Featured on this page are the newest videos that have been added to YouTube over the last couple months. This page will be updated on a regular basis, and you can find the videos both here and under their appropriate category.
Ant patterns hold a special place in my fly box, especially throughout the summer. This Hi-Vis Foam Ant is a pattern I prefer to fish in faster-moving water, plus the chartreuse post makes it highly visible at greater distances.
This is absolutely a fly that qualifies for my "Two Minute Tying" series! The Squirmy Wormy has that deadly combo of being simple to tie and catching lots of fish. There are certain situations that this fly works better than others, and I discuss those (and some tying variations) in the video.
In this episode of "From Vise to Water," I discuss the nail knot used when connecting both leaders and backing to a fly line. Prior to demonstrating the technique, there is a brief discussion of alternatives to the nail knot, and then later in the video, I share some tips to using this knot (plus instances in which I keep fly line loop connections intact). If interested in the tool I recommend, it is called the "Anglers Image Nail Knotter."
The Perdigon nymph is a special one that comes to us from competition fly fishing. This fly has a great look, plus the ability to catch both fish and fishermen. In this video, I show you the basics to tying the Perdigon and talk about its use when fly fishing.
Fly tying gadgets are addicting, and this video features one that I use to create unique dubbing blends, a coffee bean grinder. I take you through the simple process I've been utilizing over the last 10 years, plus discuss some other options in the fly tying world.
We welcome Don Ward back to the channel! In this video, Don Ward of the Keystone Fly Rod Company ties a unique version of his Sulphur Spinner. This version of the spinner is a great one to use at dusk...and don't forget your UV light when on the water.
Fly tying gadgets are addicting, and this video features two I use regularly: razor blade tools. There are many of these types out there, though these are two of the common ones I use especially for trout and bass patterns.
The results of the Project Healing Waters 2017 collection are in! My wife Heather and I appreciate all of your donations for this collection, though more importantly, we want to broaden awareness regarding the incredible experiences created by Project Healing Waters. Meeting Mr. John Warland during his PHW experience was incredibly rewarding for me, and it's inspiring to know how Project Healing Waters will help others in similar ways.
Fly tying gadgets are addicting, and this video features one of my favorites, the magnetic bingo wand! This is a unique tool that has maintained a spot on my fly tying bench for years, and one I recommend to you. If you're thinking about purchasing this gadget, try searching for "magnetic bingo wand" online.
During this video, I feature guest tyer Bruce Cox, a local fly tying legend in the Pittsburgh area. Bruce shares some incredible techniques in this one, such as burning wings, splitting mayfly tails, taming thread, and tying thorax patterns. There's lots of great stuff going on in this video, and we are positive you will learn some new techniques from it!
Gary LaFontaine did an incredible job when creating his Sparkle Emerger, and my variant pays homage to the original. You'll notice some "modern" materials in this fly, hence why it's becoming a "go to" pattern for me during caddis hatches. Additionally, there are some intermediate to advanced fly tying techniques shown in this video, hopefully pushing all of you to be better tyers. Thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoy this Sparkle Emerger Variant.
Social Media is definitely now integrated into fly tying, thus how much do you value and utilize it on a regular basis? In this second video of a two-part series, I summarize thoughts and opinions that many of you sent from the first video. Thank you for the feedback, and if you feel I missed anything, please let me know.
In this fly tying tutorial, Chuck Furimsky is our guest tyer and shares his Turbo Tail pattern. This unique tie features Chuck's Bugskin material, and there is no doubt that his creativity shows with this one. Chuck does an excellent job tying, plus shares a lot of great stories and thoughts along the way. Additionally featured in this video is some incredible underwater camera footage by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions.
As of January 2017, my YouTube channel has recorded over 1,500,000 views, and I want to say "Thank you" to everyone for the incredible support. It is simply amazing to have such a dedicated base of subscribers and viewers, plus so many of you "Comment" on my videos and create resources for others. Thank you for everything to this point, and I look forward to more fun in the future!
Special thanks to:
*Heather, my incredible wife
*My parents and father-in-law
*All of my fishing and fly tying friends
Social Media is definitely now integrated into fly tying, but how much do you value and utilize it on a regular basis? In this first video of a two-part series, I am reaching out to you, then summarizing some thoughts and opinions in the second video.
Good things do come in small packages! In this fly tying tutorial, I share the procedures for tying the Cinnamon Toast Baetis, a unique BWO nymph. This pattern, created by Kevin Compton of Performance Flies, is a fun tie, plus it incorporates Condor Substitute for the body material. Have fun tying this one, though I know you'll appreciate its fish-catching ability even more!
The Mop Fly has arrived! In this fly tying tutorial, I share my procedures for tying the pattern, plus talk about how it came to be. There are a variety of places to purchase the "mop material" from, thus be creative in your search, as the greatest variation of this fly (as of now) is changing its color. Have fun with this "guide style" pattern!
Guest tyer John Mlakar ties a great pattern known as the Swimming Crane Fly Larva and then shares some of his personal variations (which I highly recommend looking into!). John also gives us some tips to fish this fly, which is a simple and effective one. Have fun with the variations of your own, and let us know how you like this Swimming Crane Fly Larva.
A little-known fact about Chuck Furimsky is that he used to be in the leather industry, and he's applied those skills to one of his newer patterns, the Chuck Nymph. This unique fly features a specially-cut leather called Bugskin, which has great action in the water. You will also enjoy the story behind this fly's name...
When it comes to successful patterns, sometimes less is more, and it sure seems that way on the MS Bugger. This is a pattern with few materials, yet has an incredible look both at the vise and in the water. On the water, there are many ways to fish the MS Bugger, and the trout seem to like them all!
In this video, Andrew Dang is the guest tier sharing a great pattern, the Diamond Caddis. Andrew shows us just how simple this pattern is to tie, and it does an excellent job of representing the Grannom caddis. Andrew is one of the young individuals in our sport that we must continue to support, and I greatly appreciate him taking the time to film this fly for all of us.