We got a reat review of the Troutlegend J150 Jig hook from a long time customer; Bradley Clodfelter. Braley has been a fan of the hook ever since we started selling it and recently he sent some pictures of some monster carp he brought to hand with the 150. Well, we knew it was a great trout hook, but you just can’t beat this kind of stress test on the 150 wire. Anglers are always looking for strong hooks that won’t “bend out”… look no further.
He even sent us a picture of the fly that got the job done.
Awesome fish Bradley and thank you for sharing the pictures with us.
Every fly tier out that likely has a few tips and tricks they use to save time at the fly tying vise. This one is one I use just about every time I hit the vise with a pattern in mind. First off never tie just one of any pattern. I usually tie my flies of at least 6 or 12 at a time. When doing so before I hook ever makes it into the vise I prep my hooks for the pattern. With beaded or weighted flies I do that step first and line up the hooks I plan on tying. As you can see in the picture at the top of the post I have all my hooks loaded with a bead and ready for material.
Ok you got the hooks ready now what? Well I like to prep my other materials. This may be hackle sized out and picked for the flies you are tying or prepping other materials you may need. For this fly the Squirmy Worm It was pretty simple its only one material other than thread that I need so I cut the material to size and set out what I needed on my desk.
This should be enough to give you an idea of what can be done to speed up the tying process. This really is something any production tier is already doing but it is something every fly tier should be doing and its a great way to be more productive and get your boxes filled a bit quicker.
We have been brain storming with new ways to get information out there to our followers. We figured our years of experience just on the stream and our time immersed in the competitive world we have a lot to share that we learned along that way. We decided to start doing some live sessions on facebook and eventually YouTube to help get the information and provide some interaction and answer our fans and customers questions. First up on the docket is this Wednesday at 8 pm Eastern Mark Hanes will take you through some of what we have learned about beads on flies over the years. We will go over brass, tungsten, and even glass. They all have a time and a place to cover situations you will find on the stream.
To make it even more worth your wild we will be picking one person that comments during the live stream to win 100 beads from the TroutLegend store.
Often under-looked, the correct Rib can really affect your overall presentation. Sometimes a gaudy flashy Rib is the ticket, other times it’s good to go for a nice delicate Ribbing. Here are some of our favorites.
TL UV Ribbing fibers give that multi-dimensional shimmer to any pattern without going overboard. Ice Pearl, and Pearl are the quick grabs, but colors like Violet and Chartreuse can juxtaposition well with various dark underbodies. Try Chartreuse over Chartreuse!
A good quick Rib can be as crucial as any Ribbing. Whether you’re on the playground or at a late night poker game here’s a good one to keep you in the game… “If I wanted to kill myself I’d climb your ego and jump to your IQ.” Ok, one more… “I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain this to you.”
If you’re going for the standard then no need to look further than a good wire. Sure, gold and copper are the olde standbys but try to match color and size to the tone and overall size of your pattern to “take it up a notch!” Non standard colors can often give your flies that little “sump’n sump’n” that all the other flies drifting by don’t have… especially when targeting pressure stocked fished.
Here’s a rib absolutely everyone except my weird vegan sister can agree on: Pork Ribs! Yeah that’s right, the grandaddy of all Ribs. Slow smoking Baby Backs is the ultimate in Rib-ology, but not many people know you can get a really decent rib in your oven. Slow Roast them and don’t forget some nice dry rub. Leave the sauce for the table and cook those babies until all the thick fat has rendered. Fat babies are cute, not fat ribs.
Last but not least, and I know we’re cheating here, but sometimes the best Rib, is no Rib at all. Several materials infuse so much dimension in your pattern there’s no reason to go lobbing on heavy handed Ribs. Just wrap these materials up, tie off and go catch some fish!
I have been tying flies for almost 23 year and from day one I always had a love affair with hackle and the traditional Catskill style dry flies. Yeah they might not be the most realistic looking imitation but they do catch fish and in a way I feel connected to the past and rooted in the tradition that they represent. If you go through many of the old books its pretty easy to see that they were not blessed with the quality hackle that we have today. Even the local farms that get a decent stock of hackle birds are putting out hackle that would blow away what was used 30 years ago. It’s no secret that Whiting Farms has become the hands down leader in the revolution in hackle development that has taken place in recent years. With that improvement also came a big increase in price and that has made it hard form many tiers on a budget to be able to afford the top quality products. Recently in the past few years Whiting has added some new lines of hackle to their already extensive line. One of these recently added lines is “High and Dry Hackle.” Yes you can find more affordable hackle that will get the job done but can you tie more than one fly per feather with many other brand out there? In many cases no. Currently the High and Dry line is only available in capes and for me that works great since I am not tying production I want to have good quality on hand for the patterns I do use and and a selection of sizes from 22 to 8 is found on these capes so you are covered no matter what size you want may need. The capes also have a large amount of feathers in the size 12 to 16 that get used the most. Personally I am a fan of half necks because they suit my need without breaking the bank. At around $28 for a half neck I can afford a few extra colors on hand.
As you can see it does make a good looking dry fly.
You can see on the two half necks that they are packed full of feathers!
One factor that I always look for is how much of each feather is usable? Well as you can see these are some long feathers! The grizzly comes in at about 5 inches where the medium dun feather is almost 6 inches. Both feathers would tie in size 16 or 18 flies length in those sizes is crazy for a rooster cape feather. No doubt at under $30 dollars a half neck you get your money’s worth.
Well that is enough about the hackle I give it a strong buy!!! Now here are a few flies tied with this hackle.