Rob Smith’s Musky Sucker

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Rob Smith is nothing, if not colorful so when I asked him to tie a fly for my readers I expected something bodacious, and I got it! Rob likes his fish the way he likes his mustache, big and scary. He’s our local authority on...

Poonfroggin

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It's already plenty warm by 6:00 AM. The hot pink band hugging the horizon and lighting up the water foreshadows the brain-baking heat that will be here any minute. It's going to be another brutally calm day in the Florida Keys. We're poling quietly down the...

Shea Gunkel’s Radiation Baetis

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By Bob Reece The creation of some fly patterns results purely from the need to fill a niche. Others however, result from a blending of emotions and experience. This latter path of development leads signature Umpqua tyer Shea Gunkel to the creation of his Radiation Baetis. Moms are...

The Hydropsyche With Peacock Quills

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By Herman deGala Here’s some advanced technique for tying flies with peacock quills. Fly tying has always been the art of linking a series of techniques to achieve an overall design. Innovative techniques are often a result of problem solving. I have always enjoyed the look of...

The Avalon Fly- Video

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Wherever you find permit, you’ll find the Avalon. This innovative crab pattern is a staple in most saltwater boxes. The Avalon made its name as a permit fly but it works well for bonefish and likely many other saltwater species. It has a life-like action and...