Let me show you a new way to stack deer hair.
My video will teach you a new way to make the two most popular deer hair bugs, the Popper and Diver. I am self-taught and have developed my own techniques, which I want to pass on to you in this video. The bugs you will be able to tie after viewing the video will be balanced and the colors will be evenly distributed. You will also learn how to trim the hair with three special tools. Oh yes, they will also catch fish. This DVD covers the basics of my techniques, and there will be follow up videos with more advanced methods.
Deer Hair Sculptures ®
1900 E Osage Circle, Olathe, Ks 66062
The tying pictures below are NOT directly from the videos, but are examples of the demonstrations you will see.
Mike, I just finished viewing the video. I think it is very well done and offers a lot of insight on stacking and packing deer hair. I think tyers of all levels can learn something from it.
I particularly liked the multiple camera angles, the perspective from the tyer's side of the hook, made the steps being demonstrated more concrete.
I will recommend this to my friends and anyone else who wants to learn about tying with deer hair. I look forward to your next production.
DVD VIEWERS COMMENTS BELOW
I thought your video was GREAT!!! The camera angles and clarity were superb! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to sitting down at the vise and wearing it out. Can't wait for the rest of them. Awesome!
This DVD is a necessary component of any fly tier’s library! Mike George, a perennial Gold medal winner of the Mustad Scandinavian Open Fly Tying Competition, has produced a DVD like no other. Mike’s techniques used in building and sculpting deer hair bugs is like no one else’s technique for utilizing and manipulating deer hair. Mike’s approach to stacking rather than spinning deer hair offers the tier the ability to construct bugs with features that cannot be achieved by spinning the hair.
The DVD includes a description of various tools that Mike uses, some of which are standards, the others of Mike’s own design for specific tasks. He also uses some standard tools in non-conventional ways, i.e. the hair stacker! None of the tools are expensive or difficult to obtain.
Material selection is discussed as well as material preparation as the bugs are tied. This information is essential for successful bug construction.
The lighting and camera work are second to none. Every step is seen from the tier’s perspective which is extremely important in an instructional DVD. The steps are well described and video close-ups of the steps are well presented. The audio is clear and clean with no extraneous sounds or other distractions.
Mike is a gifted teacher and tying innovator. He is generous with his knowledge and open to questions, as evidenced by the inclusion of his contact information at the end of this DVD. I enthusiastically await his next DVD demonstrating other techniques developed by this gold medal winning tying master!
G.S. “Stack” Scoville
Mike,your DVD arrived Monday. I have watched it four times. What a great learning tool!!! I have been tying with deer hair for over 25 years. I like to think I tie a good hair bug, but with the aid of your dvd, I hope to take my deer hair work to the next level. Thank you so very much for sharing your skills and experience. I am looking forward to purchasing future DVD's from your tying desk. Shawn
BOOK REVIEW from IFFF “FLYFISHER” MAGAZINE Autumn 2013-Winter 2014
“DEER HAIR SCULPTURES
BY MIKE GEORGE
DVD, 2013, $29.95
Your “ FLYFISHER” editors have known Mike George for years and have encouraged him to film a DVD of his unique flared-hair tying techniques. We were pleased to learn at the recent Fly Fishing Fair in West Yellowstone that he finally did produce this superb learning tool. For those of you who don’t know him Mike George is one on the best hair tiers we’ve ever met. We’re not the only people who think that because the judges at the Mustad Open fly Tying Competition have awarded him the Gold Medal nine times.Yes, he really is that GOOD! This 120 minute DVD is available from the author at www.deerhairsculptures.com and is well worth the price. It receives our highest recommendation.”
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This is a recent facebook conversation with a friend and customer who is proudly displaying a recently tied deer hair bug.
Ricky, did you tie the fly??? It looks well tied, tight, and trimmed smoothly. Mike g
Ricky, Yes sir! Your video is wonderful. It really helped that you mentioned using only 1 wrap on each section! Thanks for the help!
Mike George Can I quote you on my web site?
Ricky, Absolutely! This is the 5th one today! The hardest part is the trimming!
Mike, I received your DVD and have played it. I have watched you tie at Sowbug and Southern Conclave on several occasions and hope to see you at 2015 Sowbug. I have always done 90% of my deer hair by spinning and have experienced some gaping in the hair. Your method of stacking results in a tighter bug and easier to work with the smaller clump of hair. I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in your method to purchase your DVD. It is great for referencing back to the correct method. Once someone gets home, without the DVD , if they are like me they forget what they saw at the shows.
Mike, I enjoyed meeting you and watching you tie a popper at the Mountain Home Fly Fishing Fair. I have often wanted to learn to tie deer hair poppers but felt it was beyond my capabilities. I learned so much from watching you tie and from your video that I decided to use your video as our club’s guest tier next month. We don’t normally use a video but yours is so detailed and easy to understand that I’m sure our club members will benefit from the experience
Tennesse Valley fly Fishers
Hey Mike-I got the dvd. Thank you very much...this is way cool. I've been tying bass bugs for over 40 years, and this instruction I believe is the best. It seems many are intimidated by this form of tying because it seems so hard and "out of control." Your method seems to give much more control and order. I do believe your technique is the best for me...I have 16 dvds on tying with deer hair (I counted). I had a good career as an orthopedic surgeon. GOOD surgeons are control freaks...I'm guessing Dr. Scoville can relate. Your method gives the best control-period. Thank you for sharing it. Ed
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Hi Mike, I've watched both of your videos several times. Very nice work! The thing that impressed me most about watching you tie was the precision that you can achieve when working with smaller hair clumps. It's rather surgical! I don't know if I could actually tape the hair clumps though. :-) Seriously, that's really impressive.
I'm looking forward to practicing more of your techniques! Thanks for your wonderfully inspiring videos.
I've watched a lot of videos on using deer hair, but your technique really makes sense. I read an article years ago, about the creator of the Irresistable, who used individual knots to tie on each section of hair, and your use of half-hitches and head cement after each clump of hair reminds me of that.Very nice technique, it almost looked to me that the sparsity of thread wraps was learned tying Salmon flies under some of the masters. And, though you made the comment about "watching grass grow", I've learned over my years of tying that it's important to watch every move. I had the pleasure of watching Paul Jorgensen, Dick Talleur, and several others, live; and I often wish I could hit "rewind" just to watch their technique.(I plan to watch the Popper segment again tonight.)
I guess I'll be shopping for deer belly hair this coming weekend. Randy Hellewell
More bugs can be viewed on www.warmwaterflytyer.com Ward has a bigger and better display of my flies than I do !!!!!
Popper face template discussed in the first video.