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Wetlander Bottom Coating on a Driftboat

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A good friend of mine Rob Naughton of Pendleton Oregon has been telling me about his plans to upgrade his Willie Driftboat bottom from Gluvit to something a little higher tech.  He has been researching a specialty coating called Wetlander which

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Sharpie Dyed Feathers

If you ever get pinned down and need a color of feather you don’t have here is a way to quickly dye feathers to match your need.  I use this technique for Intruder wings and other large streamers.  It is

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Throwback Thursday – Secrets from Master Fly Tiers Circa 1996

– Read PDF Article Here – I ran across this old article the other day.  For the life of me I cannot even remember what magazine it is from but some of the thoughts still hold true I guess.  I

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Hair Stacker 101

Fact:  The bell on hair stackers is misleading and pointless!  It is counter productive and creates frustration and ugly flies.  This one “little trick” will make you famous, skinny AND good looking! The problem is that when you insert fibers

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Tying the Steelhead Coachman – Herl and Rib Bodies on the Nor-Vise

Yet another fly I could find no reference to on the net, literally only 3 photos that were less than ideal.  I believe this is an http://www.idylwilde.com/ pattern because I can’t find a recipe anywhere.  It was on my list so I

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Organize Your Tying

The reason I took a 15 year hiatus from tying flies, my one true passion in life, was due to burn out.  It didn’t take long tying commercially before I hated my favorite hobby.  In time, I have learned a

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Fly Du Jour Pattern Alternative

In prepping for an upcoming steelhead trip, I was provided a list of recommended flies from our guide Vail Borne of RiverBorneOutfitters.com.  There were many familiar patterns on the list but there was one that I had never heard of

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Never Tie Flies on Barbless Hooks, Catch and Return Fishing

Yes, that is what I say, NEVER, use barbless hooks when fly fishing.  I know this is not politically correct, and I am likely breaking laws just by talking about it, but it is a personal rule of mine.  I developed

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Nor-Vise Dubbing Brush (using Thread instead of wire)

    I am currently reading Dave Hughes’ book on Wet Flies. He talks a great deal about building pre-spun “flymph” bodies using a variety of techniques and tools. I have been using this technique on the Nor-Vise with the

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Caddis Sparkle Pupa

I was recently on a fly fishing trip out to the metolius river and came across a pattern that I remember trying to tie in my youth.  The Caddis Sparkle Pupa, there was nearly an entire bin dedicated to this

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