testimonials

What others have said about us & our products
Some of the comments, testimonials & reviews about the products we carry and service we provide.

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Beetle LEGS

Trout absolutely shredded this beetle. Didn’t think the legs would make that much of a difference but they did!

Al Bud

Our products & customer service

“I just wanted to say I love your products! Your shipping is faster coming from Canada than if it would ship to me from the USA and I live here!!! Thanks for the great products and customer service!!!”

Ryan R.

Our Product Selection

Thank You !! You offer products like no other fly tying material supplier. I will order more products again in the near future.”

John S.

Hemingway’s Stonefly Nymph Buds & Back

“Got some stonefly backs and buds and started working with them. This is my MK. 1 Skwala nymph still working on improving it. Frosty fly products have not let me down yet great stuff looking forward to using some of their other products and add photos here.”

Ken Held's Skwala Stonefly Nymph

Ken Held
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Hemingway’s CDC Feathers

“Just wanted to send you this picture of a nice rainbow I caught with an October caddis pattern I tied with your Hemingway CDC feathers for wings.

Thanks for excellent fly tying materials.”

Joseph Whalen

Our Products

“Your products are amazing. Thanks!”

Kevin I.

Our Service

“Thank you for expediting my order; I received it yesterday!  Great Service!…Thanks again for your quick service!”

Bob A.

Frosty Fly

“Great store if you want to buy flies. They also have materials to make realistic looking flies with ease. Their service is quick and reliable. This is my new go to fly tying internet store.”

Patrick D'Antonio

Our Flies

“Thank you Frosty Flies!

I would just like to thank your company for selling such great flies!! I’ve been fly fishing for twenty five years. This is the honest truth. I got up early eager to fish with my new batch of flies and decided to use a sanjuan worm with your pupa as a dropper.. I hike to my favorite fishing spot on the South Platte river in Colorado and on my 15th cast I hook the largest trout I’ve ever caught in that river on your pupa!!! 5lbs 24inches 3inches wide!! On the 15th cast!! Needless to say, I am still in shock!  So thank you for your great flies!!”

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Realistic Caddis Pupa - Light Green

 

John C.

Hemingway’s Tube Body Mayfly

“Started using these bodies last year for Green Drake and Hexagenia patterns easy to work with and very realistic I use a marker to color them to suit look I want and sometimes use a Partridge K10 Yorkshire Fly Hook (extended body) the body is hollow so it just slides over the extension, which helps maintain the profile and makes the fly more durable.”

Tube Body Mayfly - Rzav River

Paul H.

Hemingway’s Caddis Wings

“Have been tying caddis patterns over the winter to stock up as I go through a lot of them. These wings are great, unlike the mayfly wings they peel off easily, no cutting required and are easy to tie on, giving a very realistic pattern. I used to use turkey wing segments sprayed with a lacquer but after a couple of fish these separate and look scraggly, these wings simplifly (pun intended) the tie and will be much more durable.”

Hemigway's Realistic Caddis Wings

Paul H.

Hemingway’s CDC Feathers

“These feathers were exceptional compared to CDC feathers I’ve used in past. I hope this product remains available as long as I tie flies. Would like to see the tan or dun colors in stock.”

Joseph W.

Realistic Cicada Fly

“I ordered one in gold, and it is of excellent quality. I am excited to test it out! I probably will go back and buy the set!”

Realistic Cicada Fly - Gold

Ellen

Hemingway’s Realistic Mayfly Wings

“I bought these and have used them on several flies. I found them to be easy to work with. My suggestion would be to taper the tabs to a point versus a square point. Sometimes it’s more difficult to wrap the tabs. Once you get them tied in, they are awesome. They make your flies look so realistic and I cannot wait to use them.”

Hemingway's Realistic Mayfly Wings

Hemingway’s Realistic Mayfly Wings

Patrick D.

Our service

“Thanks for the speedy customer service. Received the replacement a couple a days ago. Looking forward for a chance to try out this great looking fly.”

Brooke B.

Our products & service

“Just a quick note to say that the package of materials arrived. Great stuff! Thank you for the quick turn around and the surprise gifts – very much appreciated.”

Pete L.

Our products

“I wanted to tell you that I had received my order. And I’m very satisfied.
Materials are very realistic.  I am going to be able to create beautiful flies. Thanks to your products and for your seriousness.
Thank you again.”


Philippe

Our flies

“Frosty, got the order.  Flies look great!!!!!!!!!!!”

Shawn F.

Frosty Fly

“…Nice doing business with a company that cares! “

Rocky D.

Our Products

“Thanks for great fly tying materials. I love tying fishable realistic patterns!”

dans-mayfly-nymph-small
Dan’s Realistic Mayfly Nymph

Dan Herrick

Frosty Fly

“Thanks a bunch! Love what you guy’s are doing with the industry! By far, the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time!”

Josh L.

Hemingway’s Realistic Mayfly Wings

“I would like to say great product, I have your mayfly wings and they are awesome and the fish love them…”

Hemingway's Realistic Mayfly Wings

Dave P.

Hemingway’s Realistic Nymphs

“..The realistic nymphs are so lifelike that they say it looks like it could walk away…”

Hemingway's Realistic Stonefly Nymphs

Joseph Whalen

Realistic Hopper Bodies

“After 10 years of commercial fly tying, I have finally found a product line that supports innovation. These are the most realistic Hopper materials I have had the pleasure of tying with. I can’t wait for hopper season to come so I can watch trout swallow these off the surface. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a few sizes / colors of these and let your creativity run wild.”

Realistic Hopper Bodies - Yellow Brown

Clay Erickson
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Our Products

“I use your material since a year ago and I try it last summer. They was a good stuff and solid..”
“…I like the Hemingway product then other I was trying.”

Clifford C.

Our Products

“…My first order arrived and was great, tied 40 caddis flies in about 3 hours.”
“…Thanks again for the great products.”

David M.

Hemingway’s Realistic Stonefly Nymph Legs

“…I use the L size on my golden stone adult foam bodies and they are killer!”

Realistic Soft Stonefly Nymph Legs

Larry H.

Our Products

“The Hemingway products are the best!”
“…Thanks for responding. Love your products!”

 

Steven Willis

Realistic Wasps

“I just received two of your #12 size Realistic Wasp flies, and they are terrific! I plan to purchase several more….Thanks for your wonderful products”

Realistic Wasp Flies

 

Jeffrey Kidder

Frosty Fly products & service

“Thank you for excellent products and service. I have been a customer now for less than a year but am glad I found your website. I have been a fly fisherman for many years and the flies I tie with Hemingway’s products have impressed many seasoned buddies. I really appreciate the dubbing you sent for me to try. I will be a long term customer.”

Joseph Whalen

Fly Tying Materials

“Love all the goodies for building some amazingly realistic fish bugs and really enjoy all of the informative and dare I say, inspirational, tying videos on the website!”

FrostyFly Realistic Wasp Wings

Aaron Deaver

Realistic Flies

“I tested these flies out throughout the summer months. When I first looked at them, I was impressed by their realistic appearance, but was skeptical about the floatability of the dry flies. The minute I put the flies on the water, the concern vanished. They float. I fish a few streams that get pounded hard and these flies worked extremely well for educated and finicky trout.”

Review by Derek Bird, Founding Editor
Fly Fusion Magazine, Fall 2015

See the article here.

Hemingway's Realistic Mayfly Dry Flies

Derek Bird
Fly Fusion Magazine

Hemingway’s Trout Landing Net

“Generally speaking, fly anglers want functional products that are also aesthetically pleasing. The Trout Landing Net by Hemingway’s hits the bill for both. The net is made of soft nylon so the creation takes into consideration the conservation of the fish. More than that, the finish applied to the handle indicates a pride of workmanship and a commitment to detail. The hand-crafted nets are made from Padauk and Walnut and would look good beside the bamboo rod on the wall in the study during the offseason.”

Review by Derek Bird, Founding Editor
Fly Fusion Magazine, Summer 2015

See the article here.

Trout Landing Net

Derek Bird
Fly Fusion Magazine

Tenkara Rod Petz

“Amazing rod at an affordable price! I have tried out a few different tenkara rods and owned one from a generic manufacturer before getting my hands on the Hemingways Petz rod. This rod puts them all to shame. The petz rod has a beautiful feel in hand, casts as smooth as butter yet has enough back bone to handle bigger fish. Great value, great quality and finally a company that is bringing this simple and deadly method of fishing to Canadian fly fisherman and women!”

Tenkara Rod Petz

Corey Cabral
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Realistic Flies – STONEFLY NYMPH – Set of 6 Flies – 2 Colors, 3 Hook Sizes

“Wow to the realism of these stoneflies! Can’t wait to try these nymphs on two specific rivers that thrive in stoneflies in particular… the Piedra River in Colorado (brown stoneflies), and Rock Creek in Montana (yellow stoneflies). Should be a rodeo.”

Hemingway's Realistic Stonefly Nymph Set - Tan & Dark

Wichita from Durango, CO

Skagit River Solid Walnut Wooden Streamer Fly Box

“Awesome little fly box, well crafted.”

Skagit River Solid Walnut Wooden Streamer Fly Box

Ross

Maruto Dry Fly Hooks – Barbless, Fine Wire, Black Nickel – d04

“I have used countless brands of barbless competition hooks over the last year and must say that the Maruto brand barbless dry fly hooks are on par with some of the big names in the industry at a fraction of the price. Also with most other brands of competition style hooks I expect to find 1-2 warped or miss formed hooks in a package, out of the entire shipment of Maruto hooks, around 150 hooks, I did not find a single hook that could not be used, very good quality control.”

Maruto dry fly hook barbless d04

Corey Cabral
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Maruto Carp Fly Hooks – Barbed, Reversed, Black Nickel – 8832-SSC+CP

Very interesting hook. Very solid and strong and offset to the side which in my experience results in better hook ups. I can see this hooking working excellently as a trailer on an intruder of steelhead stinger style pattern.

Corey Cabral
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Frosty Fly

“…I just wanted to say thank you, and that it has been a pleasure working with. Very prompt and very personable…”

Mike Lucas

Mayfly Tube Bodies

“I purchased a few packages of these tube bodies in different sizes and colors and have recently been playing with them. They make tying realistic looking extended dry fly bodies a breeze. Nice selection of colors and sizes, and easy to use.”

Tube Body Mayfly - Light Yellow

Corey Cabral
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Hemingway’s Wings & Tube Bodies

“For any of you out there that have NOT tried the Hemingway’s from Frosty Fly, you are really missing out. The wings they offer are second to none and as soon as I get back home I will be ordering Mayfly wings and bodies. Try some and fall in love with making realistic winged bodies all over again.”

Hemingway's Realistic Mayfly Wings  Tube Body - Mayfly - Large - Cream Orange 2

 

 

Bill Ryan

Tube Fly System – Outer Tube

“I grabbed a few packages of the Tube Fly System – Outer Tube at the local fly shop and have been playing around with them for tube flies over the last few days. Easy to cut, durable, nice melt when finishing the fly and great colors. Matched with the junction tubing creates some nice tube flies, and is very reasonably priced for what you get, a package can easily tie 4-5 dozen tube flies.”

Hemingway's Tube Fly System - Outer Tube

Corey Cabral
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Dubbing – Hare Plus UV

“Great Dubbing. With some mixes I find the ratio of guard hairs to underfur very inconsistent. With the Hares Ear Plus ever mix I have used has been very consistent and ties some very buggy and good looking flies. The UV is subtle but adds a nice attractant quality to flies tied with it.”

Dubbing - Hare Plus UV -  Insect Green

Corey Cabral
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Realistic Stonefly Nymph Wing Buds & Back

“Before using this product I absolutely hated tying stone flies. Fiddling around with turkey tail wing cases drove me nuts and made me dread sitting down to fill my boxes. With the Hemingway’s Realistic stonefly buds and backs I no longer have any problem sitting down to tie a dozen nymphs to stock my boxes for trout and steelhead. These buds and backs are easy to use, durable and really make the fly pop and look amazing.”

Corey's Spring Fly Fishing Prep Photo 5

Corey Cabral
Frosty Fly Pro Staff

Hemingway’s Realistic Flies

“Actually pretty easy to tie!”

Hemingway's Realistic Mayfly Set - Dark & Yellow 2

Mity Joe

Hemingway’s Realistic Flies

“Guys (and Ladies), if you have not tried Hemingways you need to do so. Beautiful, quick, and easy……..did I say beautiful?”

Hemigway's Realistic Caddis Wings

Bill Ryan

Hemingway’s Products

“..yesss sa c un de mes meilleur..”

Emmanuel Berger

FrostyFly Products

“Hello FrostyFly,

         First, I would like to tell you that you have great products. There amazing. I have purchased them in the past and have just made another order a few minutes ago. I am going to pass your company name and info onto a local sports shop which is where I buy most of my tying supplies. I am sure that he will be impressed, as much as I am. It is great to see a Canadian company offering such good quality tying and  fly fishing products. Keep up the good work.”

Ross Hall
Musquash, NB

Stonefly Nymph

“I like your products. I went last Sunday to fish and I caught two salmon with stonefly…I was very happy… one of my friends fisherman also caught two salmon with stonefly bought of me … then it is a proof that the Hemingway products are very good, they are magic …”

Hemingway's Realistic Stonefly Nymph Set - Tan & Dark

 

 

 

Gerard Germain
Gerryfish Sport

FrostyFly

“…I received the package. Woooow. The shipping is very fast. Thank’s. The flies are beautiful. I am very happy with your products. It is of very good quality…”

Gerard Germain
Gerryfish Sport

All Round Dubbing

“…tied a couple of green caddis flies with the middle olive all round dubbing. It took a little getting used to tying small flies since all I’ve been tying recently is big saltwater flies but your dubbing is really nice to work with and the color looks really natural, I can’t wait for the season to start so I can fish them.”

Ted Cassar

Mayfly & Caddis Wings

Those mayfly and caddis wings are awesome!”

Hemingway's Realistic Mayfly Wings - 2 Pairs - Front & Back Wings

Rob Cesta
FLY GUIDE

Realistic Wings

“I love the Hemingway wings!”

Hemingway's Realistic Mayfly Wings

Larry Bendall

FrostyFly Products

“Will assuredly be returning to shop with you folks. Fine stuff you carry indeed!”

Bob Cecil

Tenkara Landing Net Small

“I love your Small Tenkara Landing Net!

Not only made with very good craftsmanship, but the curved Tenkara handle design allows for nestling in the hand and then allow then for a special, secure “flick” of the wrist to dip up trout (best is tail first; then the mouth is available better for fly removal).

Having literally 100’s of spring creeks here in Southern Wisconsin, USA, I have found that for large trout a net is not needed. Large trout have to be played well, until basically almost exhausted, and most often we here in spring-creek county “beach” them on a weed bed. And then we have to rest them and resuscitate them with a back-and-forth motion to get them to swim off safe and well.

But anglers most certainly need a net like your Small Tenkara Net for smaller trout (10-15 inches/25-40 cm), The size of trout we fly anglers catch the most.

For trout in this range (25-40 cm), we can enjoy their fight for a while, and then we can (because of tippet strengths today) and we must bring them in. But they still have some fight left in them, splash a lot, and are hard to get a hand on. And, most important, the angler can not grab them without hurting them (their internal organs). So a small net, with a shallow bag net will work best. And it will get a lot of service.

Your Small Tenkara Landing Net perfectly solves this problem for the size of trout that fly fishers catch most often. And the price is very reasonable, for the fine craftsmanship one gets.

Thanks for making/marketing/selling such a great net. I’m already telling friends about it!

Good Angling”


Dennis Franke
Dennis Franke Flyrods – Liteline Graphite Flyrod Designs

Tenkara Curve Small Landing Net

Dennis Franke
Dennis Franke Flyrods – Liteline Graphite Flyrod Designs

Magnetic Net Release

“The prosaic name gives this away, without that I have a couple of cord loops and a small wooden oval – pull on the loops and you find powerful wee magnets holding the halves firmly together. Loop one end to a net, the other to a ring on a jacket, bag, pack, waders or waistcoat. When you finally hook a fish which needs a net – pull firmly and the net comes free – deal with your trophy, then wave the net in the general direction of the loop when the magnetic half is attached and the two halves ‘thunk’ together.

I have a wooden framed net I wear on my back. One side of this holder loops to the D-ring on the back of my wading jacket, the other to the front lip of my net. The handle of my net is now conveniently at the small of my back; it’s easy to grab my net and almost as easy to put it back.

This comes from a small range of gear for tenkara fishing, so this looks lower tech, dark Padouk wood and soft cord, hiding the strong little rare-earth magnets which do the work.”


Review by Magnus Angus
Tackle Bag, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), June 2013

Read the full article in pdf format here or online here.

Magnet Net Release

Magnus Angus
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine

Stonefly Nymph

“…They produce a range of printed nymph backs and wing buds along with matching silicone rubber legs for tying semi-realistic stonefly nymphs. The backs and buds are pre cut from waterproof, UV resistant material with a self-adhesive backing, and come  printed with realistic stonefly nymph colouration. The matching legs are molded from silicone rubber, soft enough to provide any resistance to the fish but still resilient enough to handle any rough and tumble of a mountain stream and the teeth of its occupants.

These components are available in three sizes – small, medium and large – and in a range of colors covering everything from pale yellow through to black.

For a simple semi-realistic nymph, start by adding some weight to the hook shank and laying down a base of thread; finish with a couple of turns of thread to form a small lump as this helps the goose biots splay out when tied down against it. Tie in the goose biots to represent the tail cerci and add a length of clear monofilament. Measure where your set of legs will sit and tie in the back end before dubbing the rear of the fly. Place a nymph back over the dubbing and rib over with the monofilament to hold it down: although the backing is self adhesive, in reality it is not strong enough to stay in place by itself.

Add a couple more biots, one either side of the hook to represent antennae, then the matching nymph bud is tied upside down and facing forward over the hook eye ready to be folded back later.

Dub a plump body and bring the legs forward underneath and tie off behind the hook eye. Finally the wing bud is folded back over the top and secured with several wraps behind the head section and first pair of legs, before a whip finish behind the second section and second pair of legs.

Printed body parts and rubber legs may not be everyone’s idea of traditional fly tying materials, but the end result is hard to argue with. At the very least you have a talking point when others sneak a peak into your fly box, and it gives you another useful option when the trout in your favourite stream refuses to play ball.”


Review by Peter Watson
Watson’s Fancy, Fly Life Magazine (AU), Issue 70, Summer 2013

Read the full article and Peter’s stonefly nymph recipe here.

Featured image © Copyright FlyLife Publishing
FlyLife's Stonefly
 
Peter Watson
Fly Life Magazine

Tenkara Gear

“This represents a pair of Hemingway’s outfits, more or less complete with rod, line, flies, net and sling/pack – all the essentials to get started with tenkara fishing. Faced with the pieces I found it very easy to join them into a useable fishing outfit. The rod is telescopic with a knotted nylon cord at the tip. Simply loop the ‘tapered leader’ to the butt of the cord, attach a tippet at the fine end, tie on a fly, and that’s it. Nothing unusual or unconventional, or, indeed, new. If you want to read a little of the history of this type of fly fishing in the UK, in fact in Scotland, I suggest you search the internet for the book, The Angler and the Loop-Rod by David Webster, I believe published in 1885 (Amazon lists an edition published in 2008).

This is a way of fishing which appeals to me. Way back when the fly-fishing bug had yet to bite me, one of the attractions of fly fishing was a sense of elegant, mobile simplicity. The fly fisher, walking and watching, occasionally flicking the water with a fly, while the bait fisher sits and waits and the spin fisher works his lure through the pool again and again. This was back before we had any need for fly reels with a dozen spare spools and tackle bags the size of Cumbria.

The line fitted to the long tenkara rod is not really a ‘tapered leader’. For sure it is tapered but it is much better described as the Casting Line – not a new term, ask Webster. Casting the tenkara outfit I am clearly casting conventionally. The rod loads and unloads against the line (incidentally, we can and do load, i.e. bend, a fly rod against its own inertia). As a compulsive hauler my non-rod hand really wants something to do while my right hand is casting, so this certainly feels different. My casting range is limited to the length of my line and rod – slightly over 7m with this outfit. I can use, actually fish, in quite a lot of river at that range. This rod is 3.3m long and not as soft as I expected, overhead casting is fine, I’d like a slightly longer line if I’m to be roll casting more. As I got used to this outfit, maybe I imagined it, but the simplicity seemed to bring a sense of calm; this gear gets rid of so many choices and variables I guess that is understandable.

…The net looks nice and the rod seems well made…”


Review by Magnus Angus
Tackle Bag, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), June 2013

Read the full article in pdf format here or online here.

 

Tenkara Rod PetzTenkara Sling Pack, Chest Pack and Rod TubeTenkara Curve Small Landing Net

Magnus Angus
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine

Frosty Dubbing

“Frosty Dubbing all one type of fibre; curious stuff. Frosty looks translucent until you turn it and it seems to gleam. I guess this has a flashier side or angle to the fibre, but whatever it is that does it the effect is pleasing and prevents this becoming brash or harsh.

From the pack the fibres are a fairly long staple. That can twist onto a thread but it suits other dubbing methods more, which is fine in a loop or rolled into a noodle and caught in by the tip and twisted. For a shorter staple tear a pinch of Frosty Dubbing, the fibres can be ripped shorter – which creates more ends and more spike. A fairly fine soft synthetic dubbing, I’d use this for wet flies and streamers of one sort or another.”


Review by Magnus Angus
On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), May 2013

Read the full article in pdf format here or online here.

Dubbing - Frosty - Yellow

 

Magnus Angus
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine

Beaver Dubbing Plus

“Beaver Dubbing Plus  blends beaver with a “touch of superfine sparkling Antron”. Again, the main constituent in the mix is a natural under-fur. Beaver, like muskrat, has a very fine dense under-fur which does a fine job on dries. Personally, I think it’s the fine texture of the hair, which suits beaver to dries and small, sleek flies, more than its ability to float a fly. The fine Antron is well mixed into the blend, even a small tuft of dubbing has some in there. Again the natural under-fur binds the dubbing, holding the mix together. This dubs a tight, slim fly, I’d use it on smaller flies and of course on dries – but in my opinion it needs to be treated with a floatant.”


Review by Magnus Angus
On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), May 2013

Read the full article in pdf format here or online here.

Beaver Plus Dubbing - Light Olive

Magnus Angus
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine

UV Hare Dubbing Plus

“Three quite different dubbings here – two blend, one pure synthetic – and all three seem like well prepared dubbings. 

UV Hare Dubbing Plus blends hare with “fine sparking Antron and UV ice dubbing”. Actually, the pack says, “hare’s ear guard hairs” but this has a high proportion of under-fur in the mix and is certainly not from the ear of any type of hare I’ve handled.

The staple lengths vary, seems like the hare is shorter than the synthetics, I can see plenty guard fibre in the mix, which is being held together by under-fur. Very well blended, exceptionally easy to twist onto a thread. The fibres in this mix absorb water quickly so this is an obvious choice for nymphs and sub-surface flies, the range of colours listed on the pack fit that idea.”


Review by Magnus Angus

On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), May 2013

Read the full article in pdf format here or online here.

Dubbing - Hare Plus UV - Natural Dark

Magnus Angus
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine

Hemingway’s Realistic Wings

“Wings? You want wings? We have wings! There are three types here: May Fly, Caddis and Stone Fly. All are made in the same way – a pre-cut shape on a backing sheet, all printed with details that suggest the natural wing. May Fly and Caddis come as pairs, Stone Fly as two separate wings. All have a matt surface facing out and gloss on the side in contact with the backing card.

These are made from tough stuff, too. I can stretch it until it breaks, and it’s difficult to cut with thread. These look like stiff wings but this is actually quite supple plastic. It’s difficult to explain what I’m getting at here, but the texture of this plastic seems to work well; they hold position or posture well but are ‘squashy’: easily gulped by a trout.

These are not just copies of wings the shapes have been thought out for tying. What I mean is I could simply tie over the narrow point where the May Fly wing pairs meet; I can but I don’t have to, because I can tie down the wee tabs on either side of that narrow strip. Similarly, both the Caddis and Stone Fly have short level stumps or stubs where I want to tie them in. Tying in the tabs and stumps takes a minute or two of practice, but it’s not hard and the wings are resilient so if they roll around or otherwise misbehave just remove the thread and start over.

I found sizing slightly problematic. I guess that comes from the styles of flies I tie and being more used to tying with natural materials. When I come to proportion a fly I work to the hook: the tail, body, wing and hackle are all sized using the hook as my reference. By contrast, these wings are precisely pre-cut and I’d rather not start butchering them, so do I have to find a hook the right size for the wing? I was sent medium-sized wings – the photograph shows a pair mounted on a #10 Fine Dry Fly G-Point. It looks big to my eye, and I regard #10 as a fairly large dry fly hook.

No, I don’t need bigger hooks. In fact, that approach really misses the point and purpose of these wings. Far from needing something bigger than that #10, I should probably use a smaller, or at least shorter hook, and fit a detached body. The point being, these materials come from a different mind-set and way of tying. Some of my old habits, using the hook as my reference adjusting proportions to suit, will have to go if I am going to get the most from these.

OK, so how do I size flies tied with these wings? How do I fit the parts together? I suppose I could get medium wings and medium detached bodies and just fit the two together – but again that misses the point. These are designed to be used with the insect, the natural bug, as the reference. If I know the rough length and colour of a dun’s body and the height of its wings I can fairly quickly choose a suitable detached tube body and wing pair.

Contrast that with our traditional methods of tying flies – give me the dressing notes for an Adam’s or a Lunn’s or a Kite’s Imperial and frankly I can tie a decent version of that artificial fly without having the least inkling what a natural fly looks like. If fact, we can take that further, so for example, flies like Greenwell’s Glory, have taken on a life of their own – the debate over the original tying and the challenge of finding that exact ‘real’ Greenwell cape, whatever that means. None of those debates or challenges, interesting though they might be, has the least hint of anything to do with entomology.

It strikes me that Hemingway’s wings and tube bodies (featured in a previous On the Bench) are part of a move away from that older type thinking and tying. Oh, and they make a pretty neat fishing fly, too!”


Review by Magnus Angus
On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), 2013

Read the full article here.

Realistic Mayfly Wings – Gray - LargeRealistic Caddis Wings – Brown - Extra LargeRealistic Stonefly Wings – Dark - Small

Magnus Angus
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine

Furled Leader – Grayling

“Hemingway’s Grayling leader uses fine monofilament nylon as the raw material. As with ‘laid’ ropes, once the furl is twisted together the ends need to be finished in some way to prevent them fraying. Hemingway’s has opted to loop both ends which does the job well and suits most fly fishers – it lets me loop onto the fly line and to my tippet.

So why use a furled leader? Why not simply use a single filament of tapered nylon? Well, suppleness certainly counts – a furled nylon leader is more supple than a simple tapered nylon leader.

Why use a tapered leader at all? Tapered leaders continue the job the taper at the tip of my fly line started. They make a smoother transition from thick, heavy line to fine, light tippet. Try casting a level fly line, no front taper, attached to a length of fine tippet, the loop forms in the fly line as normal but when the loop reaches the tip of the line it has nowhere to pass its momentum on to (thin tippet has insignificant mass) and the tip of the fly line kicks over – the tippet may straighten but more likely the tip of the fly-line will tug the tippet back so the leader lands in a tangled heap. Now try a fly line with a well designed front-taper and a tapered leader. The loop continues through the line, into the leader.

That’s the theory, and in practice it worked well with this leader. Listed as a grayling leader, I looped this to #5 and then #4 lines, and the Hemingway’s Furl seemed to me to prolong the loop and turn-over sweetly. This is a long leader (12ft) and I found myself a little hesitant about adding much more than 3ft of tippet but I’m sure as I got more confident with it I could cope with a longer tippet.

It is rather pleasing that this leader seemed to sit in the water surface more than on, where I would expect a mono taper to sit/float. I assume that was caused by the twisted surface of the furl. Mud sinkant sticks to the twisted nylon very easily indeed and took it though the surface film with ease. Although this leader turned over straight it does seem to want to relax into a slight zig-zag, I guess that’s because of the twisting but it is slight and, given I want a little slack between me and the fly, seemed very acceptable.

Furled leaders are initially expensive but with care they last, just replace the tippet regularly. Easily added or removed, casts well, fishes well.”


Review by Magnus Angus
On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), 2013

Read the full article here.

Furled Leader Grayling

 

Magnus Angus
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine

Tube Bodies

“…Tube Body’s are made from long dubbing fibre wound around a mandrel (often a needle of some sort) cemented and removed from the former. These tubes are tough so they can withstand casting, how they stand up to a few fish chewing on them is down to the fish and a little luck.

On a short-shank or curved hook, with a little dubbing and a turn of two of CdC at the thorax, Tube Body’s make for quick tying and a near-realistic artificial fishing fly. The fibre used to make these seems to accept felt pen easily, so those of a realistic bent can shade and segment them easily enough. Tube Bodys are longer than thorax of the insects they are used to represent, so should be tied in at the desired length.

Looking at the Small Mayfly the taper and diameter of these is about right for medium sized up-winged flies. Large size Mayfly Tube Bodys are really aiming at Mayfly (E. danica) and Green Drake, so although useful for those hatches are less useful overall. Stimulator, Hopper, Caddis and the like all have applications – caddis, crickets, daddy longlegs, etc.

This type of pre-formed body has been about for some time and the result can be excellent…”


Review by Magnus Angus
On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), 2013

Read the full article here.

Tube Body - Hoppers - Orange

Stimulator Fly - Tube Body - Yellow FluoTube Body Mayfly - Cream Orange

 

Magnus Angus
Fly FIshing & Fly Tying Magazine

CDC Feathers

“…Feathers from both packs seem to be in first class condition. Plume sizes vary from tiny and hardly useful to large (for CdC), larger than typical mallard CdC. The really tiny feathers mean there will be some waste from a pack, but not a lot. The vast majority of the feathers are of fly tying size.

Because these feathers have not visited a dye-bath they are fluffy and slightly oily – exactly the way CdC should be (those delicate barbules and natural oils are what make CdC float so washing, dyeing and even handling can damage CdC – natural is good!)

Given feather size, quality and quantity the pack price seems reasonable…”


Review by Magnus Angus
On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), 2013

Read the full article here.

CDC Feathers - Light Gray

Magnus Angus
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine