Tag Archives: fly tying tips

Furl and Flash Flies

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

To “Furl” is too roll up, a nautical term that had its origins in the 1500s. Furling sails on booms or yardarms was the method of securing and protecting sails when not in use. When it comes to fly fishing, we are all familiar with “furled leaders”. My introduction to furled flies was when I started tying Walter Wiese’s “Prom Queen” several years ago. Although I’ve never seen it in print, there is a 2008 book by Ken Hanley entitled “Tying Furled Flies” so the technique is not new. In an epiphany moment last fall, I attempted to add some flash to the furled body of a Prom Queen. After a few attempts, I settled on a technique that I’ve expanded to a whole range of patterns.

An Upright Dad

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

What the world needs more of, so social ‘scientists’ say, are more upright ‘Dads. And so I thought for a thousand hours on how to ensure my own family has one–a ‘Dad perhaps unpolished but still of dignity and posture–a ‘Dad that can be counted upon. I was sure everybody meant a fly pattern (what else, after all?), and laying awake a score of nights over a score of months I planned out the achievement to the finest detail. My goals were to accomplish all the following:

• End up with a crawdad pattern in my fly box.
• It had to be fishable at depth without a lot of weight.
• The thing had to SWIM UPRIGHT when retrieved in wet-fly style.
• It had to be SNAG RESISTANT so that I could scoot it along the bottom.
• Use natural materials to absorb minimal water–stay light, stay easily castable with a 5-weight.
• Its parts had to move fluidly in the water as if alive.
• It had to look more like a swimming crawdad than any “easy-to-tie” ‘dads I’d ever seen.
• Above all it had to take mere minutes and very few materials to tie.

Considering my tying speed, that last one meant it should take a pro about thirty seconds. And I’ve achieved every one of those goals. I think you’ll like it; here are the Upright ‘Dad tying steps: more…

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…