Podcast: Fly Patterns old and New, with Tim Flagler


This week, back by popular demand is Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions , who is one of the best fly-tying teachers around and also produces the best tying videos on the Internet. (See his One-Minute Tying Tips on our Fly Fishing blog or in the Orvis Learning Center.) Tim and I talk about great new patterns and old patterns that should be resurrected, as well as taking old patterns and incorporating modern materials into them. We also discuss that state of fly-tying today, which is probably more exciting than at any other time in history because of the great interchange of ideas in places like Instagram and YouTube.

In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and suggestions:

  • Suggestion on how to keep your split shot from sliding down the leader.
  • Suggestion on a free way to remove water from dry flies.
  • Do nymphs work all season long?  What method should I start with?
  • Should I do anything to maintain my old Orvis Green Mountain outfit?
  • What do you think of foam posts for parachute flies?
  • How do I catch rolling tarpon in deep water? 
  • How can I catch gar on a fly?
  • Can I use big streamers on small streams in Central New York?
  • I like short rods.  Should I get the 6-foot Superfine Carbon or 61/2-foot Orvis Superfine Glass rod?
  • Can I buy the right Comparadun hair online?

If you don’t see the “Play” button above, click here to listen.

Tim Flagler prepares to meet the public at the Atlanta Fly Fishing show last winter. Tim always has a big crowd around his vise at these shows.

One thought on “Podcast: Fly Patterns old and New, with Tim Flagler”

  1. Tim , I cannt tell you how much I enjoy watching your fly tying straight forward useful methods and flies.
    I would like to have a dedicated a fly box to your top ten or 6 ect . Perhaps have a pre supplied material and hooks package available for purchase with exactly the materials you use for your best flies? I never seam to have exactly the correct materials . I could imagine Orvis putting something like that together.
    I grew up in Kinnelon. Fished the Pequanock and Bubbling Brook as a kid. Fondly look back at Dad taking me on opening day even though he didnt fish . Used to use an open face Garcia Mitchell . Until my folks gave me a tray of traditional flies with some cool sounding names.
    Took a friend of mine around 15 or 16 to give me an old fiber glass rod, Pleulger reel , to figure out what to do with the strange looking “lures”. I even tried tying a fly with Moms purple turkey feather dust mop feathers.
    At 63 I enjoy tying and getting up to NC from Mt Pleasant SC at least twice a year with a trip out west if lucky.
    thanks again for what yall do .
    tight Lines

    tight lines

    Keith G Farley O.D.
    1477 Village sq
    Mt Pleasant SC 29464

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