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In addition to the fly tying vises and materials which has set the standard of quality
in the fly tying industry, D.H. Thompson has also become synonymous with exemplary
standards of industry information as well.

Below you will find a growing list of articles focusing on everything from buying tips to
advanced fly tying techniques. Continue back as often as you like, we will be adding an
article about once a month. If you have any tips or suggestions you would like to submit
feel free to email us your article.

How to Select and Buy Fly Tying Materials

How to Select and Buy Fly Tying Materials

Article by Steve Schweitzer Quality of the Materials Like your tools, the quality and choice of materials is of utmost importance. Buy a cheap $8 hen’s neck for dry flies and the webby feathers will absorb water, sinking your dry fly. On the other-hand, that same neck may make for great streamer feathers. All materials are useful to the fly-tyer, but each is best suited for specific situations. Again, get to understand the material you want to buy and get…

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How to Select and Buy Fly Tying Tools

How to Select and Buy Fly Tying Tools

Article by Steve Schweitzer Discussion of Quality First and foremost, youíll find a gamut of quality in fly tying tools and materials. As with any sport or hobby, the range of quality is from “unacceptably poor” to “over-priced for what you get”. With any luck, this discussion will lead you down the straight and narrow. In no way, shape or form can this article begin to train you on how to look for quality material, youíll just have to go…

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Canyon Pocket Water

Canyon Pocket Water

Article by Jason Akl Some of our favorite trout streams across America that are suppose to be a sure bet for catching trophy trout are not always able to live up to all the expectations placed on them. Especially during the hot summer months these special rivers see hundreds or even thousands of anglers that drift endless amounts of dries, nymphs and streamers in every possible color and pattern. The fish in these so-called hotspots become wise to anglers; and…

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The Undertaker Fly Pattern

The Undertaker Fly Pattern

Article by Jason Akl The air is a little cooler and the daylight seems to last only a few short hours. Leaves everywhere seem to have suddenly turned from subtle earthy greens to brilliant reds and yellows. Fall has once again crept up and taken hold of the landscape and at the same time brought about changes in the river. The low water conditions of the hot summer are now nearly forgotten and thoughts of hooking big lake-run fish are…

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Organization is the Key

Organization is the Key

Article by Jason Akl There are many fly-tying pitfalls that a newly christened fly tier can fall into but one of the worst is not being organized. Can you ever remember getting to one of the last steps in finishing your favorite fly pattern and with one hand being held in place you reach out to grab hold of the scissors but can seem to find them under all the clutter at your tying bench? Or similarly getting the hackle…

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Small Stream Fishing

Small Stream Fishing

Article by Jason Akl The clock rang, six AM, it seemed as if I had just closed my eyes for a minute and now the sun was rising fast, burning the crisp morning fog off the fields. I was tired and disgruntled at my lack of rest. However, I did not hesitate to get up; for today is Monday, and that means a day of stream fishing out on my favorite waters. Scrambling to get into the car, I make…

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