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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-26-2008, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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I just picked up the DVD "Steelhead Flies- Tying the Classics" by Dec Hogan and Marty Howard. I've never bought a tying DVD before, so didn't know what to expect. It's great! The instruction is all about tying different styles of steelhead flies, from simple marabous to speys and dees. Dec and Marty mix tradition, material preparation, and tying techniques in an easy conversational style. The instructions are clear, step-by-step, and easy to follow. I bought it for the spey and dee instruction, but learned a lot from the techniques they used with all styles of flies. If you're interested in learning to tie any style of steelhead fly, you need to consider picking this DVD up. Even better, you can pick up on spey pages
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Thanks for posting this review--I'm hoping to get my copy in the next week or two and look forward to it!

Did you get your copy through the Speystore?

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I bought my copy through Speystore and it was shipped to me in a couple of days.

I watched it last night. It was pretty awesome. I have been tying trout flies for years but only recently started getting into tying traditional flies for steelhead and salmon. The instruction on the DVD is excellent and the tying segements clear and easy to follow.

I would recommend everyone who ties their own flies to pick up a copy of this DVD. Even if you are an expert you will learn some neat new tricks for tying and there is even some fishing segments thrown in for added value.
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I bought it

and like it..Have not gotten to dvd two yet, but the techniques Marty use for tying in hairwings were a revelation as well as Dec's way of dubbing with floss...all fresh variations on approaches I know and use...

I don't personally know Mr.Hogan, but the guy seems like a real and genuine person. Having his book and casting DVD, his bubbling enthusiasm and love for this sport are to be admired and are a model for others.

Thanks to Dana for having the product and to Messrs. Howard and Hogan for a great educational tool.

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Wow that was quick. Seems like I just ordered the DVD from Dec & Marty yesterday and I am already watching it.It is very well done. Seeing little techniques being done on a DVD is so much more helpful than in a book.I wish I would have had it when I started tying.Of course my youngest son would say"they didn't have DVD's in 1912, dad".I think it is not only helpful, but includes some "mojo",foggy day scenes on the river walking, casting,wading, catching..everything about two buds sharing a day on the river.I need to disclose that I am biased!I always have been when it comes to Dec.He is a friend and he has a special something..flair,soul,quotient,knack,personality,w hatever!And I definitely am plugging it.What are friends for? However,if I didn't like it I would just say nothing! Thanks to everyone involved.

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This is a great DVD. My favorite line from Dec is " muddler is a bar room brawler...!" Classic, just classic!!

Fast and painless shipping from the spey store, score again!!! Can't wait for my hoodie and hat!

Thanks for the great DVD, I especially enjoyed the classic style patterns and the great close ups as mentioned earlier during the tying and the fishing segments were great as well.

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I also purchased the Dec Hogan/Marty Howard DVD through the Spey Pages store. As others have noted above I found this to be an excellent DVD on tying classic steelhead flies. Tying directions, techniques, and materials for 14 patterns are presented in a way that is easy to follow and understand. In my opinion this DVD would be great for anyone from beginner to expert who wants learn how to ty these patterns. I fish for steelhead in the Great Lakes region where our traditional steelhead patterns are different than those of the PNW. This DVD has given me some new ideas for patterns and tying styles to try on Great Lakes tributaries. This DVD is an excellent compliment to Dec Hogan’s book “A Passion for Steelhead” where many of these patterns are also described and appear in print.


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Late to the party, but I just got a copy of Steelhead Flies by Dec and Marty and have already learned a ton. I have been tying for over 40 years, and have a ton of tying books, but I must say that I have learned more just watching the first disk than I could have ever imagined. I ordered my copy from Wild River Press, but it came directly from Marty, so I am not sure whether that means Wild River was out of stock, or they are no longer carrying it. but in any case, it is WELL worth finding. Maybe Marty has a basement full of them?


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Mine just arrived today and am enjoying it! Some real nice river and landing/releasing fish scenes which I wasn't expecting. Great production!
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I bought this DVD a while back. It literally changed my tying overnight. Dec and Marty are top shelf. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who wants to learn to tie Steelhead flies.

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Got it !! Brilliant !! Thanks !!


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I only learned of this DVD when Dec advertised his 3rd printing of "A Passion for Steelhead." I opened the DVD as soon as it arrived and really enjoyed it. I have it up as a reference when tying some of the patterns from the DVD. Marty and Dec make it all look easy. Their tips on preparing schlappen, making tinsel bodies, and spinning deer hair are spot on. This 2 DVD set is a must for any fly tying collection.

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