Video: How to Tie the BPS Spent Caddis

The man behind the BPS Spent Caddis, Dennis Komatsu, passed away in 2012, and he seems to have been a fairly private man who stayed out of the spotlight. However, he was well known for. . .

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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 the Crackleback

I clearly remember the first time I saw a Crackleback. I was guiding on Alaska’s Lake Creek, and my clients were a nice couple from Missouri. I took them to a stretch of river where I knew . . .

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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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My Favorite Easy Leech Pattern

Leeches are an important food source for all things “fishy,” and most fly fishers have a go-to leech imitation that they know will produce. My favorite leech pattern has always been a very basic Mohair Leech because it’s simple to tie and fishes well. . . .

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Videos: Patterns to Match the Mayfly Life Cycle

Written by: Pete Shanafelt, Bighorn Angler


A “mixed bag” of spring nymphs for fishing the Bighorn.
Photo courtesy Bighorn Angler

Sorting through the many mayfly fly patterns on the market today can be confusing, as there are a plethora of “bin appeal” patterns and not so many with real “trout appeal.” The patterns listed. . .

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Video: How a Fly-Tying Vise Is Made


A surprising amount of work goes into creating this Regal Vise.

“How It’s Made” is a TV documentary series about how common, everyday items are manufactured. They just released this episode that takes you through the process of creating a. . .

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