Fly Tying

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  1. How to Tie the Little Yellow Sally Fly

    How to Tie the Little Yellow Sally Fly
    This fly shows up in Hatches and Fly Patterns of the Great Smokey Mountains by Don Kirk. I have no idea who first came up with this pattern. Yellow Sallys are the smallest of the stone flies and show up in rivers and streams all across the country. This is a dry fly version and reminds me of the Stimulator attractor fly. It floats well and is easy to see.
  2. How to Tie the Iron Blue Dun Fly

    How to Tie the Iron Blue Dun Fly
    This fly is a mayfly imitation and can be tied from a size 12 - 18. J. Edson Leonard in his 1950’s book “Flies” said there are perhaps as many versions of the Iron Blue as there are Iron Blues on your favorite stream. Although this fly may have been replaced by the famous Adams it's a nostalgic old school fly that still catches fish
  3. How to Tie the Little Brook Trout Streamer Fly

    How to Tie the Little Brook Trout Streamer Fly
    The Litte Brown Trout Fly is part of a series of 3 streamers that Samuel Slaymaker of Pennsylvania designed in the 1960's to imitate trout fry and take advantage of the trout’s predatory nature. The other 2 flies in the series are the Little Brown trout and the Little Rainbow Trout. Joseph Bates’ book "Streamers and Bucktails the Big Fish Flies" recommends a 6XL hook in sizes 2 -12. The recipe for this fly also comes from that book.
  4. How to Tie the White Moth Dry Fly

    How to Tie the White Moth Dry Fly
    I don’t know much about the history of this fly. It shows up in the book Hatches and Fly patterns of the Great Smokey Mountains by Don Kirk. The pattern is about 75 years old and came out of western North Carolina. This is great pattern that is easy to see and floats well. During the summer months there seems to be no shortage of small moths flying around the streams and ponds I fish.
  5. How to Tie the Royal Wulff Attractor Fly

    How to Tie the Royal Wulff Attractor Fly
    This fly was designed by the legendary Lee Wulff as an attractor dry fly in the early 1930's. It's extremely effective, floats very well and is a great fly for fast water. A few of these in various sizes are always in my dry fly box.
  6. How to Tie the Metal Detector 2.0 Fly Pattern

    How to Tie the Metal Detector 2.0 Fly Pattern
    The Metal Detector 2.0 is the fly you need to find chrome. Designed as a summer steelhead fly it makes a great base pattern to modify to your needs. Shank or cut hook
  7. How to Tie the Sound Searcher Fly

    How to Tie the Sound Searcher Fly
    The Sound Searcher is a very cool upgrade to the classic gurgler. It makes a great searching pattern for sea trout and also a super effective wounded bait imitation
  8. How to Tie the Madam X Fly Pattern

    How to Tie the Madam X Fly Pattern
    A versatile attractor dry fly that can imitate a variety of insects- A grasshopper in larger sizes or maybe a golden stone fly in smaller sizes, the Madam X is a proven classic. The Madam X sits higher in the water column, and its buoyant nature makes it an excellent pattern to drop a nymph off.
  9. How to Tie the Sucker Spawn Fly Pattern

    How to Tie the Sucker Spawn Fly Pattern
    The Sucker Spawn is a quick-to-tie, effective pattern that requires a few sparse ingredients. Incredibly effective during the sucker spawn when trout are gorging on sucker eggs, the Sucker Spawn also acts as a general attractor that successfully imitates a cluster of eggs. We’re tying it with red thread and chartreuse Mcflyfoam, but alter the color, size, and weight to best suit your local environment.
  10. How to Tie the Black Gnat Dry Fly

    How to Tie the Black Gnat Dry Fly
    Black gnats and midges are prolific on most streams and play a significant part in a trout’s diet. As David Klausemeyer, Editor-In-Chief of Fly Tyer Magazine, matter-of-factly points out, “Show me a piece of trout water that does not have its share of little black insects fluttering across its surface, and I’ll show you a stream not worth fishing.” Several versions of this fly are out there, but this is our favorite. Follow along as Karl gives step-by-step instructions on how to tie the Black Gnat pattern.

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