What is UV2 fly tying materials?

TweetAfter reading on several fly fishing forums about UV2 fly tying materials I asked myself: What the heck is UV2 fly tying materials? Being a total fly fishing and fly tying nut this intrigues me because I love discovering new, innovative fly tying materials and seeing for myself if they are worthwhile. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the old classics, such as the Catskill dry flies too. Over the years I have relied on Spirit River Fine & Dry dubbing, duck quills and some other fly tying materials from Spirit River. I have always found their fly tying … Continue reading

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Whiting Farms Grizzly Variant Capes

TweetSome of my favorite dry fly capes are the variants, especially the Whiting Farms Grizzly Variant dry fly hackle capes. The biggest issue for me is finding a good selection to choose from and being able to see the capes before making a purchase. Jim Slattery from Campfire Lodge Resort / JimsFlyCo has an excellent selection of the Whiting grizzly variant capes posted online and has taken individual large photos of each cape. This really helps take the guess work out of buying a cape sight unseen. Along with each photo is a short description which includes the feather sizes … Continue reading

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Fly Fishing West Yellowstone in September

TweetFinally made a trip to West Yellowstone in mid-September. That’s something I always wanted to do. I picked up JeremyG, a fellow fly fisherman, in the Twin Cities and jumped on Hwy 94 for the long boring drive West. Since I drove over from SE Wisconsin Jeremy did all the rest of the driving that day while I filled his head with stories of screaming Hardy reels and feisty, hot trout. After laying over in Billings the first night I told Jeremy I would drive so he could see the amazing scenery. You could see the evidence of the snow … Continue reading

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Whiting Farms – future hackle!!

TweetThis is a lot of future Whiting hackle…very cool! See Whiting Farms short Facebook video clip here… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=334120490085555

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Fly Fishing in September in Yellowstone National Park

TweetIt’s been a long time since I fly fished in YNP in September. So I have bought 3 used Fly Fishing Guides to Yellowstone National Park paperback books through Amazon. Plus, emailing several friends for their insights and Googled to find relevant articles online. Then I created separate digital maps of each river with mile markers, trout species, best spots to fish, and hatches/terrestrials to tie. Lastly, I printed each map out on 8″ x 11″ full size paper and I am going to get all my YNP river maps laminated at Office Max. Nothing like being prepared. I will … Continue reading

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New Improved Beadheads

TweetAt the July 2014 International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show in Orlando Florida, Flymen Fishing Company introduced the new Nymph-Head® Evolution™. The Nymph-Head Evolution beadhead is a family of tungsten fly-tying beads molded in the natural shape, size and colors of the heads of the three most common aquatic insects that trout feed upon — mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. Moving beyond the traditional round bead…the Nymph-Head Evolution tungsten beadheads allows fly tiers to tie nymphs that not only sink quickly, but have a more anatomically correct profile and head-size relative to the insect’s body and in more of the correct … Continue reading

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Impressionistic Stonefly Pattern For When the Big Bugs Are Flying

TweetThis time of year on the northern freestone streams there are a lot of big bugs flying around near dark, such as stoneflies, alderflies, etc…my goto pattern has always been a impressionistic style pattern since silhouette and presentation are more important than an exact match when the light is low. This year I am adding a small clump of blaze orange calf hair to hopefully make it easier to see as the light is fading. Use a 3X tippet and cast this in the foam line or in the faster runs and give it a couple of twitches as it … Continue reading

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Light Cahill Wet Fly Pattern

TweetOne of the old reliable Catskill wet fly patterns that we often forget about today is the Dark and Light Cahill Wet Fly pattern. A simple pattern to tie and very effective at times on the northern freestone streams when the March Browns, Golden Drakes and Brown Drakes are hatching. These big wet flies probably resemble drowned or stillborn duns to the feeding trout and at times it can really get the attention of some of the big fish when all else seems to fail. It’s a pattern I always try to have at least a few in my fly … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Caddis pattern for Brachycentrus occidentalis

TweetI figured since it is Mother’s Day I would post my favorite Mother’s Day Caddis dry fly pattern. I really like to use Rene Harrop’s Henry’s Fork Caddis pattern when the trout are keying in on caddis squirming on the surface. This wonderful dry fly caddis pattern can also be used for several different caddis species. Hans Weilenmann has a great video showing how to tie the Henry’s Fork Caddis pattern… And a little Mother Day Caddis video to get your blood pumping.

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Hendrickson Emerger Pattern with CDC

TweetIt’s been a really long, long winter in northern Wisconsin and I am itching to get out and fling a fly to any hungry trout looking for hatching mayflies. Over the winter months I decided to try tying my emerger patterns with CDC wing and 2-3 wraps of stiff hackle behind the CDC wing to hold the thorax up while the the remainder of the fly sinks below the surface. I wanted the fly to be fast to tie yet still effective. Hopefully, I will get to test my latest creation out soon. I know there are other patterns very … Continue reading

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