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[LESS INFO] 91 VIEWS | ADDED 20:23:11 04/15/10
For this week’s Fly Tying Video, our good friend Eric Stroup returns to twist up the goods. Stroup’s Sulphur Nymph is definitely my weapon of choice to match these Mayflies subsurface. I have been privy to the previous two (very effective) incarnations of this fly. The addition of the brown Thin Skin really makes this look like a Sulphur Nymph that is ready to emerge. I also like really the 50/50 proportions that Eric Ties this bug in. My advice is to tie these up and put them in the rig that I show in Episode #21. You will catch fish with this fly!
[LESS INFO] 18 VIEWS | ADDED 16:48:29 02/12/10
For this week’s Fly Tying Video, John Collins ties up a great Steelhead pattern. This one is called J.C.’S Electric Steelhead Stonefly. Steelhead like crazy colored flies. This one fits the bill because it is Pink and Chartreuse (a color combo that has ALWAYS worked for us.) You are going to tie this on a super stout hook. A strong hook is maybe the most important piece of gear if you are going after Steelhead. Always tie on 2x or 3x heavy hooks because if you don’t, you will get back a straightened hook. I just tied up some Electric Caddis with John the other day. It is super easy getting the wire in to the tubing when you spin the tubing and hold the wire still. Work on this in
[LESS INFO] 10 VIEWS | ADDED 09:28:33 01/06/10
For this week’s fly fishing video we have some footage from Thanksgiving morning. As a tradition, I go out of Barnegat with my good friend Captain Al Zalata (www.a2zfish.com), his son Zach, and our good friend Billy to start off the Holiday. It seems that the Striped Bass coming south like to stop and eat the sand eels around Island Beach State Park. This always starts a week or so before Thanksgiving, and goes on well after the boats are taken out for the winter. When you have been fishing hardcore for as many years as we have, you build friendships and traditions that you look forward to all year long. This year was stellar with cooperative Bass, great weather, and a salty ugly crew!
[LESS INFO] 6 VIEWS | ADDED 07:48:44 12/03/09
For this week’s Fly Tying Video we filmed Jay “Fishy” Fullum at the 19th International Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset NJ. Fishy is well known for his creative flies and his equally inventive choice of materials. The Wire Tail is no exception. This is a fantastically simple and durable pattern that is accessible to any level of fly tier. In the true spirit of a Fishy Fly, he leaves the wing and head unfinished in the video. The finishing and true final character of the fly is left up to the tier. This is a great exercise in creative Fly Tying for those of you have been tying along with us.
[LESS INFO] 45 VIEWS | ADDED 09:29:54 11/02/09
For this week’s Fly Tying Video John Collins twists up JC's Copperhead. This is a great variation of the venerable Wooly Bugger. John has used some really interesting materials in this fly, building in some fantastic strike triggering properties and added durability. Instead of chenille for the body, John uses peacock herl, which is ALWAYS a good idea. For the tail he uses Fin Raccoon instead of marabou. It pulses in the water the same as marabou, but it is way stronger and more resistant to sharp teeth. The Copperhead also has Dry Fly hackle replacing saddle for a little extra glow. This fly will definitely out-fish your average Wooly Bugger. John ties the Copperhead in a huge range of sizes fro #16 to #4. This fly will catch Panfish, Bass, Trout, Carp etc.
[LESS INFO] 35 VIEWS | ADDED 19:21:07 10/19/09
For this week’s Fly Fishing Video we travel to New York State and meet up with our good friend Bill Newcomb from the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild. Bill lives right by the Roeliff Jansen Kill, a fantastic smaller stream that is stepped in History. We enjoyed fishing some historic flies on a perfect crisp autumn day. Bill gives a nice history lesson, we teach you how to get the fish to see your fly when the water is covered in leaves, and get a look at a few of the classic flies that Bill is known for Tying.
[LESS INFO] 40 VIEWS | ADDED 01:25:31 09/01/09
For this weeks Fly Tying Video John Collins Ties the Claret Wulff. This is a great pattern for any piece of water that has a Slate Drake/Isonychia hatch. I am a big fan of the Wulff style flies. They are easy to see and float like a cork. Whenever I am throwing dries at risers, I always try to gain as many advantages as I can. One component of my strategy is to target rising Trout in broken water and glides. First, this makes it harder for the Trout to see you or any mistakes you may make. The second advantage is that the Trout has less time to scrutinize your fly and presentation. The Wulff Style fly is ideally suited for this exact situation. I am always shocked at how many times a Trout I am unaware of will slash at my fly, above or below the Trout I am targeting. These are also fantastic for a dry dropper set up. The extra buoyancy will let you get away with a larger or heavier nymph without sinking the top fly. Twist up a few and cash in on the Iso hatch.
[LESS INFO] 31 VIEWS | ADDED 09:04:11 08/17/09
For this weeks fly Tying Video John Collins brings you another original pattern. J.C.’S Iso PT is a fantastic pattern that has put more than a few PA Trout in my net this year. As the name states, this is a variation of a Pheasant Tail nymph that imitates an Isonychia Nymph. These nymphs are an important food source for Trout on the East Coast. They are active late spring all the way through the summer. Isonychia Nymphs are super fast swimmers so do not be afraid to let these puppies swing, or let them rise up at the end of your drift. Many days a little action on these bad boys is the key to getting the fish to slam your fly. Twist up a dozen a keep them in your box; you will be glad you did.
[LESS INFO] 142 VIEWS | ADDED 10:24:00 07/31/09
For this weeks Fly Tying video, John Collins gives us an Eastern take, on a Western staple. The Amber Stimulator imitates an Egg Laying Stonefly, but in a size and shade more appropriate for Eastern Streams. For the East use a Dai Riki 270 #12 thru #16, for the West tie this in the #6 range and in the appropriate colors. For Eastern streams and rivers this is a fantastic pattern to fish at dusk and in to the dark. Remember to try some action on this fly. Egg Laying Stoneflies land and take off many times in this process, making a commotion on the water. Skittering your fly and ignoring traditional dead drift presentation can be the key to triggering the rise.
[LESS INFO] 17 VIEWS | ADDED 22:13:05 07/08/09
For this weeks fly fishing video we have some footage from the Catskills that we shot a few weeks back. Joey “the arm” Gilbo and I went to fish with our good friend John Kavanaugh for three days. The rivers were at perfect levels for the drift boat, and the bugs were cooperative to the point of the fish almost not feeding because they were full! This may be the most fun I have ever had on a fishing trip. At several points we laughed so hard that it hurt. When I sat down to edit this video, I decided to just show how much fun you can have fly fishing with your friends and leave out all the technical stuff. I have noticed allot of hardcore fly anglers can forget how much fun it is sometimes. I also got permission to use a song by the band Laser Flames on the Great Big News that I really love, and I think works really well with the footage. John “RIVER RIGHT” Kavanaugh is an amazing host and fly fisherman. If you ever get a chance to fish with the guy, you can’t go because Joey and I are taking your spot…
[LESS INFO] 13 VIEWS | ADDED 00:16:37 07/01/09
For this weeks fly tying video we have the final installment of our wing shooting/fly tying segments with guest tyer Walt Young. This time Walt twists up a fantastic variation of the Pheasant Tail Nymph. The main differences between the modern PT Nymph and the one Walt ties, are the omission of copper wire ribbing on the abdomen, and the substitution of dubbing instead of peacock herl on the thorax. When tied in different sizes, this pattern makes for an economical and naturalistic representation of many Mayfly Nymphs.
[LESS INFO] 57 VIEWS | ADDED 13:01:38 06/11/09
For this week’s Fly Fishing Video Catskill Legend Dave Brandt joins us up on the Battenkill. The plan was to do some Trout fishing and maybe a little filming. The sun got bright and the fish went down, so we decided to do a segment on the Roll Cast. Apart from being an amazing fly tyer, Dave is also a fantastic casting instructor. In this instructional fly fishing video Dave breaks down the Roll Cast and gives some great insights in to when and how you should employ the technique. This video will not only benefit beginners with the basic steps to learn the Roll Cast, it will help seasoned anglers take a closer look at cleaning up their casting technique.
[LESS INFO] 37 VIEWS | ADDED 11:30:35 05/29/09
For this weeks Fly Tying Video we have the triumphant return of Catskill legend Dave Brandt. Dave ties up one of the coolest takes on the Coffin Fly (Green Drake Spinner) I have ever seen. It is named the Econo Betts, which is a nod to fly tier John Betts. This one falls in to my favorite category of flies, “guide Style.” This means it is quick to tie and catches fish. Dave’s idea for the extended body is so simple and light, I can only describe it as genius. Tie some up!
[LESS INFO] 35 VIEWS | ADDED 12:52:28 05/15/09
For this weeks fly fishing video we travel to the Catskills to do some fishing. We met up with our good friend and Upper Delaware River Fly Fishing Guide Darren Rist. The initial plan was to fish the Hendrickson Hatch but Mother Nature had other ideas on the subject. This turned out to be a good thing because Darren broke off some sage like advice that will help any angler get more out of a fly fishing trip.
[LESS INFO] 66 VIEWS | ADDED 08:56:02 05/01/09
For this weeks Fly Tying Video we visit with the creator of Walts worm, Mr. Walt Young. In our last segment we harvested some Pheasants for fly tying materials. So, we figured it might be a good idea to tie a few flies with those materials. This one is called the Hen Pheasant Soft-Hackle. I fished it as a Hendrickson Emerger last week and it killed! The really cool thing about this fly is that we use a hen neck/head feather instead of partridge for the Hackle. You can find allot more useable smaller size feathers off the hen Pheasant than you can with the Partridge. I had no idea you could substitute hen for partridge. I tie a few Soft-Hackle patterns down to a size 18 so this is going to make my life much easier.