The Woolly Bugger

The Woolly Bugger is in a class by itself. Part nymph, part streamer, it has replaced the Muddler Minnow as the number one big trout catcher. It will also catch about any other fish that will take a fly, including bass, panfish, pike, salmon, steelhead, and even bonefish. It is very easy to tie and catches fish even when tied quite scraggly, so it's a good fly for your first attempt. Techniques Learned Tying in Marabou Winding Chenille Winding palmered Step 1 The Woolly Bugger is almost always...

Starting Your Thread

Hold the thread at a 45 angle to the shank of the hook on the side of the hook facing you, with the bobbin at the top in your right hand and the loose end of the thread in the thumb and forefinger of your left hand underneath the hook. Holding your left hand steady, bring the bobbin around the back of the hook, underneath. and then as you come around the near side of the hook, push it to the left while pushing your left hand slightly to the right. Now just use the bobbin to continue winding to...

Hares Ear Nymph

Modern Midge Patterns

The Hare's Ear Nymph is the most popular nymph of all times. In sizes 8 through 16, it will catch trout, panfish, bass, and even salmon. It suggests a myriad of underwater life, and is best tied very fuzzy and buggy looking. You may tie it weighted, weighting just the forward half of the hook shank, or unweighted as we're showing it here. Techniques Learned Hackle Fiber Tails Dubbing a Fur Body Tinsel Ribbing Forming a Wing Case Step I Clamp a size 10 3X long nymph hook in your vise. Start the...

Blue Wing Olive Dry Fly Patterns

The Blue-Wing Olive is usually tied as a wingless dry fly. It imitates many different species of adult mayflies throughout the world, and is most often tied in sizes 14 through 22. Because of its simplicity, it is a great dry fly for your first attempt. Techniques Learned Dry Fly Tails Step 1 Start your olive 6 0 prewaxed thread on the shank of the hook, about in the middle of the shank. Wind back to the bend of the hook, just above the point. From a blue dun hackJe cape, find one of the short,...

The Crazy Charlie Bonefish

Crazy Charlie Fly

The Crazy Charlie is one of the deadliest new bonefish flies to be developed in years. It is especially effective on Christmas Island in the Pacific in tan, brown, and pink, but will catch bonefish wherever they are found. The bead chain eyes help to sink the fly quickly to an effective level. Tied on top of the hook shank, the eyes make the fly ride upside-down, keeping it from snagging on the bottom. Techniques Learned Tinsel body over-wrapped with Bod-y Glass Step 1 Attach white 3 0 thread...

The Irresistible Dry

Irresistible Dry

The Irresistible is a great fly for fast, bubbly water. Its bulky silhouette will catch a trout's attention in fast water, and the hollow deer hair body means that if the fly is drowned, it will pop back up. This version is the Adams Irresistible Adams wings and hackle with a hair body and tail. Techniques Learned Hair tail Step 1 Attach black, white, or tan 3 0 monocord to a size 10 dry fly hook, just ahead of the bend. Using the pinch method, but with less pressure than usual for the first...

Light Cahill Dry

Mallard Duck Feather Patterns

The Light Cahill is a classic Catskill dry fly, one of the most popular dries to use when cream-colored mayflies are hatching. It is slightly more complicated than the Blue-Wing Olive, in that it features upright wings of wood duck flank feathers. Handling these feathers is one of the toughest accomplishments in dry fly tying, but a lot of patterns call for this kind of wing. A lot of problems with wood duck wings stem from material preparation and selection, so pay close attention to steps 2...

Eleven Basic Flies That Will Teach You to

The following eleven flies will give you a basic education in fly tying, and will teach you techniques that can be used on thousands of patterns. Unlike many of the basic fly tying instructions you'll read, they include up-to-date flies that are popular today, like the Woolly Bugger and Parachute Hare's Ear dry and the Crazy Charlie bonefish fly. If you're just beginning, we suggest that you start with the first fly we've listed and tie the flies the order they appear. Tie at least six flies of...

Difference Wet Fly Streamer

The Blue Dun Wet fly has been around for almost 300 years, the pattern basically unchanged. It imitates many drowned or emerging insects, and is a favorite fly to use when nothing appears to be going on. It is best in sizes 10 through 16. Techniques Learned Wet fly hackle Wet fly wing Beard hackle Step 1 Start your thread gray or white in the middle of a size 10 standard wet fly hook. Tie in blue dun hackle fiber tails and dub a body of gray fur muskrat, gray fox, rabbit , using the same...

The Black Nose Dace Bucktail

This is a traditional bucktail, an imitation of one of the most common trout stream minnows. Big trout eat a lot of them. It is usually tied fairly small and sparse, sizes 6 through 12, and is an effective fly even in low clear water. Techniques Learned Tinsel body Oval tinsel rib Bucktail wing Step 1 Clamp a size 6 streamer hook in your vise and start black thread about 1 3 of the way back from the eye of the hook. Wind the thread back to the bend of the hook. Cut a T ' piece of thin red wool...

The Parachute Hares Ear

The Parachute Hare's Ear is a buggy looking dry fly that is very attractive to trout. The upright white wing makes it highly visible in fast water or in the evening, and the parachute hackle ensures that it will float upright every time. Parachutes float low in the water, presenting a larger profile to the trout, and are often more effective than high-floating dry flies. Step 1 Start your black or white thread in the center of a size 12 dry fly hook. Wind back to the bend. Snip a bunch of dark...

The Muddler Minnow

The Muddler Minnow is, like the Woolly Bugger, famous for the many large trout it has fooled. It can be fished dry, well greased, as a hopper or stonefly imitation. But it is most useful fished weighted or on a sinking tip line, as an imitation of the sculpin, a small fish that is a favorite prey of large trout. The Muddler is deadly in size 2 all the way down to tiny size 12's. Techniques Learned Feather tail Feather wing with hair underwing Deer hair head and collar Step 1 Start with 3 0...

Hook Cross Reference Chart

IX Fine Diy Fly TD Eye, Wide Gape Bronze IX Fine Dry Fly Straight Eye, Wide Gape Bronze IX Fine Diy Fly TD Eye, Wide Gape Black IX Fine Dry Fly TD Eye, Perfect Bend Bronze 2XL, IX Fine Diy Fly TD Eye, Perfect Bend Bronze 2X Wide, 2X Short TD Eye, Fine Wire Bronze - Shrimp Pupae 2X Heavy - Wet Nymph TD Eye, Sproat Bend Bronze 2X Heavy, IX Long Wet Nymph - TD Eye Sproat Bend - Bronze 2X Long, Nymph TD Eye, Perfect Bend Bronze 3X Long, Nymph TD Eye, Perfect Bend Bronze 3X Long, Nymph Straight Eye,...

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Tool, and the thread inside the indent, bring the bobbin up over the top of the fly. As vou re bringing the bobbin over the top of the fly, catch the piece of thread farthest from you with the hook at the top of the tool. Release the tool with your forefinger but still holding the handle . Bring the tool up over the top of the hook, at the same time bringing the bobbin back underneath the hook, crossing the thread on the near side of the hook shank. A loop should now be formed, with the thread...

Hook Cross Reference Chart continued

4X Long, Streamer TD Eye, Perfect Bend Bronze Swimming Nymph Straight Eye, Special Bend Bronze Salmon Dry TU Loop Eye Fine Wire - Black Salmon Wet TU Loop Eye Heavy Wire - Black Saltwater - Stainless Steel Straight Eye O Shaughnessy Bend Egg Hook - 3X Short Straight Eye - Heavy Wire Perfect Bend - Bronze Bass Bug Stinger Straight Eye Special Wide Gape Bronze