Pro Tips: How to Tie and Fish the Versatile DDH Leech

Written by: Stu Thompson


Stu Thompson with one of the many species caught on his DDH Leech.
Photo courtesy Stu Thompson

Fly tiers have come already come up with some truly amazing patterns that catch fish Consistently, such as the Mickey Finn, Muddler Minnow, Humpy, Adams, Dahlberg’s Diver, Lefty’s Deceiver, . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Carey Special

The history of the original Carey Special is a bit fuzzy, and it depends on your source material. The pattern was developed in the 1920s or 30s in Quesnel, British Columbia. According to one story,. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Tabory Snake Fly

The advent of autumn means it’s time for the serious saltwater-blitz season along the Atlantic seaboard. For many salty anglers, Lou Tabory’s seminal book Inshore Fly Fishing unlocked the secrets to casting for striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore from the beach. Tabory has designed many of the best striper patterns, including the Snake Fly shown here. With its. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Half and Half

Surely the two most famous saltwater flies are Lefty Kreh’s Deceiver and Bob Clouser’s Clouser Deep Minnow. Separately, these baitfish imitations have caught countless species–in both fresh . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Casual Dress

The Casual Dress is the creation of one of fly tying’s pioneers, Ernest “Polly” Rosborough. A native of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Rosborough developed a series of impressionistic flies, which . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Chubby Chernobyl

The original Chernobyl Ant was born on Utah’s Green River, and it has spawn many variations. One of the more popular versions is the Chubby Chernobyl, which adds more foam for flotation, as . . .

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Book Excerpt: How to Tie the Bucktail Deceiver

Written by: Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols


The Bucktail Deceiver can be tied in any colors you want, to match local baitfish.
Photos by Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols

The Bucktail Deceiver, in its purest form, is tied only with bucktail, unlike the Lefty’s Deceiver, which traditionally uses schlappen feathers for the tail. Formed from multiple ties of bucktail, often. . .

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