Puppy Love

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

I’m a Dad again! I have a new son. He’s now about 11 weeks old. His name is Ruffles. Here’s a picture:

This kid is a handful, but we’re trai…no, make that, he’s training us. And although he’s about as much a watchdog or a hunting dog as a goldfish would be, and although his primary mission in life seems to be acting like a goofball, he has one stellar attribute: His super-soft ginger-colored wavy locks are just begging to be used on a trout fly.

So I stole a tiny snip while he terrorized his squeaky squirrel toy, and tied a couple up.  Here’s the recipe:

Hook:  #14 Gamakatsu “Executive Series, Keel-Balance” C13U
Body:  SemperFli “Dirty Bug Yarn,” Caddis Brown
Weight:  Size 0.010 weight wire, your choice of type
Ribbing:  Wapsi Ultra- wire, red, small
Thread:  Dark brown or black
Hackle:  One small light brown partridge soft-hackle feather
Tail:  A small snip of hair from Ruffles The Puppy

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FrankenDub Update

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J Stockard Pro Tyer and Owner of FrankenFly

It’s been almost 2 years since I first released FrankenDUB. I spent a lot of time researching, mixing, and testing the various FrankenDUB dubbing offerings and I’m extremely happy with the response from fly tyers. It has been very well received and always gets terrific reviews.

If you are not aware of what FrankenDUB is, then you can check out my dubbing page on FrankenFly.com and it will tell you all that you need to know. Basically there are three lines of FrankenDub, Monster, Nymph, and All Purpose. Monster is long and made for streamers. Nymph is of course for nymphs, but it could also work with dry flies. All Purpose is a non-sparkle short dubbing that could be used on all types of flies.

mermaid pink

One of the newest additions to the FrankenDUB line is Mermaid Pink. I have recently included it into the Nymph Dubbing line. This is not your ordinary pink. If you look closely, you will find red fibers mixed within as well as some sparkle. It also includes natural fur with guard hairs to infuse softness and more bugginess. If you look at it from a normal eye view, it looks pink. My hope is this unique blend will help it become just as popular as some of the other colors in the Nymph Dubbing line.

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Fly of the Month-Feb 2017-Teddy Bear Nymph

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

Version 2 - tied by Justin Bowman
Version 2 – tied by Justin Bowman

In this blog post I want to concentrate on one of the most well known, effective nymphs that exist, the Hare’s Ear nymph. I don’t want to bore you with details of its history, but concentrate on a modern perspective and new ways to tie it. One thing to mention is that hare’s ear fur has been used for a long time, even as far back as the 1600’s. If you want to know more about its history, I recommend heading over to Flyanglers Online and read an article by Tom Travis where he delves deep into the history of the Hare’s Ear nymph.

The reason this nymph is called a Hare’s Ear is because originally this nymph was tied using the fur found in between the ears of a hare. These days, you can purchase a hare’s mask and get the fur by clipping the hair between the ears. Not only can you use the underfur in this region, but to make it even more buggy, you want to use the guard hairs as well. These days fly tiers will use all parts of the mask to tie a Hare’s Ear. Not only that, but tiers that push the envelope even further, use modern dubbing mixes to tie this popular nymph.

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