Fly Tying (updated)

Fly patterns and detailed instructions and videos to help you tie them yourself.

If you have a suggestion of a fly tying resource that should be added send us a comment.

Redfish Flies

Bluegill Flies

Sheephead flies

Club Member Ron Mayfield to be featured by Fly Fishers International as part of its Pro Series Fly Tying Program; May 4, 2022 7:30 CDT

For those of you who are FFI members and are interested in fly tying you will not want to miss our own Ron Mayfield, an Umpqua Signature Tyer, tying two of his patterns as part of the FFI Pro Series Fly Tying Program which is being offered via Zoom. All FFI members should have received … Continue reading Club Member Ron Mayfield to be featured by Fly Fishers International as part of its Pro Series Fly Tying Program; May 4, 2022 7:30 CDT

The 10th Annual Summer Mini Expo, Saturday, August 14, 2021 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Mini Expo has something for every fly fisher…

Beginner, intermediate or expert!

Come enjoy a fun filled day of: Fly Tying Casting Instructions and  Demonstrations Travel Presentations Rod Building Area Fishing Information, Drawing for Door Prizes at Terrace United Methodist Church, 1203 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055

TPWD – Fly Fishing for Largemouth Bass with Deer Hair Bass Bugs

TPWD – Online presentation about using deer hair bass bugs to target and catch largemouth bass.

Spring is an amazing time to fly fish using top water flies. Join TPWD certified Angler Edu Fly Fishing Instructor, Ron Mayfield for this informative presentation about using deer hair bass bugs to catch largemouth bass.

Pre-registration is required. All registered participants will receive the Zoom link the day before the event.

Reel Recovery 2021 Fly Drive

Reel Recovery is once again requesting an effort from our TFF fly tiers to solicit flies for their upcoming retreats. As you all know, Covid-19 has put our retreats in “suspense” for this year, at least until further notice.  However we continue to hope and plan for retreats later this year. In addition to Covid … Continue reading Reel Recovery 2021 Fly Drive

Match the hatch

This little guy was caught on the shoreline of a local pond. He and his brothers are targets for the predators. Match the hatch!

Simple black drum fly, lmffaflyclub

From Mark Machado “Tonight at 7pm I will be live on Facebook(R) for our first Thursday fly tying.  Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association I will be tying a simple black drum fly. All are welcome to watch and or tie with me.

Gurgler style frog, 2020-03-25

Micheal S. gave me a larger version of this frog, and the bass completely destroyed it.

I tinkered with the pattern until I could get the tying down to less than 5 minutes, and here is the result:

Hook:  Size 6 Mustad 3366A
Thread: 240 denier thread to match under-body
Over-body: 3mm closed cell foam cut to 1/2″ wide
Legs: Flat rubber legs, 4 strand wide, and 1 strand
Under-body: Chenille, yarn, etc.
Eyes: 4mm dolls eyes
Glue:  Craft glue or CA
Markers for finishing touches.

Doing a little more tying, 2020-03-23

Distancing myself from the public in the hobby room, tying flies in anticipation of good weather coming.

I needed to replace the frogs that Mike S. gave me a few months ago.

Then again Scott F. convinced me to try tying some DB poppers.

Kevin Hutchison shares popper head assembly and painting, videos

The object of this series is to show some ideas, and cost savings, when making popper heads. None of the products mentioned are the absolute “best” to buy, or use, but mentioned to only give you some ideas.

The basic approach to this fly was originally published by Jay “Fishy” Fullum as the “single fold popper” in his book Fishy’s Flies, ISBN 0-8117-2616-9.

Kevin has made some modifications. Most notably is the thickness of the foam, 6mm instead of 4mm. Another noted modification is a slit in the foam for the dogleg of the hook to rest in.

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The Deadhead Minnow, again

The September 2015 Fly of the Month, the Deadhead Minnow, has been added to Fly Patterns page on this website.  The Deadhead Minnow by Casey Smartt

Fly Tying Classes for 2020

Here is the run down for up coming year.

Feb 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16.

These are the beginner dates at Bethany Christian church at 7 pm. March 23 & 30 are make up dates.

The Deadhead Minnow, edited

The Deadhead Minnow  By Casey Smartt A few years ago, I began experimenting with techniques to create a large cigar-shaped baitfish pattern made from craft fur. The goal was to tie a round-bodied pattern that was neutrally buoyant… something like a fly-version of a Corky lure. I could clearly visualize this fly in my mind, … Continue reading The Deadhead Minnow, edited

Rendezvous November 1-3

I just wanted to personally invite you and your club members and families to attend Rendezvous for a great weekend. Your donation and several other clubs too have allowed us to reduce our weekend fee to just $40. Please send our website: http://flycasting.bravesites.com    out so everyone knows about Rendezvous. Everything is detailed on it but … Continue reading Rendezvous November 1-3

Coyote Shrimp

A simple shrimp fly from just a few materials. It casts well, and pushes water like a seaducer.

Recipe:
Gama B10S size 2
Size “A” rod wrapping thread, brown
Shrimp eyes, prepared earlier       
Green Krystal flash
Coyote fur
Head cement

VIP

VIP: Hook: Gamakatsu B10S size 4 and 6
Thread: 210 denier (6/0 or larger)
Undertail: Flex floss or lumaflex, rosy pink, Or krystal flash, Gold, pearlescent, or copper
Tail: Deer body hair, Olive, natural, brown, olive, black, or yellow
Body: 6mm closed cell foam, Red, black, orange, chartreuse, or yellow
Eyes: 7mm or 8mm dolls eyes, yellow or white
Adhesive: Cyanoacrylate or E6000
Not only is this fly great for red fish but it’s also proved deadly for bass!

Wacky worm, mop fly, instructions

I found that LMB anglers love to use the Wacky Worm, and it seems to work for them.  This smaller version hits the water with a light splash and has great action as it is twitched. Recipe

Mop flies

After spending a few minutes working with a pattern for the bass and bluegill, here are the results

Les Lehman talks about dubbing loops and deer hair

Les Lehmann describe his thoughts on dubbing loops and how to learn to work with deer hair. He demonstrates his dubbing technique using zonker strip. Then he talks about how to learn, control, and cut deer hair.

Les ties a “Stupid Crab”

Les describes his thoughts behind tying this simple pattern, as he ties it.
Mustad 3407DT, size 4
140 denier thread, tan
Bead chain eyes
Barred rubber or silicone legs
Coyote body fur

Les describes hook sharpening, and care

Les shows us how he sharpens his hooks before he ties the fly. Some of the better hooks on the market can rust as soon as you sharpen them. So he has this tip/trick that prevents this.

Modified Seaducer

Les ties a modified, but still simple, fly that works well in our Texas Bays.
Mustad 3407DT, size 4
180 denier thread, pink
Craft fur, orangutan orange
Krystal flash, silver
Zonker strip, black-tipped orange
Grizzly and Cree hackle, oversized

2018 PINS trip is almost here

Texas FlyFishing Padre Island National Seashore 2018 Surf Fishing Trip Did some fly tying: Fly tying for PINS 2018

Fly tying for PINS 2018

In preparation for the 2018 PINS trip, I am looking at having a fly tying session in Katy. Texas FlyFishing Padre Island National Seashore 2018 Surf Fishing Trip

Fly of the Month – Lefty’s Craft Fur Shrimp – Tied by Chris Sumers

This simple pattern was developed by Lefty Kreh for bonefish but, it is also a productive pattern for most other saltwater coastal species along with largemouth bass and carp. Materials: Hook: Mustad 3407 DT or, similar saltwater hook, size 6 to 2 Thread: Flat Waxed Nylon, or similar, Tan or Brown Tail: Craft Fur, Tan … Continue reading Fly of the Month – Lefty’s Craft Fur Shrimp – Tied by Chris Sumers

League City Tying Team, March 25th, 2018, report

Cabela’s is proud to host the League City Tying Team, made up of members from the Texas FlyFishers, Fly Fishers International, and other local anglers. Come join the group at the table and learn about methods, techniques, and tools, as it relates to tying flies to fish our local Texas waters. Talk around the table can get lively, and informative, so feel free to ask questions.

The theme for March 25th is “Topwaters.””

Troy Miller’s Shaddie Clouser, updated

Troy Miller “I have a newer recipe with a different tying method but gives about the same result. Quicker and more durable. The new recipe also has three or four variants that is use in different conditions/applications. I still love that fly, it was one of Clarke’s favorites. I tie them with plastic eyes to fish right under the surface (specks over the green lights) to double heavy lead eyes to fish stripers on a sinking line deep in Texoma. And any depth in between. Tied correctly, they never foul.”

League City Tying Team, March 25th, 2018

Cabela’s is proud to host the League City Tying Team, made up of members from the Texas FlyFishers, Fly Fishers International, and other local anglers. Come join the group at the table and learn about methods, techniques, and tools, as it relates to tying flies to fish our local Texas waters. Talk around the table can get lively, and informative, so feel free to ask questions.

The theme for March 25th is “Topwaters.””

IMPORTANT NOTE about the next Texas FlyFishers’ meeting

Terry and Roxanne Wilson plan to be at the meeting early, at approximately 5:30, to tie some of their original bluegill patterns.  So, anyone who has the slightest interest in fly tying will not want to miss this opportunity to visit with, observe and/or participate with these gifted fly tyers.

League City Tying Team, February 25th, 2018

Cabela’s is proud to host the League City Tying Team, made up of members from the Texas FlyFishers, Fly Fishers International, and other local anglers. Come join the group at the table and learn about methods, techniques, and tools, as it relates to tying flies to fish our local Texas waters. Talk around the table can get lively, and informative, so feel free to ask questions.

The theme for February 25th is “Baitfish.””

League City Tying Team, January 28th, 2018, report

3 Tyers entertained about a dozen,or more, people as we sat and tied sheephead flies.  Fishing trips, favorite flies, hook styles, and a hundred other topics flew around the table.  Lamarr took the pictures for us.

League City Tying Team, January 28th, 2018

Cabela’s is proud to host the League City Tying Team, made up of members from the Texas FlyFishers, Fly Fishers International, and other local anglers.  Come join the group at the table and learn about methods, techniques, and tools, as it relates to tying flies to fish our local Texas waters.  Talk around the table can get lively, and informative, so feel free to ask questions.

Dr Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival 2018

Texas FlyFishers present the 26th Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival Featured fly tier, noted guide and author, Rich Strolis  – Rich Strolis Bio  When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Where: Bethany Christian Church – 3223 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX http://www.texasflyfishers.org

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