Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Step by step instructions for a super easy, but very effective midge pattern.  Although it doesn't look like much, this simple buzzer will generally out fish more elaborate and gaudy imitations.
Materials Used
Hook: Kamazan B100/Tiemco 2487 size 12-22
Thread: 6/0 for larger sizes, 8/0 for smaller sizes
Thorax: peacock herl

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Clouser Crayfish

Step by step instructions for Bob Clouser's Clouser Crayfish.  While this fly was designed for smallmouth bass, it is very effective for trout, carp and other species too.
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Materials Used
Hook: Streamer hook 4-10
Weight: Lead wire
Thread: GSP
Antenna: Pheasant tail fibres
Mouthparts: Hen mallard flank feather
Carapace: Furry foam
Claws: Hen mallard flank feather
Under body: Cream/white dubbing
Legs: Saddle hackle

Step by step instructions for the rubber leg swimming nymph, I've made a few tweaks to the original pattern but it's basically the same pattern as the original swimming nymph.  It's a very effective carp fly f in areas that fish are eating crawfish or gobies and can also be used as a general attractor.
Materials Used
Hook: Ken Sawada black sedge
Weight: Lead wire
Tail: Marabou
Abdomen: Hare'e ice dub
Thorax: Rabbit fur from zonker
Thorax cover: Nymph skin
Legs: Silli legs

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Surf Candy

Step by step instructions for Bob Popvic's classic saltwater fly.  The Surf Candy need no introduction among salt water anglers, it can be tied in a range of colours and sizes to suit the local bait in your area. They'll catch everything from bass to bluefin, tie some up and give them a try.
Materials Used
Hook: Standard salt water size 4 -1/0
Thread: fine monofilament
Belly sack: silver tinsel
Body: Ultra hair/super hair
lateral line: crystal flash or other flash material
Eyes: flat tape eyes

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Step by Step instructions for another heavyweight tungsten jig nymph.  The torpedo jig  is inspired by the Slovak style super heavy nymphs but uses Hanak tungsten pellets to allow for a smaller fly that is quicker to tie.  Follow me on twitter or instagram @flickinfeathers for more fishing content.
Materials used
Hook: 60 degree jig nymph
Thread : 8/0 flat
Tail: Coq de Leon
Weight: Hanak "body +" tungsten pellet

Monday, 13 March 2017

It's been years

I haven't picked up a two handed fly rod for about 15 years, but recently I'v been thinking about getting one.  So much has changed and the range of rods, lines and styles is  amazing compared to back then,   I've always been attracted to the Scandi style and it's great to see the developments in this field.  I found this video on basic underhand casting that I thought was very well put together

Green Butt Black Bear

Step by step instructions for a hair wing salmon fly based on the Green Butt Black Bear, this style of fly can be tied in a range of colours and sizes for salmon, steelhead or seatrout.
Materials Used
Hook: Ken Sawada Single Bartleet
Thread:6/0 Semperfli Nanosilk
Tag: Oval silver tinsel
Butt: Green stout floss
Tail: Green stout floss
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Rear 2/3 flat black holographic tinsel, 1/3 spectra flash dubbing
Hackle: webby saddle hackle
Wing: Marble fox and Sybai flash blend
Cheeks: Jungle cock