Category Archives: Fly Tying Materials & Supplies

Crazy 8 Chironomid

Guest Blogger and YouTube Fly Tyer, Darren MacEachern of Piscator Flies

When I first started fly fishing, the easiest access to water was the still water pothole lakes of Alberta. I quickly grew to love chironomid patterns and their ability to catch fish in a variety of conditions. While chironomid patterns are simple, they cover a great range of colors and sizes. With them having hundreds of species spread over every corner of the globe, you can almost be assured any body of water will have the wriggling pupa hanging around. more…

Firehole Sticks in the Salt

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

My experiences so far with the new barbless hooks called Firehole Sticks has been great. Overall, they are a joy to tie on and make for some attractive looking flies. Firehole Sticks are a no brainer for freshwater flies, but I wondered how they might hold up under saltwater conditions. If you read just about any blog or article on fly fishing for speckled sea trout or snook, authors encourage anglers to pinch the barbs to protect the tender mouths of snook and trout. A 2010 article in Saltwater Sportsman went into a lot of detail on the best hooks for de-barbing flies and their use in saltwater. Clearly there is an application for barbless fly hooks in the saltwater environment. more…


Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

There’s a haunting lyric in a “Phantom of the Opera” song (now, stay with me here, I won’t take this gooey culture stuff very far) that goes something like, “Flowers fade, the fruits of summer fade; they have their seasons, so do we….”

The fact is that everything has its seasons–apples, screech owls, mountainsides, trout, athletics, human beings…and fly tying materials. In a world that has us tying flashabou this and antron that, using mylar sheet material for wing case covers and trilobal streamer hair, adding latex wiggly-legs, and watching as even synthetic hackle makes its way onto the market, Mother Nature can sometimes take an unintended back seat. A “season” to us is the length of time the fishing license remains current. We default to engineered polyester dubbing; we install long perfect monofilament mayfly tails. We skip the body-tapering step entirely and just shoe-goo on a hotdog-shaped piece of open-cell foam. Depending on the species we target and our capacity for patience, it can be easy to go periods of time without ever using natural materials. more…