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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


Tying the Kreelex Streamer Fishing Fly | Two Versions

Originally called the Rolex, the Kreelex is a proven fly across species

This is one of the first streamers we reach for whether we are fishing it dead drifted, swung, or stripped.

DiscountFlies, February 11, 2024


Tying the Jiggy YK Flasher Yong Special Fishing Fly

Mr Kim’s Yong Special fishing fly was developed for the pickiest trout on the San Juan. We’ve found that it works well anywhere.

The key to this fly is to tightly cord the thread prior to wrapping it forward. This creates fantastic segmentation.

DiscountFlies, February 03, 2024


Tying the Darth Baetis Variation Fishing Fly

The Darth Baetis is a stellar baetis nymph...purple is a winter favorite.

We use a quill body covered in UV resin. We think the quill keeps the segmentation and durability, but it is easier for us to tie.

DiscountFlies, January 28, 2024


Tying the Gotcha Pink Bandwing Fishing Fly

The Gotcha is a bit like the Pheasant Tail or Wooly Bugger of Trout flies…the original is a timeless classic that still produces fish and it is the basis for many variants. The Pink Bandwing Orange Tail is an example.

We include a few tying notes with thoughts on techniques that make tying this fast and fun.

DiscountFlies, January 21, 2024


Tying the Spawning Shrimp Fishing Fly

Don't leave home without this shrimp

Although it uses more materials than other saltwater staples, focusing on one layer at a time makes this fly very digestible.

DiscountFlies, January 07, 2024


Tying the Mantis Shrimp Saltwater Fishing Fly

Mr Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp is a staple in every saltwater fly box.

Tied in its original form, the Mantis is deadly. As with all great and timeless flies, it has become the chassis for many variations. We show a few alternate materials for the classic.

DiscountFlies, January 01, 2024


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