Monthly Archives: February 2015

Blue Jays

Blue Jay Flies size 1 resizeGuest Blogger: Eunan Hedron, Classic Fly Tyer, Eunan Blogs @ Addicted to Vise

One of the most striking feathers used for fly tying is that of the blue jay. These little blue and black barred feathers are used quite extensively for wrapping throats on many Irish trout and salmon flies, and can be use as whole feathers on the wings of various trout and bass flies, as described by Bergman and Marbury, among others.  more…

A Welcoming Gift

Guest Blogger: Gerald Nilsen, Moorhead, MN

We recently had a new family move to our church from Missouri. I usually try to connect with new families somehow to make sure that they feel welcome. Needless to say, I was very excited to hear that the father and the oldest son (age 21) fly fished. It is winter now and very little fly fishing can be done. I normally use the time to catch up on my fly tying.
I tied up four streamers: two flash fry in pink; one on a # 4x – #2 hook and another on a 4x – # 6 hook. These work well up here (Fargo ND area) for bass and northern pike.  One streamer was a black leech pattern on a 4x – #6 hook and the other was a fox fur streamer on a 3x – #8 hook (great for crappies). I gave these four flies to the young man. The rest of the family crowded in. Dad said, ‘Oh Jordan, big brown trout love leeches.’ Mom looked at all four of the flies and the delighted expression on her son’s face and said, ‘that’s the nicest thing that anyone has ever done for my son.’

BugLit LED Micro Flashlight

BGT_Feature_00_nGuest Blogger: Dennis Pastucha

Hi All, I wanted to share a product I’ve come to really use and enjoy. It’s a BugLit LED Micro Flashlight from a company called Niteize. It’s small, super bright, has options for blinking lights in case of an emergency and can be bended and molded to fit a variety of situations. I’ve used it for my lumber pack in low light, on my hat, wrapped around a tree branch to help me see a fly I’m tying on a tippet in low light and even at my tying table.

Niteize also makes a lot of other quality gear such as carbiners and bendable gear ties, which I also carry on and in my pack. The bendable gear ties saved the day when my tippet holder broke. Check them out. Tight lines!

Note from J. Stockard: Hey Dennis, thanks for bringing this cool tool to our attention. Looks like you even wrap it around a vise stem for fly tying.  We’ve contacted Niteize and maybe you’ll find some of their products on our site soon!