Fly Fishing/Fly Tying
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Hello world!

Welcome to BugCrafters.com.  Previously, I had the Web Site on one server and the Blog on another.  But recently the Blog accounts and domaine were cancelled (my automatic renewal expired).  Well, I have redesigned the Site to hold Static and Blog pages.  Think I have everything working.  All the old pages are back as well as the Beginner Flies and Methods use to tie them.  I have checked all the links and they seem to be working.  If you find a broken link, please let me know and I will fix it. The Blog is on its own page.  Unfortunately, I was not able to retrieve the old post.  Please feel free to comment, Like, and Share.

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Foam Beetle

Finished Foam Beetle

Fly Tying
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Foam Beetle

I recently traveled to New Jersey to attend the International Fly Tying Symposium. If you have never been, I would highly recommend it.  It was well attended, and there were some excellent fly tiers, including Fly Tyer magazine’s  Fly Tyer of the Year, Barry Ord Clake.  I especially enjoyed drinking coffee and talking to some of the tiers at 6 am in the hotel lobby.  

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Bodkin Cleaner

Bodkin Cleaner

Fly Tying
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Bodkin Cleaner

Bodkin Cleaner

When tying, I use my bodkin to pick out dubbing fibers, trapped hackle fibers, poke holes in things, and add head cement to whip finishes. As a result, it gets gunky and needs to be cleaned.

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Fly Fishing/Fly Tying
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2021 BRANSON FLY FISHING EXPO

Michael Lack Tying

The Branson Fly Fishing Expo was held this last weekend.  It was canceled last year because of COVD.  Unfortunately because of the COVID Delta variant attendance was down. There were few vendors, slightly more fly tyers, and an occasional visitor. However, I had a great time. I was able to tie a lot of flies and give them away. I was also able to visit every vendor and tier.  As usual, I never fail to learn something. I got to see several old friends and make new ones.  Isn’t that what the show is really about.  I’ll be there next year!

 

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Fly Tying
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Tom Loving’s Gerbubble Bug

Tom Lovig designed the Gerbubble Bug in the early 1900s to fish for bass on the Chesapeake Bay.  It is a very effective fly but did not become popular until the May 1971 issue of Fly Fisherman popularized it with the history and tying instructions.

It’s not difficult to tie, but forming the head is time-consuming. Modern woodworking tools and a few jigs can make the process much easier.

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Fly Tying
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Hooks

Smallmouth
Boundary Waters, MN

 

When I started tying flies in the 70s, I thought I could save money. I was wrong. Over the next 60 years, I have spent thousands of dollars on materials to tie flies.  It would have been much cheaper to have purchased every fly I use in that period. Of course, I would have missed all the fun of tying the flies.  I learned a lot, and I do think my flies last longer than the store-bought flies.

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Sparkle Pupa
Fly Tying
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Sparkle Pupa

In my last post, I described the Veiled Caddis as an alternative to the Sparkle Pupa.  When tying the Sparkle Pupa, the Antron fibers were either too thin or ballooned out too much. However, searching the internet, I found an easy way to get perfect results.

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