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Flies - Tied Locally by Mike Rice at Mud Dog Flies

Mud Dog Saltwater Flies is a small, home based business I operate around my "real" day job and my "Dad" duties. The idea to start this business came to me one day while walking with my dog, Jack, along the bank of a local river. I had fished the river earlier that day and had been into a pack of breaking schoolies stripers and watched in dismay as my fly exploded and disintegrated as fish hit it. Two more of the same pattern recently purchase from a large retailer did the same thing. Sitting on the bank of the river that day I decided that I would start tying my own flies and tie them so that they would not only catch fish, but also endure repeated hook ups. Recalling similar tales from friends and other anglers of flies that just didn't hold up, I reckoned there might be a place I the tackle industry for a small company that produced a quality fly for a reasonable price that would last longer than one day of fishing. Looking up out of deep thought, I saw Jack standing in front of me covered with mud and the name of the business was created.

Tying Process:
Most of my patterns are tied from beginning to end; very few patterns are tied in stages. I think tying this way allows for a more continuous and standard process typical to each pattern and results in a better finished product. All wraps are glued during the construction of each phase and all head are epoxied for durability. Materials are hand selected from various sources and only used if they meet my standards. For example, the hackle used in the Maxi Deceiver is obtained from a vendor who hand selects it before it is brought in to his shop. I then go through his stock and hand select the hackle that I want. Even after being picked through twice, there is still some that is discarded during the tying process because it doesn't meet my standard. After the flies are tied, each one is given a final check and if it is not a fly of a quality that I would fish, I throw it out. Each fly is sent out in a plastic bag to protect it during delivery and to provide the end user with a nicely packaged fly.

Bio
In the words of the Dog himself: "I came to fly fishing late in life at the age of 33 and I’ve tried to make up for those lost years before the fly rod ever since. My first cast was at sunset on Missouri Key en route to Key West. It was an instant addiction. Shortly after that I caught my first striped bass on a fly that I tied myself and fly fishing took over nearly every thought and free minute. I started tying flies commercially in 2000 with my black lab, Jack at my side. It began with a few guides I knew, then a few local shops and eventually an online store. From the beginning the objective has been to turn out simple flies that are proven to catch fish, be durable and hopefully be part of someone’s fishing stories. The greatest rewards in all of this has been hearing back from customers about their catches on my flies and watching students in the classes I teach tie their first fly and then go out and catch a fish on it. I’ve had the opportunity to fish in a lot of beautiful places for a lot of different species with some amazing people but my favorite water is my home water on the North and South Rivers in Marshfield, MA. In fly tying and in my own fishing it has never been about the number of catches or the size of the fish…it is the stories, the experiences, the places, the people, and the fish themselves that keep me doing this."

muddog_bonito_bunny_white.JPG Mud Dog Bonito Bunny - White
$3.95
A simple bunny style fly can be one of the most important all-around flies to have in your box. This is a twist on the CLASSIC Boyle pattern.


Size 2
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muddog_cichetti_sand_eel_olive_white.jpg Mud Dog Cichetti's Sand Eel - Olive/White
$4.99
2 feather flatwing style sand eel provided by Cape Cod angler Rob Cichetti.
Overall length 5-5.5"


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muddog_dazzle_bait_green.jpg Mud Dog Dazzle Bait - Green
$4.99
from Maine to Florida to the East Cape of Baja...IT DOES!


Size 3/0 ~4.5"
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muddog_dc12_purple.jpg Mud Dog DC12 - Blurple
$4.99
An albie pattern for the northeast but catches just about anything.


Size 2 ~2.5"
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muddog_dc12_white.jpg Mud Dog DC12 - White
$4.99
An albie pattern for the northeast but catches just about anything.


Size 2 ~2.5"
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muddog_fur_strip_half_half_gray_pink.jpg Mud Dog Fur Strip Half & Half - Gray/Pink
$4.50
A slight twist on the classic clouceiver or half & half pattern - a zonker strip in place of the feathers.


Size 3/0
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muddog_long_run_one_black.jpg Mud Dog Longrun One - Black
$5.95
We were talking about one fly for multiple species.


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muddog_long_run_one_chartreuse_white.jpg Mud Dog Longrun One - Pearl/Chartreuse
$5.95
vWe were talking about one fly for multiple species.


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muddog_whitebait_chartreuse.jpg Mud Dog Whitebait - Chartreuse
$4.99
Utility baitfish pattern, epoxy over EZ body. Productive Montauk albie pattern.


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muddog_whitebait_tan Mud Dog Whitebait - Tan
$4.99
Utility baitfish pattern, epoxy over EZ body. Productive Montauk albie pattern.


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muddog_whitebait_gray.jpg Mud Dog Whitebait - Gray
$4.99
Utility baitfish pattern-this is my favorite silverside pattern.


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muddog_whitebait_olive.jpg Mud Dog Whitebait - Olive
$4.99
Great sand eel pattern. Slayer of Cape Cod southside albies.


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muddog_zforce_chartreuse_sm.jpg Mud Dog Z-Force - Chartreuse
$4.95
Similar to the Raghead or Woolhead Mullet.


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muddog_zforce_black_purple_sm.jpg Mud Dog Z-Force - Black & Purple
$4.95
Similar to the Raghead or Woolhead Mullet.


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