What’s New in the Tying Game?

If you’re like me, you spend an unhealthy amount of time looking at fly fishing gear. Though you may not need that new seal disc drag fly reel or the matching blue backing, you still look, nonetheless. Those of us who tie tend to fall into the same routine, clicking that “What’s New” category in fly tying, to see the latest and greatest in the fly tying world. We do this knowing we probably won’t deviate far from the pheasant tails, hares ears, caddis, and simulators that overflow our boxes. Yet, these days, it seems like there are new products to be excited about; and unlike rods, reels, waders, and boots, fly tying materials often don’t break the bank.

In the Spring 2021 issue, Dana Harrison reviewed some newly released fly tying products to see if they live up to the hype.  Following are a few patterns he tied up in the process.

Drake Cripple

Hook: Umpqua Stubby T – X Series, Size # 12

Thread: Brown / Olive, 70D

Tail: Nature’s Spirit Select Elk Hair, Natural

Body: Hare’ Ice Dub, Olive Brown

Hackle: Whiting, Dark Barred Ginger

Wing: Nature’s Spirit Select Elk Hair, Natural


Hook: Tiemco TMC403BLJ, Size #16

Bead: Gold Tungsten, Sized to fit

Thread: Veevus 12/0, Tan

Tail: Coq de Leon

Body: Polish Quill, Red

Body Resin: Gulf Classic

Hot Spot Resin: Gulf Ambulance Chartreuse