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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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Tying the Dark Hendrickson wet fly

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The Hornberg

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  There was a time when the Hornberg was considered an almost unfair fly to fish with. Invented by an American Game Warden of that name, this fly quickly gained a reputation as a slayer of brook trout. This spring, on my favourite brookie waters, I'm going to give that rumour a test. In preparation, yesterday, I tied my first three of these flies, so if they seem a little sloppy, you'll have to forgive me. I used a hen, soft hackle grizzly feather like the original pattern called for. I plan on fishing it as a streamer anyhow. The...

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The Leadwing Grizzly

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Here's a photo of my leadwing coachman variant. I call it the leadwing grizzly because it's the same as the famous leadwing coachman pattern except it uses a grizzly hackle for the tail and hackle collar rather than the normal coachman brown hackle on the original pattern. Like the original, it is also very effective. The recipe is: Hook: wet fly from size 8 to 14 Tail: Grizzly hackle Ribbing: fine silver wire Body: peacock herl (two or three strands) twisted. Wings: mallard primary quill slips Collar: grizzly hackle One last thing you might notice is that, unlike the LW coachman, the...

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The Adam's wet fly

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This drab looking, buggy wet fly is the Adam's wet fly, the sister to the Adam's dry fly. It uses all the same ingredients but is tied differently. I tied a few of these tonight and I'm quite certain this searching pattern will be a killer come spring. The recipe is: Hook: Wet fly hook from size 10 to as small as you can tie Tail: mix of brown and grizzly hackle Body: Adam's grey dubbing Hackle: One turn of brown hen hackle, one turn of grizzly hen hackle Wing: A pair of grizzly rooster hackle tips.

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