Archive for the ‘Fly Tying’ Category

International Fly Tying Symposium, 2013, Day 1, Banquet

The IFTS banquet was held tonight (Saturday, Nov. 23). In addition to the great food and more than our share of talking, there were fabulous door prizes provided by Keough Hackle, SuperFly (great threads), and EstaZ. But the highlight of the banquet was a short talk by Dave Klausmeyer (publisher and editor of Fly Tyer […]

International Fly Tying Symposium, 2013, Day 1

The International Fly Tying Symposium was held in the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ, this year. It was held in these same facilities last year, and everyone agreed that it was a great venue. This year, Chuck Furimsky, founder and owner of the symposium, asked attendees about the venue, and they all agreed […]

Easy Extended Body

The EZ extended body is simple to make and highly effective. It is hollow and uses a silicon base, so it repels water and is air filled—a great combo for tying floating flies. Roger Duckworth has an easy to understand video on making the bodies. Check it out here.

J:son Sweden site in English

I had a nice note from Claes Johansson of the J:son Sweden company to let me know that they have their site up in English. It’s well worth a look. J:son in the company that produces the amazingly realistic winging materials and legging materials that Theo Bakelaar has been tying with (see past blog posts […]

Theo’s Stones and IFTS

Give a man a set of rubber legs and he will go wild. Theo is at it again. If anyone wants to watch him tie some of these easily done, and highly creative imitations, come to the International Fly Tying Symposium, November 23-24, at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset New Jersey. I’ll be […]

Theo’s Gold Bead Stone

I’ve been traveling the last few weeks, and my good friend, Theo Bakelaar, has been feeding me information for my blog about tying and fishing. When this came, I got very excited. Talk about simple and fast to tie—and good looking! You be the judge. These legs and the winging material that Theo has been […]

Theo’s Dragon

Our friend, Theo Bakelaar, from Holland continues to experiment with foam bodies and the new winging material. Here’s a dragonfly. The winging material is exceptional, and will be brought into the US and available soon. Watch for it. When I get a hint that it’s available here, I will post the news immediately.

Foam Body Cranefly

Our friend, Theo Baakalar, in Holland, has been dressing flies with some new foam body material and new veined winging material. This adult cranefly is his latest creation. Even though it looks delicate, the materials in the fly are very tough and make it a real fishing fly, not just an artistic creation.

Crystal UV Coat

In a couple of posts back I mentioned Crystal UV Coat head cement that my friend Henry sells. I love this stuff, especially when I need a lacquered head on a bucktail, streamer, or other long fly. It sets in a few seconds under UV light and gives a hard finish. Before UV coat, I’d […]

The Eyes Have It

I love to add doll eyes to my long flies, especially the ones that that have a “rattle” pupil in them. They not only make the flies look more lifelike, but add a bit of accent to the “acoustic footprint” of the fly. They are a bit of a pain to put on. Well no […]