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  • Reply to: Spring Time Chub   2 years 2 months ago

    Wow, that was a very nice video to watch. I love chasing chub with dry flies and this is a great example of the amount of fun you can have doing so. Thanks for sharing this video! Can you share which river this is? Or is that a secret?

  • Reply to: Copyright policy   2 years 3 months ago


    You are welcome to use the images as inspiration for your paintings. I see no problems in that as long as you don't blatantly copy the photos onto paintings and start selling them. Most of the flies are tied from generally available pattern descriptions anyway.

    If you would share some on the finished pictures, it would be great!


  • Reply to: Copyright policy   2 years 3 months ago

    The flies are amazingly beautiful and I would love to paint some of them if I can get permission to do so. It would be greatly appreciated.

  • Reply to: Tom's Line Winder   2 years 3 months ago

    I was looking at these pieces and being the owner of some fairly large hole saws I thought that a easy to make the pieces would be to simply use what is normally the waste from when you cut a hole and use them for the round pieces for this project. They will have the same size hole and will be perfectly round. You can then use a bolt the same size as the hole for the axle. If you use a backer board when you cut the circles you should get fairly smooth edges.

  • Reply to: Fly fishing leader material   2 years 3 months ago

    Great article! Thank you!

    When developing leaders for my custom leader company, I’ve found that Maxima Chameleon offers the stiffest nylon. This I generally use for the first two butt sections. We switch to Maxima clear for the middle taper sections. For the final taper and tipett, we’ll use a supple material.

    The above allows for great casting and line layout, depending upon the application. The diameter of the the line used can be changed as needed, also depending upon the user’s requirements for casting delicacy.

  • Reply to: Nymphing Without An Indicator   2 years 3 months ago

    One good reason not to use indicator is that... it can be forbidden!

  • Reply to: Fly fishing leader material   2 years 3 months ago

    I am a fan of Maxima and have used it to make leaders for many years but would like to add a word of caution. I use a micrometer to check diameter of every spool of material I buy and over many years, Maxima's diameters has been very inconsistent (diameter understated between .002 and .003 in heavier lb. test). Might not sound like a lot but unless you check, you're leader will be far heavier than you thought.

  • Reply to: Inexpensive materials   2 years 3 months ago


    It's quite true that the synthetics we use as fly tyers and fishermen will most likely add to the vast amount of plastic and other synthetics that litter the world - including micro plastics. I'm not quite on the wagon with tying using natural materials only, but I certainly do think about the nasty footprints we set on this planet - and anglers and as consumers.

    In fishing as well as in all other matters I try to recycle, make sure I treat waste properly and limit my use of plastics, but it's still very tempting to add some color and flash to a fly using some of the many materials shown here.


  • Reply to: Inexpensive materials   2 years 3 months ago

    Great article and there’s certainly a wide choice of inexpensive materials available today however are these same materials adding to the micro plastics problem that does pose a very real threat to fisheries and the environment?

  • Reply to: My Eyes!!   2 years 3 months ago

    Ive used different size nail heads to do this job. I set the nails into a wooden handle and ended up with a set of four in sizes I use the most.
    But I will try the dowel trick to see if I prefer it.
    thanks Bob

  • Reply to: Deer Hair Hackle Dry Fly   2 years 4 months ago

    Thank you Michael!!!... for this demonstration of ingenuity, knowledge of material propertys and wisdom. Simple and definitely Effective!

  • Reply to: A heartfelt thank you!   2 years 4 months ago


    Sure I do promote older material now and then, but there's also new material coming out. Not as much as I'd like, but certainly some.

    Published until now in January:

    Published in December 2020:

    You can see an overview over all publishing activity here:

    I'm constantly trying to add new reviews, articles, patterns, galleries, videos and such, but I'm a one man show and depend on others to contribute if I am to increase the frequency of new articles.