Fly Tying · Tips and Tricks

Fly tying tips and tricks: The “Slide Loop” technique for those aggravating materials!

The “Slide Loop” Technique

We all have certain materials that have a tendency to drive us a little crazy. Materials that don’t want to cooperate when we attempt to tie them in, and in some cases, the pinch wrap just wont cut it. You may find that flash material, rubber legs and even laser dubbing that are some of those culprits that are giving us a problem.

One minute you’re trying to tie in a few small strands and next thing you know the flash is kinked, the legs are snapped or pulling out and you’ve accomplished nothing but a mess.

I am going to show you a quick trick that will help you get a handle on them.

*A few things to keep in mind*

The way this technique works is that where-ever your thread has stopped, is where your material is going to land when you slide it up; so be sure that you are beginning this technique where you would like for it to be tied in place. One other point I wanted to make is that you will be doubling over your material, so if you are looking for your fly to have two rubber legs in that area; you will only need one piece of material.

Everything Else · In The Kitchen

In the Kitchen: “Vegetable Barley Soup” and some tips for creating a clear barley soup

Everyone who knows me, knows that I love to cook, and those same people also know that while I will give anyone a recipe to anything I make… It isn’t always so simple because I don’t always have them written down.

(And then I hear “so.. I don’t measure anything? Just toss it in? And cook it for how long? Until it’s done?? what kind of answer is that?!”😂😂😂)

So Bare with me because this recipe is kind of one of those.

But it’s worth it, and it’s very versatile.

Also Remember none of this is set in stone so use whatever vegetables you have on hand, whatever spices you like and season it to taste.

Fly Tying · Fly Tying Q&A · Material Talk

Material Talk with Fly tying Q&A: “Working with Floss, don’t quit! Give it another chance!”

Floss is used to create bodies on many different patterns and once you get the hang of it it is a lot of fun to use.
And while it may be fun to use, it doesn’t mean it is always easy to handle at first.

Let’s take a look at how to make a body with floss, then we will get into some trouble shooting and some of your questions and answers.

Shows, Presentations and Events

Arts of the Angler: Nov 5th and 6th, 2016

Even though I have been fishing since I was 3, I have only been tying flies for about 4 years, and no matter how long I do this, the urge to expand my knowledge will only get greater. So for me to share a table with another Tyer is always awesome in more ways than one. There’s much in the way of material discussions, techniques and history, along with a lot of laughing and thread breaking 😂😂