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Fly Tying Details – Pic of the Day

Ed McCoy is one of the best fly tiers and I’ve had the opportunity to spend many of sessions watching him master his craft.  Erik Rambo captured this picture of Ed tying flies and as usual paying extra attention to the little details.

 

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Tying Flies – Pic of the Day

Mangled Fly contributor Erik Rambo captures Ed McCoy tying big flies late at night. Something about the process of tying a new fly for the next day, that gives the angler more confidence. Taking what you have learned from the previous day and implementing that knowledge. Ed McCoy is a master at this craft.

Double Digits on the Swing

Check out the slab that Ed McCoy scored on the swing with Steve from Gates AuSable Lodge.  Great Double digit size buck on a big nasty streamer.  Nice job guys!

Ed just updated the river reports page at Hawkins Site as well.

Midnight Creeper Comment

Here is a comment from a happy customer regarding the Midnight Creeper.

Downloaded the Midnight Creeper video, amazed myself that I could do it given my Luddite acumen with computers. In looking at the fly’s action in the water wonderfully illustrated from a below the water shot I figured there was no way an average fly tier like myself could possibly tie it. The rabbit strip legs move like a real frogs and the foam cap would be way too complex for me to cut out. However, in a very well filmed illustration it is really a fly that anyone with basic tying skills can readily do. Ed’s clear and stepwise tying prompted by Jon Ray’s questions, that often were the very ones I was thinking of, makes this a great video to watch if you want a killer fly for night time fishing. The one thing that can drive you a bit crazy is Ed wraps backwards around the hook. I tried tying the Midnight Creeper but on a large streamer hook because I don’t have a bass hook yet and got a great result if its action in my bathtub is any test. As I don’t have that neat cutter to use on the foam I free hand cut it out and got a passable result. Now if I can just get a chance to use it! – Doc

Midnight Creeper is LIVE

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Check out our latest project.  A step-by-step educational fly tying experience with Ed McCoy, learn how he ties one of his best mouse patterns.  With many extra’s filmed in Night Vision.

Thank you Erik Rambo for all your work.  Very fun project to be a part of.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/midnightcreeper

 

Latest Mangled Fly and Snap T Pictures Video – Midnight Creeper Trailer

Happy to release the latest trailer from Snap T Pictures and Mangled Fly Media.  Worked with Ed McCoy this past summer.  First time running the night vision gear, finished full length video we are hoping this spring to release.  Enjoy the trailer.  Thank you again to Erik Rambo, Ed McCoy and Jon “Chewy” Stefanciw.

In the soon to be released video Ed McCoy breaks down one of his singnature fly patterns called the Midnight Creeper. The full lenght version of this video will share some of the sercerts of fishing after dark, along with a 25 minute step by step fly tying experience with Ed McCoy. Ed breaks down each step and how he balances materials in his night flies. Underwater shots and night vision cameras bring the auidience into Ed McCoy’s world. Full lenght video coming Spring 2014.

Music – Thriller Dark Island by The Sound Room (Audiosocket Track #66145)

Nomad Anglers and Schmohz Beer

Ed McCoy and I (Jon Ray) will be tying some signature trout and steelhead patterns on Jan 28th at Schmohz Brewery  , contact Brian at Nomad Anglers .  To sign up for the seminar call the Grand Rapids location (616) 805-4393.  This is a first come first serve and space is limited.  Looking forward to the good night of tying and some new beer.

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Simple Nuke Egg Video

First let me thank Ed McCoy for his help!  Ed and I needed to get together to shoot this little steelhead egg fly for the Hawkins Outfitters Newsletter.  The Nuke egg has been around for a long, long, time.  Ever since I’ve been steelhead fishing in the late 80’s back in High School. This great pattern is perfect for the winter conditions we are starting to face, as winter water clears and fish become picky.  Check it out and hope it helps you tie this simple egg pattern better.

June Brown Trout

It is the season of the big bug, with Hex grabbing so much of the attention anglers really do over look the early June season.  As Iyso’s, stones, and now the “new” Manistee river Gray Drake.  As I was talking to Ed McCoy last night, when do you ever remember seeing so many Gray Drakes?  Will be fun to watch over the next couple years, how this hatch and spinner fall effects our June fishing.  Especially the early season, it has been a day saver some nights this year.  Not that we didn’t have Gray’s before, but we do not remember in our short guide careers having this many, and for this long.  I’m so glad that I had McCoy’s Gray Drake Spinner from Orvis this year.  It is still undefeated haven’t been refused by a fish yet.

Kean O. below with a stonefly eating michigan brown trout.

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Gray Drake

A gray drake on it’s last leg.  With the next couple days coming back to normal, look in the evening sky for this great bug.  Also if you havn’t already picked up your gray drake spinners pick up a hand full of Ed McCoy’s Gray Drake Spinner.

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