This video features Mr. Kevin Compton of Performance Flies. Kevin is an advanced tier and it shows in this one! Kevin shares his Double Duck Caddis, which includes some intermediate techniques that he does an excellent job of breaking down into easy-to-follow steps. Thanks for sharing this one with us, Kevin!
Lightning Bug (new and improved!)
Featured in this video is the "new and improved" version of the Lightning Bug, slightly revised from my original video. This is the version you'll now find me using, and I hope you enjoy some of the variations I share in the video.
Stream Sample with Entomologist Matt Green (Part 2 of 2)
Entomologist Matt Green joins us in this series to complete a stream sample. In Part 2, we examine the results of the sample, and then Matt makes additional recommendations.
Stream Sample with Entomologist Matt Green (Part 1 of 2)
Entomologist Matt Green joins us in this series to complete a stream sample. In Part 1, we pick Matt's brain and discuss the notion of a sample, then watch Matt go through his process.
Fly Tying Gadgets: Organizer bins
Staying organized in fly tying is essential, and in this brief tutorial, I share some bins that have helped me over the years. They can be used for beads, dumbbell eyes, materials, and even hooks. Most importantly, they are FREE (with purchase of semi-edible cold cuts!).
Joe Messinger Q & A
This video features a legend of fly tying, Mr. Joe Messinger. In Part 2, Joe talks about his early fly tying influences, plus some of his father's notable patterns.
Walt's Worm Blowtorch
The Walt's Worm is a pattern that has led to MANY variations...and here's another! Join me in this video as I share the Walt's Worm Blowtorch, plus share a story about Mr. Walt Young.
The "Irresistible" featuring Joe Messinger (Part 1 of 2)
This video features a legend of fly tying, Mr. Joe Messinger. I had the honor of recording Joe tie one of his father's patterns, the Irresistible. In Part 1, Joe ties the fly and we talk a little about the qualities that make the fish find it...Irresistible! Check back for Part 2, in which I interview Joe and we learn lots more.
Stonfo Kaiman Vise Review
Selecting a fly tying vise can be very difficult! In this video, I share one that I recommend frequently to others, the Stonfo Kaiman. This vise is manufactured by an Italian company and offers incredible hook-holding power. During the video, I discuss the vise in detail and show hooks from a size 32 (yes, that's correct!) up to a 5/0.
Parasol Post Pheasant Tail Emerger
The Parasol Post Pheasant Tail Emerger is a pattern that I've turned to when fly fishing for finicky trout over the years. This fly represents the emerger stage of a mayfly, sitting just under the water's surface. That location signals vulnerability...and the trout respond! Have fun with this one...
Parasol Post Technique
The Parasol Post is a technique I utilize often for a variety of flies (typically emergers), and it's one I recommend you add to your arsenal. In this video, I share my procedure for tying it and some various tips.
Split Thread Tips & Techniques
As a fly tyer, the split thread technique does not have to be that difficult! In this tutorial, I share an easy method and some tips for doing so.
Jack Gartside's classic Gurgler has caught many fish over the years, and in this video I share a simple variation that has performed well for me, too.
Storing the Fly When Changing Spots
In this episode of "From Vise to Water," I share a fly fishing tip that helps get your fly back in the water quickly!
Hi-Vis Foam Ant
Ant patterns hold a special place in my fly box, especially throughout the summer. This Hi-Vis Foam Ant is a pattern I prefer to fish in faster-moving water, plus the chartreuse post makes it highly visible at greater distances.
This is absolutely a fly that qualifies for my "Two Minute Tying" series! The Squirmy Wormy has that deadly combo of being simple to tie and catching lots of fish. There are certain situations that this fly works better than others, and I discuss those (and some tying variations) in the video.
Using a Nail Knot Tool
In this episode of "From Vise to Water," I discuss the nail knot used when connecting both leaders and backing to a fly line. Prior to demonstrating the technique, there is a brief discussion of alternatives to the nail knot, and then later in the video, I share some tips to using this knot (plus instances in which I keep fly line loop connections intact). If interested in the tool I recommend, it is called the "Anglers Image Nail Knotter."
The Perdigon nymph is a special one that comes to us from competition fly fishing. This fly has a great look, plus the ability to catch both fish and fishermen. In this video, I show you the basics to tying the Perdigon and talk about its use when fly fishing.
Coffee Bean Grinder
Fly tying gadgets are addicting, and this video features one that I use to create unique dubbing blends, a coffee bean grinder. I take you through the simple process I've been utilizing over the last 10 years, plus discuss some other options in the fly tying world.
We welcome Don Ward back to the channel! In this video, Don Ward of the Keystone Fly Rod Company ties a unique version of his Sulphur Spinner. This version of the spinner is a great one to use at dusk...and don't forget your UV light when on the water.
Razor Blade Tools
Fly tying gadgets are addicting, and this video features two I use regularly: razor blade tools. There are many of these types out there, though these are two of the common ones I use especially for trout and bass patterns.