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…

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…

Stalcup’s CDC Parachute Dun

Stalcup’s CDC Parachute Dun

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Stalcup’s CDC Parachute Dun. Stalcup’s CDC Parachute Dun is another example of Shane’s creative mind. I don’t know if he was the first to utilize CDC as parachute hackle, but it’s very creative technique of tying a parachute fly. Many of his fly patterns are tied with biots…