Category Archives: Fly Tying

Fly Tying: Burnt Wings pt. 2

So I’m continuing with my experimentation with these wing burners. I found some nice light dun hen saddle I had laying around. These stems seem to be more delicate and supple so it should be less cause for any kind of twisting issues. The color seems to be spot on as well for either sulphur or BWO.
PhotobucketThese wings ended up a little further back than I would have liked. Here’s a top viewPhotobucket Then we have the blue wing olive version in a size 20. Natural Tan CDC was used for the sulphur and Natural brown for the blue wing olive. Overall same technique used as previously posted. Photobucket I’m happier with the placing of the wings on the blue wing. These things are so delicate to tie in sometimes your just happy they’re on the hook at all.

Merry Christmas & Happy Tying

Josh McFadden

Leave a comment

Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Fly Tying


Fly Tying: Burnt Wings

I picked two mayfly wing burners from J:Son Sweden company. I hadn’t ever done any wing burning before so why not start now. Right? So my first few wings that I made from the colored wing material didn’t quite turn out. So I decided to try my hand at burning some feather wings. I started out with some dark dun cdc. By the way, I should mention I have a sneaking suspicion that leader twist may be an issue with all of these patterns. However; it’s a chance I’m willing to take for the learning aspect of all of it. With my next attempt a cdc wings I’ll look for finer stemmed feathers as I think that would certainly help.

CDC Burnt Wing Dun

TMC 900bl #16, Yellow 70 UTC, 4 Microfibbets, Sulphur Orange Turkey Biot, Burnt Natural Dark Dun CDC Feathers, CDC hackle make from twisting CDC fibers using split thread technique.


Photobucket Photobucket

Teal & CDC Sulphur

TMC 900bl #16, Yellow 70 UTC, 4 Microfibbets, Sulphur Orange Turkey Biot, Teal Flank Feathers Burnt, CDC hackle made from twisting Natural Tan CDC using split thread technique.
PhotobucketPhotobucket I do like the mottled effect that the teal feathers give off.

Teal & CDC BWO

TMC 111 #16 (very short shank fly here is about a size 20 with a size 16 hook), Olive Dun 8/0 Uni, 2 Microfibbets, Olive Turkey Biot, Teal Flank Feathers Burnt, CDC hackel made from twisting Natural Dark Dun CDC using split thread technique.


Until the next time,
Happy Tying

Josh McFadden


Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Fly Tying


The life in Sweden

Up here in the north it becomes darker colder day by day. The first snow usually come in a few weeks and the fishing season to an end. But when the season is over so begins another. The flytying season. Since I love to tie flies, I have already started the season.

Here are some of the flies I tied recently.




Czechnymph - pink

Czechnymph - pink


Czechnymph - brown

Czechnymph - brown

But I have not only tying flies. I’ve had little time for pike fishing. Have had a really lousy pike fishing recently and caught no big pike this time. But they are out there in the lake.

Small pike

Small pike

Have a nice day wherever you are.




Leave a comment

Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Fishing, Fly Tying


Tags: ,

A short report from Sweden

It took some time for me to write my first post here. But now it’s done. I live in Sweden so if my English is a bit funny sometimes so you have the explanation there. But I hope you understand the most of what i write.

I run my own blog that is written in Swedish and in which I write about my everyday life, fishing and fly tying. Have blogged a number of years but it is only this year that I really found my place after trying a variety of services. If you want to peek at my Swedish blog has the following address,

Autumn has come to Sweden and pike fishing is the primary fishing in my area so I offer a picture of one of my favorite flies


Tubefly for pike
Sheepfleece Pikefly









Have a nice day wherever you are

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Fly Tying


Tags: , ,

CDC Split Wing BWO #21

After yesterday’s trip it’s time to start thinking about restocking blue wing olives. I’m going to be adding the normal comparadun’s, loop wing’s, & sparkle duns for blue wing season. I’ve been thinking about a pattern I had seen somewhere with split wing cdc. This was my first go at it.
. This is a fly pattern that at first look makes me think will work for some discerning fish. The olives we have here in East TN are quite small #20-28’s. For this pattern I’ve chosen a x-fine wire dry fly hook in size #21. Now for the recipe.

CDC Split Wing Dun BWO #21
Hook: TMC Barbless Dry Fly Hook 903? #21
Thread: Olive Dun 8/0
Tail: 4 clear microfibbets split
Abdomen: 70 Denier Olive Brown Thread/
14/0 Griffiths White Thread Rib for segmentation
Coated in SHHAN and left to dry.
Thorax: Sparse Olive Scud Dubbing
Wings: 2 Natural Dun CDC Feathers Split with butt ends.
Head: Trimmed CDC ends

The wings can be coaxed upwards to fish dun style or coaxed downwards to fish spinner style I suspect.
Here are some different views.

More to come later

Josh McFadden

1 Comment

Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Fly Tying


Tags: , , , , ,

Guadalupe River Outing – 9/19/11

“How’s Monday looking for you?”

Depending on the person asking the above question, this phrase can illicit a variety of emotions.  From your boss, it might mean you’re about to get more work added to your never-ending pile.  From a “friend” who’s in the process of changing residences, you’re probably about to be enlisted into some backbreaking labor in exchange for a handshake, and perhaps your favorite adult beverage if you’re lucky.

However, from this particular amigo, I knew there was a fishing trip in the works.  I made it clear that I was in.

My alarm jolted me awake at the unholy hour of 5 AM.  As I double-checked my gear by the door, I slowly blinked away the remnants of a particularly strange dream involving a Cliff Outdoors Bugger Beast overflowing with melted soft plastics .  Hoping I wasn’t forgetting anything, I threw my gear bag into the back of the fishmobile, pickup up my buddy and his wife, and headed down to the Guadalupe River for the days outing.

To say I was excited was a bit of an understatement.  We’re currently in the middle of one of the, if not THE worst, droughts in Texas history.  There’s a severe lack of water in the area right now, which puts a big damper on the fishing.  However, good fishing can still be found a short drive in just about any direction, so things definitely aren’t as bad as they could be.

The previous night’s brief (but very welcome) shower had the humidity higher than usual, and there was a slight fog coming off of the river.  We started on the upper section where my buddy hoped to find a few holdover trout.  I was more concerned with locating a sizeable smallmouth, so I tied on my variation of the Autumn Splendor and started working my way downstream.


…right into the side of a submerged log, presumably.  The water was about 59 degrees and over my head, so I broke it off and tied on his twin brother.  A few casts doomed him to a similar fate; obviously I wasn’t  meant to use that fly today.

It had been nearly two months since I had cast a fly rod, but I eventually slipped into the all-too-familar motion of casting, stripping, and heading upstream, while still taking time to enjoy the morning.  I spotted a deer and two fawns on the upper bank, making their way through someone’s back yard, and listened to the various species of birds having their morning conversations.

The sun begin to peer over the trees as my friends and I worked our way upstream, leapfrogging each other along the way.  It was a long while before any of us hooked up, but my friend Chris took the honor of first fish with a feisty smallmouth.  A short time later, Chris’s wife Emily hung into a beauty of a holdover rainbow trout on a gigantic baitfish pattern she had meant for a bass, but the trout threw the hook after a solid tussle.

Sensing it was a “go big or go home” kind-of day, I tied on a muy grande articulated Mike’s Meal Ticket just to see what would happen.

Casting this behemoth on a 5 wt. rod was not fluid and graceful, not that my cast ever is.  It was more me flailing wildly in an attempt that would have sent any lesser streamer into the next ZIP code, but this one made it about twenty feet.  Imagine my surprise when I hooked a 16″ rainbow, who fought with all the tenacity of a limp dishrag.  I supposed I wouldn’t put up much of a fight either if I had two #4 saltwater hooks in my jaw.  In my defense, I was fishing for a beast of a smallie.  The great underwater log gods decided to take this fly after a few more casts, and my wallet cried out in agony.  Good stainless hooks aren’t cheap!

We spent the next couple of hours in the area piddling around.  Chris landed a nice trout on a Pat’s Rubber Legs and then another chunky smallie on the way up.  The only productive thing I did before we broke for lunch was locate an apparent shrine to the tree gods of the river, as seen below:

After a tasty BBQ lunch, I switched rigs to my Steffen 8’6″ 5/6 glass rod, and we switched to a lower spot on the river.  I’ve become somewhat of a glass nut within the past couple years, mainly due to Cameron Mortenson’s excellent blog.  Glass also seems to suit my casting stroke much more favorably.  Plus, who can resist fishing a classy-looking combo like the one below:

I also swapped over to an Olive Crystal Bugger, and it wasn’t too long before I landed this little guy:

Not the beast I’d hoped for, but still a pretty fish.  I didn’t notice when I caught him, but it looks like there’s a chunk missing from his tail as well.

We headed further upstream, as it became increasingly hot.  It may be starting to feel like fall in some places, but central Texas is not one of them!  I drained half of my water supply pretty quickly and reapplied sunscreen, as it became obvious that the weather forecasters were a bit conservative in their projected 89 F high for the area.

We rounded a bend in the river to reveal a shaded deep emerald green pool, a quasi-oasis amidst the oppressive sun.  Sitting on a boulder on the outskirts of the pool, Emily quickly hooked a half-dozen trout, landing three of them:

I couldn’t buy a strike from any ‘bows, but did have a healthy Guadalupe bass slam my streamer before putting on an aerial display that would have rivaled Ringling Bros. He spit my Clouser near my feet after that impressive performance.

We spent a bit longer at the big pool, but were unable to entice any more fish.  We quickly decided to hoof it back to the car in search of cold AC and colder Dr. Pepper, and headed back north to Austin.

While I’ve had much better trips fish-count wise, I feel like a few things finally “clicked” for me, providing me a bit more understanding into how to get the most from my gear. as well as a better clue on how fish think and act.  I’ll share my findings in another upcoming post here soon!

Until then, tight lines!

–Matt, Contributor

Matt is a self-proclaimed fly fishing junkie and fish bum.  He mainly focuses on local warmwater haunts in the Texas Hill Country, but also makes a couple forays a year up to some cool air in the Rockies, and hopes to spend some time getting familiar with the salty air on the Texas coast soon.  He can be found on Twitter here.


Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Fishing, Fly Tying, Trip Report


Tags: , , ,

Clear Cure Goo

The way I stumbled across Clear Cure Goo wasn’t even related to fly tying, or fishing for that matter.  I was actually searching for an epoxy to use for a physics project that would cure virtually instantly to use in attaching my “fins” to the water bottle.  Yes, a physics project.  Probably the most basic of physics projects, but still a physics project.  It was the 2 liter bottle water rocket project that most people do in their first physics class. Needless to say I ordered a Clear Cure Goo Kit from Brian.

The rocket actually took on a very different design from other rockets.  Instead of using traditional fins, that people would recognize, I used a ring fin design.  The most difficult aspect of constructing a rocket is attaching the fins.  It is critical to maintain alignment while the adhesive set in order to ensure stable flight.  That’s why Clear Cure Goo worked so well, within seconds of hitting the Goo with the UV Light it was set, and the fins weren’t moving.  It goes without saying “The Ringer” rocket won!

Since Clear Cure Goo worked so well for the rocket construction I couldn’t wait to try it out on some flies.  The first flies I tied using Clear Cure Goo were hard body ants, much like the one in the video below. I have since tied a handful of patterns using Clear Cure Goo.  It was a no brainer when I started sourcing materials for the assembly of MooseKnuckle Lanyards.  I needed an epoxy for a few different applications in the manufacturing of the fishing lanyard.  The first place I headed was my tying table, Clear Cure Goo!  Not only did Clear Cure Goo work perfectly for what I needed, but Brian was a tremendous help.  Clear Cure Goo has performed flawless in every application I have used it for.  Lucky for us Brian has several different variations of the Goo available, everything from Thick, Thin, Brushable, Flex, Fleck, to Hydro.

Leave a comment

Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Fly Tying


Tags: , , , , , ,

Hise’s Hot Spot Hetero-genius ™

The cool temperatures had me checking my nymph box.  Knowing in a couple of months our fishing will turn from hoppers with a dropper to double nymphing.  Followed soon by getting deep in those big holes when the temps drop near or below freezing.  I thought I would share one of the most successful nymphs I’ve used.  Hise’s Hot Spot Hetero-Genius™ is my go to nymph, if there’s fish in the hole this nymph will bring them up for a chat.

Hise's Hot Spot Hetero-Genius™ - Orange

For those lucky enough to have a decent hand at tying

Leave a comment

Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Fly Tying


Tags: , , , , ,

%d bloggers like this: