Many of my YouTube videos are not specific to the main categories, and I felt that they deserved a spot on "Trout and Feather," too. Throughout this page, you'll see a few of my introductions, Project Healing Waters videos, carp patterns, Tube Fly Tutorials, and some fun flies I have shared on the channel.
The results of the Project Healing Waters 2017 collection are in! My wife Heather and I appreciate all of your donations for this collection, though more importantly, we want to broaden awareness regarding the incredible experiences created by Project Healing Waters. Meeting Mr. John Warland during his PHW experience was incredibly rewarding for me, and it's inspiring to know how Project Healing Waters will help others in similar ways.
As of January 2017, my YouTube channel has recorded over 1,500,000 views, and I want to say "Thank you" to everyone for the incredible support. It is simply amazing to have such a dedicated base of subscribers and viewers, plus so many of you "Comment" on my videos and create resources for others. Thank you for everything to this point, and I look forward to more fun in the future!
Special thanks to:
*Heather, my incredible wife
*My parents and father-in-law
*All of my fishing and fly tying friends
As of December 2015, my YouTube channel has recorded over 1,000,000 views, and I want to say "Thank you" to everyone for the incredible support. As a special gift, I want to send each individual listed in the video a "Trout & Feather" enamel mug, thus if your name is listed, be sure to send me your address. Thank you for everything to this point, and I look forward to more fun in the future!
In this video, I take time to thank everyone for an incredible 2014...and a half million views! Thanks for all of the positive support, and I look forward to more fun to come in the future.
Social Media is definitely now integrated into fly tying, but how much do you value and utilize it on a regular basis? In this first video of a two-part series, I am reaching out to you, then summarizing some thoughts and opinions in the second video.
Social Media is definitely now integrated into fly tying, thus how much do you value and utilize it on a regular basis? In this second video of a two-part series, I summarize thoughts and opinions that many of you sent from the first video. Thank you for the feedback, and if you feel I missed anything, please let me know.
The results of the Project Healing Waters 2015 collection are in! During this YouTube video, I take a moment to thank all who contributed to my Project Healing Waters Collection, which took place in March and April of 2015. My wife and I really appreciate all of the incredibly positive feedback and donations, and are happy to help create awareness with all of the good that Project Healing Waters does. If still interested in contributing or finding a chapter in your area, the link is: http://www.projecthealingwaters.org
During this video, I thanked an individual with a connection to the fly fishing industry. Aaron Letera has some great products available for those interested in quality fly tying materials; I encourage you to view his website: http://www.leteras.com
The Internet has instantly placed thousands of fly tying resources in front of us, which is a wonderful thing. Selecting the right resource for you is where the decision becomes a little more difficult. In this video, I discuss differences that I notice between fly tying websites, share some of my favorites, and ask all of you to tell me about the ones you visit regularly.
As mentioned in the video, please share your favorite website(s) in the "Comments" section on the YouTube page.
Links to websites listed during this video:
Fly Tying Forum: http://www.flytyingforum.com/
Reddit Fly Tying: https://www.reddit.com/r/flytying/
Loren Williams: http://loren.teamfreestone.com/welcome
Idylwilde Flies: http://www.idylwilde.com/
Trout and Feather: http://www.troutandfeather.com
Tying tube flies is a newer endeavor for me, but an enjoyable one that really brings results when fly fishing. In this "Tube Flies" series, I go over various components, techniques, tips, and recommendations. During Part 1, I give a brief overview of my initial thoughts on tube flies, and then examine a starter kit from HMH (which I recommend to those beginning to tie tube flies). I discuss the materials included, and then ask the viewers for feedback related to other materials they have had success with at then bench and on the water.
In this second part of my "Tube Fly" series, I first revise a material discussed in the first part, and then go through the setup of the vise tool. Finally, I go through the tying procedures of a Woolly Bugger, with the intention being to show the ease of tying familiar patterns on tubes.
This is my third installment of the "Tube Flies" series of fly tying tutorials. In this episode, I examine the HMH Poly tubing and the integration of coneheads. Part of the discussion includes possibilities for the colored tubes, leading me to tie a Clouser-style baitfish imitation on a fluorescent green poly tube. This is a great method of fly tying and fly fishing, and I encourage you to be sure to check-out tube flies!
During Part 4 of my series on "Tube Flies," I discuss the articles that originally got me interested in this style of fly tying based on its simplicity. Next, I give a brief overview of both "Head" and "Tail" sections, and tie a Zonker-style fly that is perfect for use whether you are fly fishing saltwater or freshwater.
This is one of my favorite videos on Tube Flies because, once understood, the sections can be combined to make standard patterns longer (i.e. Deceiver, Intruder, Clouser, Zonker, Woolly Bugger) or a combination of the heads from those classics, with a variety of tail sections. As I keep saying, the possibilities are endless!
This niche of fly tying can be overwhelming at first, but with a little time, it is definitely an area that can be both manageable and effective.
During this fifth installment of my "Tube Flies" series, I examine two vises used and show the basic setup of each. The vises examined are from Stonfo and HMH; links to each vise are:
After a brief overview of how each vise works and their included parts, I discuss the following components:
As I mention during the video, if you have any experience with tube fly vises, please mention them in the "Comments" section below. Those new to this niche of fly tying can always use the extra information from those of us more experienced in this area.
In my final video of the "Tube Flies" series, I discuss the important transition from vise to water, going over a few key areas, including:
1. Containers for tube flies
2. Rigging tube flies with an improved cinch knot and double surgeon's loop
3. Using tube flies as part of a system
Thanks for all of the feedback throughout this series, and please continue to post any thoughts/ideas in the "Comments" section of the YouTube page.
When this video was made, I had just found out that there were over 100,000 video views of my fly tying tutorials, and this was my video response to that news. I want to thank everyone for all of the support given to me related to my YouTube channel, especially my wife, parents, cousin Helen, and all other family and friends. For everyone watching my videos, I appreciate the feedback and support, and will do my best to ensure I am creating content related to what you want and need.
The original overview video for my YouTube channel...
On my YouTube channel, there are a series of videos titled "Two Minute Tying," which are patterns that fall into the "guide fly" category. These are simple flies to tie and effective to use. This video is my overview of the series, and I hope persuades you to add many of the patterns to your boxes.
Joe Kayafas shared this Intruder pattern with us on my YouTube page, and it has received some positive feedback. Joe does a great job explaining all of the stages of this fly's creation, and there are many tips and techniques given throughout the tutorial. This is an excellent steelhead pattern, especially for those who enjoy swinging flies.
Meant to imitate glass minnows, the Crazy Charlie is an effective saltwater pattern that has found its place on the flats. During the tutorial, I also discuss some materials that can be substituted with similar results. This is a fly that has produced for many years, and belongs in the boxes of anyone fishing for bonefish.
This video represents something I am truly proud of, and that's the Project Healing Waters collection I organized in early 2014. I placed an initial video on YouTube asking for fly tying and fly fishing donations to be given to veterans new to both, and the response was overwhelming. Because of that, I plan on making this a yearly YouTube "event," and know that it will grow in the future. Thank you to all who support Project Healing Waters, as they are a superior organization helping others.
With so many Woolly Bugger variations out there, I figured that there might as well be one for the Pittsburgh Steelers! This fly was created during football season one year as part of a thread on the Fly Tying Forum, and as you can probably guess, I've received many reports from people saying that this pattern has done really well on a variety of fish. Sometimes it is best to let your creativity guide you when tying, which is what I did when working on this "Steeler Bugger."
Simply a fun pattern that I put together around Halloween one year, this fly really does catch fish! Part Slumpbuster, part Meat Whistle, part Zonker...how can you go wrong? Enjoy this tutorial, and remember that we must have fun when tying, as I did with "Medusa's" Halloween Streamer!
In this fly tying tutorial, Chuck Furimsky is our guest tyer and shares his Turbo Tail pattern. This unique tie features Chuck's Bugskin material, and there is no doubt that his creativity shows with this one. Chuck does an excellent job tying, plus shares a lot of great stories and thoughts along the way. Additionally featured in this video is some incredible underwater footage by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions.