Kyle and I have been throwing around the idea of getting a lot more fly tying here on the Duranglers’ blog. We have had a few installments, but are hoping to dive headfirst into the fly tying blog underworld this fall and winter. Until then, here are (in our opinion) the 5 Best Fly Tying Blogs you need to be following right now:
Charlie’s Fly Box
The Colorado standby. Charlie Craven is an amazing tyer (and fly photographer) with an incredible knack for teaching. He is able to easily articulate nuances in his fly tying techniques that make sense to anyone. Charlie has a lot of famous flies credited to his name which are listed on this site with great instructional detail. There is also a vast amount of recognizable patterns here with step by step tying instructions. Beginning and veteran tyers alike can all benefit from his innovative techniques with old and new patterns.
Fly Fish Food
Coming out of Utah; constant innovation is the name of the game here with the guys at Fly Fish Food. Seemingly strange and obscure techniques applied to old patterns bring about fantastic results. Not only does this blog have a lot of great step by step instructional videos; they also have great posts for those who really want to get creative at the vice. The Fly Fish Food guys also post a lot about new tying materials that work really well.
Heck, their recent post on the Complex Twist Bugger had me up late this week working on a few buggers of my own for the Animas and Rio Grande Rivers…
Hopper Fishing Blog
I am seeing a trend here: articulate and informative instruction coupled with beautiful photos equate to great fly tying blogs! The Hopper Fishing Blog is no exception. The name of this blog says it all; a blog about hopper tying and fishing. While this blog does not have the expanse of patterns and posts that other fly tying blogs have; it more than makes up for it with a nice and simple layout, beautiful photos, and fantastic step by step instructions. If you are looking to fill your terrestrial box for the summer, this is the site for you.
Disclaimer: if you are opposed to using foam, this is not the blog you are looking for.
Steelhead Alley Fly Tying
This blog does not get updated as much as we would have liked…but there is still more than enough patterns for trout, steelhead, bass, and pike here to keep you busy for a long, long time. Operated by Greg Senyo; Steelhead Alley hosts a boat load of fly tying patterns and instructions…oh and if you don’t know the name Greg Senyo, you really should. Not just an innovator of epic fly patterns and intruder style steelhead flies; Greg is also a creator and developer of fly tying materials. Most famous being Senyo’s Laser Dub.
Check out a few other materials Greg Senyo is responsible for here!
Fly Fishing the Ozarks
Streamers; lots and lots of streamer tying videos. While this is a Youtube channel and not a blog, we are still including it because it is updated frequently and we love streamers. The instructional videos posted on this channel are second to none. If you want to get into the articulated tying game; start here. There are also a fair amount of pike and musky flies to keep you up past bedtime.
And that is it! Our top 5 picks for the best fly tying blogs. I hope these sites can help kickstart your fall and winter fly tying. Keep an eye on the Durangler’s blog in the near future for more fly tying related awesomeness. Let us know in the comments if you have a favorite fly tying site you frequent not listed here!
His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.