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Fly Tying videos and general fly tying knowledge as well as some fly fishing content to keep it fun.
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Welcome

  • Specializing in Fly Tying videos and information with a balanced dose of Fly Fishing and Photography (mostly of flies and fishing). Your support helps me to keep producing quality fly tying and fly fishing content and helps me to pass on all things fly fishing that I have learned over Forty plus years!

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Remnant Fly #3 is out.  This one turned out to be a variation on a Woolly Bugger. You can view all the details either in the video our on Dressed Irons in the post about it.  It was fun changing it up a little.  Just goes to show saving all those little hackle tips can add up to a nice little fly.  Looking forward to swinging this one.
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Here is the latest Remnant Fly, this is Remnant Fly #2.  What started out (in my mind) as maybe a shrimpy type pattern ended up more a neon Caddis nymph.  That's the fun of dipping in my remnant box.  I don't know just what I will tie at the vise until it is done.

I will refer you to the post on Dressed Irons for more detail about tying this fly.  Below is the recipe, affiliate links to materials and the actual video.  

Hook:                  Mustad C49SNP-BR, #8
Thread:               Uni-Thread 8/0, White & Black
Weight:               .020 Lead Wire, 10 wraps
Body:                   Flat Braid, Pearl & Chartreuse Monofilament
Thorax:               Beaver Dubbing, Black
Hackle:               Guinea Fowl dyed Chartreuse

Mustad C49SNP-BR, #8                                                     -  https://amzn.to/3mugqAQ
Uni-Thread 8/0, Black                                                         -  https://amzn.to/3juR7NL
Uni-Thread 8/0, White                                                         -  https://amzn.to/3tc2wFE
.020 Lead Wire, 10 wraps                                                  -  https://amzn.to/3FtNx0x
Flat Braid, Pearl                                                                   -  https://amzn.to/3uWnvyg
Chartreuse Monofilament                                                 -  https://amzn.to/3amR6Ya
Beaver Dubbing, Black                                                       -  https://amzn.to/3DkMFcE
Guinea Fowl dyed Chartreuse                                          -  https://amzn.to/308Q4gt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbotFksjjWw

Thanks to everyone supporting Dressed Irons!  The Next two Remnant Flies will be open to the public and after that only available to subscribers.
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Remnant Fly #1
The first Remnant Fly is complete as well as video.  The Remnant Fly #1 turned out to be a nice little sculpin or Goby pattern.  With four basic materials and a little thread hand head cement this fly came together fairly quickly.  As I mention in the video it is interesting to see how a pattern develops as well as the method/procedure for tying the pattern.  I mentioned that the zonker strip could have been added first tot he hook but after I edited the video I realized it can actually be added after the eyes and the body.  There is no need to even have it on the hook while adding the eyes or the body and having to work around the zonker strip. 

I am finding these flies very enjoyable as they are un-scripted, unplanned (except for spur of the moment) and a great exercise to problem solve fly construction that can later be applied to other patterns.  Plus, there is a nice fly when done.  I am placing these all in a special Remnant Fly box to be take with me next year and follow up with which ones worked and which ones did not.

The Remnant Fly #1 is a fly that is 'open to the public'.  Meaning you do not have to subscribe to Dressed Irons to view this fly and video.  As well, #2, #3 & #4 will also be public.  They are all public on YouTube and thus will be public here.  This should give visitors a nice sample of what a subscription to Dressed Irons will bring in the future.

Please share any comments or thought you have about the Remnant Fly #1 and the Remnant Fly #2 video will be out soon. - Enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JGzXiZegVo
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I am starting a project today that I have wanted to start for a number of years.  The project is tying Remnant Flies.  What are remnant Flies? Well they are basically flies created from the remnants of other flies or projects.  I have been tying flies for many years and teaching fly tying for over 20 years.  In that time I have accumulated all sorts of snippets of feathers, fur, chenille, flash, biots, etc....  These are pieces left over from students after class or from times when I have a number of flies to tie up and have lots of bits and peices left over.  The idea is to open the box and let my mind wonder in terms of figuring out a fly to tie. 

The flies will be totally freestyle.  Meaning, they are not tied up prior to the recording of the video.  What you see in the video if the one (and maybe only) time the fly is tied.  If you have ever done any fly tying like this you know it can be a lot of fun to see what is created.

So, the following video simply explains what the Remnant Fly project is (visually).  I will have the first Remnant Fly (Remnant Fly 001 [original huh]) published on September 30th.  The plan is to publish a Remnant Fly every week.  The first three or four will be also published on YouTube for the general public but after that they can only be seen on SubscribeStar.  That means they are only for you, my subscribers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J7SEcDlEME

Let me know what you think about this idea and about the videos.  Thanks for your support.

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