Video: How to Tie the Eggstasy Egg

Here’s a killer winter egg pattern that is a huge favorite of both well-known guide George Daniel and Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions because it is so effective. Like many such flies, the Eggstasy Egg can be tied in a variety of colors, color . . .

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Video: How to Make Your Own Colored Beads

Not everyone (by which I mean “hardly anyone”) has a tying bench as well stocked as Tim’s, but even he occasionally finds himself without the right color weighted beads. He’s come up with an ingenious method for making his own, using nail polish, . . .

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Video: How to Tie Jeff Blood’s Blood-Dot Egg

Several species of fish–salmon, steelhead, trout, and more–will be spawning from fall through spring, so it pays to have egg patterns in your fly box. Here’s a cool pattern by western Pennsylvania fly tier Jeff Blood. Here’s a full episode of . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Icelandic Black Ghost

One of the great things about traveling to new destinations is that you often learn about fly patterns you’ve never seen before. On a recent trip to Iceland, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions had the opportunity to geek out on flies with the experienced . . .

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Video: The Fly-Tying Tools You Really Need

If you’re going to be a fly tier, you’re going to need some tools, but which ones? Here, Tim explains which tools he deems absolutely essential, from a selection of scissors to whip-finishers, to a caddy to hold everything in place. . . .

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Tim Flagler Named 2022 Fly Tyer of the Year

Today, Fly Tyer magazine announced that its most prestigious annual award–Fly Tyer of the Year–would go to Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Editor Dave Klausmeyer wrote: “Over the past few of years, when communicating with this . . .”

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Video: How to Tie the BWO Smoke Jumper

The Smoke Jumper was originally tied as a midge emerger by Mike Hoiness of Yellowstone Fly Goods in Billings, and it’s quite popular on the Bighorn. Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions is clearly a fan, as well, as he has created videos about how to . . .

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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: Understanding Hook Shapes & Proportions

In this video, Tim Flagler explains how different shapes and proportions make specific hooks suitable for different kinds of patterns. By matching the right hook to the pattern, you’ll get the optimal performance from the fly, which translates . . .

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