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

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


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


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
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


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.
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.
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