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Fly Tyers for Casting for Recovery

CfR nelsonGuest Blogger: Bob Nelson, Fly Tyer & CfR Supporter
With the continued support of J. Stockard Fly Fishing, who supplies the fly boxes, members of the Fly Tying Forum, have donated 14 sets of a dozen flies to Casting for Recovery, for each of the last five years.  Fly tyers from all over the United States have contributed a dozen flies each.  Not only that, but tyers from Australia, Canada, Scotland and other countries where CfR does not have chapters have donated as well.  Most of these men and women have not only sent the requested dozen flies to match the guidelines suggested by Casting for Recovery, but have included enough extra flies to fill a bonus box.  This year’s bonus contained 60 assorted flies.  There is also a box of 14 Pink Wooly Buggers for the attendee’s hats or vests.  This year’s flies are going to the Kentucky program which serves 14 lucky women from Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  The retreat will be held in Indiana. more…

Tying the Evolution™ Mayfly Clinger

MayflyClinger cropFlymen Fishing continues to expand their innovative line of fly tying products. And, just in time for tying season, their NEW Evolution™ Tungsten Beads are available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Flymen is introducing a series of new flies featuring these new beads including the Evolution™ Mayfly Clinger. This simple Hare’s Ear style nymph pattern is designed to imitate mayfly clinger nymphs. It is tied using a modern hare’s ear blended dubbing and an Evolution™ Mayfly Clinger & Crawler Tungsten Bead to imitate the broad, flat profile typical of these nymphs.

Use these Mayfly Clinger Tying Instructions to tie your own fly before they are even available from Flymen Fishing and get all the materials you need @ J. Stockard:

Hook: Standard Nymph Hook 2XL
Bead: Evolution Mayfly Clinger & Crawler
Thread: Choose VEEVUS, UNI or Danville
Wire: Lead‐Wire
Rib: Ultra Wire
Abdomen & Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear PLUS Dubbing
Tail & Wingcase: Pheasant Tail

Classic Trout Fin Wet Flies

trout fin kineoGuest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan blogs @ Addicted to Vise
Trout Fin Flies accurately represent the pectoral (and other) fins of, in my opinion, the most beautiful of the trout species, Salvelinus fontinalis, the veritable Brook Trout. In times of told, fishermen used to clip the fins off brook trout and impale them on hooks as bait. I suppose as time went on, the ingenuity of the fly fisherman took over and he developed wet flies to imitate the brook trout fin using dyed feathers. When I first saw these flies, I was immediately enamored with them, and since then I’ve tied them many times over, for myself and for other collectors. more…