, or so it seems. Fifteen short minutes and the wood finish stripper has performed its intimidating chemical magic and one stroke of the scraper removes the shabby finish and once adored princess stickers that have previously defined this forgotten [ READ MORE... ]
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For fly tiers who like big streamers and saltwater patterns (count me in this group—the bigger the pattern, the easier to tie, in my opinion), dumbbell eyes can present a challenge, mostly because, no matter how many times we "figure-eight" the tying thread around the eyes and the hook shank, the [ READ MORE... ]
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 Being a western angler, I'm not terribly familiar with the steelhead flies used in Great Lakes tributaries. Most western steelhead patterns are purple or pink or some color variation that just looks loud and gawdy. Higher up in the steelhead drainages, like here in Idaho, it's easier to get away [ READ MORE... ]
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