Classic Podcast: Fly-Tying Tips and Hints

This week is all about fly tying. I took a whole bunch of questions that came in over the past week (thank you very much for your great questions), and we spend about an hour going over some tricky and not-so-tricky questions. The hardest one for me was. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Surf Candy

New Jersey saltwater legend Bob Popovics revolutionized saltwater fly tying with his Surf Candy, originally introduced to the wider world in 1988. For a great history of the pattern, read Tom Rosenbauer’s article about the pattern on . . .

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Video: How to Counter-Wrap Materials

Trout teeth are small, but they can be sharp. And if they happen to cut the material that you’ve wrapped around the hook shank–peacock herl or hackle quills, for instance–the whole thing . . .

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Video: Why You Should Use Antron in Fly Tying

As part of his “Magic Materials” series, Tim discusses why he loves tying with Antron so much. The combination of shimmer and translucence mimic the appearance of living aquatic insects. In both yarn and dubbing form, Antron can add a lifelike touch . . .

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Video: How to Create Perfect Hackle-Fiber Tails

Many classic dry-fly and nymph patterns call for tails made from hackle fibers. Here, Tim explains how to choose the right feather, find the best fibers, and strip them from the quill. Then, he has . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Phat and Phunky Pheasant Tail Nymph

The original Pheasant Tail Nymph was tied by English riverkeeper Frank Sawyer in the 1950s, and in the decades since there have been countless variations. Fly tiers can’t help but tinker with patterns that work, trying to squeeze even more trout-catching . . .

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Video: The Magic of Pheasant-Tail Fibers

In this video, Tim shows why pheasant-tail fibers are used on some of the sport’s most popular nymph patterns. You can create great imitations of mayfly-nymph tails, abdomens, legs, and even gills using this one material. Dyed . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Leisenring Spider

In the latest how-to video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie an elegant wet fly originally created by Pennsylvania fly-fishing legend James Leisenring. As . . .

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