To continue our celebration of flies with the Giant Fly Sale, this week I have a long talk with Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, maker of the finest tying videos on the Internet. This is always one of the most eagerly awaited podcasts of the year, and . . .
The rise of UV-cure resins over the past few years has been a boon for fly tiers. These adhesives, which harden quickly when exposed to ultraviolet light, make creating hard shellbacks a snap, help keep materials in place, and . . .
Most fly tiers prize a pattern that's easy to tie, requires few materials, and catches fish. The Whistle Pig Jig checks every box. With just a single material for the tails, body, and collar, it's a pattern that you can crank out . . .
If you like to fish barbless--the value of which is a debate for another day--you'll find it's much easier to do a good job mashing the hook barb before you tie the fly. That way, no materials are in the way, and you're not trying to do . . .
Famed Colorado tie John Barr is most famous for his Copper John, but many streamers lovers are also fans of the streamer/jig hybrid known as the Meat Whistle. Barr originally designed the pattern for bass fishing--sort of a . . .
The Internet is full of “hacks” that are supposed to make your life better in some small way, but few are as truly useful as this tip for creating a homemade tool for tying. Tim’s “dubbing brush and magnet tool” probably costs less than a buck to make, but . . .
The Internet is full of “hacks” that are supposed to make your life better in some small way, but few are as truly useful as this tip for creating a homemade tool for tying. Tim’s "dubbing brush and magnet tool" probably costs less than a buck to make, but it . . .
If you tie a lot of flies without maintaining good organization of your materials, your tying desk can quickly become unmanageable--with materials all over the place. If you've got small kids or a cat, this situation can lead to disaster. . . .
One of the keys to good fly tying is efficiency, especially if you want to tie a lot of flies at a single sitting. Putting down and picking up tools wastes a lot of time and energy, so Tim shows you how to keep . . .
Tying in hackles to create a good-looking wing or collar can be a real pain. You want all the hackle fibers to be pointing in the same direction , but sometimes the feather doesn’t want to cooperate. Tim Flagler shows . . .