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Congratulations to Christian Reid for 3rd place in our Trout Spey Fly Tying Contest. He wins a RIO Premier Line of his choice!
Bah bah bah bah bah I'm lovin it!
You know those fancy Game Changer flies that take 4 hours to tie? Resident vise pro Alex Vaughan says nay to that. Look at this little beauty he came up with using a bottle brush. Pure cash money. - JC
Looks like a Stik Boat weekend. Where are you fishing?
Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics
The latest fly tied at the NW Fly Tyer Expo in Albany, Oregon. A glow in the dark micro intruder. Tied on a size 10 streamer hook.
Cause some flies will work for everything.......
Some 98% monkey hair on this one... thanks Ello👍
I decided to support Gary Loomis crowdfunded project with North Fork Composites under the label Edge Rods. The reason I did it is this blank made of linen. Blank wiggle tells me this will make a sweet little 8'2", 4wt. Will Sustainability finally become a buzzword in the tackle industry?
Here is a true trout-sized intruder, tied with a composite loop with lady amherst and micro centipede legs. The wing and tails are the new shrimp pink OPST barred ostrich. Instead of using a trailing hook on such a small intruder, we used a size 12 streamer hook. Let us know if you'd like to see a longer how-to video for this fly. Tied by Ben Paull. http://www.opskagit.com/store.html
Merry Christmas from Field & Stream!
The fly tank time wasting continues. This one is supposed to be a cross between a mackerel and a squid. Some key features- Creepy Crawly Ice Dub, which stands out in the water more than just about anything we have seen, our OPST Small Dotted Ostrich, now on sale at the link below, OPST saddle hackles, and lateral scale, tied on a 32mm OPST Steelhead Shank with our brand new Shank Chuck Tool. There are so many incredible materials out there. We think we will do a tying video on this one soon. On another note, would anyone come to a fly tying night if we started having them at our office in Tukwila, say on Thursday nights?
Why are more fishermen using micro speys? Here's a quick rundown of these killer rods.
Catching a pickerel, pike, or musky on a fly rod is an intense experience that translates into obsession very quickly. These tips will help you dial in summer pike within your local system.
Jose Antonio Jiménez Jurado!!...... Master!!
Articulated crayfish eating a minnow? Such is the evil genius of HS fan and insanely talented tyer Aaron Letera - JC
Any day now Trevor's going to be swimming these things through some water where squid are not safe. Learn how to tie this fly by watching his latest tying video:
tied by Ben Paull
Thread: 210 denier
Hook: OPST Swing Hook, size 6-3 (3 in this demo)
Bead Stop: Polar Chenille
Bead: Red, Medium
Tail: Squirrel Zonker, Olive
Pectoral Fins: Cut-off ends of OPST Signature Barred Ostrich Drabs, Olive
Head: Composite "hackle" of Sculpin Olive Senyo Lazer Dub, Olive Angel Hair, Clear Senyo Barred Predator Wrap
This has been an incredibly consistent fly for Alaska and anywhere sculpins live. The bead body design is one I learned from Trevor Covich. The theory behind this fly is simple: for every giant sculpin in the world there are probably 50 small ones. I believe that small flies are much less intimidating to the majority of trout. As for the big fly big fish concept, I believe it sometimes, but I also know that my biggest, and many peoples' biggest trout in Alaska, ate a bead. I never really believed in sculpin flies until I came to the Kuskokwim Delta, where I observed old, very smart trout that had been fished over all summer, refusing every bead and micro flesh in the box, literally. The fish obviously knew they were being fished to. Sure enough, on numerous occasions, almost every one really, where an old trout like this was posted up, a micro sculpin thrown in the pool produced an almost immediate, savage attack. A mouse can also sometimes work in these situations, by the way. These encounters showed me that persistence pays, and they also taught me that sculpins work. Trout must have something personal against them, in addition to their desire to eat them.
This is another composite loop fly. It may be a new technique for you, but it's not hard. It just takes some delicacy loading the materials in the dubbing loop. The design of this fly borrows from Trevor Covich's bead-body design, where the bead is used as a prop for the other materials, as well as a moderate amount of weight that lands softly and is hidden from view. This is a fantastic sculpin for shallower side channels, but with sink tips or added weight it can also be fished deep. This is just one variation on the micro sculpin concept. I find the bead really helpful in getting that wide profile look on the pectoral fins, which I think is important. You want a nice fat head, but be careful about crowding the eye- I struggle with that more on this pattern than any other. Try to keep your composite loop to 3 times the length of the space on the shank. I find that the cut-off ends of the OPST Signature Barred Ostrich Drabs stick out more and accentuate the pectoral fins more than the tips of ostrich. Hackle or other materials can be substituted here if desired.
Soon those phatagorva variation swim in Sweden river Byske! Coming a great time again :)
Recognition where recognition is deserved, this guy is a champ!
Pittsburgh bronze back!
Still got it, that dog WILL hunt!
Big mono spine articulated Streamer with stinger hook
chasing trout today :)/ Olli
Trevor's getting excited to start guiding for king salmon again. Here's a new fly in some experimental color combination that we're not sure will work... This fly will be featured in the July issue of Fish Alaska Magazine. After that comes out we will be posting step by step instructions here on our page. OPST Saddles, Barred Signature Intruder Drabs and Intruder Shank are featured in this fly.
Mustad Fly Fishing
In the latest issue of the Russian fly fishing magazine Nattalyst you can see the full step by step of Mustad pro-staffer Barry Ord Clarke's Hoodlum salt water streamer.
Tied on a MustadUltra Point 60543NP
You get to see some pretty amazing things on the river every once in a while. @swampdonkeydan was in the right place at the right time to catch this amazing caddis hatch.
Picture of the Week: Elk River © Kent Mason
In a remote section of the Elk River in an area relatively close to Slatyfork, the river flows underground leaving the riverbed exposed.
Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics
by Ben Paull.
Thread: 200 denier Veevus, black
Shank: OPST 45mm Intruder Shank
Bead: Large black
Mono tippet hook loop: 30 pound OPST Lazar Line
Hook: OPST Swing Hook, Size 2
Bead Stop: Senyo Aqua Veil Chenille, Blueberry
Wings: OPST Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Blue
Shoulder: Composite Loop of:
Substrate: Black Hareline UV Ice Dub
Legs: Hot Tipped Sili Legs, Black/Purple, or OPST Barred Signature Intruder Drabs, and Hareline Magnum Flashabou, Black and Blue
Secondary Legs: Lady Amherst
Head: Angel Hair, black
Hooks, shanks, junction tubing, hackle, dubbing spinner and more available at opskagit.com. Other quality materials available at Hareline dealers.
The Darth Speyder is a composite-loop fly with lineage in the Dirty Hoh, Camo Squid, Intruder and Squidro. I am sure many people have come up with this name before, but I wanted to call it something other than "Composite Loop Bead Head Hackle Rubber Leg Fly". The single composite loop used in this fly is like a sandwich of several different materials, each with a different function. The entire sandwich is loaded into a dubbing loop and spun thoroughly using OPST's dubbing spinner, which spins denser loops, faster, than any other dubbing spinner I have tried. The spinning of the composite loop to creates a single hackle with a multilayered effect that has motion as well as structure, to help hold its shape in the current. This fly was designed for steelhead and salmon, but variations on it would certainly work for trout, bass and pike as well. It is not meant to be a particularly fast sinking fly, and the bead serves as much as a prop for the saddle hackles as anything else. If a fast sink is required, using a worm weight in front of the fly, or barbell eyes where the bead is, is a good idea. It would be easier to place the rubber legs 50/50 over the line, but in this fly they wouldn't have been long enough that way. I prefer rigging the hook this way, "classic intruder style, because it allows me more flexibility in hook placement than is possible with trailing hook wire. All you need to do differently is tie a small loop at the very back of the fly. This makes it a faster fly to tie than one for which you have to lash down a length of wire. That being said, there is no reason you couldn't tie this fly with trailing wire. To secure the hook, run your tippet through the hook eye, down through the parted materials of the fly, through the mono loop in back, and then through a piece of junction tubing. Tie the tippet onto the hook, then snug the junction tubing onto the hook, and then onto the shank. opskagit.com.
The simple SBS for little 'Dengkis' baitfish.. Cheers
We've just listed our giant Cock Tail Spey plumes....... over 6 inches of wrap-able feather :-)
by Mike McGovney
Scandinavian United Flytyers
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In honor of his fellow Minnesotan, our buddy Josh DeSmit Art created the ultimate prince nymph.
Funker530 - Combat Footage
When you're on a mission to defeat the Taliban, but fly fishing is life. ~Josh
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