There are some flies that, upon first blush, make you wonder aloud as you pick through the offerings at the fly shop, “What was the guy who tied this thing smoking?” A couple of decades ago, this was certainly the reaction many traditional fly anglers had when foam became an accepted fly tying material, and … Read more
Using dubbing to craft fly bodies and collars shouldn’t be that difficult, regardless of the material you use in the process. But, for those new to the craft, dubbing can often give them fits at the vise
Here in the West, the Green Drake is the harbinger of summer. Dependably, our largest mayfly shows up within a few days of the summer solstice, give or take a few days, and, if we happen to get some rain, this hatch can last for weeks
The legendary sulphur mayfly hatches on East Coast rivers have likely started for some attentive anglers, and the evening duns will continue to emerge for some time, with the famed bugs coming off wistful cream-colored clouds. But as any angler who has fished the sulphur hatch knows, getting the size and silhouette exactly right is vital — with so many natural bugs on the water, fooling trout with an imitation can be tough
Avoid the temptation to use one or the other — use both a brown and grizzly hackle stem for patterns that call for them
Let kids come to fly fishing at their own pace
Tying a great Hare’s Ear variant, thanks to the creativity of Matt Callies of Loon Outdoors.
Bigger fish will often lie in hard-to-reach habitat.
The venerable Pheasant Tail Nymph turns up in most fly boxes, as it should. It’s a buggy pattern, and the iridescence of the peacock herl tied in as the bug’s abdomen always seems to draw trout to this classic fly. Over the years, the patterns has evolved somewhat, thanks largely to the introduction of synthetic … Read more
Tying an extended-body fly … with ease