Category Archives: Fly Tying Tips & Tools

Guest Blogger Review – Loon All Purpose Scissors

loonscissorsGuest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

I’ve been using the new Loon Outdoors Ergo All Purpose 4″ Scissors for well over three months now and have tied over 300 flies with them.

I normally use a pair of all purpose scissors to do the bulk of my cutting at the vise. It has been mainly a pair of Dr. Slick 4″ scissors in the past. Plus, I have a pair of very sharp Deer Creek razor scissors that I treat like a baby and love.

I set my pair of Dr. Slicks aside to try the Loon scissors a few months ago. Loon has improved their fly tying tool offerings this year and it really shows. This pair of scissors has worked as my go to scissors extremely well. I have tied quite a few flies in the last few months and they are still going strong. They are holding up just as well as the Dr. Slicks. They have stayed sharp and I’ve cut everything from fur and feathers to synthetics. I have even been cutting wire with these and they are still holding up. I don’t recommend cutting wire all of the time with your go to scissors, but I have done it with these several times.

As far as comfort, they are comfortable. I actually prefer the painted handles compared to the metal style finish on the Dr. Slicks. They feel better in my hands and fingers.

So if you are looking for a new pair of scissors to do a variety of tasks at the tying bench, I would highly recommend trying the new Loon Outdoors All Purpose Scissors.

Clay’s Take On Streamers

Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody, Wyoming, retired National Park Superintendent

tying freshwater streamersOne of the replies to my Minimum Fly Box article wondered what I have as streamers in my fly box. I tied a lot of Carrie Stevens’ patterns that she developed in Maine years ago, and I used them when fishing in Maine and a few of the Lakes of the Adirondacks with some, but not exciting success. I tried a few of her patterns I liked such as America, Carrie’s Special and the classic Gray Ghost pattern as described in David Klausmeyer’s book, Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers. This book, a first edition, is now listed for a used copy at $124.99 on Amazon. Fortunately, my copy was $39.95 in 2004. If you can find a reasonably priced copy at a garage sale, I recommend buying it. If streamers are your love, this is the book to have. more…

Experimental Fly Tying

Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody, Wyoming, retired National Park Superintendent

Among the many pleasures of tying your own flies are creating flies that you believe are better examples of a particular insect than the many examples that already exist. It is generally an established fact that some well-known patterns such as the Adams dry fly, elk hair caddis, Royal Wulff, the pheasant tail nymph, and the Prince nymph to name a few  are more effective than many others. Creating new patterns is something many, if not all fly tiers do, but many fly tiers also try to make minor changes to the proven fish-catching patterns that could make that fly selected more frequently by trout. I do that a lot though I never have kept track of every change I made and a written record that would support success or failures enough to be able to provide expert testimony on all the results. more…