Hands down the winner of the ugliest fly competition, the Mop Fly has a love/hate following. That being said, there’s no disputing the effectiveness of these strange looking flies. Cream and tan seem to work plenty well, but there’s lots of other options that will work great depending on your fish and conditions. If you’re fishing high and dirty water, there may be no better fly!
This is an awesome dropper pattern, especially for pickier tailwater fish. The original 3 Dollar Dip works great, but the Body Glass gives it some added durability and translucence. Brown seems to work as good as anything else, but Body Glass comes in a ton of colors, so don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit!
These simple flies are incredibly durable and sink like a rock. Great on a Czech Nymph rig, as well as general purpose nymphing. We like them below a terrestrial pattern in the summer a lot as well!
We’ve been big fans of Enrico Puglisi materials, flies, and brushes for quite awhile now, and they didn’t disappoint with their newest round of brushes! EP has the most extensive selection of dubbing, hair, and synthetic brushes by far, and they have something for nearly every tier. Everything from Predator flies to saltwater shrimp to trout streamers, they have you covered! You can make your own dubbing brushes as well, but with the vast selection that EP has available, there’s not a whole lot of reason to. Here’s a few of their new brushes that we really dig.
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We get a lot of folks in the shop looking for Christmas gifts for their significant other, children, or family friend that ties flies, and they often are a little stumped on what to get them. There’s such a huge amount of gear, tools, and materials out there in the fly tying world, and it can often be intimidating to try and pick something out. We’ve put together a list of some of the latest gear that we think will all make great Christmas gifts for the fly tier in your life – here’s few of our favorite offerings from some...