Tying the Simple Shad

I just bumped into the Fly Fish Ohio site and was happy to see that they have a nice archive of fly tying articles and video building up. This is a nice minnow pattern tied to represent a Gizzard Shad, a fish that lives in abundance in the Great Lakes region. This is a fairly realistic pattern and I can see the beauty of this thing once it gets soaked. Tied up by Mr. Joe Cornwall and a pattern worth a look.

Click Here for a full step by step tutorial of the fly and to view the videos of the tying sequence.


Hook – Gamakatsu SC15, or equivalent stainless or nickel-plated short-shank hook.
Size 4 to 2/0
Thread – White 8/0 (70 denier) or clear mono
Pillow – Red Antron yarn or dubbing
Under-body – Pearl Krystal Flash
Belly – White Icelandic Sheep
Wing – Minnow Gray over white Icelandic sheep
Topping – Peacock herl
Lateral Line – Holographic medium tinsel or a two strands of silver Krystal Flash
Cheek – Mallard flank


Thompson Spey Intruder

Click here for the step by step tutorial

With the popularity of the two handed rods and spey casting, intruder style flies are becoming more and more popular. The Intruder style of tying offers the fly tyer lots of room for interpretation. The flies are usually sparse along the shank with long flowing hackles used to give the pattern volume. Intruders are tied to represent shrimp, and prawns, so using materials with long flowing hackle helps to trigger the feeding instincts of Steelhead returning from the salt. Some materials that are commonly used in the construction of the Intruder are Rhea, Guinea Fowl, Ostrich, Lady Amherst tail, Polar Bear, polar chenille, marabou, schlappen, dyed white peacock and Blue Eared Pheasant.  

Phil Rowley has put together a nice tutorial based on a pattern from BC’s Scott Baker-McGarva. Phil offers an informative look at the construction and history of the Intruders. He also dives into some deeper detail on some of the materials used for tying these spey flies.

Thompson Style Intruder


Selene Dumaine – Lady Miller

Merry Christmas Tyers!  

For fans of the Rangley streamers this is a treat. Selene is known for her reproductions of Carrie Steven’s flies and creations of her own. Like Carrie, Selene ties without a vise. The video demonstrates the skills involved in tying these classic flies.


Keep a hook in your vise

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