Starting Fly Tying Season Off Right

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By Bob Reece While some people tie flies year round, the majority of fly tying in the Northern hemisphere takes place during the winter months. As the chill builds in the air, we move into this time of year filled with hours spent behind the vise...

The Magic of Soft Hackles

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SOFT HACKLES ARE THE SHARKS OF THE FLY BOX. Like the shark, the soft hackle is one of the oldest of its ilk, and like those ancient predators, it has evolved very little from its inception. Like the shark, it is a deadly design that could...

Working With Stretch Tubing

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By Bob Reece I love flies that have both transparency and durability.  Incorporating stretch tubing into the construction of a pattern adds both of these elements.  In addition to this, manipulating the material and those that it’s paired with, can help produce more effective flies.  Stretch tubing...

Tying Effective Hair Wings

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By Bob Reece Social media allows for the viewing of frequent and numerous fly patterns.  As with all things fly fishing, there are seasonal trends.  This time of year dry flies make a common appearance.  Many of those incorporate some form of hair as a wing...

Sunday Classic / The CDC Blood Midge

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MIDGE PATTERNS CAN BE REMARKABLY EFFECTIVE FOR TROUT. Depending on how you count them there could be over a thousand species of midge. That's a lot of choices for the discerning trout. There are almost as many choices for the angler and a midge obsession can...