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.
Project Healing Waters: 2017 Collection Results
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.
Magnetic Bingo Wand
Fly tying gadgets are addicting, and this video features one of my favorites, the magnetic bingo wand! This is a unique tool that has maintained a spot on my fly tying bench for years, and one I recommend to you. If you're thinking about purchasing this gadget, try searching for "magnetic bingo wand" online.
Sulphur Thorax: Burnt-wing Style
During this video, I feature guest tyer Bruce Cox, a local fly tying legend in the Pittsburgh area. Bruce shares some incredible techniques in this one, such as burning wings, splitting mayfly tails, taming thread, and tying thorax patterns. There's lots of great stuff going on in this video, and we are positive you will learn some new techniques from it!
Sparkle Emerger Variant
Gary LaFontaine did an incredible job when creating his Sparkle Emerger, and my variant pays homage to the original. You'll notice some "modern" materials in this fly, hence why it's becoming a "go to" pattern for me during caddis hatches. Additionally, there are some intermediate to advanced fly tying techniques shown in this video, hopefully pushing all of you to be better tyers. Thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoy this Sparkle Emerger Variant.
Social Media and Fly Tying: Part Two
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.
Chuck Furimsky's Turbo Tail
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 camera footage by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions.
1.5 MILLION VIEWS?!? Thank you!
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
Social Media and Fly Tying: Part One
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.
Compton's Cinnamon Toast Baetis
Good things do come in small packages! In this fly tying tutorial, I share the procedures for tying the Cinnamon Toast Baetis, a unique BWO nymph. This pattern, created by Kevin Compton of Performance Flies, is a fun tie, plus it incorporates Condor Substitute for the body material. Have fun tying this one, though I know you'll appreciate its fish-catching ability even more!
The Mop Fly
The Mop Fly has arrived! In this fly tying tutorial, I share my procedures for tying the pattern, plus talk about how it came to be. There are a variety of places to purchase the "mop material" from, thus be creative in your search, as the greatest variation of this fly (as of now) is changing its color. Have fun with this "guide style" pattern!
Swimming Crane Fly Larva
Guest tyer John Mlakar ties a great pattern known as the Swimming Crane Fly Larva and then shares some of his personal variations (which I highly recommend looking into!). John also gives us some tips to fish this fly, which is a simple and effective one. Have fun with the variations of your own, and let us know how you like this Swimming Crane Fly Larva.
Chuck Furimsky's "Chuck Nymph"
A little-known fact about Chuck Furimsky is that he used to be in the leather industry, and he's applied those skills to one of his newer patterns, the Chuck Nymph. This unique fly features a specially-cut leather called Bugskin, which has great action in the water. You will also enjoy the story behind this fly's name...
When it comes to successful patterns, sometimes less is more, and it sure seems that way on the MS Bugger. This is a pattern with few materials, yet has an incredible look both at the vise and in the water. On the water, there are many ways to fish the MS Bugger, and the trout seem to like them all!
In this video, Andrew Dang is the guest tier sharing a great pattern, the Diamond Caddis. Andrew shows us just how simple this pattern is to tie, and it does an excellent job of representing the Grannom caddis. Andrew is one of the young individuals in our sport that we must continue to support, and I greatly appreciate him taking the time to film this fly for all of us.
Stonfo Elite Bobbin Review
There are lots of choices for bobbins in the world of fly tying, and I wanted to share one of my favorite ones, the Stonfo Elite Bobbin series. There are three sizes within this series from the Italian company, and I discuss their specifications, pros, and cons.
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Beach Body Stone
Josh Miller, our guest tyer for this video, shares one of his own creations with us, the Beach Body Stone. This innovative stonefly imitation gets immediately down to the fish, utilizing the slender body that relates to its name. The fly is an effective one, but also incredibly simple to tie, as Josh shows during his no-nonsense demonstration. This is one pattern that deserves a spot in your nymph box!
Thanks go out to Josh Miller for being our guest tyer. As mentioned in the video, congratulations go out to Josh for making Fly Fishing Team USA. Also, be sure to look for Josh's pattern from Orvis in early 2017, as he is a Signature Tyer for them.
If you would like to reach out to Josh via Instagram, his username is: Joshpgh
***Additionally, Josh posts under: #troutyeah
Cress Bug Jig Head
When fishing spring creeks (and other streams with water cress), don't forget about the Cress Bug! This fly is effective in many situations, and I primarily recommend fishing it in the riffles as part of a nymph setup. When tying the Cress Bug, be sure to focus on the key characteristics, as mentioned in the video. Have fun with this one, and definitely get it into your box!
Everyone has their standard "Go-to" patterns during the Sulphur hatch, and the Comparadun is definitely one of mine. This simple pattern has few materials and tends to fish better the more it gets destroyed, thus the patterns in my box can look pretty sad over time. This is a classic pattern, and I do mention some possible variations for you to consider when tying.
Norvise System Review
A common email I receive is related to purchasing vises, as there are many obstacles in selecting one. In this video, I share a vise known to many for its dependability and versatility, the Norvise. Part of a complete system, this vise is manufactured in the United States and has an owner that definitely listens to the needs of his customers. Throughout the video, I share my thoughts about this high quality tool, and discuss many of its great features.
Norvise website: https://norvise.com/
Norvise YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/norvise
Mega Prince Nymph
The Mega Prince bares little resemblance to its predecessor, though they have one major quality in common...they both catch fish! This is both a great trout and steelhead pattern, plus you can be creative and modify the Mega Prince with your favorite colors. This is a fun fly to both tie and fish, thus as I say in the video, have fun with this one!