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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Pike Popper

Instructions for a popper tube fly ideal for pike and muskie. They can be tied in various colours and sizes to suit your fishing, and when fished with a stinger rig have a very good hook up rate compared to  poppers tied on single hooks.  Head over to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to support the channel and follow me on tiwtter and instagram @flickinfeathers for more content.
Materials used
Large diameter hard tube (min 1/8" dia.)
Support: bucktail
Tail: magnum or saltwater flashabou and lateral scale, saddle
        hackles(optional)
Body: Sybai tinsel hair
Collar: Craft fur
Head Large foam popper
Eyes: 10mm flat tape
UV resin

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Squishy Fish

Instructions for tying a variation on Peter Hylander's excellent Squishy Fish. This is an excellent fly for imitating all kinds of baitfish and is effective for pretty much any predatory game fish. head over to Patreon https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to support the channel or follow me on twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers for more content.
Materials used:
Tube: 2 inches of hard plastic 1/8" outer diameter, 3/4 inches of
           1/8" inner diameter soft tube and 1/4 " outer diameter soft
            polythene tubing cut to length.
Weight: 7/16" conehead epoxied to tube blank
Body: Flexo expandable mylar sleeving 1/2" coated with
           plastidip
Thread: GSP or clear mono
Eyes: Flat tape eyes to suit
Permanent marker pens


Monday, 10 July 2017

Spread Fleye

Step by step instructions for Bob Popovics' spread fly.  In this video I've tried to replicate the original pattern from the "Pop Fleyes" book, but using UV resin instead of epoxy.  This is a very effective fly for anything that eats baitfish and well worth trying  in both fresh and salt water.
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Materials Used
Hook: Saltwater 2-6/0
Thread: Fine nylon mono
Body: Super hair/ultra hair + flash (Sybai sparkle hair)
Tape or 3D eyes
Permanent markers


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tying a Crease Fly

Step by step instructions for Capt. Blados' Crease Fly.  This is a very effective surface fly that also works on sunk lines too. Tie them in various sizes and colours for all kinds of species from smallmouth bass to tunas.
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Materials used
Hook: Mustad salt water popper, Gamakatsu SP11-3L3H or your choice
Thread: 3/0
Tail: Bucktail + flash (I use Sybai tinsel hair)
Body: 3mm foam coloured with markers
Eyes: flat tape eyes
Coating: UV resin, epoxy or Loon Hard Head


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Tailing triggers

A couple of quick shots of tailing triggerfish in Okinawa.
Southern Japan has miles of flats and is probably one of the best kept secrets in saltwater fly fishing


Monday, 3 July 2017

Peter Mcleod's Gumby Crab

Step by step instructions for Peter Mcleod's Gumby Crab. This crab is fairly easy to tie and works for all sorts of species. Adjust the keel weight and colours to suit the area you're fishing.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers or head to patreon to support the channel https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers
Check out Peter's site here http://www.aardvarkmcleod.com/
Materials used
Hook: Gammakatsu SL11-3H
Thread: Danvilles fat waxed nylon
Hot spot: Flou orange chenille, estaz or egg yarn
Eyes: Epoxy crab eyes
Claws: Knotted chenille
Legs: Silli legs
Body: Crustacean brush
Keel: Tungsen beads on 20lb hard mono
Weedguard: Hard mono


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Triggerfish Squimp

Instructions for tying a triggerfish version of the classic Squimp.  This pattern has proven itself around the world for bonefish, but is also very effective for other species too.
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Materials Used
Hook: owner flyliner
Thread: UTC 70 denier
Weight: xs lead dumbbells
Tail: craft fur
Antenna: rubber legs
Hackle: grizzly
Body: flat braid
Wing: craft fur
Flash: crystal flash
Legs: rubber legs
Weedguard: 20lb mono
UV resin

GT semper

Step by step instructions for a fly that has quickly become a staple of the South Pacific's GT fisheries. Simple to tie and full of movement, the semper is a must in your box.  Follow me on instagram or twitter @flickinfeathers or head to Patreon to support  the channel https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers
Materials Used
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12 size 8/0
Thread: 210 denier flat waxed nylon
Tail: Saddle hackles
Collar: bucktail
Body :Marabou
Head: Schlappen
UV resin/epoxy

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dredging Clouser

Step by step instructions for a super heavy rattling clouser for super deep dredging.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content or head over to patreon https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to support the channel



Materials Used
Hook: 3/0-8/0 mustad jig hook
Thread: 210 Danville's
 Rattle:  Bass jig rattle
Rattle mount: SIlver scales bddy tubing
Weight: Eyeballz 1/4" or similar +0.035 lead wire
Under body: Sybai sparkle hair
Wing: Silver scales flash blend
lateral line: flashabou
Epoxy /UV resin


Saturday, 10 June 2017

GT poodle

Step by step instructions for the GT poodle fly. This fly has proven effective on locations around the world and is sure to work for more than just GTs.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content or head to Patreon https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to support the channel



Materials list
Hook: Gamakatsu  SL12 or S10S-4H 6/0-8/0
Thread: 210 denier or 3/0 of your choice
Body: kinky fiber, fuzzy fiber or similar synthetic
Throat: Red Synthetic
Eyes: 12mm
Head: UV resin or epoxy

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Tying a Foxy GT Brush Fly

Step by step instructions for a highly effective brush fly variation that is effective for a range of species from pike, to tiger fish to GTs. Follow me on instagram or twitter @flickinfeathers or head over to https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5456726 to support Flicking feathers.

Materials Used
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12
Thread: UTC
Tail: Fuzzy Fibre
Head: EP foxy brush
Eyes: 3D mirage Eyes


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tying a needle fish

Step by step instructions for a simple but effective needlefish imitation. Try this for kingfish, GT, bluefin trevallly and others. Materials from  www.silverscalesflytying.co.uk
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Materials
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12 size 2/0 -8/0
Thread: White
Anti foul loop: 20lb mono
Body: Silver Scales Flash Blend
Eyes: 3D Mirage eyes
Finish: UV resin
Permanent markers

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Veverka's Mantis Shrimp

Step by step instructions for a very effective flats fly. Tie these in a range of sizes and colors to suit your target species and locations.
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Materials Used
Hook: Saltwater size 8-1/0
Weight: bead chain-dumbbell eyes
Tail: Craft fur
Antenna: Crystal flash
Eyes: Burnt mono
Rostrum: Rabbit fur
Legs: silli legs
Body: Dubbed craft fur
Weed guard: hard nylon

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dick Brown's Magic Mantis

Step by step instructions for Dick Brown's Magic Mantis.  This chunky fly gives a good imitation of the mantis shrimp and works for a range of species, not just bonefish. Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content or head to  https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5456726 to support the channel.

Materials Used
Hook: Tiemco 777SP (original calls for Mustad 340011)
Weight: lead dumbbell
Thread: tan 6/0
Tail: Tan deer hair and brown marabou
Body: tan and brown cactus chenille
Base for eyes: Chenille
Eyes:  Stalks from a hair brush
Mandibles/antenna: copper crystal flash

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Carrot Cake Shrimp

Step by step instructions for Bill Lambot's Carrrot Cake Shrimp.  This is a super simple, durable and fast tie.  The fly is a good alternative for fish that are rejecting the usual patterns and want something a bit different, follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more content or head over to https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5456726 to support the channel

Materials Used
Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H Size 8-6
Thread: Fluo Orange Danville's
Weight: Brass bead chain (small/ex small)
Tail: Orange rabbit, orange crystal flash
Body: Orange chenille


Monday, 1 May 2017

Velcro Crab

Step by step instructions for a very  effective  and versatile crab pattern.  The body provides a basic frame that you can add  various different claw and leg combinations to match the crabs where you are fishing.
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Materials Used
(suggested list)
Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H
Weight: lead dumbbells
Thread:  6/0 to match colour of crab
Body: Velcro (soft side) cut to crab shape
Legs: rubber legs, chenille or rubber bands
Claws: chenille,  cock hackle or rubber
Mouth parts: hackle fiber, marabou or similar
Eyes: EP crab eyes or similar
Belly: Epoxy mixed with white nail polish
Weed guard: Hard Nylon

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Turneffe Crab

Step by step instructions for a variation of the Turneffe Crab that I first saw being tied by Australian tier Jon Makim of http://www.jonmakimflies.com/.  Simple to tie, this crab pattern was originally designed for bonefish but works well for triggerfish and others.
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Materials Used
Hook: Owner Flyliner size 8-2
Thread: Any 6/0
Body: Furry Foam
Legs: Barred round rubber
Claws: Deer hair


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Coyote Shrimp

Step by step instructions for a nice little shrimp fly.  This is a derivative of a couple of patterns, but largely inspired by Darren from http://www.untamedfliesandtackle.com.au/
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Materials used
Hook:  Owner fly liner 4-2 (your prefferred bonefish hook would also be fine
Thread: veevus FL Orange 10/0
Weight: dumbbell eyes
Tail: coyote fur
Egg Sack: Glo bug/egg yarn
Eye: EP crustacean eyes or home made equivalent
Legs: Tan tipped clear/gold flake silli legs and natural cram centipede legs
Body: Sybai nymph dubbing
Wing: Coyote fur
Weed guard :20lb mason

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Reach Around Crab

Heading back to Okinawa in search of triggerfish and GTs, I'm tying up some reach around crabs as they seemed to be the most effective pattern on the local triggers with several eats resulting in destroyed flies but none landed. This trip I'm using different hooks and hoping for better results.

Step by step instructions for the "Reach Around" Crab.  I believe this pattern originates from the guys at Fly Castaway and is a very effective pattern for trigger fish and others.  It's thin, compact and quite easy casting which makes it great on windier days too.
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Materials Used
Hook: SL11-3H Gamakatsu
Thread: Any
Keel: tungsten beads on 20lb mono
Flash: UV flash
Claws: cock hackle
Mouth parts: Cock hackle
Legs: rubber legs
Body: Velcro cut to shape
Glue: 5 minute epoxy
Weed guard: 20lb Mono


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Rubber

Step by step instructions for the Vladi worm, or condom worm.
This is a great pattern for trout and grayling and relatively easy to tie


Monday, 3 April 2017

Creature Frog

Step by step instructions for a highly effective bass frog.  This fly will work for anything that will hit frogs off the surface and can be fished through quite heavy cover, it can chug and pop or you can fish it more slowly and it will work more like a slider because of  the round head. Try them in a weed bed near you and hold on!


Friday, 31 March 2017

The fly is the key

Here's a nice video from Guideline on how to build your salmon box.Generally I believe in that doing the right thing with the wrong fly will be more effective than the wrong thing with the right fly, but in many ways when salmon fishing the 2 are intertwined


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Foam wing stone

Step by step instructions for a nice stonefly pattern.  With a foam back and wing you can be sure it's floating even in rough water.  Tie them in different sizes and colours to suit the hatches in your area.  It's also a decent hopper/terrestrial  pattern in a pinch.
Materials from www.sybai.com

Materials Used
Hook :Tiemco 200R or equivalent
Thread: 6/0
Body: SLF
Back/Thorax cover: 2mm foam
Wing: 1mm Packing foam
Legs: centipede legs

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Em Opener

I always enjoy Mikael Frodin's videos, here's a short clip of his of opening day on Sweden's river Em


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Super Hair Jiggy

Step by step instructions to tie a super hair version of Bob Popovic's Jiggy fly.  This pattern is a great choice for surf areas and rocks especially for striped bass, seabass along with a range of others.  with a more forward weighting than a clouser the cone gives a slightly different action to the classic clouser minnow as well as being  more snag resistant.

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Materials Used
Hook: long shank salt water  streamer
Thread: Clear monofilament
Head: Cone head to suit (optional lead wire inside cone)
Body: Super hair or ultra hair
Flash: flashabou or other flash

Friday, 24 March 2017

floor brush


step by step instructions for a simple attractor fly for carp. Bright flies can be very effective for carp, especially in winter, and are a good option for fish that are refusing more somber imitations.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more content.
Materials Used
Hook: Owner C5 carp hook 6-2
Thread: Veevus 10/0
Weight: bead chain or dumbbells
tail/body: microfiber mop bristle
Hackle: Senyo's shaggy dub

Thursday, 23 March 2017

ULTRA!!!!!!


Step by step instructions for Bob Popovic's Ultra Shrimp.  This is a great shrimp imitation that has been copied by many. It works around the world for a range of species  from bonefish to stripers and a whole range of others.
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Materials Used
Hook: Standard shank saltwater
Thread: Fine monofilament
Legs , mouth parts and rostrum: ultra hair/superhair
Flash: flashabou or crystal flash
Eyes: Burnt 20lb monofilament
Hackle: Cock saddle hackle


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

SImplicity

Step by step instructions for a super easy, but very effective midge pattern.  Although it doesn't look like much, this simple buzzer will generally out fish more elaborate and gaudy imitations.
Materials Used
Hook: Kamazan B100/Tiemco 2487 size 12-22
Thread: 6/0 for larger sizes, 8/0 for smaller sizes
Thorax: peacock herl

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Clouser Crayfish

Step by step instructions for Bob Clouser's Clouser Crayfish.  While this fly was designed for smallmouth bass, it is very effective for trout, carp and other species too.
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Materials Used
Hook: Streamer hook 4-10
Weight: Lead wire
Thread: GSP
Antenna: Pheasant tail fibres
Mouthparts: Hen mallard flank feather
Carapace: Furry foam
Claws: Hen mallard flank feather
Under body: Cream/white dubbing
Legs: Saddle hackle

Step by step instructions for the rubber leg swimming nymph, I've made a few tweaks to the original pattern but it's basically the same pattern as the original swimming nymph.  It's a very effective carp fly f in areas that fish are eating crawfish or gobies and can also be used as a general attractor.
Materials Used
Hook: Ken Sawada black sedge
Thread:6/0
Weight: Lead wire
Tail: Marabou
Abdomen: Hare'e ice dub
Thorax: Rabbit fur from zonker
Thorax cover: Nymph skin
Legs: Silli legs

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Surf Candy

Step by step instructions for Bob Popvic's classic saltwater fly.  The Surf Candy need no introduction among salt water anglers, it can be tied in a range of colours and sizes to suit the local bait in your area. They'll catch everything from bass to bluefin, tie some up and give them a try.
Materials Used
Hook: Standard salt water size 4 -1/0
Thread: fine monofilament
Belly sack: silver tinsel
Body: Ultra hair/super hair
lateral line: crystal flash or other flash material
Eyes: flat tape eyes


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Torpedo!!!

Step by Step instructions for another heavyweight tungsten jig nymph.  The torpedo jig  is inspired by the Slovak style super heavy nymphs but uses Hanak tungsten pellets to allow for a smaller fly that is quicker to tie.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content.
Materials used
Hook: 60 degree jig nymph
Thread : 8/0 flat
Tail: Coq de Leon
Weight: Hanak "body +" tungsten pellet

Monday, 13 March 2017

It's been years

I haven't picked up a two handed fly rod for about 15 years, but recently I'v been thinking about getting one.  So much has changed and the range of rods, lines and styles is  amazing compared to back then,   I've always been attracted to the Scandi style and it's great to see the developments in this field.  I found this video on basic underhand casting that I thought was very well put together

Green Butt Black Bear

Step by step instructions for a hair wing salmon fly based on the Green Butt Black Bear, this style of fly can be tied in a range of colours and sizes for salmon, steelhead or seatrout.
www.sybai.com
www.flickingfeathers.blogspot.com
Materials Used
Hook: Ken Sawada Single Bartleet
Thread:6/0 Semperfli Nanosilk
Tag: Oval silver tinsel
Butt: Green stout floss
Tail: Green stout floss
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Rear 2/3 flat black holographic tinsel, 1/3 spectra flash dubbing
Hackle: webby saddle hackle
Wing: Marble fox and Sybai flash blend
Cheeks: Jungle cock


The Dr.

Step by step instructions for a Silver Doctor Temple Dog or Scandinavian style salmon fly. This colour combination and style will be well known to most Atlantic salmon anglers,but they can also be used for pacific salmon and steelhead.
www.semperfli.net
www.sybai.com
Materials used
Plastic tube system (I like  Guideline or Tiemco but any will do)
Thread: 18/0 Semperfli Nano silk
Tag: silver holographic tinsel
Butt: Fluo red dubbing
Tail: blue over yellow craft fur
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: rear silver holographic tinsel/ front Silver holographic ice dub
Body hackle: Blue Chinese cock hackle
Wing 1: yellow polar fox
Wing 2: red Angel hair and red polar fox
Second hackle: Blue Chinese cock hackle
Wing 3: Blue Polar fox and seafoam green angel hair
Front hackle: grizzly spade hackle
Wing 4: Silver Sparkle Hair with golden brown extra select craft fur
Cheeks: Jungle cock

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Flecka Bug

Step by step instructions for a simple, but incredibly effective dry fly.  I originally tied this to match a fall of migrating spiders, but it works well in midge or gnat hatches too. 


Materials used
Hook: TMC 2487 or equivalent
Tail: pearl mini flat braid or polar flash
Body: Fine black dubbing(anything that isn't spiky)
Head: black ethafoam

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Silver Bullet

Step by step instructions for a super easy, but effective euro nymph. try this with various thread colors for trout and grayling in deeper or faster water when you need to get down.
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Materials used:
Hook: 60 degree jig hook
Weight: Hanak "Body +" Tungsten pellet
Thread: Fluorescent Veevus 10/0
Tail: Coq de Leon

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Greg's Flats Fly

Step by step instructions for a killer little bonefish fly.  Greg's Flats Fly is a bit more complex than standard patterns like gotchas and charlies, but will often work on fussy or pressured fish when the standards fail to produce.
Materials used
Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H size 8-4
Thread: Tan 6/0
Tail: calf tail with some krystal flash over
Body: mirage tinsel banded with thread
Hackle: cock saddle hackle
Rib: Vinyl rib
weight: bead chain
weed guard: hard mono

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Bahama Mama!

Step by step instructions for an effective little bonefish fly that works great from the Carribean to the Pacific, tie it in a few sizes and weights and it'll prove it's worth the space in your box.
Materials Used
Hook: Standard Saltwater size 6-10
Thread: Fluoro Orange Danville's 140
Weight : bead chain or brass eyes
Tail: silli legs
Body: mini flat braid, 1/3 fluoro orange 2/3 pearl
Wing: Tan rabbit fur with a few strands of crystal flash
Weed guard: Hard mono

Monday, 6 March 2017

Long Range Killer


Step by step instructions  for an excellent hair wing salmon fly with a Russian twist.  The Shumakov long range tube is a nice alternative to bottle tubes or Scandinavian style with heavy cones while still providing a nice compact weighted  fly.
Materials Used
Shumakov Long range tube
Plastic lining tube
Thread: Veevus 10/0 black
Flash: angel hair 1 hot orange, 2 gold, 3 peacock
1st hackle: grizzly cock dyed orange
2nd hackle: Blue guinea fowl
Wing : Yellow and black polar fox
Cheeks: Jungle cock

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Step by step instructions for Austin Goldsmith's live bait. A quick and simple tie, this sandeel pattern is great for, stripers European and Japanese seabass among a range of other species
Materials Used
Hook: Saltwater 1-6 with a bend back
Thread: clear nylon mono
Body: Olive over white DNA holofusion
Eyes: Red 3D eyes

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Jiri Klima's Micro Nymph

Step by step instructions for one of Jiri Klima's deadly nymph patterns from the Czech Republic. Try them for trout and grayling, you won't be disappointed.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content.
Materials Used
Hook: Jiri Klima drop weighted hook
Thread: Veevus 10/0
Tail: Coq de Leon
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Pink Dubbing
Thorax cover: Pheasant tail or antron yarn
Legs:Hen hackle fibres


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Polish Pheasant Tail

Step by step instructions for a highly effective variation on the pheasant tail nymph in the Polish style. The tungsten bead and slim profile make this pattern excellent for short line nymphing in fast water.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content.
Materials Used
Hook: Knapek Gammarus 12-16
Weight: Tungsten bead
Thread: Fluorescent UTC
Tail: Coq de Leon
Rib: Gold Wire
Abdomen: Pheasant tail fibres
Thorax: Squirrel dubbing  blended with UV ice dubbing

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hairy Fodder

Step by step instructions for the Hairy Fodder bass fly.  It's an easy tie and very effective for both largemouth and smallies in rivers and stillwater.  It's also a prett good option for large carp that are displaying more predatory behaviour like those in the great lakes
Materials used
Hook: Gamakatsu B10s Size 6-1
Thread: 140 danvilles flymaster
Weight: dubmell eyes
Tail: several rubber legs with a few strands of flash
Body: rabbit zonker
Weedguard: hard nylon

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Mayfly Nymph

Step by step instructions for a basic mayfly nymph imitation.  This is a generic upwing pattern and the size and color can be adjusted to suit the species you wish to imitate.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content.
Materials used
Hook: Nymph hook 8-18
Weight: lead wire
Thread: Uni 8/0
Tail: Brahma hen fibres
Body: Life cycle dubbing
Rib: Thread
Thorax cover: Pheasant tail

Turbo Popper Billfish Fly

Step by step instructions for a billfish tube with a  Rainy's turbo popper head. for some serious disturbance.  Tie them in your preferred colour combinations and sizes for the offshore fish near you.  Although it's designed for billfish like marlin and sailfish, don't hesitate to chuck it at Mahi's kingifsh or others that come up on the spread.
Materials used
Large plastic tube
Semperfli Nano silk 3/0
Saltwater flashabou
several saddle feathers
rainy's turbo popping head
15mm flat tape eyes
superglue


Monday, 27 February 2017

Klingons on the starboard bow

step by step instructions for Peter Morse's Klingon bill fish fly.  This fly has proven to be effective in Australia and Malaysia among other locations.
Check out Morsie's website here  http://wildfish.com.au/

Materials
Large plastic tube
Thread: White 3/0
Super hair: white + a contrasting colour
pearl flash
krystal flash
Saddle hackles, white + contrasting colour
10mm eyes
Loon UV thick


Saturday, 25 February 2017

Sawyer's Pheasant Tail

Step by step instructions for Frank Sawyer's classic.  The pheasant tail nymph has spawned countless variations but the original remains a firm favorite of many.  This fly is very simple, requiring only 2 materials but causes problems for some, hopefully this video will help.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content.
Materials Used
Hook:Nymph hook 16-20
Thread: fine redish copper wire
Tail/body/thorax cover: pheasant tail fibres

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Tying A Cam Sigler Big Game Tube

Step by step instructions for the classic bill fish fly Cam Sigler's Big Game Tube.  It's been a mainstay of the billfish fly fishing scene for years and contineus to work for  marlin, sailfish and other pelagic species too.  It's not the most difficult tie, but will make you burn through a lot of materials.
Materials used
Large diameter plastic tube
Thread: 3/0 (I use semperfli nanosilk)
Tail:Saddle hackles 12-18 in contrasting colours
Flash:Saltwater flashabou
Colar: Several plumes of marabou
Eyes:large eyes of your choice
UV resin
Popper: Cam Sigler Popping head
www.camsigler.com 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Tungsten bead caddis

Step by step instructions for a simple but effective nymph pattern that works for trout, grayling and other species too. Adjust the size and  weight to suit where your fishing.
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Materials Used
Hook: Knapek Gammarus 8-16
Weight: Tungsten bead
Thread: Dark UTC
Shell back: Sybai fine flex
Body: Ice dub
Rib :4lb Nylon


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The straggler

Here are instruvtions for an effective little nymph pattern I've been working on.  It's a quick, easy tie that works well for trout and grayling. Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more flishing content.
Materials used
Hook: Knapek jig size 10-16
Weight: Tungsten bead
Tail: Egg yarn
Abdomen: Straggle string
Hackle : CDC feather
Thorax: ice dub


Monday, 20 February 2017

Straggle String Caddis Larva

Step by step instructions for a simple but effective caddis imitation.  Try this anywhere you'd fish Czech or European style nymphs.
Materials
www.Sybai.com
www.semperfli.net
Hook: Knapek Gammarus14-6
Weight: flat lead
Thread: Semperfli Nano silk
Rib: 4lb mono
Shell back: Sybai fine stretch
Body: Semperfli straggle string

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Flash tail foxy minnow

Step by step instructions for a slight twist on Dan Blanton's flash tail clouser.  This pattern is a killer for anything that eats baitfish from bass, to pike to snook and others.
Materials Used
Hook: Mustad 32786BLN
Weight:Pseudo Eyes
Thread: Danvilles Flat Waxed Nylon
Tail:Sybai New Sparkle hair
Body: Synthetic Dubbing
Belly: white fleece or fox tail
Wing : fox tail


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Bend back

Step by step instructions for a classic bendback pattern.  These little bait fish are almost completely weedless and great around structure and grass. Tie them in a range of colours of sizes to suit your target species whether its redfish in the grass or largemouth on docks or any other species that eats minnows or other small bait.
materials used
Hook: Tiemco 411S
Thread 6/0
Weight(optional) flat lead
Body: Flash material coated with UV resin
Wing 1: Bucktail, and flash (Sybai new sparkle hair)
Wing 2: Saddle hackles
Eyes: 5mm 3D eyes


Reed smut

Step by step instructions for tying a simple reed smut imitation.  Small black flies like this are well worth a place in your box for those days when the fish are preoccupied and won't look at anything bigger.
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Materials used
Tiemco 2487BL 20-28
Thread: Black Veevus 10/0
Wing:CDC and a couple of strands of flash
Body: Black Superfine dubbing

Friday, 17 February 2017

Perdigon Nymph

Number 12 in the fly tying for beginners series is a basic Perdigon nymph.  These are great little nymphs for  Czech, French and other European style nymphing.  You can make them more complex if you want to by adding a rib, quill body or flashback etc. but you'll catch plenty of trout and grayling on the simplest versions.
Materials Used
Hook: Jig hook 14-16( I used Knapek)
Head: Slotted tungsten bead
Weight: .015 lead wire
Tail: Coq de Leon
Body : Veevus 10/0
Collar: Contrasting Veevus 10/0
Wing case: Black nail polish
Coating: UV resin


The Ultimate Shrimp

Step by step instructions for a variation of the Ultimate Shrimp.  A truly deadly flats pattern for a wide range of species including bonefish, permit and trigger fish.  Tie some and try them for your next flats trip.
Materials used
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12 or similar
Legs: silli legs
Mouthparts:  marabou
Eyes: EP crab eyes or similar
Weight: dumbell eyes
Body: UV resin (optional Loon sparkle powder)

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Dirty Sub

Detailed instructions for a nice little carp bug that's ideal for waters where the fish prefer a smaller fly.  I like small beadhead bugs for carp but wanted something that would fish hook up while still maintaining the small profile.
Tie them in a range of weights and colours to suit where you're fishing.
Materials used
Hook: Owner C5 boilie hook size 4
Thread: Veevus 10/0
Weight: tungsten bead mounted on 20lb mono
Legs: black and white barred sillileg
Tail: Chickabou
Body: Semperfli straggle string
Hackle: Whiting Brahma hen

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Bass GIMP

Step by step instructions for a simple but effective subsurface bass fly. I've designed this fly to be a quick and simple tie, try them in various colors and sizes to suit the waters you're fishing for large mouth, small mouth and others.
 Materials Used
Hook: Tiemco 200R size 4-10
Thread: Danville's flat waxed nylon
Weed guard: 20lb Mono
Weight: dumbells to painted to match color scheme
Tail: marabou, 2 colors
Flash: Sybai new sparkle Hair
Body: rear 2/3 Sybai spectra flash dubbing front 1/3 SLF
Collar: Silicon legs

Euro Nymphing 101

This series showed up on my suggestions page and I gave it a look, quite well put together and good tips for anyone looking to start out with short line nymphing.  My only bugbear is that they only fished 2 flies, I'm not sure about regs in America, but back home in Scotland I always fished 3 which allows for more control of depth through switching flies and positions





Tuesday, 14 February 2017

CDC dun

Step by step instructions for a simple but effective CDC dun.  I've tied this version as a PMD but you can change the size or colour to match the naturals you want to imitate.
Hook: Tiemco 103BL size13-21
Thread: veevus 10/0
Tail: Coq de Leon
Abdomen: Turkey biots
Wing : CDC
Thorax: Superfine dry fly dubbing.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Marty's Minimal Mud Bug

Detailed instructions for a simple little crayfish imitation that I've developed over the last year or two, it's a quick easy tie and well worth a place in your fly box. Try it for bass, carp and others.
Materials Used
Hook: TMC 200R size 4-8
Thread: 6/0
Weight. 0.035 Lead wire
Tail: Rabbit zonker
Body: Blend of Sybai SLF and spectra flash dubbing
Rib: Medium wire
Legs: Medium round rubber

Red Tag Jig

Step by step instructions for an easy to tie, but deadly nymph pattern. The red tag will work for trout, grayling and others, so should find a place in any nymph fisher's box.  Follow me on twitter or instagram for more fishing content  @flickinfeathers
Materals used
Hook: Knapek jig 12-16
Bead: slotted tungsten
Thread: dark 8/0
Tag: Flame glo bug yarn
Body: peacock herl
Rib: silver oval tinsel or wire
Thorax: black ice dub


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Bob Clouser's Deep Minnow

Step By step instructions for tying Bob Clouser's famous deep minnow, This fly is absolutely deadly and will catch pretty much anything that swims.   It's a simple pattern, but one that a lot of people struggle to get right, hopefully this video will help.
Materials used
Hook: Gamakatsu S10S 4H
Thread: 6/0
Body/wing: Bucktail and flash
Weight: Dumbbell eyes

Grayling Bomb!

Step by step instructions for a really effective river bug. Don't be fooled by the name, this fly works for trout, carp and barbel as well as grayling. Find me on twitter or instagram @flicking feathers for more fishing content.
Materials used
Hook: Knapek Gammarus 8-12
Weight: 2 tungsten beads
Thread: Fl orange or pink
Rib: silver oval tinsel
Body: Glister sparkle dubbing

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Bibio Perdigon Nymph

Step by step instructions for an effective perdigon variation.  These little nymphs are highly effective for both trout and grayling and  well worth their place in any nymph box. For more fishing content find me on twitter or instagram @fickinfeathers
Materials Used
Hook: Jig hook 14-18
Bead: Black slotted tungsten
Thread: Black
Tail: Cock hackle fibres
Rib: pearl crystal flash
Thorax: Red tinsel
Thorax cover: black nail polish
top coat UV resin


Nich Fish

Detailed tying instructions for a simple but effective baitfish fly  that works well in both fresh and salt water try them for fry feeding trout in lakes or seabass from the beach and many more.
Materials used
Hook: Gamakatsu S10 S4H
Thread: Fly master plus
Body: SF blend or some other fibre you like
Head: foam dowel
Eyes: 3D eyes of your choice


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Rigging for Sailfish


After our Sailfish trip to Rompin in November I've had a few questions about the equipment needed to tackle old stick face. The following  information is by no means definitive, but should prove useful to anyone looking to try their hand at sails on fly.  And you should all be looking to!

Rods, Reels and Line 

You're looking at #12 outfits here. We all have our preferred brands and models, and on this trip there were rods from Sage, Redington, TFO and Colton on the boat.  Although all of them got it done, the Colton blue water stick which was a bit heavier seemed to be putting more strain on the angler than the fish at times but had excellent lifting power near the boat, it's probably a great stick for fighting tuna.
Obviously you need a reel to match your rod, quality brands that you trust and have confidence in are a must.  I mostly used a Tibor Gulfstream loaded with 300yards of 65lb backing and a Rio GT line for poppers. The guide's choice was a Nautilus.  I also had a Redington Behemoth with a similar amount of backing and a Rio Leviathan 500grain integrated head.  The Behemoth proved more than up to the task and, I think,  goes a long way to making this kind of fishing more accessible to a greater number of anglers.

Don't be under-gunned, I've heard of people fishing 10 weight outfits for sails and, while it's possible, I wouldn't do it.  12 is no where near too heavy and it's better for the fish, if we can beat them quickly.

Flies and Leaders


We weren't fishing IGFA leaders, but if you want to you can check out Cam Sigler's website for leader formulas.  Juan, the head guide at Sportfishing Asia generally fishes a straight 6ft (180cm) length of 60-100lb fluorocarbon. This is fine, but I prefer to have a class section that would allow me to break the fish off if a shark appears on the scene during the fight.  I used a 3ft (90cm) section of 100lb flouro and a 3ft section of 30lb fluoro with bimini twists in each end. The connections from shock tippet to leader was a slim beauty tied with one of the bimini loops, the other end was loop-to-looped to welded loop in the fly line, still fairly simple but with a breakable section in case of emergencies.


You don't need a huge number of flies for sailfish.  A selection of Sigler style big game tubes with popping heads, some Klingons and flashy profile flies, all  rigged with double 6/0-8/0 Gamakatsu octopus hooks snelled to the shock tippet.

If you would like a bill fish fly pack, don't hesitate to get in touch with me to arrange an order.


I hope this has shed some light on the gear you need to catch sailfish on fly. It can be a bit intimidating, but it's actually much simpler than a lot of people may think.

wooly bugger

Step by step instructions for a basic Wooly Bugger.  This classic streamer is a great pattern for beginner tyers and can be used as a jumping off point for other streamers and variations.
Materials Used
Hook: Long shank streamer
Thread: 6/0
Tail: Marabou
Flash: Crystal flash or similar
Rib: Wire
Body: wooly bugger chenille
Hackle: Cock Saddle hackle

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

the Frenchie

Step by step instructions for the Frenchie. This deadly variation on the pheasant tail originated in the competition scene, but is well worth a space in any nymph box.
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Materials used.
Hook: 12-18 jig (or standard nymph hook)
Bead:Gold tungsten bead to suit.
Thread: Fluoro Pink
Tail: pheasant tail fibres
Abdomen: pheasant tail
Rib: copper wire
Thorax: UV pink ice dubbing (chartreuse , orange and red are also good)

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Deer Hair Primer Part 2

In part 2 of the deer hair primer. In this installment I'm looking at choosing hair and the hooks I like to use. Hopefully you'll now feel a bit more confident in the materials you'll be using before we move on to simple techniques in the next part.

Clouser Floating Minnow

Detailed instructions for Bob Clouser's floating minnow.  This fly excels in situations where fish are reluctant to hit a noisier surface fly but still want a surface silhouette. Designed for smallmouth bass but highly effective for predatory gamefish the world over.  Slide it slowly across the surface or twitch it near structure and hold on.
Materials Used
Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 (but use what you like)
Thread: Flat waxed nylon
Throat: Red crystal flash
Body/tail: 2 colours of Bucktail with flash between
Head:2 Foam bug bodies
Eyes: flat tape eyes
Top coat: UV resin or epoxy mixed with fine glitter.

It comes from a land down under!

Guerilla Bug

Detailed instructions for a tasty little surface pattern from Australia.  The Guerilla bug is  a pretty snag proof little surface fly that works well for bass, panfish,  mangrove jacks and bream among others.  Tie some up and give them a try  in your local woodpile.
Materials Used
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S
Thread: Flat waxed nylon
Tail: Marabou
Flash: Sparkle Hair
Body: Spectraflash dubbing
Rib: 12-15lb Nylon
Head: Foam Spider body
Legs: Sili legs


Monday, 6 February 2017

Iwai Minnow

Detailed instructions for the Iwai minnow. This is a Japanese variation on the mylar minnow theme and is a firm favourite for Japanese seabass. It's also effective for other game fish, especially ambush predators.
Materails Used
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S
Thread: Flat waxed Nylon
Tail: Flashabou
Body: Mylar tubing over a foam cylinder
Throat: Red EP fibres
Eyes: Black plastic bead chain or glass beads fixed on Nylon
Coating: Liquid fusion or similar tough flexible glue

Monster Bugger

Step by step instructions for a simple but effective articulated streamer.  The double bugger, or monster bugger as some call it, is essentially the basis of many modern articulated streamers and a good starting point for anyone looking to build a collection of patterns. The materials listed below are a suggestion and can be changed/subbed to suit your needs.
Materials used:
Hook :Varivas 2500V SE size 4+2
Thread: 140 denier Daniville's 
Tail: Marabou
Flash: Sybai tinsel hair (flashabou)
Body: Ice Dub
Rib: Copper wire
Hackle: Schlappen
Articulation: 26lb beading wire and some glass beads
Weight: lead eyes
Head: Sybai Nymph dubbing
Rubber legs

Tying with deer hair part 1

I've added a series of videos on deer hair work. The first one looks at the tools you'll need if you want to start tying deer hair bugs.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Chenille Crab Claws

No need to pay for EP claws when you can knot up your own in a few seconds.

Double deciever

Step by step instructions for a variation on the double deceiver.  A modern classic, this fly will catch any predatory fish, just adjust the size to suit.
Materials Used
Hooks: Gamakatsu B10s (rear) Varivas 2500V SE (front)
Thread: 6/0 flymaster
Tail: schlappen or saddle hackles
Flash: Sybai Sparkle Hair
Body: Polar Chenille
Belly: Bucktail
Back: Bucktail
Articulation: 26lb beading wire and glass beads.
3D eyes
UV resin

zoo cougar

Step by step instructions for Kelly Galloup's Zoo Cougar.
This streamer is a modern classic and really deadly for large trout, bass and others. Tie some and try them.
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Materials Used
Hook: streamer 2-6
Thread: GSP
Tail: marabou
Body: pearl braid or dubbing
Under wing: Calf tail
Wing: Mallard flank
Head: Deer hair


Getting back to trout.. maybe

Step by step instructions for a simple but effective nymph pattern.  This is a basically a variation on a Walt's Worm but can be very effective in slightly darker or more colored water.
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Matrials Used
Hook: 12-18 jig hook
Thread: Veevus 10/0 hot orange
Rib: Pearl Crystal Flash
Body:Natural squirrel fur

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Redington Behemoth Full Review


A few months on and it's time for the full review of the Redington Behemoth.  This real really is excellent value for money and performs well above it's price point.  Despite a few minor issues it's a definite 5 out of 5 stars from me on this reel.  Nothing at the price point is going to match it.