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How to tie a Woolly Bugger
June 1, 2011

Mike shows how to tie a Woolly Bugger. The Woolly Bugger is possibly the best streamer for the Gunnison Valley. Early season when the river is still just a bit off color a double bugger is just deadly. My favorite colors are brown, olive and black. When throwing a double bugger the white black combo shouldn't be overlooked.Ingredients:

Hook size: 4-10
Tail: maribou (any color you feel like) and flashibou
Rib: copper wire
Body: Chenille (any color you want) typically medium or large
Saddle Hackle
Thread: match to the fly color 6/0-3/0

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How to tie a Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph
May 23, 2011

The Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph is possibly the best all around fly for the Gunnison Valley. If you are making a trip out to fish the Gunnison, East or Taylor and only have time to tie one fly, tie a bead head pheasant tail.



Ingredients:

Thread: 6/0 black, brown or olive
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Rib: Copper Wire
Thorax: Pheasant Tail
Wing Casing: Swiss Straw
Abdomen: Peacock Herl
Wing: Pheasant Tail
Tie in sizes 10-20
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How to tie a Prince Nymph
April 25, 2011

The Prince Nymph is one of my favorite flies for the Gunnison Valley. This is a great pattern all season long, when I can't figure out exactly what they are eating I throw one of two nymphs; a Pheasant Tail or a Prince Nymph. If you want a couple of examples stop by the shop and checkout our selection.

Ingredients:
Hook size 10-18
Goose biot: green/brown for tail, white for wings
Peacock Herl for abdomen and thorax
Small copper wire for ribbing
Brown or Grizzly Hackle
Black Thread 6/0
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How to Tie a San Juan Worm
April 12, 2011

The San Juan worm is one of the easiest flies to tie. Follow along with Chris to learn how to tie one yourself.

How to Tie a San Juan Worm from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.



San Juan worms are a great early season fly. They are great in off color water and during heavy rains. It is one of the most basic flies out there. It is also one of my x-factor flies. When nothing else is working I like to throw one on and see what happens. A lot of times you will get strikes while stripping them in or swinging them. One of my favorite San Juan Worm techniques is to find a super deep drop-off that is normally hard to fish, throw on lots of weight, extend my leader, and see if there is anything waiting down deep just below the drop-off.

Ingredients you need:
micro chenille: red, pink(bubble gum), orange, and brown
Hook: anything size 10-16
Thread: 6/0 red
and
A Lighter to burn the ends of the chenille to make sure it doesn’t fray
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How To Use Your Whip Finish Tool
April 4, 2011



How to Use Your Whip Finish Tool from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.



Ever wonder how to use the Whip Finish tool. While here is your chance to find out. Chris demonstrates this important technique that is used to finish tying your thread off on a fly. Stay tuned in Our Weekly Ties and How To pages for more updates on flies to tie, tips, and helpful techniques. If there is something that you would like to see email Mike@Tasty-Takes.com and we will get a video up.
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How to Tie a Slightly Modified 20 incher
March 29, 2011

The 20 incher is a great stonefly imitation. This version is great if you need a heavy fly to get you down as deep as possible. If you don't want your 20 incher to be as heavy as the one Mike ties, skip the weighted wire.

How to Tie a Slightly Modified 20 Incher from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.



The Ingredients you need:
hook: sz 6-10, nymph style
tail: Goose Biot, brown
rib: Pearl Flashabou and copper wire
abdomen: Peacock Herl (5-6)
wing case: Swiss Straw
legs: Hungarian Partridge
thorax: gray dubbing (gold if you want a golden stone)
weight: .025 Lead or non lead wire
bead: 3/16in tungsten bead
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How to Tie a Micro Mayfly for the Gunnison Valley
March 17, 2011

The Micro Mayfly is a great Blue Wing Olive nymph, and an incredibly effective pattern during the spring and fall in the Gunnison Valley.




Tying a Micro Mayfly for the Gunnison Valley from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.



Ingredients
Tail: Three pheasant tail filaments
Abdomen: Undressed Peacock Herl (Peacock Herl with all feathery parts removed, the best method to use is with an eraser)
Wing Casing: Black Swiss Straw
Flash: Original Pearl Flashabou
Thorax: Mercer's Micro Mayfly Dubbing
Thread: 80 Denier or 8/0 Olive Thread
Hook: Size 16-20 nymph hook
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How to Tie a Brassy for the Gunnison Valley
March 10, 2011

Mike shows how to tie a Brassy for the Gunnison Valley. The Brassy is a fantastic all around midge imitation, it is a great fly for early spring and very cold waters and will often catch fish when nothing else will.



Tying a Brassy from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.




Ingredients:

Scud hook; sizes 16, 18, 20 and 22
Thread: Black 6/0 Uni Thread
Wire: Size small; any color you would like, copper, wine and green are all suggested colors
Thorax: Peacock Herl
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How to Tie a Midge for the Gunnison Valley
March 3, 2011

In the video below Mike will show you how to tie a midge for the Gunnison Valley. One of the best flies to have during the cold winter and spring months is a midge. They are also one of the easiest flies to tie. Tie this one up and bring it to the Catch and Release on the Taylor or maybe the Hatchery Ponds.


Tying a Midge for the Gunnison Valley from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.



Ingredients:
- size 18 scud hook
- 6/0 Black thread
- Small copper wire
- Grey dubbing (or another color)

Sizes to tie: 16, 18, 20, and if can see well enough size 22
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