Fly Tying question

Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior MemberPosts: 7,027 Senior Member

Hola, Amigos

Sorry for the on-topic post but I’m wondering if any of you racists or Comic (just kidding, Comic!!!) know of any on-line fly tying material shops that you’ve had good experiences with.

Thanks!

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  • sherbsherb Senior Member Posts: 4,554 Senior Member

    Tactical flyfisher. They specialize in euro-nymphing and steelhead flies. You can usually buy a whole kit for a given fly.

    Blue Quill Angler is also good.

  • BushartBushart Senior Member Posts: 3,041 Senior Member

    The Yarn Barn :)

    Not far off seriously---some of my biggest steelies have come on yarn flies

  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 7,027 Senior Member

    @Bushart said:
    The Yarn Barn :)

    Not far off seriously---some of my biggest steelies have come on yarn flies

    Listen, igloo dweller, I'm looking for serious advice here. ;)

  • MikeAMikeA Senior Member Posts: 4,510 Senior Member
    edited August 2019 #5
  • magallowaymagalloway Senior Member Posts: 1,034 Senior Member

    Try The Fly Shop in Redding California; they have an extesive selection and excellent service. You'll also be put on the mailing list for one of the slickest, thickest fly-**** catalogs on the market. I do business with them frequently from clear across the country for some items.

    Jim

  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 25,001 Senior Member

    If I know anything about Richie, I am guessing anything you would want would be available thru District Angling.

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • BushartBushart Senior Member Posts: 3,041 Senior Member

    @Shawn C. said:

    @Bushart said:
    The Yarn Barn :)

    Not far off seriously---some of my biggest steelies have come on yarn flies

    Listen, igloo dweller, I'm looking for serious advice here. ;)

    LOL..that's racist

  • StevenSteven Senior Member Posts: 3,915 Senior Member

    The Fly Shop and Bear's Den for sure.
    Madison River Fishing Company
    Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters (What up to John and Andy. It's a great shop)
    J. Stockard Fly Fishing
    Dette Fly Shop
    Orvis

  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 10,208 Senior Member

    @Steven said:
    The Fly Shop and Bear's Den for sure.
    Madison River Fishing Company
    Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters (What up to John and Andy. It's a great shop)
    J. Stockard Fly Fishing
    Dette Fly Shop
    Orvis

    I can recommend Hook & Hackle and Dan Bailey's.

    Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.
  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 25,001 Senior Member

    What about Charlie's Fly Box?

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • BushartBushart Senior Member Posts: 3,041 Senior Member

    Don't forget Nanook's House of Frozen Flies

    Oh wait---maybe that's just north of the 49th :)

  • StevenSteven Senior Member Posts: 3,915 Senior Member

    @George K said:

    @Steven said:
    The Fly Shop and Bear's Den for sure.
    Madison River Fishing Company
    Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters (What up to John and Andy. It's a great shop)
    J. Stockard Fly Fishing
    Dette Fly Shop
    Orvis

    I can recommend Hook & Hackle and Dan Bailey's.

    Oh...Forgot about Dan Bailey's.

  • sherbsherb Senior Member Posts: 4,554 Senior Member

    @fishingcomic said:
    If I know anything about Richie, I am guessing anything you would want would be available thru District Angling.

    Yeah, give Richie a call. Help support his business if you can.

  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 7,027 Senior Member

    Thanks to all.
    I had to make an order from The Caddis fly shop. They are the only one I could find that had both of the two specific materials I was looking for. I will look at the other shops for subsequent orders.

    I've been watching a lot of YouTube lately. Basic tying & streamer videos mostly. Have you guys heard of Gunnar Brammer? Young guy who is a great tier and he's fantastic at explaining why he designs streamers the way he does. Good personality for videos too. He worked at The Slide Inn with Galloup for a year. Having a total pron is a plus, too. Dirk Digler of fly tying.

  • StevenSteven Senior Member Posts: 3,915 Senior Member

    Tightline Productions on Vimeo by Tim Flagler.

    Flagler is (was) out of a fly shop in New Jersey. Absolutely great learning videos. Did it for years but seems to have stopped 5 months ago. He's got about 500 up there.

  • GoldenladleGoldenladle Super Moderator Posts: 3,922 Senior Member

    I haven't had to buy any fly tying stuff from the interwebs because there is a pretty good shop near me that carries pretty everything I need and if they don't have it they will order it for me.

    When I did buy stuff from the web I always used Feather Craft https://www.feather-craft.com/

    Moved to Montana, gonna be a dental floss tycoon.

  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 7,027 Senior Member

    This is soooo much better in the YouTube age then when I previously dabbled in tying back in the Mesozoic.

    Tim Flagler’s videos are awesome even if he does make everything look so easy. Great suggestion, Steven.

    After tying up a bunch of Wooly Buggers I’m on to smaller emergers and wet flies. They suck but I’m learning a lot and showing some improvement. But best of all it’s pretty fun.

  • bushart1bushart1 Posts: 311 Senior Member

    @Bushart said:
    The Yarn Barn :)

    Not far off seriously---some of my biggest steelies have come on yarn flies

    Soooo....yesterday my nephew calls me after fishin steelhead on a Great Lakes Trib

    Now he was drifting roe bags and throwin some plastics

    He did however get his a ss handed to him by some guy throwin yarn flies

    So..uh...ahem

    Told ya so man :)

    I never went after those migratory bows without some

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 10,466 Senior Member
    edited February 12 #20

    @bushart1 said:

    @Bushart said:
    The Yarn Barn :)

    Not far off seriously---some of my biggest steelies have come on yarn flies

    Soooo....yesterday my nephew calls me after fishin steelhead on a Great Lakes Trib

    Now he was drifting roe bags and throwin some plastics

    He did however get his a ss handed to him by some guy throwin yarn flies

    So..uh...ahem

    Told ya so man :)

    I never went after those migratory bows without some

    Yarn is all I use for steelies...

  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 25,001 Senior Member

    Do you have a pic of the fly?

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • bushart1bushart1 Posts: 311 Senior Member

    I used to use ones like this to great success

    seen guys catch lots on these

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 10,466 Senior Member
    edited February 12 #23

    @fishingcomic said:
    Do you have a pic of the fly?

    I wouldn't even call it a fly. Just a piece of yarn tied to the hook.

    I use red Gamakatsu Octopus hooks size 8.

    https://www.gamakatsu.com/product/octopus-hooks/

    Then I take a piece of yarn and tie it near the eye as if I was tying a mayfly spinner pattern. Once it's tied on, I pull it back and cut it to the same length of the hook.

    I used to tie patterns like Bushy shows, but they take longer to tie and aren't any more effective.

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 10,466 Senior Member

    Found these pics from some of my previous steelhead trips. As you can see, just a blob of yarn on a red hook. Also works to catch brownies in the fall up feeding on spawn. And cheap!!! Don't care if I have to break off a snag.

  • bushart1bushart1 Posts: 311 Senior Member

    It really works

    Best I ever did----don't have a pic---before digital cameras

    I drifted a roe coloured hook just in front of an undercut bank---watched him come outta that hole and smoke it

    9 lbs
    Think I need to get back into this

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 10,466 Senior Member
    edited February 12 #26

    Seems trout beads are starting to be the "in thing" here now also in the last 2 years. Have witnessed a couple of fish caught on them but haven't convinced myself to try them yet.

    If it ain't broke don't fix it...don't re-invent the wheel type thing.

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