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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…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

In 1966, the year I graduated from high school, the Academy Award for best musical score went to a farcical musical film named: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Staring Zero Mostel and among others, Buster Keaton, the film was an adaptation of the successful Broadway play by the same name. It is a classic tale of a Roman slave seeking his freedom by helping a young noble woo a young Roman maiden. Funny as hell but having nothing to do with fly fishing. Much like Buster Keaton’s character—Erronius (A befuddled old man who is partially blind and always confused). A bit of trivia, this was Keaton’s last film in an acting career that spanned 49 years from 1917-1966. But the title did spur some thought about forums, particularly forums related to fly fishing.

In lay terms, a forum can be described as: a gathering place of great social significance, and often the scene of diverse activities, including political discussions and debates, rendezvous, meetings, markets, etc. Forums supplemented the function of a conciliabulum. That would be a great name for a trout fly if you could just figure out what it looked like. Angler to fly shop clerk, “I need a dozen #12 Olive Conciliabulums.” more…

Fly of the Month – Exo Crab

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Tim Morales, Caladonia MI

Well, with spring break behind us and vacation season right around the corner, here’s one for all of you heading to warm and sunny tropical destinations.

Ever since I started tying, I’ve been mesmerized by realistic flies. The problem is, a great many of them are very tedious to tie and just way too time consuming to fill a box. On my travels to Denmark I came across a wide variety of realistic shrimp patterns that were overall not terribly time consuming to recreate and looked stunning both in the vise and in the water.

Since then, I have tinkered with my own realistic patterns. Some of my ideas have worked while many have not. With fishable realistic flies, the key for me is to bring about just enough realism while still making them practical and quick enough to produce. While I found a great many realistic shrimp patterns, I really couldn’t find many realistic crab flies. So, my project began to create a fishable realistic crab.

All in all, I feel that this pattern satisfies my desire for a realistic fly that is still fairly simple to tie. I hope you all enjoy this tie as much as I do.