Posts Tagged ‘Fly Tying’

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Jumpin’ Jack Flash became one of my favorite patterns for muskie last year. Its flashy so it gets attention, and it swims erratically so its gets eaten.  Tutorial coming soon.  - Matt


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 […]


Tie Fighter

Tie Fighter

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 […]


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 […]


Under The Influence

Under The Influence

I think its safe to say that all modern day fly tiers have influences.  Similar to a band.  We have people that taught us how to tie our first fly, and we have people that help us push the limits of the flies we tie.  I still remember when my older brother, Eric, got a […]


I Am Haunted By Streamers

I Am Haunted By Streamers

  Streamer ideas haunt me.  They get in my head and drive me crazy until I get them out.  I’ve been know to get out of bed in the middle of the night, and sit at the vise.  I’ve found sketching them can help, but it can also make things worse.  I am a terrible […]


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 […]


Hatches 2010

Hatches 2010

Hatches 2010 The anual print edition of my favorite tying magazine is now available and includes some awesome articles from the likes of Alex Cerveniak, Ulf Hagstom and written word by Bob White the man the myth the bad ass! I also have my first published article, The Chubby Muffin Cicada, one of my favorite […]


The Promised Land

The Promised Land

The Promised Land First off I’d like to apologize to the dozen people that probably read my blog for being such a slacker as of late. Or maybe as of the last couple months is more suitable? I find it hard to spend time indoors during the summer let alone at a computer and away […]


Tiger Boy Meets Musky Man

Tiger Boy Meets Musky Man

Tiger Boy Meets Musky Man December 2008 I opened a hot off the presses Hatches Magazine, there staring me in the face was something like nothing that I’d ever seen before… Brad Bohen’s HANG TIME! That day  my approach for fishing and tying streamers for predatory fish changed drastically. My eyes were opened to “engineering and […]


Transitions

Transitions

Transitions After a long spring of grinding days for musky I decided it was time to change up the game and chase some trout. When I came back from Wisconsin the rivers where raging and damns were overflowing. That has since gave way to more sustainable flows and some nice clear high water with fat […]


Skirt Flies

Skirt Flies

Skirt Flies This winter I started incorporating bass skirts into some of my streamer patterns. At the time I couldn’t think of a reason why they wouldn’t work out and fish well but you never know. After a long rough spring and plenty of R & D summer is upon us and skirt flies have […]


What The Dry Fly?

What The Dry Fly?

What The Dry Fly? Recently I finished up my very first article for the 2010 publication of  Hatches Magazine and I couldn’t be anymore pleased. Hatches is by far my favorite tying magazine and in all honestly the only one that I subscribe to. So to have a chance to contribute to my favorite tying publication […]


Ghetto Trampin’

Ghetto Trampin’

Ghetto Trampin’ Once again I’ve been too busy fishing, tying, working and living life so I’ve been slacking on the blog. I’ve been back from Wisco for over a week now and have been chasing a few trout around and enjoying a wet wade or two… My time in Wisco was nothing short of amazing […]


The Release…

The Release…

The Release… Recently I’ve really been taking that extra few moments to appreciate the fish I catch and enjoy the release. It always makes me smile to see a picture of a angler thats looking down at the fish in admiration instead cheesing out to the camera. I promised myself this year was that I […]


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 […]


Mid Winter R & D Pays Off!

Mid Winter R & D Pays Off!

Mid Winter R & D Pays Off! A good portion of my time on the water is spent testing and fishing patterns I’ve been working on… What I’m working on at the vice more often than not dictates where I fish and what I throw.  To me there is no reason for me to say […]


More Topwater Prototypes

More Topwater Prototypes

More Topwater Prototypes The first round swam well but need some definite tweaking… I got a eat so I can’t be all that far off!  There is no way to really know what a newly created pattern will do without truly fishing it. If I even get close to what I was going for I’m […]


Embroidery Scissors?

Embroidery Scissors?

Embroidery Scissors? Yep, Henckels Embroidery Scissors are by far the best fly tying scissors I’ve owned! They are comfortable, light, micro serrated, sharp as hell, don’t get loose over time and hold up to a decent amount of abuse while still staying sharp… But it gets better, They retail for about $10! So at that […]


Clear Cure Goo

Clear Cure Goo

Clear Cure Goo Over the winter I started experimenting with the new and truly innovative fly tying product Clear Cure Goo. Unlike most UV curing products on the market it comes in four different styles, thick, thin, brash-able and flexible. I never really got into using the traditional epoxies due to the mixing, drying and […]


Stillwater Sweeties

Stillwater Sweeties

Stillwater Sweeties Needless to say my vise has had dozens of #1 – 6/0 hooks ran through it over the winter. Since the ice is receding just about everywhere I started checking my stillwater boxes, a few were in need of filling so I decided to tie somethings on the smaller side… Nothing crazy just […]


Random Tail

Random Tail

Random Tail This morning I got up early and was checking out pictures from the last year… I always love looking back and remembering special fish that have come and gone. I’ll post up my next tutorial after this weekends fishing and general ruckus. Until then enjoy some random tail this fine Friday!


Fly Tying R & D

Fly Tying R & D

Fly Tying R & D I thought it was about time to articulate the Chubby Muffin since spring time is upon us. It’s still pretty rough and needs a few tweaks and a few fish under it’s belt. Not the smallest fly at 6” and with a head thats 1” x 2”… I put a […]