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How to Tie the Junk Yard Dog

Mike Schmidt is a commercial fly tier currently based in Dublin, Ohio. Widely known as a "fish junky," Mike's true passion is streamer fishing, a love that translates directly into the patterns he creates. The Junk Yard Dog is lightweight and easy to fish, and when paired with a sink tip or full sinking line this streamer can be thrown a country mile. The wide head of the fly forces water to push around the fly and kicks the tail around, creating a lifelike motion even with little effort from the angler.

Video: How to Tie the Junk Yard Dog

In this exclusive video made especially for Orvis, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions offers his take on this proven pattern. As you can see from the recipe below, there are quite a few steps involved, but Flagler makes most of them seem quite easy. The ways that he prepares the materials before putting them on the hook is where his true genius lies. If you are one of those tiers, like me, who sometimes struggles to control slippery materials, you’ll learn some great techniques here. And don’t scrimp on the adhesive! Mike Schmidt is a commercial fly tier currently based in Dublin, Ohio. Widely known as a "fish junky," Mike's true passion is streamer fishing, a love that translates directly into the patterns he creates. The Junk Yard Dog is lightweight and easy to fish, and when paired with a sink tip or full sinking line this streamer can be thrown a country mile. The wide head of the fly forces water to push around the fly and kicks the tail around, creating a lifelike motion even with little effort from the angler.

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