Video: Bob Clouser on How to Tie the Clouser Minnow

In the decades since Pennsylvania icon Bob Clouser created his minnow pattern, countless variations have appeared (see the bottom of this post), but in this great video, the man himself shows you how he ties it. Straight from the horse’s mouth, . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Drop-Bead Walt’s Worm

In this week’s great tying video, Tim uses the original Walt’s Worm to demonstrate a cool way to create beadhead patterns using a drop bead, which causes a pattern to ride hook-point-up in the water. As usual, Tim has figured out the best way to attach . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Bruised Balanced Leech

“Balanced” patterns feature some extra weight beyond the hook eye, to balance-out the weight of the hook. The result is a pattern that hangs horizontally in the water, like a real baitfish or leech. Check out this great video featuring Canadian stillwater . . .

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Video: How to Wrap Wire Weight Without Waste

In this great video, Tim shows you how he wraps lead-free wire on the hook shank without wasting any. Plus, his method allows you to create a tapered body on the fly and lock a bead into place. Once you learn this technique, you’ll never fumble with . . .

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How to Tie Steve Cobb’s Thanksgiving Turkey Fly


The author’s original pattern went viral on social media a few years ago.
All photos by Steve Cobb

Steve Cobb’s Santa Fly has been a favorite on this blog for a few years now, and he was kind enough to show us how to tie it a couple years ago. That post was such a big hit that I asked . . .

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Video: How to Make a Pinch Wrap

One thing that new fly tiers often struggle with is keeping materials in place during the tie-in process. Because you are wrapping thread around fine fibers or hairs, they often want to roll around . . .

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Video: How to Store Fly Tying Tools

There are myriad ways to store your fly-tying tools, but not all are created equal. You want the tools easily accessible, protected from harm, and conveniently arranged. Here, Tim walks you through some of his systems and the shares an ingenious . . .

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Video: Why You Should Tie with Pine Squirrel

This week,Tim talks about why he loves using pine squirrel in streamer patterns. The material is relatively inexpensive, has fine markings that imitate baitfish, and it undulates in the water nicely. Try tying your favorite patterns, substituting pine . . .

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Video: How to Tie Jeff Blood’s White Death

In this week’s video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler walks you through the process of tying the White Death streamer, created by Pennsylvania angler Jeff Blood. It’s a simple pattern that imitates a variety of species of shiner, which are . . .

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