Tie Twice the Flies in Half the Time

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If you tie flies and you're looking for a way to increase your fly output, I've got a great fly tying tip for you today. I personally don't have the luxury of extra time on my hands these days with running two companies and managing...

The Economy of Wraps in Fly Tying

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THE HALLMARK OF WELL-TIED FLIES IS NATURAL PROPORTION. This is never more true than when tying tiny trout flies. Trout are visual feeders and there are three primary criteria that a fly must meet to elicit a positive response. It must match the natural in size,...

Flynn’s Stonefly Nymph

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I HAVE SAID ON MANY OCCASIONS THAT, I DON'T CARE TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE TROUT DON'T EAT STONEFLIES. My good friend Dan Flynn shares my obsession with the noblest of insects. Dan is a great tyer with an impressive repertoire of classic patterns. I...

Articulated Nymphs, All Hype or the Real Deal?

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IF YOU PULL ANY SERIOUS STREAMER FISHERMAN ASIDE AND ASK THEM TO NAME THEIR FAVORITE STREAMER PATTERN, CHANCES ARE THE FLY PATTERN WILL BE ARTICULATED. Ask the same question instead to a serious nymph fisherman, and most will answer with names of nymphs that aren't articulated....

The CDC Blood Midge

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MIDGE PATTERNS CAN BE REMARKABLY EFFECTIVE FOR TROUT. Depending on how you count them there could be over a thousand species of midge. That's a lot of choices for the discerning trout. There are almost as many choices for the angler and a midge obsession can...