Archive for the ‘Fly Tying’ Category

More Theo Flies

Theo’s in the Fly Tying Olympics—or at least it seems that way. Here are three more patterns that he finds especially useful in Holland and other European venues. He has also fished them in the U.S. with great success. I will say this, his Wood Louse imitation is one of the best uses I’ve ever […]

Theo’s Recommendations

Theo’s been at it again. He’s in a tying mood and wanted to share some of his favorite patterns. The Goldbead Bomber is very similar to the old Brown Hackle imitation, or the Red Tag. For some reason, peacock herl, brown hackle, and red tag have always made a great searching imitation, both dry and […]

J:son Caddis Legs and Back

Out friend from Holland, Theo Bakelaar, continues to experiment with the Swedish products from J:son. This is a really fast, and refreshingly great looking caddis imitation using the performed legs/back:    

Theo Bakelaar’s Twisters

Is it finally a marriage between the fly side and the gear side? Have fly tyers finally learned that bass, pike, and other finny guys want something to chomp on besides dry fly and nymph? Or is it all just a marketing ploy? Well, from my 6 plus decades of fly fishing the globe, I […]

Pike Jamboree

Our friend, Theo Bakelaar is chasing pike in Holland. They have just come off the spawn, and are moving into the rivers, hunting voraciously. He took a very fine fish the other day, only to have a young boy nail a really big one fifteen minutes later. But that’s fishing. On another note, Chuck Furimsky, […]

Heavy Tying Threads

Whenever I give tying demos at shows and clubs, attendees regularly ask about the heavy tying threads that I use. It’s a flat nylon thread called Nymo, the favorite of the late Polly Rosborough. The heaver sizes that I use for spinning my big flies are available through Fire Mountain Gems at: It only […]

Edson Brass Eyes

Bill Edson was one of the early bucktail innovators. Flies like his Edson Light Tiger and Edson Dark Tiger are still superb trout flies. As he designed his flies, he wanted to add jungle cock eyes to them, but had trouble getting them. So he added small, oval brass eyes in their place. These added […]

High Speed Spinning Tool

This weekend I am at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ. But before the show, I am taking a day to be with the Mainline Fly Tiers, near Philadelphia, PA. We will have an afternoon fly tying workshop from 2-4 and then an evening program at 7. My friend, Jay Kapolka, picked me up […]

2015 International Fly Tying Symposium One Eye

This year’s symposium was well attended and featured a number of very interesting and fun events—including a Polka on the accordion by Chuck Furimsky, founder and manager of the event. He’s actually quite good, but prefers fly fishing and fly tying to performing in a Polka Band. Perhaps the most unusual event, however, was the […]

Fry Flies and UV Cure Head Cement

I’m headed to Alaska with my friend, Dave Graebel, in search of some big rainbows on the dry fly. This is the time to do it. The trout are not yet so fixated on eggs that they will take nothing else. And, the mayflies are on the wing—both the Western Green Drake and the PMDs. […]