Category Archives: Paul Beel, Frankenfly

Fly of the Month-Feb 2017-Teddy Bear Nymph

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

Version 2 - tied by Justin Bowman

Version 2 – tied by Justin Bowman

In this blog post I want to concentrate on one of the most well known, effective nymphs that exist, the Hare’s Ear nymph. I don’t want to bore you with details of its history, but concentrate on a modern perspective and new ways to tie it. One thing to mention is that hare’s ear fur has been used for a long time, even as far back as the 1600’s. If you want to know more about its history, I recommend heading over to Flyanglers Online and read an article by Tom Travis where he delves deep into the history of the Hare’s Ear nymph.

The reason this nymph is called a Hare’s Ear is because originally this nymph was tied using the fur found in between the ears of a hare. These days, you can purchase a hare’s mask and get the fur by clipping the hair between the ears. Not only can you use the underfur in this region, but to make it even more buggy, you want to use the guard hairs as well. These days fly tiers will use all parts of the mask to tie a Hare’s Ear. Not only that, but tiers that push the envelope even further, use modern dubbing mixes to tie this popular nymph. more…

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.

Fly of the Month – December 2016

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

FOM salad shooter for info pageEvery month we feature one fly, give you links to all the ingredients and a full list of steps to complete the fly for yourself. For December 2016, we offer you the SALAD SHOOTER FLYMPH!

 

Recipe:

Hook: Mustad 94840, Size #12 (This fly was originally designed using the Mustad 94842 up-eye which has been discontinued. We’ve made a down eye substitution.)
Thread: Pearsall’s Gossamer Red Floss
Hackle: Partridge
Tail: Partridge
Body: Spirit River UV2 nymph/caddis dubbing olive spun on a Clark Block* (photo below right)
Rib: UNI Flat Embossed French gold tinsel Xtra Small
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