Coosa First Floats and Impressions
Finally put the new boat in the water. Here is a review and some pics.

Jackson Kayak Coosa Elite
I got a new boat! Santa brought me a new Jackson Kayak Coosa Elite. Detailed pics.

Everglades in Winter...trip of a lifetime
Just got back from first fishing trip for 2009. The glades are a blast!

Canoe Modifications
I been tinkering with my Old Town Pack. Ideas for rigging a fishing machine.

NAVIGATION

TYING BASICS
TYING FLIES
FLY PATTERNS
ANIMATIONS
LINKS
FLY FISHING BASICS
ODDS AND ENDS
FISH PICTURES

Welcome to the best fly tying site on the web!
Our goal is to teach the art of fly tying to the rank novice
and hone the skills of the experienced fly tyer.
Thanks for your visit to our fly tying web site!

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I have tied commercially for 5 years and have taught fly tying classes for 4 years. During that time I have picked up tips and techniques that make flytying easier and faster. I would like to pass these on to you and maybe help make your fly tying and fly fishing more fun and exciting. Our pages are divided into 2 categories:
The BASICS are a quick reference to the fundamentals.
The TYING FLIES for a step by step, how to tie a fly instruction of your favorite patterns.
Please keep in mind, there are better ways to tie flies out there and this is only meant to be a guide. You have to develop your own style and don’t take one persons ideas as infallible.
Be sure to check out the FLY PATTERNS PAGE for a list of other fly patterns that can be tied with the techniques found in the instructions.

I hope I can shed a little light on the sometimes frustrating art of fly tying. ENJOY!

way too much about Derek Porter


This is not high tech but you do not need to search all over the web for a plug-in or a DSL connection. If show quality is slow, just hit reload and animation should run better. You can save it by right clicking on the animation after you play it, and "save as" to your hard drive for viewing offline. Works good on Real Player.

BASICS

STANDARD DRY FLY

FLY FISHING
START THREAD 110kb DRY FLY WINGS 500kb FLY CASTING 40kb
WHIP FINISH 200kb

DRY FLY TAIL 380kb

STEALTH 101 60kb



These pages are linked to each fly instruction page where needed but are provided here for quick access.
START THREAD FLY PROPORTION WEED GUARD
HOOK SELECTION WHIP FINISH
LEAD EYES WEIGHTING FLIES
LEAD WIRE MATERIALS
STACK HAIR TOOLS
FLY PATTERNS SELECTING HACKLE
HEN HACKLE PREP SELECTING HAIR
HACKLE BARB TAIL PREP DUBBING LOOPS


Drawings are used in the operation pages for clarity and to reduce size of image files. One photo is used for individual fly patterns. The fly tying instructions are broken down into different operations, that way I could put lots of drawings for each operation and still have low KB pages. Some flies share the same operation pages and the only thing different is the color of materials or the materials are different but are tied in the same way. Please be patient for images to download.
For ease of learning, I recommend starting with the Wooly Bugger, then tie the: Light Cahill, Red Quill, Adams, Elkhair Caddis, Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, Prince, Royal Wulff then BWO Parachute.

Enough hot air from me, clamp your vice to your computer desk and let's tie one on!

DRY FLIES NYMPHS STREAMERS TERRASTRIALS
ADAMS DRY HARE'S EAR NYMPH FRESH WATER BEETLE
BLUE WING OLIVE
PARACHUTE
PHEASANT TAIL

CLOUSER MINNOW

BULLETHEAD
HOPPER

ELK HAIR CADDIS PRINCE NYMPH WOOLY BUGGER
IRRESISTABLE

TELLICO NYMPH

LIGHT CAHILL SALTWATER
RED QUILL LEFTY'S DECIEVER
ROYAL WULFF



Learn the basics of fly fishing: equipment, stalking fish, line handling, etc.

THE APPROACH
Can the fish see you? Guerrilla tactics for fly flingers.

 



Stuff I just don't know where to put!

Fish Pictures
Derek & Friends catch fish! Well, maybe not always...but sometimes.

The Pontoon - Das Poot
Brother Clay builds a pontoon boat...in his garage...in his spare year(I mean spare time). This is an incredible story pain, agony, and the thrill of victory!

Favorite Flies of the Smokies - Southern Appalachia
Here are some flies commonly used around the Smoky Mountains and other mountain streams around NC, SC, TN, VA, and GA.
Other than Fishing Pictures
Me doing all sorts of stuff not related to fishing at all. Yes, I am very egocentric, thats what my therapist tells me.