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Crane Fly Larva
Here is a really easy Crane Fly Larva pattern:                    Crane Fly Larva Hook: 6-10 Curved Nymph Tail: Soft Hackle Body: Translucent Nymph Sk
Looking for a simple caddis worm (MI)
I don't like to be impersonal or appear trite but here's a link to more caddis patterns than you could possibly use. I'm from MI and fish for steelhead myself and I can tell you there is no magic cadd
Nymph fishing with sink tip
I presume when you are lake fishing you want to get your nymph to a certain depth and keep it there. This is simple when using a floating line and leader, you just use a strike indicator to get your f
Worst of the best.
For me it is a pattern called the Dreamsicle.  It is a nymph, woven body with white and orange floss.  Tried it on the Big Horn at Ft. Smith in the 80s because some guide was raving about it
Best size?
Couple categories from my end for fresh water:   General use: 9' in a moderate weight (4-6 wt) Small Stream / Tailwater: 7'6" in light weight (3 wt or below) Nymph Rig: 10' 4wt (never tried but s
Stonefly Swap
SWAP IS FULL I just got all my info sent to the mods, so Im ready to host my first swap. Lets swap some stoneflies. I love them, theres nothing like some of those hatches. Yeah it might seem a little
80050 - GC80050 - Dry/Nymph,Curved Shank Hook, Forged, Knife Edge Poin
GC80050 - Dry/Nymph,Curved Shank Hook, Forged, Knife Edge Point, Chemically Sharpened, Austempered, Micro Barb, Ball Eye, Bronzed.80050Great hooks good wire gauge strong and sharp recommend to all tha
Best flies for crappies
I've just had a couple of specular evenings with Crappie and White Perch using a Black foam/purple body Gurgle bug up top with an olive damselfly nymph dropper. They were slamming both the bug and nym
BWO flies
My favorite BWO dry is the sparkle dun. Find it floats well and takes trout.   After that is the parachute BWO For nymph a pheasant tail
Ultra small hen skins
I think I am interested in buying a black skin. I do have another question for you though. When you say "ultra small" are you referring to feather size or skin size?
Peak Rotory Vice
$110 for the vise and a grizzly and a blue chicken skin shipped in same package to save you shipping. How about that with paypal as soon as you say yes.   Nick
what fly to use
Wouldn't we all like to know what the "magic fly" is on a new piece of water. I can't help you with that but I will offer some general advice for prospecting new waters especially for brookies. I woul
Fluttering Caddis Floats Hook-Eye Down
p.s. I still have trouble winding midge hackle and not having it twist, so I can't control which side of the feather is facing forward. Randy   Get a hackle plier that prevents the hackle fr
emergers for upwing flies. Not Mayfly
For small emergers, a snow shoe hare foot winged fly is perfect. The translucent properties of the hairs and the curliness makes i perfect to simulate the emerging insect. Make the body of the fly 2 c
The What's In A Name Swap
I'd like to give this swap a shot!  Since this is my first swap and I have only been tying since March I would like to tie the Bitch Creek Nymph if that is okay?  I watched a tier
First Ties for the Midwest
As I've mentioned in my intro and beginner posts, I'm new to fly fishing in the Midwest. So I'm adapting my western trout fishing skills to panfish and bass. So here are some of my first flies for tar
First postable Hydropsyche nymph pattern
Good Veli Auti Legs, on the hydropsyche the sections of the leg are about equal in length, yours are similar so ++ there. Working with Nymph Skin is quite easy, but it takes a bit of getting used to.
Those OTHER pheasant feathers
There isn't a feather on a pheasant skin (cock or hen,) that can't be used in fly tying.  I have found so many uses for them, I always have a couple on hand.  Most times, I get some friends
Swaps, What makes them good or bad?
This is a very interesting topic Shoebop.  I am completely addicted to swapping and I am like a kid at Christmas checking the mailbox each evening when I am expecting some. I think it is a way fo
Nice BIG surprise (and some questions for the biologists)
IMO that is definitely a lake and not a pond. I would be quite willing to bet that there are several Large bass in it. Probably larger than the one you saw. Tie you a few large ( 1/0 hair bugs ) and s
Local Tailwater and Small Flies
I was fortunate enough to spend the day fishing yesterday on a local tailwater.  Overall the fishing was tough but just productive enough.  Figured I'd share some photos and then I have a re
September flies from the bench
[attachment=48316:PeacockNymphChapter.jpg]   Here is the Peacock Nymph.   The step-by-step can be found here:
Autumn Mottled Sedge pattern
It is a very pretty fly pattern.   There is very large hatches of Northern Casemakers (or Autumn Sedge or October caddis like most flies this one has too many names) on both the rivers near
tying a fly with Slow Death hook?
Around here (Kansas that is)  that hook is deadly with a night crawler rigged behind a bottom bouncer for deep walleye. Very clever to make a fly out of it.  Oh,  I already know that
Using some dove feathers...Need some advice on killing bugs...
For coon tails and such, it works for deer tails too. Do a search for a trapper's tail stripper. Plastic and just a couple of dollars. If you split the skin far enough towards the tip of the tail th
One and two-finger whip finishing
If a person works with their hands, resulting in rough skin, a whip finisher would be the answer to snagging thread. If your hands are rough I urge you to mix olive oil with dish detergent.
Classic Adams Dry 1st attempt
Jfinn,   Compared to the classic dry fly proportions you are pretty heavy on the hackle and the wings should be hen feathers not cock feathers which is looks like you used. That said, if you are
For the quality of flies in stores going down hill?
I couldn't help but notice that when I go to larger fly fishing suppliers, the quality of the flies and the selection seems to be going down fast.   About 15 years ago, a partner of mine and
Classic designs that work for panfish/smallmouth
I've had very good results using a hare's ear nymph, under a strike indicator.  More recently, I've been experimenting with squirrel leaches.  They work well too.  I think the fish take
Dry fly dubbing with flash?
Is there a thread on mixing dubbing on here? Say if I get a squirrel or possum, do I cut all of the hair off of it to mix? Use all of the hair off of the skin? Sounds like a lot of fun mixing and matc
Novice looking for nymphing tips
Been fly fishing a couple years now (novice still) and I'm having trouble setting the hook while dead drifting nymphs.  I typically use either a single nymph or a dry dropper setup.  Most of
fly type advice
Pheasant tail nymph and hare's ear nymph are the go to in the nymph family.  
Cased Caddis
Here is a really easy cased caddis pattern as long as you don't over do it on the flame!   Hook: 12-16 Curved NymphBody: Root Beer EstazLegs: Soft HackleThorax: Caddis Green I
Got it laid in my lap...
I was with a friend in his van going fishing high on the mountain when we passed an almost all white dead skunk. The smell was too bad to skin but the tail was worth getting. He was prepared with plas
"Tie your favorite" swap
D-Cap, your flies arrived and everyone gets a bonus on this one. I nice winged dry and a teeny tiny nymph to hang back and get the undecided ones.   Will do Henrik. I'll be watching for them.
I found a feather
Welcome to nanny-state America, where critical thinking is more endangered than our stupid national bird. Since America is one of the few Countries were you CAN voice your opinion, and do all the
I quit saving scraps...
Colin, no need to over do it!.   As others have noted it is often not worth the effort to save lots of bits, By far the best way is not to make them in the first place. There are lots of ways to
trip report: Skootamatta River, Ontario
When the chance to fish somewhere other then my home river arises, i grab it. Over the long weekend just passed, i had the opportunity to wet a line in the Ottawa Valley (Madoc/Tweed, Ont) on the Skoo
Learning the lefty
I think for me and our dog Star it's going to be a lifelong challenge to keep her out. She's my husband's hunting dog, so all of the stuff I use to tie flies with is stuff that is very similar to wh
Dubbing Rakes...
I raked dubbing for some tiny softhackles from a mole skin this morning. I have tried a few different rakes over the years but nothing compares to the ceramic rakes I bought from Lawrence Wa
"My Trout Box Needs Help" Swap
My flies are still in work, should be finished up this week. Having issues with my partridge feathers, that's what I get for buying them in a package instead of the whole skin... Scott, I know wha
Parachute Adams
what is Cree dry fly hackle? a color?     This is what a current cree looks like. Notice that the Silver Grade saddle is much darker than the Bronze Grade Neck. It looks almost too dark, b
Difference between brookies and other trout?
Hares eat and PT nymph, wooly buggers, stayner ducktail, hoppers, soft hackles, wet flies, Adams, royal wulff, stimulator. Sizes 12-20 for the nymphs and 12-16 or 18 with the dries. A size 12-8 for th
New To Flyfishing!
The jig you tied looks very fishy! But three things. Your tail is very long! You wrapped thread around the tail itself which exposes the thread, and your hackle is all pointed forwards, you'll notice
Blackbird wings
I always thought the original was tied with a Starling because they are European Blackbirds. If you want a blacker feather, try crow. Legal to possess and a fine but I think overlooked bird by most ti
Grayling fishing
With a wooly bugger in several variations, a PT and hares ear nymph, a parachute Adams and a normal Adams, and a Griffith's gnat I'm sure you could catch just about anything.
As the others have said there is no better or worse. Many years ago A K Best wouldn't use saddle feathers for dries as, he said, they cause the fly to spin more when cast. However, that was a good num
White Peacock Herl
Mottled peacock usually refers to the wing secondary feathers, not tail feathers. A moulted wing feather is rarely in good condition for tying.   The translucent effect can also be achieved with
August flies from the bench
Two variations on my BiColour Nymph [attachment=48159:New BCN_0010.jpg] Details and SbS here. Cheers, C.
Fly hitting the water hard
Your mechanics and equipment may also play into the splash. What are you fishing with? Do you have a stiff action graphite rod designed for faster line speed and you are doing short casts? How long is
CA glues: Are the all created equal.
Cannot address the science, but I use Loc-tite extensively on my chironomid patterns, and if it does deteriorate, it does it long after the practical lifetime of any fly I have ever tied.  It is
Making deer hair bass bugs durable
  There was another thread that brought up the difference between hard head flies and deer hair flies.  I don't remember if it was on this site or another. I believe the fish's sense of
Rabbit Strip Patterns
That's a regular strip or zonker strip for hair that lies flat along the skin. The cross cut stuff is to wind around as a collar or body but gets heavy when wet and seems less popular than it did 15 y
Largest Aquatic Insect
Are we sure the aliens haven't landed. That nymph on the blue sheet looks truly odd. 
What do soft hackles represent
They come pretty close to an emerging mayfly nymph, and even closer to an emerging Caddis pupa.  Since they are so effective in faster moving riffles, they could represent either.  The thing
Hackle for smaller wet flies - size 14 and smaller.
A starling skin will also give you lots of small soft hackle feathers.
Ebay Score...I hope I did not screw myself!
Like Piker said, the sprayed quills are probably for nymph cases and such. The coating just helps keep the quill together when used. I've used sprayed quills for upright wings on dry flies also.
Brand new
There are more fly patterns for trout, than there are trout to catch.  Go to the fly tying database, and use the search tab.  Select to find flies for Trout as the target species.  You
FLY TYING with Common Household Materials
I haven't read it, but I tie hundred of patterns with common house hold materials.  Plastic baggies: they come in lots of colors, and little strips can be twisted and made into great nymph bodies
Hook bend to hook eye droppers
I have wondered the same thing myself but I have not noticed any problems with this method. It is the most effective and efficient method of tandem fishing in my estimation. It's about the only way I
First Time in 40+ years
Yea I hooked various parts of clothing over the years but first time actually into the flesh. Just pushed the hook point back through the skin, broke the hook off at the bend and pulled it through, ba
Turning curious into biter.
Piker, I usually go with a size 14 or 16 and then go smaller if need be. It will drive you nuts when they follow a fly but don't take it.  I sometimes switch off to something completely different
Jack-of-all-Trades Swap
I would like to be in with the Burk's Aggravator. This has been a great pattern that can work as a damselfly nymph, stonefly, minnow or crawdad. It has fished well on the west slope of the Sierras in
Dyna-King question
Jaymack, I know what you mean. I use a DK Pro and tie mostly trout patterns.  I can go from a size 12 nymph hook to a size 16 dry fly hook without any adjustment.  I don't question it! It ma
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