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The fly tying pages of Monte Smith

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    • Blue Devil Variant tied by Davie McPhail
      Tied by: Davie McPhail Originated by: Carrie Stevens Hook: Partridge CS15 #2 Thread: 8/0 White (underbody) Tag: Silver flat braid Body:Black 6/0 (140d) Rib: Silver flat Tinsel Belly: White bucktail Underwing: Peacock herl Under-shoulder: Teal blue hackle fibers Throat: Teal blue hackle fibers Wing: 2 light olive hackles flanked by teal blue hackles Shoulder: […]
    • Blueback trout Thunder Creek Minnow
      The Thunder Creek series of flies was created by fisherman and commercial tyer Keith Fulsher of Eastchester, NY. The fly was developed because he felt the standard minnow tying method of a large thread head with painted eyes didn’t properly represent the naturals. Keith’s reverse tied bucktails added detail and allowed for a variety of ...Continue reading […]
    • John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout Bucktail
      “The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever — is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.” -John Gierach John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout is a classic for both bass and trout anglers. The bucktail was developed alongside the Gierach Special bucktail. John originally tied this ...Continue reading
    • Book Alert – Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness
      The long-awaited book from authors Graydon Hilyard and Leslie Hilyard has been announced and is ready to hit shelves on December 1st, 2018. “Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness”, documents the infamous Maine outdoorsman and his many talents. In addition to boeing a talented fly tyer, Herbie is well-known ...Continue reading […]
    • Liggett Special Bucktail
      I first saw this fly pattern years ago while reading an article on GlobalFlyFisher written by Mike Martinek. Mike stated that he preferred to fish the Liggett Special over the Mickey Finn and claimed it as one of his all-time favorite bucktails. The bucktail was named for one Mr. Liggett, a Hathaway Shirt Co foreman. ...Continue reading
    • Martinek, Warner and Leight Flies on Auction
      This is another post for those of you hunting for some new streamers for your collection. We found a few nice specimens from Mike Martinek, Jim Warner, and Larry Leight. Larry Leight Streamer Flies Larry Leight West Trout Brook You can check out the rest of the streamers he has on offer here – Larry ...Continue reading


Tying the Classic Featherwing Streamer – notes from my Rangeley style streamer class   NEW!

Northwest Originals For Lake, River, and Stream – class notes for three original patterns

An Introduction to Spey Flies – History, patterns, materials…notes from my class

Proven Patterns: The LaFontaine Legacy – my class introducing the genius of Gary LaFontaine

LaFontaine Class Patterns – recipes and pictures of the class flies

Tying the Diving Caddis – step-by-step instruction for tying this excellent LaFontaine pattern

Tying the Air Head – another LaFontaine fly in step-by-step photos

Classic Streamer Class Notes – from a class I attended taught by the late Harry Gross

Tying The Lady Amherst – a classic whole wing fly

Tying The Glen Grant – my handout and class notes for tying this unique Spey Fly

Tying The Stevenson  – a whole tippet-wing salmon fly (my first class as a salmon fly tying instructor)

Tying The Black Dog – Kelson’s classic exhibition version.

Hook-Making 101 – some notes on re-working and making your own hooks


The Salmon Flyer – The entire collection (253 pages of recipes, tips, instruction) of  the old newsletters available in one .pdf document.  (Simply click the link to download)

Tying the Green Highlander – Kelson’s version

The Green King – Step-By-Step

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