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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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Beadhead prince nymphs

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I'm not sure why this unlikely looking nymph catches fish but, boy, does it ever. This is the beadhead prince nymph and it's a must have fly in any nymph box. I tied this one in size 12 and its one of a dozen I'm tying for the stock I'm accumulating for the shop. The recipe is: Hook: nymph hook from size 8 to 14 or even smaller. Bead: Gold to suit hook size Thread: Red 8/0 or finer Tail: Brown goose biots Ribbing: Gold wire or tinsel to suit hook size Body: Peacock herl Hackle: Brown hen or rooster...

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A box of blobs

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No, this is not a box of Christmas ornaments. It's a box of blobs. These are a British design not much used in Canada and the US but something I dabbled with last year for rainbows with pleasant results along with booby flies which are another effective Brit pattern. I've tied a dozen for myself to add to my arsenal of rainbow flies that I'll take out in the early season. Really easy to tie. Hook: wet fly hook 2X size, 6 to 10 Thread: Red or hot orange 6/0 or 8/0 Tail: flashabou of your preference. Body: Orange and...

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Tying the Dark Hendrickson wet fly

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The San Juan Worm

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