Flies by Backwater Fly Fishing
31 Mar 2016

Flies by Backwater Fly Fishing

Capt Jesse Males connected with us at Fly Mastery back in JAN 2016. After some time exchanging e-mails and photos, it was apparent he also had a passion for fly-fishing, fly-tying, and the adventure that comes with the fly-fishing lifestyle. Over the last two months I received amazing photography of

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John Roetman: Mackerel Tuna on Fly
05 Nov 2015

Flies by John Roetman

I first connected with John Roetman at the 2015 IFFF Expo in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He had quite a few folks gathered around his fly-tying bench, all of which were very interested in his display of unique creations. After some time watching John tie one of his latest local patterns,

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Rubber Legs: New Color Options
13 Oct 2015

Rubber Legs: New Color Options

I was leaving one of the Bass Pro Shops the other day and happen to walk out through the isle displaying all the rubber/ plastic lures. Among all the eye-candy, the replacement rubber “skirts” for spinners and jigs caught my eye. They looked so similar to the Sili and Centipede

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Peacock Clouser
17 Aug 2015

Salty River Fly Company

Last month I noticed a few creative fly patterns on Instagram by Salty River Fly Company – one being their Mayan Cichlid Clouser. After connecting with Jesus Mora (Owner) via e-mail, he decided to send me a few fly patterns to post on Fly Mastery. Patterns included:   • Brush Crab

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Rock Shrimp
29 Jun 2015

Rock Shrimp: Using Grizzly Hackle

Grizzly hackle is a necessity for every saltwater fly-tying bench – really for all fly-tying benches. Whether making claws, wings, shrimp legs, or simply wrapping the hook shank, Grizzly hackle and its natural barring can’t be beat. Barring gives so much action to flies. Other great colors are available as

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Tarpon Fly: Black & Purple
28 Jun 2015

Tarpon Flies 101: Simply Using Feathers

Tying Tarpon flies can be a great way to start fly-tying. Not only are Tarpon flies tied on a slightly larger hook, they can be tied by simply using feathers. In other words, the only materials you need for tying these flies are hooks, thread, and feathers…well that and maybe

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Crazy Charlies: Tying Effective Flies Quickly
12 Jun 2015

Crazy Charlies: Tying Effective Flies Quickly

A fish gets a split second to decide whether to hit your fly or not. In other words, if it doesn’t take advantage of the immediate feeding opportunity, the next fish will. This means if your fly looks like the food they typically eat, acts like the typical food they

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Flycycle: Fly Tying Material Exchange
08 Jun 2015

Flycycle: Fly-Tying Material Exchange

A not-for-profit re-purposing program created to exchange surplus fly-tying material Fly Mastery has received an amount of comments from readers regarding the excess of fly-tying materials at the bench. An excess in relative terms I suppose – not enough to sell, but enough trade or donate to other fly-tying enthusiasts.

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Easter Baskets & Bunnies
31 Mar 2015

Easter Baskets & Bunnies

Bunny flies are a necessity in almost every saltwater fly box. Rabbit fur takes most of the credit for the success of the Bunny fly – the soft fur offers some amazing action in the water. Bunnies are typically made by wrapping the main body (hook shank) with “rabbit strips”

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Fly-Tying Classes
09 Mar 2015

Fly-Tying Classes

Come spend some time with Fly Mastery and tie some creative fly patterns for your next fly-fishing trip! Our classes set aside time for learning new techniques, sharing design creativity, and telling fish stories over a good cup of coffee. We welcome kids of all ages and would gladly bring

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