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"Fly" identification
i do not have a name for the fly looks but it looks like a small stonefly or caddis imitation   what is the red part you are holding?   hold the fly by the hook and take another photo
Hares Ear
The hares ear is a fly that has been around for ages, however its still as effective today as it was over a century ago.  The simplicity is really what makes this fly so popular.  Its very e
Are trout really that picky?
Considering all your thoughtful post though,it sounds like my fly box isn't deep enough, and I should be changing flies more frequently in an attempt to even the odds. Changing flies more frequently
Can I use a Scott 9' Med/Fast rod for nymphing?
We used to wade up river about a 1/2 mile or so to get to some good salmon pools with 6 wt mod fast action sage rods. Then turn around put on a small Hairs ear and nymph fish our way back down stream
Nalle Puh (Winnie the Pooh) SBS
Considered the national fly of Finland, created by Simo Lumme; a caddis imitation. Original is tied with a bear hair wing; smoke 'em if you've got 'em, I guess. hook - Dai Riki 300 #10 thread - UTC
Stimulator Dry Fly
In my opinion, the Stimulator is one of the best flies for using as an indicator.  It floats high, is super buoyant, and mimics a large range of bug species.  I could be wrong, but I believe
Experiments from area 55
About 3 or 4 years ago I got to float the Missouri in Montana on the 4th of July, with Dan Guard and Chuck Tuschmidt, both longtime Montana fishing guides who'd only recently announced retirement.
Easy Pheasant Tail Nymph
I am not sure what you are tying, "Easy..." doesn't ring a beel or me as the name of a pattern, but generally you can go as big or small as suits you and as the materials can be adapted to. some PTNs
The Nail Soup Swap
When I was just a kid in grade school, we read a story called "Nail Soup", which for some reason has stuck in my mind to this day. I was thinking about it tonight, and decided to see if I could locate
First stab at Materials...
I made the mistake of buying a kit about 40 years ago and although all the tools and materials were covered, they were very poor quality.  As others have said, it is difficult to create flies you
Quick Tie - Elk hair Caddis
Rainy days are great for fly tying; here is a quick tie of an Elk hair Caddis using material on hand!   Size 14 or 16 Dry Fly Hook 7/0 Dacron Tying Thread (Olive because it was handy) Grizzly Hac
how far away from home.....
375 miles, a pill bottle of black caddis left at home and black caddis were "the thing" when we got there. The foolish things were flying in our car windows when we arrived. But I always bring my tyin
Microfibbet options?
I have a theory about "dry" flies.   Have you ever found that after your "dry" fly has caught a few fish, it becomes a more effective fish catcher? It looks less perfect for a dry fly and "floats
September Flies From the Vise
MacIntosh Dry Fly A Nova Scotia salmon pattern from the 1930's, attributed to guide Dan MacIntosh. Tied here as a notional October Caddis; change color/size to suit your needs. Basic construction, c
high mountain creek dry fly fishing If you like high mountain creek fishing, and dry fly fishing, this is the video to watch!  Incredible action on the fly rod.  Every fish was hooked on a dry fly,
Elk Hair Caddis
The elk hair caddis should be a staple in all dry fly fishermans boxes, if they aren't in there already.  This fly is probably one of the most effective and versatile dry flies ever created, and
August Flies From the Vise
Fluttering Caddis #16
Getting back into tying and A K Best
One word for you YouTube Here's AK shooting the sh## tying a beetle AK tying a spent Caddis AK tying a Marabou streamer
Material Recommendation
My most used hook size for nymphs is size 14 or even 12. For ponds I go down to size 20.  Both 14 and 16 will use a 3/32 bead. I just use down eyed hooks, usually 3906 or 3906b Mustads. Some of m
Seems like lotta waste tiny flies with flanks. But what the heck. They are plentiful especially to duck hunters. Funny fly shops will have the flanks and not the breasts. I use the brown Gadwall fl
Looking For Advice
They look great. And the rubber bands get you a thicker, flatter profile on your segments than other solutions. Try em and see, they'll last long enough (far longer than peacock or ostrich, certainly
Euro Nymphs
I weight my Hairs ears anyway, that's how I learned to tie them. I might add it, IMO, helps build a better profile too, by wrapping lead wire on the hook shank over the forward section of the hook. Wo
Soft Hackle Emerging Caddis
Soft hackle fly patterns have been around since pretty much when fly fishing started.  That does not mean they aren't effective now.  In fact, they are still very effective, and in some circ
Favorite Brookie Patterns
Just wondering what everyone's favorite brook trout pattern/rig is.   The river I fish is the north branch of the Embarrass river in Wisconsin (Flow is about 200 CFS, and about 3 feet deep on ave
Fly Tyers Dungeon 25% Sale Till 7/21/2018
the buggier dubbings are great I highly recommend the super craken, the golden peacock starburst dubbing is excellent for streamers, the crystal web is excellent as well I used the uvx hot yellow for
Classic Smoky Mountain Flies
My husband and I love the smokies! Size 14 elk hair caddis, size 14 yellow sally (takes on these all summer although the hatch is mostly in May), and green caddis nymph with a little gold wire sparkle
my best sedge flies
Here are my "all day flies". Nothing new, just simple sedge flies but work fantastic for fishing in places with high fishing pressure:               cheers Luci
Nymph Fishing Rods
Some history of the Sac flies as told by Chip O'Brien. Includes: Ted Towendolly, Ted Fay and Joe Kimsey.  "As the Cro Flies Patterns Born and Bred on the Upper Sac"
6 foot fly rod for tight stream fishing
what rod weight is best for small stream fishing? Will be chasing 10" - 15" brookies and rainbows My personal choice for that size fish is a 3 or 4 wt. But someone else will probably tell you some
July Flies From the Vise
Caddis #14 on a firehole 316
Thread recommendations
Fraying or not for me has always come down to tension on the spool. Barring a bad spool of thread and the differences between threads, get the tension right for each brand and size thread and it proba
Best Tyer Ever?
colotyer, I also would put in a vote for Rene Harrop.  His videos "Life Cycle of the Mayfly" and "Life Cycle of the Caddis" demonstrate how to imitate mayflies and caddis at different stages of t
Fifty Fly Project
Elk Hair Caddis, Al Troth, 1957
The Amazing Dry Fly Bite!
Great looking water! Even better video.  I love seeing the hook sets.   This is one of those places where the purveyors of "trout are smarter" and "Bluegill are easier to catch" lose their
Grand Lake, CO
Hi Phil.  We'll be out there for about 5 days.  I plan on fishing one or two days, pretty much to legally wet a line.  We'll be staying at M & M Lodge at Grand Lake.  I'll be
Stimulator style Caddis
So this fly worked wonders for me last time I went and fished.  The fish were destroying it on the top water, and almost coming out of the water after it.  It was being hit hard!  And I
Whiting hackles
When the hackle is on the water and looked up at by a fish, does the shade or color actually show enough to make  a difference? I should think that grizzly or a light dun would nearly disappear
"The Indispensables" Swap
OK this one is for patterns I think should have a place somewhere in everyone's boxes somewhere. Substitute materials if necessary but try to keep close to the originals Standard rules, new and intern
Hi folks, I know in the older days of the forum the fly database was quite well used and bookmarks of patterns was common. I would love to hear some stories of flies people copied and had great succes
Bug Buffet
I went fly fishing recently and there was an absolute buffet of bugs for the fish to choose from. I've never seen caddis so small, size #18-20, mixed in with big midges, size 12-14, and chironomids of
Chewy Horned Caddis
So I am changing up the way I do my fly tying videos for a few months, I am not doing the voice overs, instead I will be listing below the materials I used on the fly, and also a quick tutorial typed
June Flies From the Vise
Size 16 sparkle caddis emergers and a spakle caddis pupa
Where have all the swappers gone?
I've been doing them since joining the site maybe 18 months ago, so I only can say I'd encourage more to join them and to swapmeister them. It's definitely my favorite part of the site. The quality of
Peacock herl?
Forget my original post about Bears Den unless you want to have them order in for you. I was there yesterday, the herl looked thin and the eyes were too few to choose from presently.   On another
River Road Creations wing cutters?
I  have tried the Reel Wings Sedge Small, but I really have a hard time with fat fingers getting the wing positioned, cutting the V in the tab only made things worse.  So I thought would loo
Flies for spawning cutthroats
The best info I've got, and it's just info from research and not experience, is that the prespawning cuts hover downstream of the redds to eat eggs and to eat the larger nymphs and larvae that the sp
Some time on the river
River has been fishing really tough the past two days, and the cold that has moved in isn't helping. Managed a couple small trout and bass/walleye today but that is about it. Heavy hatch of caddis and
Old style wet fly fishing - cast of three flies - need help!
Had limited time, therefore only 1. He hit the lead/front fly, but that could have also been because it was a color matching the tan Caddis hatch that was on... It was also a different river, more li
Looking for panfish ideas
A chartreuse Clown Shoe Caddis has been demolishing fish in Ohio this spring.   
Cammisa's CDC Green Caddis
Get your Grannom flies out now!  My newest video features Cammisa's CDC Green Caddis, one that is intended to represent the Grannom caddisflies (and Mother's Day Caddis).   This one has perf
May Flies From The Vise
Dark BasilReverse the body colors and it'd make a passable Mother's Day Caddishook - Mustad 94840 #10thread - Danville 6/0 blackrib - oval tinsel goldbody - dubbing rear - olive, front - bright greenb
Hair stackers, stainless
Al Troth used to drill a short board and glue empty .22 casings in the holes (seems like 12 casings).  He could stack hair for about a dozen of his elk hair caddis' in a couple taps. He was
9' 7wt 3pc
just wanted to let you know that the rod casts beautiful, far and accurate. I am not just saying that to be nice, I really like it a lot! the line lays out perfect, nice loop, feels light an
Animal hair that sinks?
I know pretty well that the deer hair (whitetail, elk, moose) floats but what animal hair is better for sinking flies? Also aware that polar bear sinks and quite durable. But also not readily availa
Simple Czech Nymph
Made a video up on how I tie a simple czech nymph style fly, this pattern is my go to caddis imitation and has accounted for a lot of fish for me! This video is geared toward beginners so theres a lot
April Flies From The Vise
A few Holy Grail caddis. Size 16. Great work everyone!!!!
Apple Caddis Pupa
Hoping somebody can help on this one, a guy asked me to tie him a dozen Apple Caddis Pupa flys, I've been searching for over an hour but cant find anything, does any body have a pattern by that name ?
2018 casting for recovery australia
mayflies? caddis flies? stoneflies?
Animas in March
Finally I am back fishing!  After a months recovery from melanoma surgery, I am very happy to be back on the water!     The animas is a free flowing river, and that means that the water
Does anyone monitor Green Caddis e-mail?
Just wondering if anyone here knows who runs Green Caddis Outfitters.  I ordered 2 fly boxes in February and only received one of them.  I was received an e-mail from them for a refund and I
Simple Caddis Pupa
Sometimes you want to fill up a box with some caddis.  When doing so, you dont always want a fly that take a long time to tie, instead you want something thats quick and easy.  Well this is
Guinea Foul feathers
Looks nice sparsely tied on a wet fly pattern in front of a fur wing, here's an October caddis pattern by Steve Bird (don't know if he's any relation to Cal Bird) from his Soft Hackle Journal website.
Southern Pink Moth Pattern
Not many moth patterns that I know of, I normally would chose an Elk Hair Caddis as a moth substitute if fishing. Pink puts it in a more rare catagory. Some patterns that I think could be adapted to p
Antron yarn won't turn black when heated with flame
I'm tying the Peeping Caddis/Eruciform Larvae; I am melting the end to simulate the head of a Caddis pupa coming out of it's cocoon under the surface and splits it's pupal shuck... 
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