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Fly Tying Kit Tutorial: Fish-Skull Crawdaddy

A Realistic Crayfish Pattern for Targeting Bass, Trout, and Other Freshwater Fish

Everything You Need To Tie 8 Fish-Skull Crawdaddy Flies

Tie realistic, anatomically correct crayfish patterns with ease using the NEW Fish-Skull Crawdaddy Fly Tying Kit. The included Fish-Skull Crawbody exoskeletons are made of nearly indestructible, ultra-light synthetic suede that cannot be bitten off, will not shrink, and provide lifelike texture and movement when wet.

Podcast: Blane Chocklett – All Things Game Changer

Get an Inside Look on Fly Tying and Fly Fishing With Blane Chocklett

In this episode of The Articulate Fly Podcast with Marvin Cash, Blane Chocklett shares how he developed the Game Changer fly platform and the journey of writing his new book, Game Changer: Tying Flies that Look & Swim Like the Real Thing. 

Through his over twenty years in the fly fishing world, Blane has continuously pushed to innovate and improve his fly designs, resulting in the Game Changer style of fly design, which has gained a major following among fly anglers for its lifelike realism and productivity in the water.

This is his story.

If you'd like to listen on an app such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify, you can do so through The Articulate Fly.

Learn more about Blane's new book and reserve your copy.

Fly Tying Tutorial: Tradd Little's Neon Caddis

A Good Caddis Pupa Should Be a Staple in Every Trout Angler’s Fly Box

I like Caddis Pupae that are easy to tie, have vibrant colors, and are super quick to drop to the bottom. Tradd Little's Neon Caddis covers all of these bases, and then some.

Tied with a Nymph-Head Evolution tungsten beadhead and the perfectly shaped Kona USP Scud/Pupa hook, this little Caddis Pupa will be all you need.

Fly Fishing for River Pike

River Pike: A Somewhat Predictable Creature

River pike are one of my favorite fish species to target on the fly, both fishing for them and guiding clients onto them, pike always give me an extra level of excitement. Rivers, compared to stillwater are more susceptible to changes. Water levels fluctuates faster and make the pike respond in different ways. When you drift down a river it’s a forever changing landscape. Behind each bend could be your new record pike waiting in ambush.

So, what are some helpful tips you can use for targeting river pike?

Fly Tying Tutorial: Robin Phillips' Golden Nugget

The Golden Nugget Is a Modern Medium-Size Baitfish Imitation

The Golden Nugget is easy to tie and highly effective on the water! Using the Fish-Skull Baitfish Head to help with swimming action, profile, and depth, this versatile streamer fly pattern can be fished for most freshwater and saltwater applications.

You can find Robin Phillips on Instagram: @robin.phillips.flies

Fly Recipe

Cheech's Mohawk Sculpin: Fly Tying Tutorial

The Mohawk Sculpin, Created by Cheech Pierce of Fly Fish Food, Is a Super Fun and Easy Sculpin Pattern To Tie

With its wide profile and short stature, the silhouette of the Mohawk Sculpin is a perfect match to the real thing and is sure to trigger predatory attacks.

The extra-heavy Fish-Skull Sculpin Helmet helps the Mohawk Sculpin drop like a rock to the bottom and this sculpin fly pattern even has a little extra "bling" from the new Hareline Magnum Bling Rabbit Strips.

Learn to tie Cheech's Mohawk Sculpin today!

Fly Recipe

Fly Tying Tutorial: Flymen Big Game Needlefish

The Flymen Big Game Needlefish Puts a Next-Generation Spin on a Staple Barracuda Fly

This fly will move Barracuda in Belize, Pike in Canada, and sizing it up or down it will catch musky, smallmouth, and trout in your local fishery as well.

Fish-Skull Body Tubing creates the elongated body of a Needlefish, and a Big Game Articulated Shank adds extra swimming action to attract your target species. Super fun tie!

Fly Tying Tutorial: The Nymph-Head Heavy Metal Perdigon

The Perdigon Has Taken the Euro-Style Fishing World by Storm. 

This simple yet very fishy fly has everything that fast-water fly anglers are looking for... An endless choice of colors, instant sinkability, and 1000% bulletproof.

Fish the Heavy Metal Perdigon on its own, under a dry fly, or with a team of other nymphs – just fish it!

Fly Recipe

  • Hook: Kona Barbless Jig Hook (BJH), size #10 used in video (sizes can range from #10 - #16)
  • Head: Nymph-Head Heavy Metal tungsten bead, size 4.0 mm (5/32") used in video (adjust size to match hook)
  • Tail: CDL, Mallard, or any barred feathers.
  • Rib: UTC Ultra-Wire
  • Body: Flashabou
  • Hot-Spot: Orange Thread
  • Wing Case: Loon UV Fly Finish BLACK
  • Body Coating: Coat the whole fly in Loon UV Thin

Fly Tying Tutorial: Heavy Metal Rubber Leg Copper John

The original Copper John is a staple in most fly boxes — the Heavy Metal Rubber Leg Copper John is a next-generation take on this classic fly pattern.

Using the Nymph-Head Heavy Metal tungsten beads that are 15% heavier than standard tungsten beads of the same size and come in a wide array of colors, the possibilities for this pattern are endless. You can fish it in a variety of ways, from fishing it as an anchor fly in a Euro setup to a regular attractor under an indicator, fish this fly DEEP — trust me, it will get there.

Fly Recipe

  • Hook: Kona Wet Fly Nymph size #10
  • Bead: Nymph-Head Heavy Metal tungsten bead size 5/32"
  • Wire: .025 Lead Wire
  • Tail: Sili-Legs
  • Body: Ultra Wire
  • Wing Case: UV Chewee Skin
  • Over Case: Flashabou
  • Thorax: Ice Dub 
  • Legs: Sili-Legs
  • Wing Case Gas Bubble: Loon UV Resin Thick
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