Video: How to Tie the October Caddis Soft Hackle

The October caddis (genus Dicosmoecus) is one of the great fall hatches across much of the country. And after you’ve been tossing size 22 Blue-Winged Olives, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, and such, it’s always great to tie on a bigger fly. The trout feel the same . . .

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Video: Understanding Different Kinds of Bucktail Hair

Many patterns call for bucktail hair, but you need to know your way around the bucktail itself to choose the kind of hair right for each application. Tim explains the differences among hair from the top third, middle, and bottom third of the tail, and he . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Squirrel and Herl Bugger

Everybody loves the Woolly Bugger, and a lot of streamer fishermen swear by patterns tied with zonker strips because of the great pulsating action these flies display in the water. So what if you combined the two and threw in some peacock herl for good . . .

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Video: How to Cord and Uncord Fly-Tying Thread

If you’ve watched many of Tim’s tying videos–which we post every Wednesday–you’ve noticed that he often twists his bobbin to cord and uncord the thread, depending on the effect he’s going . . .

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Video: How to Tie the CBC Green Machine

Depending on whom you talk to, the original Green Machine was created by one of two legendary New Brunswick fly tiers, Warren Duncan or John Lyons. (Perhaps someone out there has definitive answer for us?) Either way, it featured a spun deer . . .

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Video: How to Make a Neat Thread Head on a Fly

In this great video, Tim demonstrates how to create a nice, neat head on any kind of fly. When I first started tying, I was often frustrated by the bulbous, oversize heads on my patterns, ruining the . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Renegade

The Renegade is one of those classic attractor patterns that doesn’t necessarily look like anything in nature but has consistently caught fish for decades. With fore and aft hackles like its relative, the . . .

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Video: How to Tie The Autumn Splendor

Tim Heng is a fixture on the Colorado fly-fishing scene for a quarter century, having founded Roaring Fork Anglers before moving on to manage Taylor Creek Fly Shop. He invented the. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Wood Special

Orange is a great color to use in fall because it imitates both the brilliant colors of brook trout, as well as a variety of insects, including the October caddis. The Wood Special was invented by Maine fly tier Joe Sterling the late 1960s, and it has been . . .

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