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black dog salmon fly

The Black Dog

The Black Dog By Maxwell MacPherson, Jr. It seems of value to trace the historical changes that a particular fly went through from its original conception down to what it appears like today. My favorite fly, which is a real beauty by anyone’s standards, is “The Black Dog”. A small number of patterns appeared in…
woolly bugger

Wooley Bugger

Wooley Bugger Tied by Jack Soape For Our First Fly Swap Jack Soape of Texas, provided his version of the Wooley Bugger. It should be noted that the swap first came about because of Jack’s interest in such an event. This young man, who is presently in Grade 6 is definitely going to become quite…
quinchat's glimmer fly pattern

Quinchat's Glimmer

Quinchat’s Glimmer Tied by Dennis Bertram for our first Fly Swap. HOOK: TMC100, Size 12 THREAD: 0/6 Black TAIL & BODY: 6 Strands of Pheasant Tail FLASH BAND: Small Gold Holographic Tinsel SOFT HACKLE: Small Gray Feathers From Neck of Hungarian Partridge Tie in tail at bend of hook, one body length long. Bind with…
reedbuck emerger fly pattern

Reed Buck Emerger

Reed Buck Emerger Tied by Byard Miller for our first fly swap. The Reed Buck Emerger is an impressionistic fly intended to be fished in the surface film. If floatant is used, it should ONLY be applied to the wing so that the fly will ride low in the wawter. Designed as a caddis emerger,…
furry crawdad fly pattern

Furry Crawdad

Furry Crawdad Tied by Roger Cotner for our first fly swap. History & Acknowledgements Bass love crawdads! Al Rockwood of Flies For Michigan, developed the Furry Crawdad in 1990 based on patterns found in Dick Stewart’s Bass Flies. This pattern originated with Walter Siegried, with a nod to Clouser and Ben Schley. Siegfried published in…
annie's midge emerger fly pattern

Annie's Midge Emerger

Annie’s Midge Emerger Tied by Michael Hawkins for our first fly swap. Annie’s midge is named after my 7 year old daughter, she is my flyfishing and fly tying buddy. Anyone that has not experienced tying with a seven year old in their lap is missing one of the true joys of fly tying and…
harry foam beetle fly pattern

Harry Foam Beetle

Harry Foam Beetle Tied by Jack Miller for our first fly swap. Jack Miller tied up an awesome looking foam beetle. I loved the finished fly, and hope you will too. This one sure looks like it could be productive for all sorts of fish. His tying instructions are as follows: Dressing: Harry foam beetle…
dark olive matuka fly pattern

Dark Olive Matuka

Dark Olive Matuka Tied By Jerry Young for our first ever fly swap. Jerry’s Notes and Instructions: Jerry used this in February, 1999 in the high Andes of Chile. On those overcast days, when the fish weren’t active, this fly helped as an attractor. TYING INSTRUCTIONS HOOK: Partridge D3ST #6 Straight Eye THREAD: Dyna Cord…
turkey tail nymph fly pattern

Turkey Tail Nymph

Turkey Tail Nymph Tied by Larry Medina for our first ever fly swap. Larry’s Notes and Instructions: TYING INSTRUCTIONS HOOK: TMC 5262 #14 THREAD: Gudebrod 6/0 Black WEIGHT: 30 gauge Red Enameled Copper Wire TAIL: Tips from a Mottled Turkey Tail Feather ABDOMEN: Six fibers from same feather THORAX: Eight fibers from same feather LEGS:…
hellgramite fly pattern

Murray's Hellgrammite

Murray’s Hellgrammite Tied by Robert Ott for our first ever fly swap. Robert’s Notes and Instructions: History & Acknowledgements MATERIAL & TYING INSTRUCTIONS HOOK: Mustad 9672 or Tiemco 5262 Size 4-10 THREAD: Black 3/0 Prewaxed Monocord WEIGHT: Lead Wire BODY: Black Chenille EXTENDED BODY: Black Ostrich Herl RIBBING: Soft Dark Blue Dun Rooster Saddle Hackle…
mini brown fly tying pattern

Mini-Brown

Mini-Brown Tied by Peter Charles for our first ever fly swap. Peter relates that this productive fly was originally an “embarrasing mistake” for him. His original intention was to tie up a Professor, but ended with what he has called a Mini-Brown. It almost never made it to the water! You can read more about…
midnight blue fly pattern

Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue Tied by Monte Smith for our first ever fly swap. Monte’s Notes and Instructions: HOOK: TMC 200 or Mustad 80500BR, #8 HEAD: 8/0 Paradise Blue Glass Bead TAIL: Black Marabou With One Strand Smolt Blue Krystal Flash Each Side BODY: 3-4 black Ostrich Herls RIB: 2 Strands Smolt Blue Krystal Flash HORNS: 2…
asquam smelt fly pattern

Asquam Smelt

Asquam Smelt Tied By Paul Minickeillo Paul’s Notes and Instructions: This streamer pattern was, as far as I know first tied by Bob Ferri of Dudley Brook Fly Company. Bob had given me the streamer, which I had carried around for many years before using it. This has become my first choice for ice-out landlocks.…
prince nymph fly pattern

Bead Head Prince Nymph

Bead Head Prince Nymph Tied By Rich McGaughey Rich’s Notes and Instructions: TYING INSTRUCTIONS HOOK: Size 12 THREAD: Black HEAD: Gold or Brass Bead BODY: Peacock Hurl RIBBING: Gold Tinsel TAIL: Brown Goose Biots WING: White Goose Biot HACKLE: Brown Folded From Hen Very Light Lead Wire Dubbing In Green Slide a bead onto your…
flightless black adams dry fly pattern

Flightless Black Adams

Flightless Black Adams Tied by Bob VanAmburg four our second fly swap. Bob’s Notes and Instructions: This fly is very simple, so simple that I was reluctant to offer it as part of a swap, but did so because it has so many great memories and is an excellent example of design evolution. The standard…
double bead nynph fly pattern

Double Bead Peacock Herl Nymph

Double Bead Peacock Herl Nymph Tied by Mike Hawkins for our second fly swap. Mike’s Notes and Instructions: This fly works seems equally well with trout and bream. The simple design and material makes its fast and easy to tie. The key to this fly is the bend in the hook that gives it a…
muddler minnow fly pattern

Muddler Minnow

Muddler Minnow Tied by Barry Gardner for our second fly swap. Barry’s Notes and Instructions: Size 6 to 10 (Size 8 recommended in a shorter shank hook, 3x or 4x) Turkey Feathers (Wing) Squirrel Tail Deer Hair (preferrably from the neck and back) Flat Gold Tinsel Options Can add flashabou with deer hair to add…
wood special fly pattern

Wood Special

Wood Special Tied by H. D. Britton for our second fly swap. Doug’s Notes and Instructions: The fly Wood Special is a good ice out fly, trolled behind a doger it is very effective. TYING INSTRUCTIONS HOOK: Size 4 Streamer hook THREAD: Black TAIL: Golden Pheasant Tippet BODY: Fluorescent Orange Chenille Ribbed W/Flat Sliver Tinsel…
cats whiskers fly pattern

Cats Whiskers

Cats Whiskers A great pattern not only for flyfishing for bass, but also effective on steelhead, brown trout, and salmon. According to Ian James’ Fumbling With A Flyrod, “this fly was first tied in 1985 by David Train as a still-water rainbow trout fly for use in English reservoirs and ponds.” Ian James writes “It…

Bead Head Nymph By Jack Soape

Bead Head Nymph By Jack Soape – Uni Products Swap Jack’s Notes and Instructions: HOOK: Mustad 3399 BODY: Peacock Herl HEADS: Hot Head Bead any color TAIL: Floss, 3/0 thread or arton to match bead THREAD: Black 6/0 or any color matching tail and bead
clan chief variant fly pattern

Clan Chief Variant

Clan Chief Variant Tied by Graeme Callander for our Uni-Products Swap. Graeme’s Notes and Instructions: HOOK: Kamasan B170 Size 10 THREAD: UNI 6/0 Wine TAIL: Glo-Brite Flourescent Floss Yellow 10 and Red 4 BUTT: Gold Tinsel RIB: Gold Wire BODY: Claret SLF HACKLE: Black and Claret Cock The original Clan Chief had a black seal…
yellow humpy fly pattern

Yellow Humpy

Yellow Humpy Tied By Aaron Cheatham for our Uni-Products Fly Swap. Aaron’s Notes and Instructions: This is a hard fly to tie. Describing the tying procedure is equally difficult so take a look at different books that have corresponding pictures to help. The method I used to tie the wings was published in the Autumn…
high visibility foam beetle fly pattern

Hi Vis Foam Beetle

Hi Vis Foam Beetle Tied by Bill Brothers for our Uni-Products Fly Swap. Bill’s Notes and Instructions: This fly was tied in response to the fish repeatedly hitting my bright foam strike indicator. It can be fished alone or with a nymph or ant dropper. HOOK: Standard Dry Fly size 16 (I used a Mustad…
glow bug hopper fly pattern

Glow Bug Hopper

Glow Bug Hopper Tied by Mark Donahue for our Uni-Products Fly Swap. Mark’s Notes and Instructions: For fly tyers that fish the Great Lakes’ Tributaries, Glow Yarn or Glow Bug Yarn is a common fly tying material. This bright synthetic is the main ingredient used to tie many egg patterns and other tributary flys. The…
adams caddis fly pattern

Adams Caddis

Adams Caddis Tied by Anthony Sincaglia for our Uni-Products Fly Swap. Anthony’s Notes and Instructions: For fly tyers that fish the Great Lakes’ Tributaries, Glow Yarn or Glow Bug Yarn is a common fly tying material. This bright synthetic is the main ingredient used to tie many egg patterns and other tributary flys. The unconventional…
neon pheasant tail nymph fly pattern

Neon Pheasant Tail Nymph

Neon Pheasant Tail Nymph Tied by Mike Clarke for our Uni-Products Fly Swap. Mike’s Notes and Instructions: THREAD: Black or Brown 6 or 8 HOOK: Any Nymph Size 12 to 18 TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers ABDOMEN: Vinyl Ribbing or Tubing small or fine UNDER AB: Krystal Flash THORAX: Peacock Herl WINGCASE: Pheasant Tail Fibers, tips…
h & l variant fly pattern

H & L Variant

H & L Variant Tied by Mike Hawkins for our Uni-Products Fly Swap. Michael’s Notes and Instructions: According to Craig Mathews and John Juracek in their book Fly Patterns of Yellowstone there are guides and fishermen that think that the H & L Variant or “Ike’s Fly” is without peer. I enjoy the fact that…

Sow Bug

Sow Bug “What did you catch them on?” Answer is always “The sow bug.” Tied By Mike Hawkins Mike is no stranger to the About fly swaps and has enthusiastically participated in every one thus far. This time around, Mike’s submission was the Sow Bug, which he wrote, “It’s kind of a funny story that…
mohair leech fly pattern

Mohair Leech

Mohair Leech Fishing lakes and ponds? Give this fly a try. The second featured fly of our fourth fly swap, which was sponsored by Tim at Yagers Flys is from Tim Stewart. The Mohair Leech, which is very simple to tie, is also very effective on lakes and streams according to Tim. “Cast the fly…
Bubble Boy Emerger fly pattern

Bubble Boy Emerger

Bubble Boy Emerger Monte says the trout find this Callibaetis pattern irrisistable. Tied By Monte Smith The third featured fly of our fourth fly swap, which was sponsored by Tim at Yagers Flys is from Monte Smith. “I developed the Bubble Boy while working to create a series of emerger patterns that float correctly on…
hex strip nymph pattern

Hex Strip Nymph

Hex Strip Nymph This nymph, based on Gary Borger’s Strip Nymph, is one of Jim Carravallah’s favorites when fishing murky lakes. Probably would work very well fishing bass in river pockets, too. The fourth featured fly of our fourth fly swap, which was sponsored by Tim at Yagers Flys is from Jim Carravallah. From Jim:…

Chernobyl Stonefly

Chernobyl Stonefly Complex in appearance, this fly is actually quite easy to tie, according to fly swapper Bob VanAmburg. For warm-water and bass anglers, it’s very effective. The fourth featured fly of our fourth fly swap, which was sponsored by Tim at Yagers Flys is from Bob VanAmburg. “This is a fly that I watched…
crayfish fly pattern

Big Joe's Crayfish Fly Pattern

Big Joe’s Crayfish Tied By Ian Colin James Ian Colin James Says: “I created this fly in 1982 when I needed a realistic pattern for fishing smallmouth in gin clear water. “In smaller sizes it will take carp, crappies, rockbass, redhorse, brown trout, rainbows and speckles. “It is a consistent pattern for catching drum (sheephead)…
no name nymph fly pattern

No Name Nymph By Ian Colin James

No Name Nymph By Ian Colin James Ian James’ cross between a hare’s ear nymph and tailless stonefly. Pattern: Ian Says: “I created this cross between a hare’s ear nymph and a tailess stonefly nymph in 1980. I think it works because of the colour variation in the body. Good for: low water smallies, carp,…
puke fly pattern

The Puke Fly

The Puke Fly By Ian Colin James 4 year old Willie McLennan invented this, according to Ian James. Great for pike, bass, and more. Pattern: Ian Says: “Created by Willie McLennan, age 4, in 1993, this is a great fly for bass, carp, drum and redhorse. He noticed when hooked smallies regurgitated food, other fish…
the muncher fly pattern

The Muncher By Ian Colin James

The Muncher By Ian Colin James Another great fly from the box of Ian James. This fly says “eat me.” Another great pattern from Ian James, a very skilled and creative fly tyer in London, Ontario. According to James, this pattern is “based on 21 years of ‘research and development’. I have incorporated five ‘fish…
blue thunder fly pattern

The Blue Thunder

The Blue Thunder Winter and spring steelhead pattern. Ian James provides us with his step by step tying instructions for the ‘Blue Thunder’. Yes, you’re right – it doesn’t have a bit of blue in it, but you’ll see why when you read Ian’s notes. The Pattern Hook: Mustad 9671 or equivalent Size: To match…
body fur flies

Body-Fur Flies

Body-Fur Flies Want to be on the winning side of a 100% sure thing? Try this! By John Guldin Very few statements can be made with 100% certainty in life or, more importantly, in fly fishing. But, this is one: Big Fish Eat Little Fish! This basic statement of the prey-predator relationship is well known…
copper and orange buzzer fly pattern

Tying The Copper and Orange Buzzer

Copper & Orange Buzzer Fly Looking for a great trout nymph pattern? Ian James provides step by step tying instructions for this pattern, which is well known on both sides of the Atlantic for its fish producing abilities. It’s also simple to tie. The Pattern Hook: Mustad 3399 or equivalent Size: 12 to 16. Thread:…
brass ass fly pattern

Ian's Brass Ass

Ian’s Brass Ass By Ian Colin Jamies It’s one of the top selling flies at Orvis. Not bad for a colour blind Scotsman with fingers like a bag of hot dogs. The Brass Ass was developed for fishing off the breakwalls along the Gt Lakes for steelhead in 1993. I wanted a fly which would…

Japanese Beetle Fly - With Coffee Beans

Japanese Beetle Fly Looking for something that will bring the worst out in trout? There’s a silver lining to the cloud of Japanese Beetle infestations in some parts of the country. Grab a cup of coffee and learn to create a great imitation – By John Guldin. It was very early on a June morning…