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  Chewy October Caddis Nymph Hook: Dai-Riki 135 #6-#8 Bead: Black Nickle (-1) Size Abdomen: Orange Antron Yarn Rib: Hare’s Ear Dubbing Collar: Black UV Caddis Dubbing Wing Buds: Starling Antennae: Pheasant Tail Weight: .015 Lead (or substitute) Wire Thread:

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Bright Sunny Days, Clear Water and Red Flies

As we head into the fall the color red has been on my mind.  My box really doesn’t have much red as I am usually all about the purple, black and blue.  I am one to worry about such things,

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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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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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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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The Worlds Largest Free Fly Pattern Database – Google Image Search

One of my favorite things to do is to search the web for new and interesting fly patterns to tie.  I often use the google image search function to quickly locate patterns that look like they would be fun to

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