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Tying a Bellycrawl Carp Fishing Fly

This is one of the OG carp flies from Mr Kolanda that was on the leading edge of what is now the ongoing movement to design purpose-built flies for carp.

We’ve adjusted several materials and techniques, but only because of material availability and ease of tying. Check out the inverting bead method!

DiscountFlies, July 08, 2024

Tying a Yellow Sally Soft Hackle Fishing Fly

Dry Flies get all the headlines, but Emergers are often the unsung heroes...

If the fish aren't eating as eagerly as you expect while fishing a dry, tie on a fly like this soft hackle behind a big, bushy Drake or Chernobyl.

DiscountFlies, June 29, 2024

Tying a Messy Sally Fishing Fly

The Yellow Sally hatch is both prolific and drawn out. Yet, we often overlook it because of PMDs, Drakes, Golden Stones, and Caddis.

If you’re fishing during these hatches without as much success as you’d expect, try a yellow sally. Here's a chaotic mess of Yellow Sally Dry.

DiscountFlies, June 29, 2024

Tying the Psycho Prince Rubberleg

The psycho prince is a producer for everything from trout to bass to steelhead.

We like the addition of rubberlegs. We offer a few alternative materials, but otherwise don’t have much to add on this modern classic.

DiscountFlies, June 27, 2024

Tying a Callibaetis Cruncher Fishing Fly

Fishing BC lakes for Kamloops rainbows is a bucket list item for us.

n general, there are several important categories of bugs for lakes. The Cruncher is a favorite callibaetis pattern.

DiscountFlies, June 27, 2024

Tying a Jiggy "BM" Damsel Nymph Fishing Fly

Got the run off blues? How about a jiggy damsel nymph fishing fly?

This fly incorporates aspects of Gary Borger’s classic damsel nymph and Mr Mayer’s more recent mini leech damsel...two stillwater jedis.

DiscountFlies, May 31, 2024

Tying the Improved Madam X Foam Salmonfly Fishing Fly

Most fly design is evolutionary, attempting to solve a specific problem or adapt an existing fly to a specific situation

Here's an attempt to improve the floatability of a classic Madam X

DiscountFlies, May 27, 2024

Tying and Soft Hackle Hare's Ear Bead Head Fishing Fly

Hare’s ear is, without doubt, one of the very best materials for tying flies.

Combine Hare’s Ear, a bead, and a soft hackle and you have a winning combination for almost anywhere, anytime.

DiscountFlies, May 19, 2024

How to tie a Chubby Cicada Fishing Fly

Chubby Chernobyl style of fly is one of our go-to flies. Perfect for dry-dropper fishing or fishing solo, this style of fly can be adapted to many different big bugs – beetles, ants, hoppers, stones.

Here is a Cicada version.

DiscountFlies, May 13, 2024

Tying the X2 Caddis Fishing Fly

Version 2.0 of Mr Mathews’ brilliant design

This version incorporates a set of spent wings, incorporates some flash, and sports a bushier head. It works everywhere we’ve fished it.

DiscountFlies, May 13, 2024

Tying Pat's Rubberlegs Beadhead Stonefly Fishing Fly

Pat’s Rubberlegs is a staple. It is also a relatively simple fly with few materials.

The biggest challenge to tying Pat's Rubberlegs are the pesky legs…..what to do with them? We show a method that works for us for this fly and others.

DiscountFlies, May 13, 2024

Tying Stalcup's Bead Diving Caddis Fishing Fly

Mr Stalcup called this fly "probably the most productive creation I've come up with."

The original wings of this fly are medallion sheeting. We’ve been using Flash Back Plus from Sybai.

DiscountFlies, May 13, 2024

Tying a CDC Parachute Mayfly Fishing Fly

How to tie a CDC Parachute Mayfly Fishing Fly

A beautiful mess. We like CDC…a lot. Here’s a classic Parachute Adams tied with CDC.

DiscountFlies, May 04, 2024

Tying a Jig Green Drake Nymph Fishing Fly

How to tie a Jig Green Drake Nymph Fishing Fly

Green Drake nymphs are short, stubby insects. This fly is simple and HEAVY, which is great for a point fly.

DiscountFlies, May 04, 2024

Tying a Double Barrel Foam Popper Fishing Fly

Nothing rhymes better with excitement than foam popper.

While these flies can look intimidating to tie, several new materials simplify the process.

DiscountFlies, April 27, 2024

Tying a UV Wire Worm Fishing Fly

Known by several names – UV Wire Worm, Wire Worm, Pig Sticker – this fly catches fish.

In smaller sizes, it can be used as an annelid or rock worm. In larger sizes, maybe fish take it for one of the skinny leeches that live in many rivers.

DiscountFlies, April 19, 2024

Tying the Articulated Goldie and Rusty Trombone Fishing Flies

The Articulated Goldie is a go-to streamer in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The olive with copper flash version, known as the Rusty Trombone, is also a popular and productive variation.

While we have a couple of techniques that we like to use when tying this fly, the overall design and materials list is straight forward.

DiscountFlies, April 10, 2024

Tying the X Caddis Fishing Fly

A brilliant design by Mr Mathews. At the heart of this pattern – and close cousins like the sparkle dun – is Z Lon.

Antron (also a trilobal fiber) and poly (round) fibers also work, especially since Z Lon is no longer manufactured.

DiscountFlies, March 17, 2024

Tying Stalcup's CDC Emerging Dun BWO Fishing Fly

Shane Stalcup’s “Mayflies: Top to Bottom” is one of the best resources for timeless mayfly patterns....

The CDC Emerging Dun is one of our favorite BWO emergers.

DiscountFlies, March 09, 2024

Tying a Melon Sparkle Dun Fishing Fly

AK Best’s Melon Quill has always been a head scratcher. But it works. Everywhere.

This is our version of a melon quill color scheme married with Mr Mathews’ brilliant sparkle dun.

DiscountFlies, March 09, 2024

Tying a Jiggy Blowtorch Fishing fly with a few new Materials

The Blowtorch is a classic jigged tag nymph from the mind of Mr Olsen that is a go-to fly for many anglers.

There are several recently released materials that make this top producing nymph even easier to tie.

DiscountFlies, March 02, 2024

Tying the Jiggy Hot Head Mini Leech Fly Fishing Fly

The JIggy Mini Leech has quickly become a go-to favorite for many anglers. It is a great pattern in rivers and streams as well as lakes and ponds.

Dread drifted as point fly is our favorite way to fish this fly. There are numerous variations to be tied and tried.

DiscountFlies, February 18, 2024

Tying the Two Bit Hooker Fishing Fly

The Two Bit Hooker is another brilliant fly from the mind of Jedi fly designer Charlie Craven

Don’t skip dubbing between the beads! This bulk of dubbing acts as the foundation for legs and wing case - a brilliant concept to be used in other flies

DiscountFlies, February 16, 2024

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