Charles Barton's Belizeable - 19:17

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From Charles:

I have been tying stuff onto hooks for a long time. It began with poppers and jig heads, which served the fishing I was taught to do by my father. By the age of twelve I was approaching burn out from fishing the warm water mud pit impoundments of central Arkansas. Dear ol` Dad saved me, though, when he took me on a float trip on the White River in northern Arkansas. It has taken all the years since to get enough fur and feather into my bloodstream to achieve the level of addiction I now have for fly fishing, and tying. I justify my habit by tying at conclaves and other events, from coast to coast. I am proud to be a Proteam member for Whiting Farms and on the Pro Staff for Daiichi. It is always good to use the best. I own and operate Tanfly, LLC from my home in Little Rock.
Have fun and tie one on for me!

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  • Hook: Daiichi 2143, size 1(red straight bend back eye salmon hook)
  • Thread: Clear Mono
  • Tag: Holographic Tinsel wound deeply onto the bend and back
  • Body: Three separate Whiting Farms spey hackles, wound on from the tag forward. Colors can vary but the last feather (the veil) should always dark to produce a dark silhouette.

Kenly Bitton The Peacock Blue - 9:05

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Kenly was born on the Snake River in Swan Valley, ID and has fly fished for the past 50 years and tied flies for the past 30 years. His favorite species by far is the might Steelhead!

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  • Hook: Alec Jackson #5
  • Thread: Black
  • Body: Silver Doctor Blue Crystal Chenille
  • Wing: Black Golden Pheasant breast feather
  • Hackle: Blue peacock breast feather; Purple saddle hackle

Rocky Maley "Orange Hourhouse" - 27:29

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Until relatively recently Rocky was a inveterate cowboy. A few years ago an injury sidelined him and he eventually found his way to fly tying to pass the time. He's since become an incredible fly tyer and is an officer of the Central Oregon Fly Tyers Guild.

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  • Hook: AJ 3
  • Thread: utc 140 white
  • Tip: blue oval tinsel
  • Tag: JC orange silk
  • Butt: black ostrich hurl
  • Rib: flat silver
  • Body: burnt orange silk
  • Collar: long orange hackle
  • Wing: married strips of orange, black and orange turkey tail in order
  • Head: orange

Chris William's Muddler Minnow - 15:43

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From Chris:

With regards to fly tying and fishing, I have done both since I was 9-years-old. Even with my rather limited math skills, I believe that translates to 40 years experience. Although I do fish and tie nymphs, my true passion is for dry fly-fishing, especially of the very small variety. Favorite hatches involve fishing baetis, midges, and tricos. I look upon fly-tying as a continually evolving process with new materials and new twists on old ties and methods emerging all of the time. My philosophy as a fly-tier is that tying is really a way of problem-solving. I spend a great deal of time on streams and lakes with much time being spent simply as an observer of entomology and nature. I try to come up with patterns that fit different situations, try to be innovative in the creation of flies to solve different problems, and I also try to learn from other individuals in order to be a better tier and fisherman.
While I certainly would not consider myself a famous tier or fly fisherman, I have been demonstrating fly-tying at expos (including the tremendous East Idaho Expo), fly club meetings, for community groups, and in shops for about the last eight years. Some of my flies have also been featured in Fly Fish America, and I am currently a member of Whiting's Pro Team. Also, I am currently producing a line of dry fly and emerger patterns that will be marketed by Riverborn Flies in 2010.
Over the years, I have been helped by many people to improve my skills as a tier and fly fisherman, and to those folks I owe a great debt of gratitude. I truly love this sport and as I grow to be a mature member of the fly tying and fishing community, it is one of my goals to pass on a little of the knowledge I have accumulated over the years.


  • Hook: Gamakatsu 1/0 or 2/0 jig hook
  • Thread: red UTC 140
  • Bead: large tungsten cone followed by a 3/16” tungsten bead
  • Eyes: yellow doll eyes super-glued to cone
  • Body: orange crinkled flashabou wrapped and then pulled back and tied down for more flash. Then add some black flashabou strands as well.
  • Belly: Dyed black-barred muddler brown bunny strip.
  • Over body: One black-barred white marabou blood quill feather under a black-barred brown marabou blood quill
  • Collar: Black-barred bunny strip wrapped and stroked back
  • Gills: red barred marabou

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