Material Spotlight | Polar Goat Hair

Polar Goat is a very long, natural material that works extremely well for long streamer patterns. It's much like Polar Fiber, just a lot longer at 6-8" of useable length. In comparison to the previous material spotlight, Icelandic Sheep, Polar Goat is more opaque, slightly thicker, and has more sheen. The material does contain underfur that [...]

Fly Tying Material Spotlight | Icelandic Sheep

Icelandic Sheep is a long, natural material that works incredibly well for larger streamer patterns. It feels like a combination of Craft Fur, Pseudo Hair, and Polar Fiber - but it's much longer and a bit softer, with 5-7" of useable length. The material itself does contain underfur that can either be combed out or [...]

EP Standard Scissors Review

Taking a look at the new Standard Scissors from Enrico Puglisi you will quickly see Enrico didn't cut any corners, pun intended. The two models of his new standard scissors are available in 4.5-inch and 6.5-inch models. The design These Scissors are made in Italy of high-quality stainless steel. Specifically made with the fly tier [...]

Fly Tying Tool Review | The New Cottarelli Hackle Pliers

When it comes to innovative, great working designs, this is one of them. The new Cottarelli Hackle Plier is a tool that really makes tying more pleasurable. Having control of your material while tying makes for a better finished bug and a better experience at the vise over all. These adjustable hackle pliers grab and [...]

The Most Used Fly Tying Tool

The most used tool in fly tying. So you sit down at your tying bench after coming up with the next big pattern that is hands down going to be the best fly you have ever tied. You know exactly what hook and what material it needs, so you slap the hook in the vice [...]

Umpqua XS435 Bendback Hook Review

Bendbacks are such a great fly to have in your fly boxes. They're light and they're weedless! You can bang them up against mangroves for snook all day long. They'll ride through grass where redfish and seatrout are stalking, they'll bounce off lili pads where largemouth and peacock bass are hunting, they'll even help keep [...]

2020 Loon Tying Tools Overview

Loon Outdoors has laid out a nice new arsenal of tying tools to start 2020. The kind of tools that give your tying desk an air of credibility and a sense of uniformity. Tools that add style to function. The Hair Packer pushes deer hair nicely with its simple no-slip design that surrounds the hook [...]

Fire Tail: Coq De Leon Perdigon Feathers Saltwater Applications

We brought these traditional dry fly and nymph feathers in for their potential in the saltwater world. The mottled and unique looking colors of the Fire Tail series caught our eyes. Turns out they catch the eyes of tarpon, snook, bonefish and redfish as well. Spirit River's UV2 dying and processing makes these feathers even [...]

UV Highlights with UV2 Raptor Hackle

UV2 Raptor Hackle is a short Rhea plume, traditionally used for spey flies. It's a great short plume with awesome colors for your steelhead flies, but there's another bigger difference from normal Rhea plumes - Spirit River's unique UV2 dying and processing makes this hackle more easily visible to eyes that are sensitive to UV [...]

Umpqua X Series Hooks Straight To The Point Review

Umpqua's new X Series Hooks for the salt For creating imitations of saltwater species' food sources, Umpqua has just launched the new X Series of hooks. Umpqua is one of the biggest names in fly design, so they know how a hook should be designed for flies. These hooks are crazy sharp and crazy strong. [...]