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Eunan Hendron, Classic Fly Tyer

eunanhendron_cropGuest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan blogs @ Addicted to Vise
I started tying flies around the age of 12 to fish still water winter competitions on Lough Cowey, Northern Ireland with my dad. After an 18 year break, I again took up fly tying a little over three years ago when my adventure into tying classic style flies began. For the most part I tie winged wet flies, Rangeley (Maine) Style streamers and Atlantic salmon flies as well as some dry flies. It’s been an interesting journey through the classics, and now the vast majority of my flies are from Bergman, Malone, Saracen, Stevens, Kelson, Pryce-Tannatt, Ephemera, Hardy, Tolfrey, amongst many others. I still tie flies for fishing and with my adventure into classics, my general tying has improved immensely. I highly recommend that any fly tyer have a try at classic style flies; you will no doubt see the improvement I’ve seen.

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Airbrushing With The Copic ABS

copic airbrush popperOne of the recent additions to our selection of fly tying tools is the Copic Airbrush System (ABS) which can be used to quickly color a variety of surfaces and textures, from foam to feathers and entire flies.

Watch this video from Brendan Toner and Nick Dolte to see the Copic ABS in action creating the fabulous popper pictured at left. You’ll see that it is lightweight, completely portable and easy to use with virtually no clean-up and no mess! We think it is an essential addition to any fly tyer’s bench.

VIDEO: Painting a Fire Popper with the Copic Airbrush System

NOTE : We stock a complete selection of Copic Airbrush Systems and supplies, over two dozen colors of the companion Copic Markers plus Pattern Coloring Patches. Try this cool tool now!

Tying the Evolution™ Stonefly

flymen Stonefly cropFlymen Fishing continues to expand their innovative line of fly tying products. And their recently introduced Evolution™ Tungsten Beads are available in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors. Flymen is also introducing a series of flies featuring these new beads including the Evolution™ Stonefly. This realistic looking stone fly pattern was inspired by Kauffman’s Stonefly and is tied in a very similar way. The profile of this popular, proven stonefly pattern is now enhanced by using an Evolution™ Stonefly Tungsten Bead and barred rubber legs to create more action as the fly drifts across the river bed.

Use these Stonefly Tying Instructions to tie your own fly before they are even available from Flymen Fishing and get all the materials you need @ J. Stockard:

Hook: Curved Nymph/Stonefly Hook 3XL
Bead: Evolution Stonefly Tungsten Bead
Thread: Choose VEEVUS, UNI or Danville
Wire: Lead Wire
Rib: Vinyl D-Rib (small or midge size)
Antenna & Tail: Goose Biots
Wingcase: Turkey
Abdomen & Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear PLUS Dubbing
Legs: Barred Rubber Legs