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Fly Tying Articles

Below are some articles written outlining how to tie different fly fishing flies. Most are pretty much a tutorial on How To!

How To Tie The Sculpin Munker

How to tie the Sculpin Munker – by Alex Belonga Materials List: *brass skittle tube (Skeena River Fly Supply ((SRFS)) *1.8mm tough tubing (SRFS) *Silver pheasant hackle or schlappen is…

Beads and Their Application In Fly Tying

Beads and Their Application In Fly Tying In this article I will go over a variety of applications for beads in fly tying. The focus will be on larger fly…

Junction Tubing

Junction Tubing Junction Tubing was originally used to connect hooks to tubes, and this continues to be the most common use. With the increased use of tubes for fly patterns…

How To Tie the Tapam Special

How to Tie a Tapam Special Tarpon Catching Mullet The giant jungle tarpon in Nicaragua feed on variety of bait. The waters are rich in shrimp which can be productive…

The “King’s Candy” Bait Fish Pattern

The "King's Candy" Bait Fish Pattern King's Candy Bait Pattern Chinook salmon, also known as King Salmon, are 100% piscivores; that means they only forage on bait fish. The most…

How to Create a Great Hair Wing

How To Create a Great Hair Wing Hair wings are a very common type of wing in fly tying. Because we use them so often it is useful to know…

How to Tie the Tsunami Squid

How To Tie the Tsunami Squid The “Tsunami Squid” was designed by the guides from Skeena River Lodge to deal with low visibility conditions during Chinook season. With the squared…

How to Tie the Skeena River Lodge Prom Dress

How to Tie the Skeena River Lodge Promo Dress The “Prom Dress” is a staple pattern for Chinook at Skeena River Lodge. I slightly modified the original pattern, by Scott…

The Yellow Tailed Shrimp

The Yellow Tailed Shrimp Here is a pattern I’ve been using allot this winter/spring for Steelhead. It’s a variation of my Winter Squid fly that you may have seen in…

Articulated Gonatid Squid

Articulated Gonatid Squid This pattern shows the use of Articulated Shanks to create a very mobile and realistic Gonatid Squid imitation. It also showcases an unorthodox use of Snow Runner.…

The “Pink Rhea Stinger” – A Northeastern Pacific Squid Imitation for the Skeena System Steelhead.

The Pink Rhea Stinger Marine steelhead feed on a variety of foraging species. Fish and squid are the prevalent food sources for steelhead in the Northeastern Pacific. As steelhead mature…

Metal Tubes: A Review

Metal Tubes: A Review Tube flies have been around for many years, but not until recent have they become popular in North America. There are many advantages to tubes; a…

“SRL Pattegrisen”

SRL Pattegrisen The “Pattegrisen” is a popular and effective shrimp imitation. It originates in Denmark where it is used mostly for seatrout in the Baltic Sea. The “Pattegrisen” is also…

The Easy Rider

The Easy Rider Here is the second pattern in the step-by-step series from Skeena guide Derek Barber. The “Easy Rider” is a tube dry fly. The use of foam and…

“Winter Squid”

Winter Squid This is the first in a series of posts by well-known steelhead guide Derek Barber. We are very fortunate to start production of a signature series of Derek’s…

FnS “Bulkley” on Aluminum Shrimp Tube

FnS "Bulkley" on Aluminum Shrimp Tube Early season steelhead fishing usually does not require the fly to be fished close to the bottom. The aggressive early fish will move to…

“Skeena Squid”

This pattern is designed to be swung high in the surface. The long Rhea legs and Nutria front hackle give it lots of movement while the aluminum shrimp tube keeps…

A DOT Tube Closer Pattern Variation of the Classic Green Butt Skunk

A DOT Tube Closer Pattern Variation of the Classic Green Butt Skunk Our new DOT tubes are developed to accommodate hook sizes commonly used in Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead fishing…

Nutria Hackle – the better alternative to traditional feather hackle.

When I started testing Frances, Snaelda and Franc ‘n Snaelda patterns for steelhead I ran into a couple of “issues” with the patterns. Firstly the traditional body with ribbing did…

DOT tube step-by-step

Colin came up with the idea for Drilled Out Tubes (DOT) for low water fishing on his home river, the Tweed, in England. The tube will allow the use of…

“Skeena Spey”

Fresh run Skeena steelhead love orange and pink. For most situations a tube fly with a short shank, off-sett bait style hook, is the best way to land these acrobatic…

Snow Runner brush fly for Chinook.

Snow Runner is a great material for large baitfish patterns. Unlike synthetic fibres it does not tangle up after being mangled by predator fish. Another benefit over most synthetics is…

FnS – “Bulkley”

I have had some requests to do a step-by-step on the “Bulkley” Franc ‘n Snaelda. Here it is. I cast the fly roughly straight across, nymph it down, let it…

Jungle Cock Repair

The first part of the process for using the JC eye feathers in a fly is to select a matched pair from the same part of the cape, and depending…

The “More Green”

  This is a fly that I call the “More Green”. It’s intended for early spring Atlantic salmon on the rivers of the Gaspe peninsula in Quebec. But this fly…

Management of Nutria (Coypu)

Although this is a great fur, there are some very important points in its use: The skin upon which you find the Nutria is good leather, provided it has been…

Doubling Hackles

This is the method I use for doubling a hackle feather for any type of fly. This works for whatever type of hackle feather is used; cock hackle, hen hackle,…

“Seek & Destroy” Steelhead Dry Flies

"Seek & Destroy" Steelhead Dry Flies Living and guiding on the Bulkley River, one of the best steelhead dry fly rivers in the world,  has given me great opportunity to…

“Morrum Monster”

Here is a step-by-step for the “Morrum Monster”. A pattern designed by pro fly tier Dave Bijlsma for the famous Morrum River. It incorporates our new Integrated Shrimp Tube. If you…

Integrated Shrimp Tube FnS

Materials : black Junction Tubing diameter 3,2 silver integrated conehead 14×5 black lining tubing 1,8 tail: Snow Runner or buck tail (in this fly black buck tail) blue crystal flash…

Integrated Shrimp Tubes

This is a step-by-step that demonstrates our brand new Integrated Shrimp Tube design. Commercial tiers will like these integrated tubes. It eliminates the use of a separate cone head, thus…

“Formula 1”; a novel wing support method

In order to create the most volume and action in a fly pattern, I came up with this variation on the “dubbing ball” technique. Rather then using dubbing, or chenille…

Franc ‘n Snaelda “Skeena”

  This step-by-step tying instruction shows how I tie our commercial Franc ‘n Snaelda pattern. The FnS pattern was originated by Sean Stenton who combined features of the famous Francis…

The Snow Runner Brush Fly – a concept pattern.

Below is a sequence of tying steps for a Snow Runner brush fly. This patterns utilizes a number of specific materials and techniques that make it an attractive pattern for…