Category Archives: Flies

How to Tie the Peacock and Partridge

The Peacock and Partridge is one of those ancient patterns combines a soft hackle style with simple construction to produce an all-purpose fly that can be fished multiple ways. Tier Tim Flagler updates his version with modern materials, and notes: “Using just …

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How to Tie Rene Harrop’s CDC Transitional Midge

Matt Grobert ties Rene Harrop’s CDC Transitional Midge in this week’s featured fly tying video (for real). As videographer Tim Flagler says: “It’s pretty amazing how many different body parts can be formed with a single CDC puff. Mr. Harrop really …

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How to Tie the Slumpbuster

Tim Flagler ties a John Barr streamer pattern, the Slumpbuster, in this week’s featured tying video.  “The Slumpbuster is an absolutely awesome pattern for high, discolored water,” notes Flaglers, “and has a reputation for catching big fish.”

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How to Tie a Little Black Stonefly

A great early-season pattern, the Little Black Stonefly is fun to tie and provides plenty of opportunity for variation in materials and color.  Tim Flagler ties this week’s featured pattern with a few of his own tweaks, including using a …

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Early Fishing Text

A Benedictine breviary containing what are thought to be the earliest known fly pattern recipes was recently discovered by antiquarian bookseller, Maggs Bros. Ltd. of London. Read more and view a video of the manuscript via The Literary Fly Fisher.

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How to Tie a Wally Wing Rusty Spinner

Bruce Corwin ties the featured fly pattern of the week, a Wally Wing Rusty Spinner.  The Wally Wing style of tying wings, developed by Canadian Wally Lutz, is ideal for imitating the spinner stage of the mayfly.

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How to Tie Higa’s SOS

Higa’s SOS (“Save Our Skin”) is the featured fly tying pattern of the week.  Tim Flagler shows how to use plunger-style hackle pliers to make handling the small hook easier, and how a magnetic strip on the end of a popsicle …

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Fly Tying Marathon to Support Project Healing Waters

The Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Quantico program and the Fort Belvoir Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program will host the Second Annual Fly Tying Marathon at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia on Saturday March … more

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Quick Tip: Use Adhesive Sheet Magnets for Quick Fly Storage

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Need a quick and easy solution for quick fly storage in your garage, boat, or car? Adhesive sheet magnets work wonders. No, they are not the most organized way to do things, but they are perfect for quick stowage during … more

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How to Tie the Infamous Pink Worm

The Infamous Pink Worm–a remarkably quick-to-tie combo worm and fly pattern–is the focus of this week’s featured tying video.  “Scoff if you like, but you can’t argue with this fly’s ability to catch fish,” says tier and videographer Tim Flagler.

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