Improving Fly Tying Efficiency  

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By Bob Reece Many beginner and novice tiers that I’ve talked to equate improved efficiency at the vise with rushing through the tying process. While applying the techniques below can speed up pattern creation, that result is not their sole purpose. The main focus...

Bruce Chard Ties The Gnarly Bandit

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SIMPLE IS OFTEN BEST. Our good friend Captain Bruce Chard is back today to prove it. Fishing guides need effective flies that will put their clients on fish but don't take hours to tie. Bruce calls these kind of flies,"guide flies." These flies have all of...

Tie Connor’s Jerk Minnow

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THIS DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE FLY IS ALL ABOUT THE ACTION. Connor Jones, from Cohutta Fishing Company, ties this versatile baitfish pattern for bass and trout here in the southeast. It's a simple fly with a clean profile and it's easy to tie in a variety of colors. The...

Dickey’s Mighty Mantis

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I WAS, FRANKLY, A LITTLE SHOCKED WHEN JOEL DICKEY DECIDED TO SHARE THIS FLY WITH US. I have fished Joel's Mighty Mantis for years and I can attest to its mojo. Friends, this fly works. It's the most productive bonefish fly I have ever fished and...

Shea Gunkel’s Shot Glass Baetis

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By Bob Reece Baetis Mayflies are an integral piece of the food web in many trout inhabited watersheds around the world. While their physical size is minimal, their population numbers can be immense. These significant numbers frequently draw the attention of feeding trout. These...