Royal Stimulator TBT

Royal Stimulator TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Royal Stimulator TBT. The Royal Stimulator is a fly I tied recently for a customer and thought is would be a good candidate for a TBT post. checked Randall Kaufmann’s Tying Dry Flies (1991) to see if the fly was listed. The fly pattern at the end…

Jumbo Flies

Jumbo Flies

I’ve been tying flies for customer orders and thought I’d share a few flies I’ve been working on. A recent customer asked if I could tie some jumbo flies for his grayling fishing. I was intrigued. The image above includes a “normal” size 14 soft hackle for comparison. I’ve used two feathers on each of…

Overton Wax

Overton Wax

This week’s Throw Back Thursday post is about Overton wax. If you aren’t a fly tyer, you might be wondering why I chose this item. I attended a Zoom fly tying class last week taught by my friends Gretchen and Al Beatty. Many of the flies they demonstrate utilize touch-dubbing, which they learned from Gary…

Practice Tying Your Knots

Practice Tying Your Knots

Did you practice tying your knots this winter? No, I didn’t either. I’ve been fishing a little and tying knots as usual when I change flies. But I did have to stop and think the first time I hit the water this year. Lucky for me, my muscle memory took over and I tied a…

Green Drake Hatchmaster

Green Drake Hatchmaster

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is a Green Drake Hatchmaster. This fly pattern was developed in the 1930s. I’m fairly sure the first one didn’t imitate a Green Drake like the fly I tied above. I’ve been working on another RiverKeeper Flies instructional video for my YouTube channel and thought I’d highlight the Hatchmaster…

Tying Pheasant Tail Perdigons

Tying Pheasant Tail Perdigons

This week’s post is about tying Pheasant Tail Perdigons. In addition, I’ll offer some detailed information about hooks as well as a heads up about fly shop inventories. Let me begin with fly shop inventories.

Clark’s Stonefly

Clark’s Stonefly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Lee Clark’s Stonefly. Lee Clark developed this wing-style body dressing, which “refers to flies in which the yarn is combed and tied atop the hook shank in a downwing fashion but actually serves as the body.” Fly tying with Poly Yarn – (2000) Lee was a high school…

Very Small Flies

Very Small Flies

I finished a few small flies for two different customers recently. I’m always amazed how the stars seem to align. Turns out, both orders included some very small flies. I remember several years ago stating “if I need any flies size 20 or smaller, I’ll buy them!” Well, I’m having to eat those words right…

Frank Johnson Woven-Hair-Hackle Flies

Frank Johnson Woven-Hair-Hackle Flies

This week’s Throw Back Thursday post highlight several Frank Johnson woven-hair-hackle flies. I’ve had these flies a while. They were in a fly box Frank Johnson donated and I was fortunate to select during a Fly Tyer’s Rendezvous fly swap at the 50th Anniversary of the International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair in Bend, Oregon. (2015)

Fly Imitations for Spring Mayflies

Fly Imitations for Spring Mayflies

I’m looking forward to fishing some larger mayfly imitations. You know what month it is? That’s right, March. It means we can expect to see a few size 12 and 14 mayflies begin to appear on the water. I hope the fish are hungry! When I started this post, I thought it would be exclusively…