Category Archives: Flies

How to Tie a Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph

Tim Flagler demonstrates techniques for keeping the hook eye clear of cement as he shows the steps for tying a Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph. About the pattern Flagler notes, “I’ve found that going small, at times, is the only way …

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How To Tie a Zelon Midge

Matt Grobert ties one of Craig Mathews’s terrific patterns, the Zelon Midge, in this week’s featured tying video.   The Zelon Midge imitates the adult midge.  As Mathews told MidCurrent a couple of years back, “There just isn’t a place …

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Podcast Interview: Jay Zimmerman

Author Jay Zimmerman is featured in the most recent episode of Rob Snowhite’s podcast series. In this good-humored and down-to-earth interview, Zimmerman talks about everything from pet peeves and philosophy of fly design to his recently released book, The Top … more

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How to Tie Ken’s Crazy Ant

Ken’s Crazy Ant is tier and videographer Tim Flagler’s fly of choice this week.  Aptly named—perhaps because the pattern combines foam drawer liner, Antron and grizzly hackle—the fly floats like a cork and is incredibly realistic.

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Painted Beetles

Of the 1.2 million to 1.5 million insect species that have been described, explains Dana Jennings, about 400,000 are beetles. French painter Bernard Durin highlighted this proclivity in his book Beetles and Other Insects, which presents intricate imitations of beetles … more

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Tie-a-Thon

Sponsored by The St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers and the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, on March 23rd anglers will come together for the eighth annual Tie-a-Thon, donating the flies tied to the National Fishing School Program, Warriors, … more

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How to Tie a Catskill-Style March Brown Dry

In this week’s featured fly-tying video Matt Grobert shows how to tie the classic Catskill-style March Brown Dry.

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How to Tie the Picket Pin

To Montana cowboys, ground squirrels standing on their hind legs looked like horse picket pins.    The “Picket Pin” got it’s name from the use of ground squirrel tail fibers in the wing.  Pattern author Jack Boehme took the name …

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How to Tie the “Same Thing Murray”

The “Same Thing Murray” is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  Tier Matt Grobert includes some slight variations from the original, a fly which was authored by Doug Hastings for New Brunswick Atlantic salmon but which has …

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Video: How to Tie the Cream Cahill Sparkle Dun

Matt Grobert shows us how to tie a Cream Cahill Sparkle Dun in this week’s featured fly-tying video.  Cream Cahill’s are the late-season version of an insect that hatches sporadically throughout the summer.  Grobert’s pattern floats well and is very …

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