Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hen Hackle Throats SBS

This question came up recently on a forum, and I posted this quick pictorial. Everyone does it differently, and its best to find what works well for you. This way you'll get a more sparse throat, but you can just as easily leave on all the hackle fibers on both sides, fold the hackle, and tie it in the same way for a fuller throat.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Royal Coachman Hairwing SBS

After I tied the Royal Coachman wet fly a couple weeks back I got the notion to look for other variations of the same fly. I saw many variations of the hairwing version, and decided to have a go at tying one of my own using some of the elements I'd seen in other flies.

Friday, September 7, 2012


Perhaps one of the most important things for tying classic flies is access to the patterns. While many images of flies are available online, more often than not, in my experience, the patterns have been altered with substitute materials or some materials have been left out altogether.
Thus, finding accurate descriptions of the flies and materials required to tie them can often be difficult, an aspect compounded by the rarity of the original books in which the patterns are recorded.