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Getting ready for spring

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On Friday, one of my restocking orders arrived, just in time for those serious spring tying sessions that most of us look forward to. There were a few new products, such as Solarez UV-Cure Fly Tying Resin and mixed packs of squirrel  and buck tails. Mostly, however, the order was a replenishing of the rank and file products my customers routinely buy -- more hooks, more thread, more marabou, buck tails, beads and dumb bell eyes and the like. For this shop, it was a large order. That's good news because it indicates that I'm selling many items to my...

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No time to tie?

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I've decided I'm going to start selling some of the flies I tie. Just to be clear, I'm not a production tyer.  But I do tie more than most people I know and every now and then I tie a whole lot more than I personally need. These will be listed on my Flies in Stock page, which will allow me to justify tying a dozen or more when only one or two are actually needed. The selection on this page will grow with every new batch that I tie. The flies will be sold individually so you can mix...

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Barr's Emerger

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This fly doesn't look like much -- with good reason too. It is size 16, which means you could fit four of these things comfortably on a dime. And that's the large size; people tie them down to size 22 which would make them of half that still.  But  don't let the tiny size of the Barr's Emerger fool you; this is a proven pattern that works when trout are on the feed just below the surface but there's no hatch in sight. It imitates mayflies emerging from their nymphal forms and ones that are crippled. Basically, it's a great searching pattern, but...

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Fly tying season is here

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If the amount of orders this little shop has been receiving lately is any indication at all, fly tying season is upon us. I think there is something about the onset of winter and dreams of spring that gets a fly tyer in something akin to panic mode. We look at our fly boxes and we don't see that they are half full. We only see the spaces that could be filled with a fresh batch of flies.  And there is an urge to remedy that sorry state of affairs. We then strategize like the best of generals. We scour...

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Getting ready for winter steelhead

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The truth of the matter is I never fish after hunting season begins. Two reasons influence this decision. First, I love hunting more than any other outdoors pursuit and the window of opportunity for small and big game is relatively short -- so I hunt when I can. The second reason is that Ontario's winter climate throws a lot of obstacles at a fly angler, from frozen guides to frozen fingers.  I know; the rewards can be great too. That's why I'm giving winter steelheading a fair shake this month. I'm doing it right and fishing with a knowledgeable guide. As a...

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