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 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
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 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
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
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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
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