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Fly Tying Weed Guards

Weed Guard Fly Tying Video Instructions

Weed Guards can be a bit tricky to tie onto flies.  Knowing which style of weed guard to use on which fly is important.  There are four main types of weed guards: V Shaped, Single Mono, Freshwater Loop and Double Loop Weed Guards (there are a few other random ones, but these are the main four).  Each is used on specific flies and scenarios.  Below are some videos demonstrating How To Tie In Weed Guards and when to use them.

V Shaped Weed Guard
The V Shaped Weed Guard is a great weed guard for light to moderate saltwater applications.  The V Shaped Weed Guard is commonly used on Bonefish, Redfish and Permit flies.  The V Shaped Weed Guard is also now being used on Common Carp Flies.  The V Shaped Weed Guard is best used in light grass (clean bottom with grass intermixed).  The V Shaped Weed Guard is also best used on flies that ride hook up.  Check out the video below!

Single Mono Weed Guard
The Single Mono Weed Guard is a great weed guard for super light saltwater flies and smaller flies.  The Single Mono Weed Guard is also best used in light cover and light grass applications.  This is one of the more forgiving weed guards to tie, pretty easy to tie actually.  It is also best tied with a bit heavier mono, such as 25-30LB.  Check out the video below!

Freshwater Loop Weed Guard
The Freshwater Loop Weed Guard is not just used on freshwater flies.  It is commonly used on bass, pike, bonefish and redfish flies.  The Freshwater Loop Weed Guard is great in moderate to heavy cover.  Many bonefish clouser minnows and redfish spoon flies are tied with this style of weed guard.  Most bass frogs, poppers and streamer also use this style.  One of the easiest and most effective fly weed guards out there!

Double Loop Weed Guard
The Double Loop Weed Guard is a great weed guard for heavy cover and structure.  The Double Loop Weed Guard is used on all bass flies designed to cast into structure and also used on trout mice patterns.  With this weed guard, mice can be cast onto the bank and skittered back into the water.  Check out the video below!

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