Tandem flies fill a definite niche in the many disciplines of fly angling. The major deterrent associated with tandems from a tying point of view stems mostly from the fact that they can be laborious.... MORE
"The Rolled Muddler… So what’s the big deal about that? Lots of guys know about the Rolled Muddler!"
Dennis Dickson tells the story (in a way only he can do it)....MORE
"If you are at all interested in tying and trying tube flies don't let the idea that you need a new vise and costly materials stop you. You are undoubtedly already a tier so you have almost everything you need to put your favorite steelhead and salmon flies on tubes"....MORE
"Over the years, this dumpy white streamer has "been there and done that". From the Bulls on the Metollius, to the halibut bays of Anchorage, Cop Car has left is mark. "
Yet another fly story with step-by-step instructions as told by Dennis Dickson....MORE
Step-by-Step Guides and Stories
Over the years, many of our contributors have written various articles that either enhance the art and technique of tying, give specific instructions for tying more complicated flies, or simply tell stories that are fun and interesting. This page is just a collection of those articles for easy access. Articles and stories are not a regular feature of Salmonfly.Net.
".... let me tell you what you don’t want as a full time guide. You don’t want to be a very mediocre tier and fussy about your flies. What any full-timer will tell you is; you want flies that work well and won‘t pound you at the vice."....MORE
"The 2009 season here was fair if you ignore the fact that we saw very few king salmon returns that were fishable. I had one very good day for hooking kings but it was not so good for landing any. I can count myself as very fortunate to have hooked up with eight fish.."....MORE
Stevie presents three of his most succesful flies with tying instructions for each, and even a few tips for fishing them. This one starts with a tribute to the tying of his friend, the late Scotty Howell ....MORE
Paul rummaged through his fly boxes and admitted, “Gee, All I got is a bunch of Montana trout stuff...” You will enjoy this story by Dennis Dickson with more step-by-step instructions for a very effective fly....MORE
Roberto Vañecek is the first South American fly tyer to become a contributor to Salmonfly.Net, joining a crew that now spans the globe. In his first fly submissions, he presents step-by-step instructions for one of his original creations, The Emerald Princess....MORE
Not so long ago, I found myself looking for a surface steelhead pattern I could fish effectively in early mornings and evenings on the Grande Ronde. ....I decided to keep it simple by creating a dark version of our favorite Crystal Caddis....MORE
"Blondes have a mixed origin but without a doubt they were popularized half a century ago by Joe Brooks"....MORE
"I created this fly the night before the 2010 Northwest Fly Tying Expo in Albany Oregon. At the show I intended to tie trout soft hackles and Flymphs..."....MORE
William Lovelace gives Step by Step Instructions for tying his fly, Electric Soft Hackle. ...I love dubbing flies.....MORE
"I have always been fond of the General Practioner. A few years ago I began messing with it to see if I could improve its fish catch-ability..."...MORE
"Poons eat surface flies. Many tarpon fisheries are about moody fish. I prefer aggressive top-water feeders. The “Tarpon Gurgler” is a surface fly that Tarpon Island fish love to take down in a “Toilet Bowl” take...."...MORE
The Clouser, Blonde, Comet and Spey show how a fly pattern can readily be changed by a tyer to target specific fish, in this case Pinks .....MORE