Video: How to Tie a Shiney Hiney Caddis Pupa

A northern New Mexico native, “Hopper Juan” Juan Ramirez has been tying flies for two decades, and many of his patterns have become staples in Colorado and the Southwest. He shared some of his favorite patterns in a blog post here a few years ago. . . .

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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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Video: How to Tie an Atherton #2 Nymph

A Minnesota native, John Atherton became a well-known illustrator and fine artist in New York City in the 1930s and early ’40s. One of his paintings hangs in the Metroplitan Museum of Art. In the mid ’40s Atherton moved to Arlington, Vermont, on the . . .

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Video: How to Use Markers to Color Flies

In this great video, Tim explains how you can use indelible markers to create cool, lifelike patterns on your flies. In typical Flagler fashion, he also offers a cool way to use chip clips to make the process easier. The results are impressive!

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Video: How to Tie a Wood Duck Nymph

Do you like nymph patterns with “markings out the wazoo”? Then Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has a pattern for you! As you can see in the photo above, natural mayfly nymphs are often quite mottled, with lots of light and dark parts–just like a . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Puterbaugh Caddis Variant

Colorado’s Arkansas River is famous for its caddisfly hatches, and guide Don Puterbaugh guided on the Arkansas until he was 80 years old. (Read a cool profile of Don here.) He developed this high-floating imitation for the . . .

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Video: How to Create a Yarn or Fiber Crab Body

In this week’s video, Tim offers several ingenious tricks that make tying crab flies much easier. I especially like the chip-clip method for ensuring uniformity of shape. If you plan to fish in salt water, you’ll want to watch this.

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Podcast: Trout-Spey Flies with Tim Flagler

We’ve done a bit with trout Spey on the podcast, but never one specifically on flies for trout Spey. Luckily, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, who produces the best fly tying videos, has become a trout Spey addict . . .

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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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