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Building a Better Bugger
One has to wonder if Pennsylvania fly fisher Russell Blessing knew what his merger between the chenille bodied marabou tailed Blossom fly and a Woolly Worm would become.
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Wet Flies
With a long standing history over 100 years old, pre dating dry flies, wet flies are still popular choices in many areas of the world today such as the British Isles.
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Deceiver Details
The Deceiver was conceived over 40 years ago by fly fishing icon Lefty Kreh for chasing Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass. This proven pattern offers a generic baitfish profile that adapts matches any forage, in both fresh and saltwater, from long slender needlefish to broad shiners.
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Pacifying Parachutes
Parachute patterns offer a relaxed proportional approach and the soft upright landing habits of a parachute offer fly fishers unparalleled stealth.
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Managing Marabou
Marabou is one of the most versatile and widely used fly tying materials available today. Lacking the barbule hooks common to most outer contour feathers soft mobile marabou fibres spring to life beneath the surface creating animated patterns few predatory fish can resist.
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Muddling Through-A hair spinning primer
There are a number of ungulate hairs suited to spun and clipped patterns but the best spinning hairs are coarse, spongy and soft.
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Woven Wonders
Fly tiers and fly fishers seem drawn to patterns with a “get up and walk” look to them. The kind of look where you know if the fly were to fly away it would be a fantastic pattern on the water.
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Spey Substitutes
With their long flowing hackle moving at the slightest current pulse or flicker few flies offer the grace, elegance and style of a Spey pattern.
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Epoxy Moxy
With the interest in salt water fly fishing growing worldwide the number of epoxy based patterns has jumped exponentially. Nearly all saltwater fish feature razor sharp teeth as standard equipment and an even nastier disposition.
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Adding the Magic Touch
A few of years ago innovative Swiss fly tyer Marc Petitjean introduced the world to a fantastic set of tools appropriately named the Magic Tool. The Magic Tool allows fly tyers to control materials such as thick stemmed grizzly marabou and CDC.
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Handling Humpies
With its universal appeal and superior floatation the Humpy is one pattern B.C. fly fishers should never visit a river or stream without.
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Soft Hackle Solutions
Soft hackles offer a broad appeal with an inherent ability to suggest a wide range of prey. With animated flowing hackles and often scruffy looks, soft hackles appeal to the most basic of predatory instincts.
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Plight of the Intruder
Most northwest steelhead patterns are steeped in history dictating specific materials, proportions and construction techniques. Enter the Intruder, the new kid on the block spurning history and forging its own creative path and personality.
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Fun with Foam
For stillwater applications foam is an ideal material for fly tyers to experiment with. Most would consider foam perfect for dry flies but by taking advantage of its buoyant properties beneath the surface affords another dimension.
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Getting the Skinny on Chironomids
Whenever I feature a chironomid pupa pattern on lookers often ask how I manage to keep my patterns so slender. I firmly believe developing a skinny pattern discipline is one of the keys to successful chironomid fishing. A feat that can be harder than it seems. <br>
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The Popsicle Minnow
It was during a late night insomnia driven web search I stumbled across an interesting pattern created by American fly tyer Fox Statler.
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Discovering Dubbing Loops
A source of frustration to some, dubbing loops offer numerous benefits. Dubbing loops create durable patterns capable of withstanding a solid chewing from numerous fish.
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An Epoxy Substitute-The Tied Down Minnow
The reality of any fly pattern material or component is that it is not always roses. Regarding epoxy some find it one messy material to play with. To get things just right epoxy must be mixed properly to ensure proper drying and with a minimum of air bubbles.
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Adult Cranefly
Mention the word terrestrials and most fly fishers recall memories of grasshoppers, beetles and ants. Crane flies or Daddy Long Legs to some are another worthwhile terrestrial for the fly box.
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Dazzle Caddis Emerger
As summer strolls its way into mid June through July, anglers can expect to hit the exciting caddis (sedge) emergence. Imitating the pupa stage during a hatch can be very effective if you have an idea of the zone where the fish are feeding, but many fly anglers especially enjoy fishing patterns imitating the moth-like winged adults
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CDC Booby
Fly Craft Angling.com member Richard Duiker hails from Lemmer Holland and supplies us with his favorite Booby, the CDC Booby.
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The Pond Monkey
The Pond Monkey is an innovative pattern created by fellow stillwater addict Paul Fox. Paul hails from Oregon and considers the many lakes in the eastern region of the state as his stillwater playground.
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Flycraft Fullback
Fly fishers worldwide have favored searching or “go to” patterns. In England it might be the Diawl Bach for many in North America a Hare’s Ear Nymph could be the pattern of choice. When fishing is tough or there is little in the way of a hatch to focus feeding trout generic suggestive patterns work best.
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The Popsicle Leech
John knotted on a pattern first shown to him by Cariboo Fly and Tackle’s Jason Brautigam the Popsicle Leech. During previous trips to Quesnel Lake Jason had experienced fantastic fishing using this pattern.
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Foam Sprawler
Foam Sprawler. Commonly referred to as “sprawlers” these spider like nymphs are ambush feeders and prefer to lay in wait amongst the bottom vegetation and debris. Chara beds are favorite haunts.
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The Herl May
This fly includes video step by step tying instructions for Fly Craft Angling members.
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The Bead Worm
A simple but deadly pattern for imitating chironomid larva or bloodworm as they are referred to by many. Works well throughout the season, especially during the summer months in deeper water.
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The Alberta Stone
VIDEO STEP BY STEP...There are times when the "matching the hatch" philosophy is not working or perhaps even not recommended.
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Turkey Quill Callibaetis
Callibaetis nymphs are slender almost anorexic in appearance and patterns designed to imitate them need to be too.
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Frostbite Bloodworm
Larval or bloodworm patterns are an important stillwater staple and tend to be ignored by many fly fishers
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Collaborator (Clear Water Style)
The Collaborator traces its roots to a creative tying session between friends amongst the breakfast dishes on White Lake near the town of Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
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Chromie
Perhaps the most important feature of a chironomid pupa is the radiant glimmer caused by the trapped air and gases the pupa uses to aid their pupal ascent and emergence process.
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Water Floatman
After the first frosts off the fall fly fishers can expect the first boatman falls of the season.
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Rabbit Damsel
Amongst many stillwater fly fishers damsel nymph patterns are the starting point to a day’s fly-fishing.
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Pearl Shrimp
Scuds are arguably the number one food source for trout in productive stillwaters through out the entire year and can be considered the premier stillwater staple.
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Draggin
All dragon fly nymphs have the ability to absorb water and eject it in afterburner type fashion out of their posterior.
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Early Season Bomber
Typical size ranges run from 3/8ths of an inch to an inch. The pupae and adults from the larger species have been christened "bombers" by local anglers.
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Aftershaft Leech
Despite their near blindness state leeches are confident swimmers moving through the water in a ribbon like manner.
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