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Threading a bobbin
Published: 2014-10-12
This past week
Considering how simple the goal is: to get the thread through the tube of a bobbin holder, there's a surprising number of ways to do it.
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Bobbin holders
Published: 2014-09-19
This past month
Most people use a bobbin holder when they tie flies. In spite of being a simple tool there are some pretty advanced models out there. 
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Don't tie flies
Published: 2014-08-10
A couple of months ago
This is in reality a declaration of love to the art and craft of tying fishing flies with lots of tips for the beginning fly-tyer.
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Fly Tying Thread Blues
Published: 2014-06-13
4 months ago
The old aught system for tying threads (6/0, 8/0, 10/0) isn't really good. So the newer Denier system is much better, right? No, not really!
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Mouse flies
Published: 2014-05-08
5 months ago
Somewhat an oxymoron - a fly that's a mammal - but still a fun fly to tie, and not least to fish when the large fish are tuned in on a mouse menu.
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Wet Flies
Published: 2014-04-28
6 months ago
Wet flies are once again very popular, but most we see are tied for presentation and not so much for fishing. Bob Petti enjoys tying wet flies and tries to style his after the fishing flies that are popular in the UK using colors and materials that work well in the water.
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Preserving Feathers
Published: 2014-04-03
7 months ago
A simple method of preserving bird skins from birds like ducks. If you hunt or know hunters, there's a rich supply of materials, almost for free
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Wanna tie a big fly?
Published: 2013-12-16
A year ago
This is not an article about a pattern called The Big Fly, but some general advice on tying big flies, running through several methods of growing your flies into something that can lure a large predator.
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DIY stick-on eyes
Published: 2013-12-06
A year ago
Make your own large eyes for pike and saltwater flies using inexpensive materials and a little time. Some adhesive marker dots, a handful of waterproof pens and some LCR and you can start your own stick-on eye factory.
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Silver Tip Fly Company
Published: 2013-11-08
A year ago
Canadian Silver Tip Fly Company makes printed fly-tying materials with a high degree of realism and can supply wings, shells and much more, ready to tie with. We asked some questions.
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Rubber band tool
Published: 2013-10-24
A year ago
A super simple and inexpensive home made tool to hold hackle and other materials while tying.
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Easy Shrimp Eyes
Published: 2013-10-19
A year ago
The fly-tying market is brimming with prefabricated materials, and Danish Easy Shrimp Eyes is one of the companies who are making them. We have talked to the guys behind the products.
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Catskill Tube Flies
Published: 2013-08-05
A couple of years ago
The cradle of American fly-fishing in the Catskills and tube flies isn't something normally connected, but fly-tyer Richard Katzman ties tube flies to be fished in these hallowed waters.
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Buying marabou
Published: 2013-07-01
A couple of years ago
In nature the marabou is a stork. In fly tying it's a very versatile and popular type of feathers from other birds than the marabou.
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Gapen's Muddler Minnow
Published: 2013-06-21
A couple of years ago
This is an article about Don Gapen's original Muddler Minnow - a fly that is tied in countless versions and has inspired thousands of patterns, but only few that resemble the original
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Jock Scott
Published: 2013-05-22
A couple of years ago
Some might consider it a bit mad or even crazy, but when Danish Niels Have ties full dressed, classic Jock Scott salmon flies, he ties them by the dozen... and then he fishes with them!
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Buying soft hackle
Published: 2013-05-07
A couple of years ago
The soft hackle is supposed to be - as the name implies - soft. Soft hackle can come from many birds. Chickens, gamebirds like partridge, grouse and quail, pheasant and even crows and jackdaws.
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Buying Dry Fly Hackle
Published: 2013-04-22
A couple of years ago
Learn what to look for when buying feathers for dry fly hackle. How to choose the right saddles or necks and get the most and the best feathers for your purpose.
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Buying Deer Hair
Published: 2013-04-17
A couple of years ago
In this chapter of our series we look at what to look for when buying deer hair for fly tying. Get the right material whether you are going to use it for caddis wings or for spinning bass bugs.
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Buying Bucktail
Published: 2013-04-13
A couple of years ago
What to look for when buying bucktail, a cheap and easily accessible and very useful fly tying material. Learn how to get the best quality for streamers, saltwater patterns and pike flies.
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What to look for when byuing...
Published: 2013-04-12
A couple of years ago
This article will give some tips on buying tying materials, and go through different groups of common materials like hackle, bucktail, skins and other fly-tying supplies.
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My first flies
Published: 2013-03-19
A couple of years ago
I honestly don't remember exactly how many years ago I started tying flies, but a rough calculation says about 30 years. A lot has happened since then - luckily!
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Duck's extended body
Published: 2013-03-15
A couple of years ago
Roger Duckworth shows an innovative and extremely easy technique to make durable extended bodies for mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies, and he shows a way of hackling the dry flies so that the hackle is under the body but above the hook so that it supports the fly more like the natural.
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The tube fly needle
Published: 2013-01-01
A couple of years ago
If you are embarking on the tube fly tying journey and don't have the tools, don't despair. A simple and inexpensive tapered needle is all you need - or maybe a couple.
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New tube materials
Published: 2012-11-28
A couple of years ago
It's been some years since The Global FlyFisher's huge article series on tube flies started, and a lot of things have happened in the tube materials market. We try to catch up.
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Christmas gifts
Published: 2012-11-25
A couple of years ago
We haven't ever done any of these traditional Christmas articles before. Lists of stocking stuffers are very common everywhere, but this is the first ever on GFF. We have spotted 24 new and classic Christmas gifts for the angler, fly-tyer or just outdoors person.
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Fleye Foils
Published: 2012-10-08
A couple of years ago
These new fish shaped foils from Bob Popovics are really great for making baitfish imitations. They come in several shapes and many sizes, and stick on the side of your flies, ready to be covered with resin.
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A very versatile material
Published: 2012-09-30
More than 2 years ago
Golden Pheasant must be one of the most versatile fly-tying materials you can get your hands on. The wealth of different feathers on one skin is simply overwhelming. And the skin is inexpensive too.
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Steaming your materials
Published: 2012-09-25
More than 2 years ago
Steaming materials has a fantastic effect! Feathers, fur, hair deserves some steam. You will be amazed what a little vaporized water can do.
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Flats in the cold
Published: 2012-09-09
More than 2 years ago
Flatwings - "the new black" in Denmark and Sweden. Are they really that good. Not too big for casting? For the trout? Will they twist? Are they better than other sand eel imitations? Are they better suited for pike? Kill your skepticism and take a
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Washing your materials
Published: 2012-09-03
More than 2 years ago
If you never tried washing a newly bought saddle, neck or bucktail, it's about time you try! Proper treatment can transform the useless to useful and the mediocre to sublime.
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Zonker patterns
Published: 2012-08-19
More than 2 years ago
This article features a handful of zonker patterns, which we cover in connection with our thorough theme on tying zonker flies and cutting or buying zonker strips.
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Cutting and buying zonker strips
Published: 2012-08-14
More than 2 years ago
Here's a description of how to cut zonker strips yourself and some advice on getting the best store bought material - both as strips and whole skins.
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Zonker tying
Published: 2012-08-10
More than 2 years ago
Zonkers are great looking flies with a lot of volume and motion, and the zonker style lends itself well to many types of small fish and worm imitations.
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Squirrel Zonker
Published: 2012-08-06
More than 2 years ago
This is an update to one of the first patterns ever featured on the Global FlyFisher. The old article about this fly is from 1996, and has been in the site with its scanned B/W picture since then.
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Hospitalized kids need your flies!
Published: 2012-07-21
More than 2 years ago
It might sound crazy, but you can actually help hospitalized kids by tying flies for them! Tie flies in support for this science project for kids.
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Jack Plotts' Foam flies
Published: 2012-06-21
More than 2 years ago
These foam flies were sent to us 10 years ago, and this article has been long underway... High time we did something about it! Digging into the digital archives we found 
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Veevus Q&A
Published: 2012-06-18
More than 2 years ago
The Danish company Veevus has surprised the fly-tying market with its strong and thin tying thread. We have contacted Emir Ceric, the man behind the project, and asked a few questions about the thread, the market and the future.
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Light Curing Resins
Published: 2012-05-10
More than 2 years ago
If you're still messing around with two-component epoxy, it's about time to lift your head from the vice and discover the new Light Curing Resins, LCR's.
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Danish tube fly inspiration
Published: 2012-05-07
More than 2 years ago
Here are some general tips on composing a Scandinavian style salmon tube fly - and a bunch of flies to inspire. Learn some basic methods and you can experiment wildly and still get some beautiful flies.
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Shrimp anatomy for the fly tyer
Published: 2012-05-01
More than 2 years ago
Having seen, tied and fished shrimp flies for many years, Martin feels a need to do a little lecture on the real appearance of shrimp, especially targeted at fly tyers.
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Seatrout flies for 2012
Published: 2012-04-18
More than 2 years ago
The seatrout season will soon be upon us here in northern Europe, and Martin thought he'd expand his horizon a bit and add some new seatrout patterns to his flybox before the 2012 season.
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Upgrading the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear
Published: 2012-04-03
More than 3 years ago
It might seem futile to try to improve one of the world's most proven patterns, but there's room for improvement. Trevor Morgan gives some classics an overhaul.
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Favorite Flies for Baltic Seatrout
Published: 2012-03-05
More than 3 years ago
In this new book Martin has tried to cover his favorite fly patterns, and has included 29 of the flies that he and his best fishing friends use 90% of the time when they fish for Danish coastal seatrout.
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How to submit a pattern to GFF
Published: 2012-02-09
More than 3 years ago
Occasionally visitors ask whether they can contribute a fly pattern to this site, and the answer is a clear and loud YES!
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Martin's Mundane
Fly Project

Published: 2012-02-09
More than 3 years ago
This is the Mundane Fly Manifesto: Few and cheap materials, easy to find in the shops. Simple tying methods. Mundane flies. The whole idea is to make it simple and efficient to tie flies that work. 
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Oatman's Silver Darter
Published: 2012-01-30
More than 3 years ago
Someone asked me how to create the "slightly tapered" body on an Oatman Silver Darter and it was pretty difficult to describe in words, so I tied up a sample and took some photos along the way. Here for your enjoyment is a Lew Oatman favorite, the Silver Darter
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The Killer Mantis
Published: 2012-01-23
More than 3 years ago
Who else than epoxy wizard (and madman) Bob Kenly would take on tying... eh, building... eh, constructing a Mantis Shrimp as a fly? Follow the project this article where you can read Bob's story about the fly and see pictures of the process and the finished fly.
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Everyday Fly Tying Tips
Published: 2012-01-10
More than 3 years ago
I am as likely to sit down and tie six different flies as I am to tie six of the same pattern. Speed is not a concern, but I don't want to waste my time either. There are things I can do to make my life easier which may be different from a professional production tyer.
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Major Traherne's flies
Published: 2011-09-18
More than 3 years ago
Back in 2000 the Danish Fly tier, Kim Rasmussen compiled all Major John Popkin Traherne's beautiful salmon fly dressings into one poster, and now, more than 10 years later The Global FlyFisher can show all these beautiful flies.
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Tying with CDC
Published: 2011-09-09
More than 3 years ago
Dutch Hans Weilenmann tells the history of the use of CDC feathers in fly tying, covers the different types of feathers and their use and lists both CDC tying tips and a bunch of CDC patterns.
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The CDC & Elk family
Published: 2011-08-04
More than 3 years ago
Hans Weilenmann's CDC & Elk is a fly as good as they come. Still a lot of people - including Hans himself and the author - have made variations. This article covers a whole bunch of CDC & Elk variations.
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DIY brushes and combs
Published: 2011-07-17
More than 3 years ago
These are some of the least expensive and most useful fly tying tools you can make yourself. A Velcro stick, a brush and a comb made from strips of Velcro, pieces of wood, hair combs and even ice lolly sticks!
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The Bloody Zonker
Published: 2011-06-26
More than 3 years ago
This fly is a bright and tasty looking bite of feathers and fur that can sometimes be the key to luring a big trout. It's a variation of a variation of the Bloody Butcher.
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Unsinkable flies
Published: 2010-11-30
More than 4 years ago
David Cowardin's concept for preventing flies from sinking is slightly different - as are his flies. They are different creatures! Most anglers can put a name on them, but the way they are tied... or more like built. Different is not quite enough to say that these are not like your average dry fly.
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Phloating Eyez
Published: 2010-10-29
More than 4 years ago
Eyes as large as tea cups on your flies? And still lightweight and not smashed down by loads of goo on the head? Yes, it's possible! Follow Pete Gray's instructions and your squids and baitfish will be gazing with larger eyes than ever before!
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The Welded Phly
Published: 2010-10-26
More than 4 years ago
Remember the line from "The Graduate"? "PLASTICS!" The hook was dressed with thread and body braid... fine makings for a proper foundation were in place... Temperamental pheatherz were spot welded in place without complaint nor defiance...
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Coloring Raw Tubes
Published: 2010-10-23
More than 4 years ago
"See what you can do with these" said Stuart Anderson, who owns the Canadian Tube Fly Company to Bob Kenly who often goes berserk with tubes and epoxy. And that's exactly what Bob did. He started painting the raw tubes.
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Great Lakes Irish Invaders
Published: 2010-10-23
More than 4 years ago
Bob Kenly takes a turn with some tubes from the Canadian Tube Fly Company and converts a traditional Irish fly into something... let's just say not as traditional. So Chris's Irish Shrimp turned into Great Lakes Orange, a steelhead pattern tied on a tube.
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Kern's Perfect Leo Shrimp
Published: 2010-07-08
More than 4 years ago
A realistic, perfect swimming shrimp imitation for both hot and cold water and a big variety of species. The fly has many neat details and is a great upgrade from those quickly tied flies. It makes your fly box look great and keeps you away from the TV.
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Colored Mono Eyes
Published: 2010-07-01
More than 4 years ago
Five pairs of mono eyes dipped in epoxy for just around 5,50€ or 7$. It sounds like a good business opportunity, but as a consumer it just pushes you to make your eyes your self. On a trip to Fyn this spring two Danes and an American-wanna-be-German made their own.
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Dubbing Techniques
Published: 2010-04-16
More than 5 years ago
Without a doubt, dubbing tools and techniques are one of the things most likely to confuse fly tyers. With an explosion of new tools, comes an obvious question, how do you use all this stuff and why should I buy yet one more tool?
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Classics
Published: 2009-03-01
More than 6 years ago
Tying flies not meant for fishing sounds odd to some but dragging others into the world of advanced techniques. Anders Ovesen takes us into his cave of threads and feathers and reveals some puzzles needed to tie da old school style. Hang on to this detailed description and fly to the 
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Whipfinish video
Published: 2009-01-29
More than 6 years ago
This short video shows you how to whip finish with your fingers rather than using a tool. It's quite easy, looks cool and saves you trying to localize that whipfinisher on your messy tying table - that is if you are like the rest of us...
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G-String Eyes
Published: 2009-01-11
More than 6 years ago
If you play guitar and tie flies...you are wasting some valuable tying material every time you change your strings. Old guitar strings have something to make flies land softly on the water and jig just enough to tease fish into striking. Learn from GFF partner Steve Schweitzer what to keep from old strings and how to tie
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Good, Bad, and Ugly
Published: 2007-11-20
More than 7 years ago
Having wrapped my share of thread over the years, I thought it was time to revisit a long held interest of mine - traditional salmon flies. My first attempt years ago was pretty disappointing, and I was hoping my skills had evolved enough for me to take that next step and produce a better result.
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The Ugliest Flies
Published: 2007-11-16
More than 7 years ago
Martin has just received the ugliest flies he has ever seen in his life. And no, don't worry they weren't from a potential GFF contributor or a well meaning friend, but commercially tied. They just confirmed what he has always said: home tied flies are best.
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A Mad Epoxy Tier
Published: 2007-09-05
More than 7 years ago
Bob Kenly is reknowned for his radically different epoxy tube flies. This article recaps his experience with epoxy - and adds advice on coloring epoxy. If you want some truths about epoxy - and want to witness the death of a couple of myths 
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Styles and Patterns
Published: 2007-08-22
More than 7 years ago
Tube flies - like most other fly types - come in as many shapes and styles as you can imagine. This article merely scratches the surface in an attempt to list some of them. I also touches upon a few aspects of tying one tubes.
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Tube Tying Techniques
Published: 2007-08-20
More than 7 years ago
Have tube, will tie... but how to go about it? How do you actually manage to tie on a tube? Well, it's much like tying on a hook, just different. Learn to tie on plastic, metal, bottles, compound and rear tubes.
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Tube Tools
Published: 2007-08-20
More than 7 years ago
More information on tube tools than you ever thought you needed - from the lowly sowing needle to the full-blown several-hundred-dollar vise, and a lot inbetween. This article teaches you essential knowledge about how to hold a tube - any tube - while tying on it.
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Tube Ressources
Published: 2007-08-20
More than 7 years ago
Want to venture further into the world of tube flies? This list of material suppliers, tools, vises, DVD's, books and much more will give you links to many more hours of entertaining reading and viewing.
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Tube Styles
Published: 2007-08-18
More than 7 years ago
If you think that a tube for a tube fly is a cylindrical piece of plastic, then you are in for a surprise. This article will present more tube styles than most fly tyers ever imagined, and probably teach even seasoned tubers a thing or two.
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Tube Basics
Published: 2007-08-16
More than 7 years ago
This is the first article in the GFF Tube Fly Theme: An introduction to the concept of tube flies and some arguments for using tubes rather than hooks. The article will give you a basic knowledge about tube flies and prepare you for the rest of the theme.
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Tube Fly Turmoil
Published: 2007-08-16
More than 7 years ago
Tube flies are flies tied on a tube rather than a hook. But putting it that simple is almost a crime, because tubes have evolved dramatically over the last few years, and bottles, rear tubes, Shomakov tubes, FITS tubes and all sorts of new systems have seen the light of day.
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Tie a muddler
Published: 2007-07-14
More than 7 years ago
Martin Joergensen: "One evening when I was tying flies with a couple of friends, one of them, Nils, asked me to tie a muddler, just as a demo. I did. Luckily the other friend, Henning, was quick and caught these great pictures of the process."
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HiVis CDC Midge
Published: 2007-05-01
More than 7 years ago
A high-visibility orange post and CDC makes this small dry perfect for your 7X tippet. Easy to tie, easy to follow on the water and a perfect choice when the fish are picky. Darryl Lampert from South Africa shows us one of his effective patterns.
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Wiggle Jig Worm
Published: 2007-03-24
More than 8 years ago
Maybe you found the previously published tandem rag worm too tandemnised and would be better off with a one-hook-only fly.Then The Wiggling Jigging Worm shown in this article is a good alternative.
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The Real Rag Worm
Published: 2007-03-21
More than 8 years ago
Every year in March and April the rag worms emerge from the bottom to secure the next generation. They swim freely in the water, wiggling from one side to the other. Sea gulls feed on the from above and many fish species seem to focus on them from beneath.
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Eyes of Epoxy
Published: 2006-12-09
More than 8 years ago
Tired of buying eyes, that make your shrimps look great? They are expensive and yet it is hard to find the color you want or the right size. It is not complicated and a good pursuit during winter time. Make your own in all sizes and colors you want.
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Honey Shrimp
Published: 2006-12-09
More than 8 years ago
There are thousands of shrimp patterns in the world, made from the same template. This pattern is a time consumer, but it makes it more interesting tying shrimp flies. The eyes, proportions and legs gives this pattern some kind of magic.
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Hen Hackle
Published: 2006-10-23
More than 8 years ago
Awhile back, I received a shipment of hen necks and saddles from Whiting Farms. The saddles struck me with their intense colors and solid web, then necks with their stem length and shortish barbs. These feathers were perfect for the wet flies I was working on.
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Wasp Year
Published: 2006-08-22
More than 8 years ago
It has been a hot and dry summer in Scandinavia. Wasps have been a plague in many areas. They have been in every apple, every drink and every house. Some of them may have crossed a stream or river, winding up on the surface before continueing the rush. Some of them never left again.
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Wingless Wets
Published: 2006-05-28
More than 8 years ago
On a shelf in the shop was a little book that was propped open. It was Leisenring and Hidy's The Art of Tying The Wet-Fly and Fishing The Flymph. Inside, I found a treasure of patterns and some fishing instructions and I suddenly switched gears and began fishing these great little flies.
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Tool turning
Published: 2006-05-16
More than 8 years ago
Dutch Henk Verhaar finds that producing his own tools is just as satisfying as tying flies or building rods. Follow his small course in woodturning here and learn to turn hair stackers, bodkins and other beautiful tools in exotic woods
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Czech Nymphing
Published: 2006-04-05
More than 9 years ago
The principle of nymph-fishing with Czech nymph is short-distance fishing, practically under the tip of the rod. The flyline is hanging under the tip of the rod and its end often does not even touch the water level.
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Material shopping
Published: 2006-03-15
More than 9 years ago
Another podcast featuring GFF partner Martin Joergensen, this time pondering about the absurd prices of some fly tying materials - particularly synthetics, which can often be found on doll's heads, in craft stores and other places at a lot less than in your local flyshop.
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Dogma framing
Published: 2006-03-12
More than 9 years ago
Framed flies can be pieces of art - both the flies and the framing. But creating your own framed flies is not that difficult. Follow these instructions and frame your first fly with few tools and few demands on routine and skill. You can develop it into art later.
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Angel Body
Published: 2006-03-08
More than 9 years ago
Shiny tubing materials are widely used as body material on streamers. So is ordinary tinsel. Here is a new way of making glittering, but more volumnious, pulsating and living bodies for your streamers using Angel Hair or a similar material.
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My Eyes!!
Published: 2006-03-04
More than 9 years ago
Painting eyes on streamers is nothing new, but as with any other tying procedure, there are some tricks that can help, and some pitfalls that should be avoided. This article shows you how to do it on-the-cheap with readily available materials.
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The Cautery
Published: 2006-02-21
More than 9 years ago
Martin Joergensen writes: "I always wanted one of these tools. I have seen them used at fly tying shows and by a few tyers elsewhere, and found the tool to be an excellent companion for the lazy and sloppy fly tyer. Just my kind of tool!"
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PeeMew Midge
Published: 2006-02-18
More than 9 years ago
In the vise, this pattern may not look exciting, but when wet, this fly takes on a whole new personality! It's a simple pattern for complex trout. Be sure to read Steve's "Tips for the Curious Fly Tier" which explains how this pattern came about and
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OEDDS
Published: 2006-02-16
More than 9 years ago
How many of your flies work both in salt and fresh water? How many of these actually look like something real? The Deep Diving Shrimp is such a fly. Oliver Edward's allround Gammarus imitation works equally well everywhere you find this very widespread animal.
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Surf Candy
Published: 2006-02-12
More than 9 years ago
Experimenting with epoxy might glue you to the tying bench for hours, days, weeks. You can make highly durable, translucent baitfish imitations using synthetics and epoxy. Some years ago Bob Popovic's book "Pop Fleyes" introduced Kasper Mühlbach to the Surf Candy.
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Flexible bench
Published: 2006-02-07
More than 9 years ago
German Jan-Ole Willers wanted to be able to clear his vice, tools and materials off the dining table for such unimportant events as lunch and dinner. That made him think out and build his own inexpensive portable fly tying bench. You can do the same.
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Tying Station
Published: 2006-02-07
More than 9 years ago
A tying station is a small, mobile board where you can set up your vise and your tools, making it quick and easy to move your favorite tying spot around: from the dinner table to the TV to the office to... the bed? This article gives you some ideas on how to make one.
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The Tabou Caddis Emerger
Published: 2006-02-06
More than 9 years ago
Made with only two materials, this highly effective caddis emerger pattern will take only minutes to tie and allow you to load up your fly box with Global Fly Fisher's hottest new pattern.
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The Junior Mysis
Published: 2006-01-29
More than 9 years ago
A fly tied for sea trout in the Baltic area. It proved to be efficient in other places too. Translucent and yet colored. Tie it in olive, rusty or tan and you can imitate any camouflaged mysis - and it will stand out from the crowd. Can be tied by seniors too...
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Fill-the-box
Published: 2005-12-14
More than 9 years ago
"I have severely neglected my day-to-day flybox for more than a year" writes GFF partner Martin Joergensen. Now he sets out to fill a box with hundreds of sea trout flies in preparation for the coming spring. He envisions rows of uniform and neatly arranged flies.
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Hairwings & Tubes
Published: 2005-11-26
More than 9 years ago
With this book "Hairwing & Tube Flies for Salmon" Chris Mann has worked his way through yet another pile of flies sent to him from all over the world. And Chris Mann has done it again and provided us pattern-hungry fly tiers with a wealth of new patterns to inspire us.
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Spey & Dee
Published: 2005-11-25
More than 9 years ago
GFF partner Martin Joergensen writes: "...the often lightly dressed Dee and Spey flies with their long and swung back hackles and low riding wings are just soooo fishy!". That's why he finds John Shewey's book "Spey Flies and Dee Flies - Their History & Construction" interesting.
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How simple can it get?
Published: 2005-05-30
More than 9 years ago
Tying instructions? Materials list?! You must be kidding me! The list is close to being an insult and it is almost ridiculous to tell you how to create this fly in more than a sentence. This little saltwater fly is soooo simple.
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DIY Epoxy Rotor
Published: 2005-03-17
More than 10 years ago
If you tie a lot of epoxy flies and have been glancing in the direction of the nice but expensive epoxy rotors in the local flyshop, you may want to consider building your own out of some scraps and a disco mirror ball motor.
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Innovative Saltwater Flies
Published: 2004-11-15
More than 10 years ago
US based master fly tyer Bob Veverka has gathered together a whole bunch of very creative fly tyers to create a book that will appeal to all fly tyers, not just those who want to chase salty fish.
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New Stuff
Published: 2004-09-20
More than 10 years ago
It all started when I had to toss my bottle of Pharamcist's Formula in the trash. Scanning the net for a suitable replacement, I found a husband and wife team that are producing a bunch of interesting products for fly fishers and tyers.
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Spotless fly
Published: 2004-08-09
More than 10 years ago
The two spots in the name of this fly comes from the bait, which it is supposed to imitate: the twospotted goby. Gobies - which are much like sculpins - are an extremely common kind of fish in the shallow parts of all bodies of water - fresh and salt, still and running.
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Tour de France
Published: 2004-07-25
More than 10 years ago
GFF partner Martin Joergensen has let one of his favorite sports events, the bicycling race Tour de France, inspire a way of tying flies. He argues why tying many identical flies can be a good thing - and can be better than tying many different flies.
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Tying Emergers
Published: 2004-06-14
More than 10 years ago
Three hundred and forty four pages of emergers in this new title by Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson. GFF partner Bob Petti concludes that if you have an interest in emergers, get a copy of this book. Leeson and Schollmeyer have done it again, as he writes.
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C&F tube body tool
Published: 2003-08-15
More than 11 years ago
The C&F extended tube body tool is more than two darning needles in a fancy holder. If you - like Dutch Henk Verhaar - like doing it yourself, this might be worth looking into. The flies tied with extended bodies can become very realistic and still be simple to tie.
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Better-Winged Olives
Published: 2003-04-11
More than 12 years ago
A recent tying binge left me with a few thoughts on how to tie a quicker and better blue-winged olive mayfly. The ideas aren't necessarily new, but they certainly are worth sharing.
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Baby Buggers
Published: 2003-04-07
More than 12 years ago
Wooly buggers are one of the all time most effective fish catching flies. However, if you think you need heavy tackle and lots of lead to get them to work - think again. Peter Frailey tells about his "Baby Buggers", and how well they cast and fish.
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Real Enough!
Published: 2003-01-16
More than 12 years ago
A bunch of quite realistic flies by a bunch of well known and unknown international tiers. These fantastic flies are not super realistic imitations, but they certainly look real and convincing enough to fool both men and fish!
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Comparadone!
Published: 2002-11-09
More than 12 years ago
Comparaduns are one of the most versatile mayfly patterns in existence representing a low-riding mayfly to near perfection. However, many tiers shy this simple pattern due to the perceived complexity of tying the deer hair wings. Learn to master the technique with GFF partner Steve Schweitzer.
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The Locofoam Story
Published: 2002-10-25
More than 12 years ago
Harrison Steeve's story about a brand new foam material for terrestrials and many other flies. "You guys are crazy to spend so much time messing around with that loco foam." Needless to say the name stuck. Read the whole story here.
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Wash-n-Dry Dubbing
Published: 2002-10-24
More than 12 years ago
Make your dry fly dubbing in bulk quantities while washing your clothes! It's that easy! Harvest the fibers that come from you tumble dryer and prepare it for fly tying. Read the whole story by Steve Schweitzer here.
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Hot melt glue
Published: 2002-10-20
More than 12 years ago
Epoxy is out! Hotmelt glue is in! When it comes to tying eggs and MOE blanks, this stuff is the new hot way to do it! Let our own Mad Scientist teach you more...
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Brush eyes
Published: 2002-10-18
More than 12 years ago
Shrimp patterns are always fun to tie. These salt water imitatoins are easy to do and fish well. Martin Joergensen has once again pursued the art of imitating these salt water arthopods - this time utilizing his family's hair brushes! Read the story and find the patterns here.
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Jungle Cock Repair
Published: 2002-10-18
More than 12 years ago
Prime Jungle Cock necks are rare to come by. Learn how 'upgrade' fishing quality JC necks in this article.
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Hoppers with Foam
Published: 2002-09-20
More than 12 years ago
I'll warn you now; the hopper is my favorite pattern. It's big, I can see it, it's fun to cast and present it with a plop, I have fun tying them and the fish just adore the big, juicy, summer delight. It's perfect for my less-than-perfect casting habits. The pattern presented in this article is non-typical in my cache of fly patterns, however. This one uses a glued-on, pre-shaped foam body. Hence, the thesis of this article.
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Waddington shanks
Published: 2002-09-14
More than 12 years ago
Classics in a classic way. These flies may look like something of today, but the concept of Wadington shanks is old as Methusalem. Danish fly tyer Niels Have has converted four classics to effective flies for early salmon and sea trout fishing. See the pictures and patterns.
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Cluster Egg Fly
Published: 2002-05-01
More than 12 years ago
As you probably know the egg was way earlier than the chicken. This article show you how to make The Cluster Egg Fly (pom-pom eggs) - a very popular type of fly for steelhead and salmon.
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A portable fly tying kit
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
In the most simplistic terms, a flytying kit must only have the tools and materials necessary to tie the flies you may use on a single trip or a single river. However, like most of us, a travelling flytying kit consumes more space than 26 high-schoolers crammed in a Volkswagen Beetle.
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Anatomy of a salmon fly
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
Although each salmon fly pattern may call for its' own proportions and components, the following diagram and table identifies the standard anatomy and proportions used in salmon fly tying.
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Flash tail
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
This simple method is also applicable for many other materials and situations. One that immediately comes to mind is the precise placement of tinsels or floss.
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Good floss work
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
I've developed a habit instilled in me by my salmonfly tying mentors. When evaluating the salmon fly dressings of others, I look at the floss work first. It is a key characteristic that determines and shows the skills of the cream of the crop.
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Hyperclomplete guide to fly tying
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
There are many intended uses for this guide, namely as reference to ensure you have a fairly complete compendium as to what you will need to get started in flytying or to use when dropping the perfect holiday gift hint. But more importantly, it is meant for the budding fly tyer, in hopes that the years of wisdom gained through trial and error from myself and my tying buddies will steer the newcomer down the right path
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Muddler mania
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
It should be no secret that I'm a great fan of muddlers. These functional, characteristic and very beautiful flies that I connect directly with my favorite kind of fishing: night fishing for sea trout in the ocean. The technique used for tying them has always fascinated me, and although I do tie a lot of them, I still have a lot to learn in respect to spinning deer hair.
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The Paraloop Way
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
I believe the highest complement one tyer can pay to another is to add the other's patterns to their own working set of flies. In that respect, I will be honoring Mr. Moutter many times this season and for years to come. Bob Petti passes along a global class score.
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Thread control
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
If you ever saw skilled tyers tie, you'll probably have noticed that many of them keep spinning the bobinholder more or less vividly every time the let go of it. If you didn't notice, try looking the next time you see a 'pro' tie.
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Tying a muddler
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
The most important step in preparation is getting the right kind of hair. Buy your hair at a reliable source. Good spinning hair patches are dense and have little underfur. The single natural hair should be dull and light at the base, slightly waved at the root, and have a short tapered tan/black tip section.
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Whip fisnish with your hands
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
Whip finishing without a tool is not at all difficult. Lots of people use and praise the whip finishing tool which comes in many variations.
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Linked flies
Published: 2001-01-17
More than 14 years ago
The flies on this page all have one thing in common: they have a linked body. Many of us strive to add life to our flies - the sense of something living. This can be done by using soft materials or adding long tails like on zonkers. These are all fine techniques that work well. But something urged me to try something different.
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Applying dubbing
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Dubbing must be said to be one of the most universal fly tying methods. Dubbing is mostly used for bodies, but will often form other parts of the fly as well. Using different materials and tighter or looser dubbing along with different techniques, can result in an amazing variety of body shapes and textures.
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Bead chain eyes
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
You will see that many of the Danish saltwater flies -- The Magnus, Bjarke and Grey Frede are prime examples -- have bead chain eyes. These eyes serve two purposes: weight and imitation. The eyes till add quite a bit of weight in the front end of the fly and the balls obviously look like eyes. Their shiny surface even adds an attractive feature that will glimpse and get the attention of the fish.
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Beads and eyes
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Beads or eyes are added for one or both of two reasons: weight and appearance. The eyes and beads discussed here are made from metal: brass, steel, lead - even tungsten. This will make them heavy and thus add weight to the fly. The weight will bring the fly down and often give it a certain behaviour - a diving or jigging motion. But it will also add to the looks of the fly, the most obvious case being eyes added to fish or fry patterns like streamers.
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Better tinsel bodies
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
How to tie a nice, even, ribbed tinsel body. Here's one way. The description assumes that you want a silver body. If you want gold, just replace 'silver' with 'gold' below.
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Blend your own dubbing
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Almost everyone has the right stuff at their tying bench to make a great batch of dubbing. But not many people know they have everything they need to make an outstanding seal�s fur dubbing substitute. This dubbing is a viable replacement for SLF, angora goat and seal�s fur, and the trick to making it is so simple it will amaze you!
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Dyeing material
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
This small section with advice on dyeing fly tying materials was made after a discussion took place on the European fly fishing mailing lis. The text was put together from input from several people of this list: Graham Ward, John Davies, Pat Orpen and myself.
Eyes from pearls
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
There are other ways than bead chain eyes to make eyes for a fly. Here are two ways: Copper thread and pearls and melted monofile.
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Hook anatomy
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Let's look at a hook, and try to put the right terms on the right parts. This picture shows a hook (note that it actually is a rare vertical eye hook, great for this purpose).
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Make your own dubbing wax
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
When I recently reached the bottom of my last tube of Overton's Wonder Wax, I decided to try making my own instead of buying one of the newer commercial dubbing waxes. Like a lot of other tyers I had made my own dubbing wax years ago, but I didn't do it with a critical frame of mind.
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Mix your own dubbing
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Making your own or improving store bought dubbing. I recommend that all dubbing be passed through a coffee or spice grinder prior to using. The grinder tends to separate and air out the fibres providing a lighter product than would be normally accomplished by just using the blend out of the bag. By David Allerton
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Monofilament eyes
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
These eyes are actually quite easy to make, but can tease a bit if you want to do them both on the same piece of monofile -- which is the neatest way to do things.
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Mustad hooks
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
"...my hats off to the folks at Mustad for having the ability and willingness to make a change." GFF partner Bob Petti has had a look at the new Mustad Signature series and parts wth a Global Class mark for the new, improved and very consistently produced hooks - with a naming convention, which is a blessing to fly tyers.
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North Country flies on blind hooks
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
More than 30 years ago I tied some of the North Country Flies on blind hooks. At that time Veniard Ltd. had them in their catalogue - but I had no silk-worm gut, so I tied them to fine monofile nylon. By Preben Torp Jacobsen
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Palmer hackling
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
A way to palmer or body hackle
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Picking hackle
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Some thoughts on hackle ...or living with less than the best By David Allerton
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Raising chickens
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
From feathers to chickens - and back again. You don't need to raise birds to get feathers, but it's both easy and fun. Here's the story about how I had chickens for eggs, meat and not least feathers
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Rotary vices
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
This section of Tie Better will deal with rotary fly tying vices. I will try to explain what a true rotary vice is, what its advatnages are and how it can be used in different steps of fly tying.
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Selecting hooks for saltwater
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Fly hooks for Scandinavian salt water fishing There are several considerations to make when choosing fly hooks for salt water fishing for sea trout. By Martin Joergensen
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The history of the gold bead
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The gold bead flies that are now so popular, actually originated in the central part of Europe - more than 100 years ago. By Roman Moser
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The Salmon Fly Proportion, Design & Layout Guide
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The first rule of salmonfly tying is preparation...gathering your materials, laying them out and sizing up the situation. If you are like me, many times you will have one material that is just a touch too short and you scramble to make it fit. But in the long run, it will never fit and the fly that you meticulously hovered over for many precious hours has that major flaw. More importantly, you'll never be happy with the finished product. If only you had pre-planned and sized up your materials ahead of time.
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Toilet ring dubbing wax
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Here's a quick and simple way to make your own dubbing wax if you don't have the patience or confidence to custom blend your own.
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Tying on hard hair wings
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
When I talk about hard hair I both mean hair that's hard - like squirrel and polar bear - and hair that's hard to tie in on the hook. We all know the problem: not only is squirrel wings hard as #"¤%&/ to place properly on top of the shank, but they also sometimes seem to fall off for nothing.
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Tying the Matuka style
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Who would have guessed that a fly tied to fish the lakes of New Zealand would have such an impact all around the world?
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Bobs Garage
Published: 2000-01-01
More than 15 years ago
There is a story behind "The Garage". Not too long ago my wife and I were renting a two story house that had a tiny little room upstairs with no closet. Since we already had a spare bedroom for family visitors, this room was quickly claimed as the "Sports Room".
George F. Grant’s Flies
Published: 2000-01-01
More than 15 years ago
George F. Grant's flies utilize some very special techniques.
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Spey Hackles
Published: 2000-01-01
More than 15 years ago
I've been fascinated with spey flies for a long time. The first I had ever seen was a Purple Spey tied by Tim Purvis, which arrived in a swap of steelhead flies a bunch of us FF@'ers exchanged several years ago. The next was an Olive Spey tied by Juro Mukai in a swap of atlantic salmon flies.
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Woodduck Flank
Published: 2000-01-01
More than 15 years ago
I have to admit a particular fondness for woodduck flank. Ever since I was given my first baggie of feathers from a duck hunting friend, I was smitten. The color - the texture - the barring of the feathers.
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Cone head flies
Published: 1999-10-10
More than 15 years ago
A few early samples of Danish fly tyer Ken Bonde Larsen's cone head flies.
Hen Hackle Demystified
Published: 1999-06-06
More than 15 years ago
Hen hackles have long been the source of confusion to many fly tyers. Whether they are looking for wings for their dry flies or hackles for their wet flies, there seems to plenty of head scratching when it comes time to purchase the appropriate feathers.
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Hook selection
Published: 1999-02-01
More than 16 years ago
Hook comparison charts are at best fickle or at worst too confusing and inaccurate to use. It is critical to remember that this chart does in no way list equivalent hooks but attempts to list hooks based on similar applications.
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Kluting
Published: 1998-06-01
More than 16 years ago
Kluting, a bottom seeking fly for pike, cod, pike perch and many other fish.
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Wet fly hackle
Published: 1998-04-20
More than 17 years ago
Learn to tie a really classical wet fly hackle.
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Visiting Partridge of Redditch
Published: 1997-09-15
More than 17 years ago
It is now more than a year ago since Mustad took over Partridge of Redditch. And I thought it might be of interest to you to have an update on the status...
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Picric acid
Published: 1997-07-21
More than 17 years ago
Dyeing with picric acid yields colors between a gorgeous olive and an electric yellow.
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Coney flies
Published: 1997-06-10
More than 17 years ago
The flies on this page are all well known patterns which have all been juiced up a bit - many with some modern materials, but all with cone heads. By Bas Verschoor
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Foam flies for panfish
Published: 1997-04-15
More than 18 years ago
I purchased a copy of Skip Morris' book on tying flys for bass and panfish and another of his books on foam flies. His books are excellent and I recommend them above all others for beginning tyers. The pictures and instructions are superb!
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Selecting deer hair
Published: 1997-02-10
More than 18 years ago
Choosing the right hair will make your deer hair flies - Comparaduns, EHC's, Muddlers, bass bugs - much easier to tie. By Chris Helm
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Cleaning fly tying material
Published: 1996-10-25
More than 18 years ago
Cleaning tying material Why bother to clean your materials? Bugs, dirt and chemicals are likely on the material By Wayne Luallen
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The anatomy of a feather
Published: 1996-08-30
More than 18 years ago
On order to be able to talk about our favourite passtime - fly tying - it's important that we use the same language. I hope to be able to clear the fog a bit in this area. By Wayne Luallen
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The nature of feather construction
Published: 1996-08-30
More than 18 years ago

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The nature of feather construction - Intro
Published: 1996-08-30
More than 18 years ago

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Hooks break
Published: 1996-06-06
More than 18 years ago
Hooks do break occasionally. It's a typical error when night fishing: you trust that everything is OK at the business end and just cast away
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Feather Definitions
Published: 1996-04-01
More than 19 years ago
Definitions - The nature of feather construction.
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Cleaning hair
Published: 1995-12-28
More than 19 years ago
A chapter in the article Hair Stacking and Other Applicable Stuff by Wayne Luallen.
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Stacking material
Published: 1995-12-28
More than 19 years ago
When stacking materials it is important to consider it as consisting of more than just one process. There are several steps involved: material selection, cleaning and preparing, selecting the right tool and performing the stacking process itself. By Wayne Luallen
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