Author Archives: Jeremy Anderson

Fly Tying Do’s and Don’ts for Newbies

Guest Blogger: Jeremy Anderson is an amateur fly tyer and professional Creative Director at an advertising agency in Nashville, Tennessee. He lives with his wife and two boys in a log cabin by the Harpeth River. You can find Jeremy @hacklejob

Getting into fly fishing and tying my own flies may just be the only New Year’s resolution that I’ve actually stuck out. I currently have 25,674 unread emails and a dad bod and I’m okay with that. I’ve found something that brings me more life than clearing out my inbox or working on the elusive six pack.

There’s nothing like catching a gorgeous fish on a fly that you tied. That said, there are a few things I learned as a newcomer to tying, so if I can spare you any moments of frustration, buyer’s remorse or feelings of futility by sharing them with you, I’m all for it. more…

Tying Flies for GooDoo

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

In preparation for several days of angling for GooDoo, the indigenous name of the Murray Cod, I’ve been filling a large fly box with a variety of patterns that I trust will connect with a respectable sized cod. In March 2020 I’ll be fishing in Eastern Victoria, Australia with local guide Cam McGregor of River Escapes on some of the tributaries of the Murray River. Compared to trout flies, researching GooDoo flies has been a challenge. There are few if any specifically tied for cod with well-known names, but among them there are some common features that appear routinely. more…

Fly of the Month – Satkowski’s Battletoad

Guest Blogger: John Satkowski, Toledo, OH, fly tying demonstrator and instructor, you can find him @ River Raisin Fly Company on Facebook


The rivers near home were all blown out due to some storms we had roll through. I had been thinking about some frog patterns I have been working on and one day it just clicked in my head. I was looking at some tutorials online from Johnny King and his “v” style tying would be great for not only the head of the fly, but the whole body as well. I tie a couple of baitfish imitations this way and thought I could pull off the shape of the frog as well using this style. The first couple flies were a bit too large but did get hit, but were kind of tough to throw with the materials I was using and were not hooking fish well. I switched over to some Fuzzy Fiber and ditched the shank and stinger hook configuration and this pattern was born.

With the rivers about two feet too high, I would have to find somewhere else to fish. I ended up going with my fishing buddy Andy to a series of ponds that he knew about. I brought out the frog and fished it around some lily pads and over the top of some weedbeds and it absolutely got slammed. I did have a bit of an issue with the weeds so I went back home after fishing and started playing around with some weedguards. The final design swims underwater very naturally with its long legs kicking, just like that of a real frog. A lot of frog patterns are made only for the top, this pattern gets down and swims just like a real frog evading a hungry bass. It can also be worked a little quicker and you can bulge and skip it on the surface for spectacular strikes. This is a fun pattern to tie and an even more fun pattern to fish. It is not that hard to tie, especially after you master the “v” tie style. Come tie my Battletoad and take it out for an evening, you will not be disappointed. more…