Brown Trout - Fly Tying Deer Hair with Chad Bryson

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Instructor: Chad Bryson

Capt. Chad Bryon demonstrates how to tie a trophy brown trout fly using marabou and deer hair head for maximum fishability and durability. This step-by-step presentation includes a step-by-step process for streamer tying, requiring only five materials and a specific selection of feathers, marabou, and chenille. The fly is easy to cast and a staple item in Bryson's trophy fly box.

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  • Instructor: Capt. Chad Bryon
  • Video Topic: Tying trophy brown trout streamers using deer hair
  • Main Reason for Using Deer Hair: Provides great action in water
  • Difficulty: Challenging to tie due to mess and toughness
  • Fly Name: The Liberator
  • Number of Materials: Five (Deer hair, marabou, schlepped, polar chenille)
  • Key Takeaway: The importance of selecting the right materials and techniques for optimal performance
Tying Trophy Brown Trout Streamers: A Mastery with Capt. Chad Bryon

Dive deep into the intricate world of fly tying with Capt. Chad Bryon in this In The Spread video. This isn't just about creating a fly; it's about mastering the art of utilizing deer hair to craft large, dynamic streamers that give trophy brown trout a run for their money.

Why Deer Hair?

The magic ingredient is deer hair. These flies dance and weave through the water with a life of their own, a testament to their incredible action. Chad doesn't tie them because it's a walk in the park. On the contrary, working with deer hair can be messy, challenging, and downright frustrating. But that's the price of perfection, and the result? A powerful streamer that's sure to make waves.

Crafting the Liberator: Less is More

Contrary to what you might think, this isn't a convoluted process. In fact, there are only five essential materials:

  • Deer Hair (Well, of course!)
  • Marabou
  • Schlappen
  • Polar Chenille

With these, you can craft the fly Chad dubs as the "Liberator". And as you'll see in his meticulous step-by-step tutorial, it's all about precision and understanding the materials.

Dive into the Details

Chad doesn't just show; he educates. From showcasing his favorite materials, explaining the nuances of color choices, distinguishing between various deer hair types, to the intricacies of selecting the right hook size and type, he's got you covered.

Grasp the importance of material selection to ensure your fly not only looks the part but swims with purpose and efficiency. Chad delves into:

  • Feather Selection: Understand the art of selecting and prepping feathers, laying them precisely on the hook.
  • Marabou Mastery: Discover the secrets to choosing the ideal marabou.
  • Tools of the Trade: Get an up-close view of the thread, bobbin, vise, and other instruments that play a pivotal role in the process.

Simplicity is Key

While at a glance, Chad's flies might seem intricate and daunting, they're rooted in simplicity. He's a straightforward guy with a simple mission: Craft brown trout flies that are effective, durable, and swim just right. It's not about complexity; it's about efficiency and performance.


Harness the wisdom of a seasoned trout fishing expert. With Capt. Chad Bryon's guidance, immerse yourself in a world where art meets function, and where every twist, turn, and tie is a step closer to crafting the perfect fly. Don't miss out on this treasure trove of insights. Watch, learn, and transform your fly tying game!


Why does Chad use deer hair for tying streamers?
Deer hair provides an excellent action in the water, which is crucial for attracting trout. It's not because he personally enjoys the process, as it can be messy and challenging.

What are the materials needed to tie "The Liberator"?
Only five materials are required: Deer hair, marabou, schlepped, and polar chenille.

Is the fly tying process complex?
No, while it may seem intricate, Chad's methods are straightforward. He prioritizes functionality and durability over complexity.

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No sir, Chad Bryson isn't your typical person. He is a maestro of the wide aquatic wilderness and a man of the river, a wise man of the stream. He has served as an angler, a guide, and even a product development consultant for more years than a catfish has whiskers. He is regarded as a pillar of the fly fishing industry.

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