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Black-nosed dace - one more time.

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This streamer has been the subject of a previous post and, somewhere down the line, I suppose it will the subject of more. The black-nosed dace is a classic that just catches fish. Plus, I really enjoy the simple elegance of the Art Flick pattern. Keep a couple or more in your streamer box. Use them often. You'll see what I'm talking about. The recipe is: Hook: Streamer hook of your choice. 3X length minimum. Thread: Black 6/0 or finer. Tag: Red wool Body: Silver mylar tinsel. I also reinforce with silver wire. WIng: White bucktail, black bear hair, brown (or natural brown) bucktail in that order

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Warden's Worry, revisited.

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Lately, I've been tying a far number of flies. Most of them are modern nymphs and dry flies. There have been muddler minnows and variants too. The Warden's Worry, as shown above, is the exception to the rule and a fly I find myself tying every year or two.  This is an old pattern, but I can attest it still works very well. This is one of a small order I am tying at a customer's request in size 6, 8, and 4. Though the tail seems long, I got my dimensions out of Joseph Bate's classic book, Streamer Fly Tying...

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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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