Hook And Vice blog

Experience real life tales of adventure and good times from our passionate team of fly fishing enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. Everyone loves a good story and our blog is exactly that. The Hook And Vice Ambassador team share everything from fly fishing in the remote Arctic, how to tie our favourite flies, perfecting your casting skills, travel to far off lands, adventure and super number one good times. This fly fishing blog is guaranteed to entertain you for a few hours.

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November 3, 2019Noel Fox, Tying Flies, Video

How to tie a California Neil

Tying a California Neil Variation – By Noel Fox. This video features Noel Fox tying a slight variation to the California Neil that was taught to him by his Uncle Bruce Fyfe. This colour combination is super effective for catching coho …

August 22, 2019Tying Flies

To Tie, or Not to Tie.

To Tie, or Not to Tie – By Josh Rempel. Of all the adjectives I would use to describe myself, artistic is not one of them. To be brutally honest, even the most modest of stickmen require a high level …

May 20, 2019Tying Flies, Zach Copland

Blood Worm

Fly Fishermen’s Pre-Season Checklist – By Zach Copland. Bloodworms are a must have pattern for any stillwater angler that is fishing just after ice off. These patterns are extremely effective under an indicator just off the bottom early in the …

April 14, 2019Sean Chahley, Tying Flies

The Uncle’s Favorite Ant

The Uncle’s Favorite Ant – By Sean Chahley. The emergence of the Black Ant in the Spring typically means that it’s officially dry fly season. As these terrestrial critters make their way out of the ground and take to the …

August 20, 2018Brian Chan, Tying Flies

Solving the Zooplankton Puzzle

Solving the Zooplankton Puzzle – By Brian Chan. The summer to early fall months can be a challenging time for the stillwater fly fisher.  The majority of aquatic insect hatches have occurred and trout become very opportunistic in their feeding …

August 12, 2018Elliot Brass, Tying Flies

Dubbing Brushes

Dubbing Brushes – By Elliot Brass. Dubbing brushes are a great way to tie up strong durable flies.  There are several commercial versions available but I find them a bit pricey and wanted to make mine more sparse then what …

February 2, 2018Dana Harrison, Tying Flies

The Mega Hare’s Ear

The Mega Hare’s Ear – By Dana Harrison. I don’t know about you guys, but I hate winter. All I want to be doing is walking the banks of my favourite rivers looking for places to toss my fly. I …

January 10, 2018Elliot Brass, Tying Flies

General Practitioner – Tube Fly

General Practitioner – Tube Fly – By Elliot Brass. This is a tube fly version of the classic salmon fly the General Practitioner. Although, it is a great pattern for salmon, it’s also great for trout and steelhead. Tying this fly …

October 22, 2017Tying Flies

Columbia Noel

Columbia Noel – By Elliot Brass. This great pattern is tied specifically for chum salmon. The up side is that it also catches chinooks, coho and rainbow trout. It is very similar to the classic coho fly the California Neil. …

September 14, 2017Hook And Vice Legends, Tying Flies

Hook And Vice Legends

Featuring Art Limber Hook And Vice Legends is a documentary short film series featuring the legends of fly fishing in British Columbia and beyond. Our premier doc features Vancouver Island based professional fly tier and long time fly fisherman Art …

August 12, 2017Tying Flies

Sparkle Pony

Sparkle Pony – Fly tying – By Elliot Brass. his is a very sparse fly that works great for Coho and trout. These hooks tend to bend out a bit when you get caught up on a rock or stick …