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FrankenDub Update

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J Stockard Pro Tyer and Owner of FrankenFly

It’s been almost 2 years since I first released FrankenDUB. I spent a lot of time researching, mixing, and testing the various FrankenDUB dubbing offerings and I’m extremely happy with the response from fly tyers. It has been very well received and always gets terrific reviews.

If you are not aware of what FrankenDUB is, then you can check out my dubbing page on FrankenFly.com and it will tell you all that you need to know. Basically there are three lines of FrankenDub, Monster, Nymph, and All Purpose. Monster is long and made for streamers. Nymph is of course for nymphs, but it could also work with dry flies. All Purpose is a non-sparkle short dubbing that could be used on all types of flies.

mermaid pink

One of the newest additions to the FrankenDUB line is Mermaid Pink. I have recently included it into the Nymph Dubbing line. This is not your ordinary pink. If you look closely, you will find red fibers mixed within as well as some sparkle. It also includes natural fur with guard hairs to infuse softness and more bugginess. If you look at it from a normal eye view, it looks pink. My hope is this unique blend will help it become just as popular as some of the other colors in the Nymph Dubbing line.

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Our Catalog Cover Star

by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Justin Bowman, Apple Valley MN. Find Justin on Instagram.

I was very pleased when J. Stockard featured one of my flies, a Vinyl Rib Caddis, on the cover of their 2018 Catalog. For those of you who’d like to try tying it yourself, here’s my recipe!

Materials:
J Stockard J2 500 hook #12-16
Bead: Hareline countersunk tungsten bead – 2.4mm
Thread – UTC 70 green-olive
Rib – Midge Vinyl Rib – green
Collar 1- Ice Dub – Peacock and pheasant tail
Collar 2 – Hareline CDC – Brown
Copic marker – black
Helpful tools: Hareline dubbing spinner set with hair packer, Stonfo dubbing loop clip and Stonfo comb and brush tool more…

Fly of the Month – Nome’s Nuisance

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Nome Buckman, Portland, ME. Fly tying instructor, guide & educator. You can find her @ReelNorthLLC and on Facebook & Instagram

After an accidental one fly day  – I left all my fly boxes out to dry and out of eyesight – I had one fly on my patch when arriving at the river.  It was a very sad slump buster that did not start out all that great looking with my beginner’s hands – longer streamer hook, too lazy to put in the wire to matuka the bunny properly and so on.  It not only lasted my one day of fishing, it also landed some nice trout. It quickly became one of my ‘go to’ guide flies.  I took the best parts of a slumpbuster and matuka style flies to create a highly versatile, but very effective baitfish pattern.  I’ve found this pattern to be just as useful in larger sizes in the salt as well as in freshwater. more…