Video: Barbed vs. Barbless Hooks

Although there are places where regulations require barbless hooks, the decision of whether to go barbed or barbless is usually left to the angler. In this video, Tim Flagler discusses the pros . . .

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Video: How to Tie Mike’s Honey Ant


Mike Lawson’s Honey Ant is easy to tie and very effective.

One summer afternoon, we had a reception on the back lawn here at Orvis HQ, and we were treated to a massive flying-ant hatch. Bugs were flying into people’s hair, eyes, and ears, and it was kind of frustrating to be in the middle of a conversation and have to be digging ants out of your collar. But fly fishermen know that trout love ants, and a lot of folks began. . .

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Video: How to Hold Fly-Tying Materials Out of the Way

When you’re tying a pattern that features long hackles, legs, or other materials, keeping them out of the way while you tie can be a frustrating process. As Tim notes here, some vises feature special material-holding springs or . . .

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UPDATED: Tying with Tom Fly-Pattern Schedule!

By now, you’re surely aware that Tom Rosenbauer is hosting fly-tying sessions on Facebook Live. For the next two weeks, he will be tying every Monday and Friday at 12 p.m. EDT. In the interest of giving you enough time to . . .

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Video: How to Debarb Hooks Before You Tie

If you like to fish barbless–the value of which is a debate for another day–you’ll find it’s much easier to do a good job mashing the hook barb before you tie the fly. That way, no materials are in the way, and you’re not trying to do . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Flashback Pheasant-Tail Nymph

Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions loves himself a Pheasant Tail Nymph. Want proof? Over the years, he has taught us how to tie the American Pheasant Tail Nymph, a Beadhead Soft-Hackle Pheasant Tail Nymph, a Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph, a . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Sunken Trico Spinner

Tricos are small mayflies of the Tricorythodes genus that produce one of the longest hatch periods of the season, emerging in prolific numbers from July through October. It’s when the spinners return to the water to lay eggs, however, that trout . . .

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Video: How to Create an Easy Extended Body

You may have seen mayfly patterns with extended bodies and wondered, “How do they do that?” It looks complicated and scary, but in this video, Tim explains a simple method that uses a standard sewing needle and a piece of stretch tubing. You’ll be . . .

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