Video: How to Choose Deer Hair for Comparaduns

Do you struggle to tie Comparadun wings? It might be the deer hair you’re using. In this video, Tim shows you how to choose the right hair for the job. There are several options that work well–they stand up, flare, and stay on the top of the hook shank. To . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Quill Body

Many patterns call for quill bodies, and Tim offers a few tricks that will make the process a lot easier and will save you the agony of having the quill split when you wrap it. By choosing the right feather and then preparing it properly (especially the . . .

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Video: How to Tie with Hare’s Ear Dubbing

This week, Tim explains how he likes to store, apply, and tie with two kinds of hare’s ear dubbing–the finer body dubbing and the thorax material that contains more guard hairs. If you want your patterns to look as great as Tim’s, you’ll take his . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Speedy Sparkle Purple Haze

The Purple Haze–invented by Bitterroot guide Andy Carlson almost two decades ago–has become a staple pattern for many Western anglers. Six years ago, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions showed us how to tie the standard version of the fly, but . . .

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Video: How to Tie-In Bucktail

Tying-in bucktail–for a Clouser Minnow or other hairwing pattern–looks pretty easy, but the results are often less-than-optimal. The wing itself may look good, but the head can be messy and the hairs can fall out. Tim has an easy solution that will make . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Dedeaux Snake

Here’s another “guide-fly” lesson from Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides. (Or, as he calls them, “super easy to tie, down and dirty, quick and easy, fish-catching guide flies.”) As Alvin says, he doesn’t want to create flies that are complicated or take a long time . . .

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Guys and Dolls: How to Match the Hendrickson Hatch(es)

Written by: Ted Fauceglia


The female dun is lighter and larger than the male, and the trout will often key on one or the other.
All photos by Ted Fauceglia

For the ardent dry-fly angler, the advent of the spring trout-fishing season stirs feelings of anticipation like nothing else. Sure, dredging weighted stonefly nymphs and Woolly Buggers through winter’s . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Black Beauty Midge

Colorado fly-fishing legend Pat Dorsey designed the Black Beauty Midge to mimic what he saw on the water. As quoted in Ed Engle’s Tying Small Flies, Dorsey said, “I came up with the the Black Beauty one day after . . .

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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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