Tutorials

Jumpin’ Jack Flash Tutorial

Jumpin’ Jack Flash Tutorial

Many of the patterns I tie are born during the fishing season. They are the result of something that happened on the water, or a pattern I wanted to improve. Jumpin’ Jack Flash was not one of those patterns. It was born on a cold winter day of fun tying with the kids. They had […]


Ghetto Craw

Ghetto Craw

Cray Fish, Crawdad or Mud Bug what ever you want to call them we all know fish love them. From juvenile esox to fat rainbows they all key in on them at some point so you better have a good selection. I like to separate them into two general groups, Ambiguous and Realistic. In my […]


Knight Rider Tutorial

Knight Rider Tutorial

Mousing for browns in Michigan is a night game. And while big hair balls get attention, they don’t hook up as well. I first started playing around with patterns that weren’t as hard for the trout to engulf.  Patterns inspired by Gartside Gurglers.  That worked, but I still wasn’t happy with my rolled/hookup ratio. That […]


Fur Burger

Fur Burger

Hook: Gamakatsu B10s # 2 Eyes: Pseudo Eyes Plus Large Tail: Craft Fur Foul Guard: Calves Tail Body and Head: Custom Blended Dubbing, one part wool one part mixed ice wing fiber. I developed this baitfish pattern while fishing for late season Wipers. In the fall they feed heavily on gizzard shad and often times […]


Yard Sale Tutorial

Yard Sale Tutorial

  The Yard Sale is a spin off of a fly I tie called the Fur Trader.  It is tied in a similar fashion (stacking materials), but it was inspired by my daughter.  She is a big fan of visiting fly shops, and has been since she was old enough to walk and talk.  It […]


EL Chupacabra Tutorial

EL Chupacabra Tutorial

    Highly influenced by Brad Bohen’s Hang Time and fortified with Clear Cure Goo El Chupacabra is a staple in my Esox arsenal. After years of fishing and tweaking it’s a great confidence pattern that can be tied in a just about any color scheme you can imagine. But don’t think of El Chupacabra […]


Sparkle Dad Tutorial

Sparkle Dad Tutorial

The woolly bugger was one of the first flies I ever tied.  It taught me a tying technique that I would apply many times over the year.  it was almost my favorite smallmouth fly back in the day.  Eventually, I want to add some tweaks.  Mostly, more movement and a bigger profile.  The Sparkle Dad […]


Sasquatch

Sasquatch

Some years back I joined a fly swap on the Drake and it threw me a bit of a curve ball. Unlike local fly swaps these were going around the word and to several people across the country. So I set out to develop a highly versatile pattern that could be fished anywhere, anytime for […]


Nut Butter Tutorial

Nut Butter Tutorial

Rear Hook: #6 wide gape bass hook Middle Hook: any long shank, straight eye streamer hook (will be cut at the bend) Front Hook: 2/0 streamer hook Tail: hackle feathers, marabou Body: estaz, UV polar chenille, schlappen, rubber legs Collar: schlappen Head: craft fur dubbing brush Eyes: lead eyes Connection: 20# maxima and 6mm bead   I usually tie this fly in the 7″ […]


Shuck Norris

Shuck Norris

Shuck Norris I know it’s been long since I’ve posted any content. 2010 was banner and one for the record books and I fulling intend on catching up and dumping some content. I don’t really get much time form October to January to blog, tie and such. But oddly enough I have more time than […]


Ghetto Tramp

Ghetto Tramp

Ghetto Tramp Ghetto Tramps conception came to be one fateful snowy cold day in January on a trip to Cabelas. The reason for the trip was to pilfer the gear section of hooks and a few other odds and ends. Clint, Matt and I split up and shopped around for a little bit. After a […]


Disco Lemonade

Disco Lemonade

Disco Lemonade Click here here for the tutorial! Disco Lemonade is on of my go to Tiger Musky flies on bright sunny days in clear water. The color combos are endless, it’s easy to cast all day and you can tweak it to any profile to match any baitfish in your area and it’s fairly […]


Bork Bork Bugger

Bork Bork Bugger

Bork Bork Bugger The last couple years I’ve been fishing and incorporating more and more UV into my patterns. In particular Hareline’s UV Ice Wing Fiber and Ice Dubs . Some days it makes all the difference and I’m currently reading a book to better understand why fish sometimes respond so well to UV. Click […]


Chubby Muffin Sculpin

Chubby Muffin Sculpin

The Chubby Muffin Sculpin I started tying and fishing the Chubby Muffin last fall and it is now the staple sculpin pattern in my box. I fish it with a strip and pause retrieve to make it look like it’s injured and fleeing. The key is to swim and present the fly with it’s head […]