Blind Splice Loop

The Best Way to Connect Fly Line to Backing

For beginning fly fishermen, the number of knots can be overwhelming – especially when there are several knots that can be used to do the same thing. How do you choose which one to use? Considerations include: how easy is the knot to tie? What is the knot strength? How bulky is the knot? Are you ever even going to get into your backing? A quick Google search on the topic yield knots that include: nail knot, triple surgeon knot,…

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Hardy Perfect

Choosing the Perfect Steelhead Fly Reel

I love fly reels, so much so that I have several of them on display in my living room. It took a while, but I finally convinced my wife that fly reels pass for fine art. For some, a reel is just a line holder. But for me, when the perfect reel and rod come together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For the upcoming steelhead season, I wanted to set aside my Mako 9500, line…

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Night Terror

How To Tie: Night Terror

Don’t be fooled by this steelhead fly’s simplicity. Designed for movement, the Night Terror undulates and pulses in the current without losing bulk and profile – and to top it off, it is easy to cast! With the popular Nightmare jig as inspiration, I set out to create what I now call the Night Terror – a fly that I religiously swing on the coastal waters in Washington state. Materials Hook: Aqua Flies Swing Hook, size 2 Shank: Aqua Flies…

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Morrish Hopper

How To Tie: Morrish Hopper

During hopper season, there is nothing I’d rather have in my fly box than a Morrish Hopper. While this ultra-realistic “fly” can be tied in several color variations, including the classic Tan and Olive, I have gone crazy and made some that are even purple and yellow – and they catch just as many fish as the natural colors. Don’t let the Morrish Hopper fool you, it definitely is not as hard to make as it looks. Tying this fly…

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Kaufmann Stone

How To Tie: Kaufmann Stone

Stonefly nymphs make excellent searching patterns as the larger species spend three years or more as nymphs. With its stout, almost over-sized body, the Kaufmann Stone is one of my favorite stone fly nymph patterns. Materials Hook: TMC 300, size 4-10Thread: Black or tan 3/0Wire: .035 Lead FreeTail/Antenna: Brown goose biotsRib: Larva Lace vinyl ribbingDubbing: Shaggy dubbing.Wingcase: Mottled Thin Skin Step 1: Starting at the rear, leaving a little space before the bend, wrap the body with the .035 lead…

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