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How to Tie a CDC Micro Caddis

"This super effective and easy to tie pattern is a CDC Micro Caddis. I found it works especially well when trout are rising and I have no idea what they’re feeding on."

How to Tie a Bluegill Belly Bean

The Bluegill Belly Bean is constructed to ride with the hook point up so it won’t get snagged on the bottom and will move with a seductive up and down motion.

How to Tie a SBR Light Cahill Nymph

"This is the nymph pattern I use to imitate SBR Light Cahills. It’s certainly more suggestive than realistic but works like a charm."

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How to Tie a Bird’s Nest Sulphur Emerger

This is a modified version of Cal Bird’s Bird’s Nest, tied to imitate an emerging sulphur.

How to Tie McKenna’s Rumble Bug

"Dave starts with a Fulling Mill size 16 barbless jig hook. To this he’s going to add a 7/64” silver colored slotted tungsten bead."

How to Tie a Parachute Hendrickson

This is a pretty basic Parachute Hendrickson, but it incorporates some less than traditional posting and hackling methods.

How to Tie the SBR Hendrickson Nymph

"I call this fly the SBR Hendrickson Nymph because it’s specifically designed to imitate the naturals found in my home waters, the South Branch of the Raritan River, in northwestern New Jersey."

How to Tie a Hendo Hammer

As you can imagine, by simply changing the dubbing, hackle and post colors, this fly could be used when imitating a multitude of hatches.

How to Tie McKenna’s Sexy Walt’s Worm

This Sexy Walt’s Worm Variation is one such pattern that because of its weight, works particularly well in fast and deep water.

How to Tie a Rubber-Legged Stimulator

The Stimulator is one of the most popular and effective flies on the planet, and it has been fished in about every river in North America.

How to Tie a DPD Nymph

The DPD Nymph reasonably imitates a range of mayfly nymphs and because of its weight and its relatively slim profile sinks super fast. It makes for an excellent anchor fly.

How to Tie Ed Engle’s Bubble Wing BWO Emerger

Ed Engle demonstrates the steps for tying his Bubble Wing Blue Winged Olive Pheasant Tail Emerger

How to Tie a Mini McMouse Face

"The Mousey McMouseface had been a popular fly for about a year, but i had lots of requests for something a lot smaller-- enter the Mini McMouseface."

How to Tie the Pat’s Plus

"Pat’s Plus is basically a refined version of a Pat’s Rubber Legs. In some regards, it’s even easier to tie than the original."

How to Tie a Euro Early Black Stone

The early black stoneflies are just beginning to show here in New Jersey and although there’s still plenty of winter, these little guys, to me, represent the start of the spring bug season.

How to Tie Egan’s Frenchie

"When I first entered the world of competition fly fishing I was introduced to many fly patterns that seemed too simple to work, or too flashy, gaudy & outrageous to take fish."

How to Tie the Major Woody

You can dead drift it, swing it, twitch it or even dust it up with desiccant and use it as a dry or cripple.

How to Tie a BWO Improved Sparkle Dun

Matt Grobert ties an Improved Blue Winged Olive Sparkle Dun, originally developed by Craig Matthews of Blue Ribbon Flies.

How to Tie a Palomino Caddis V2

Clark (Cheech) Pierce demonstrates the steps in tying what he calls the Palomino Caddis v2, a pattern that is best fished by casting out and giving it a subtle twitch.

How to Tie the WD-40 Plus

"I call this fly the WD-40 Plus. It’s really just a regular old WD-40 but with a split wing case and an emergent wing."

How to Tie JC’s Electric Caddis Larva

Although it fishes well year round, the Electric Caddis Larva is particularly effective during the winter months when trout have been known to gorge themselves on the naturals it imitates.

How to Tie a High Carb Minnow

"When I started playing with the Low Fat Minnow years ago, I wanted a suspending fly that I could fish sinking line so I could move it fairly slowly through the strike zone, and it performed (and still does) as a member of the starting team in my fly boxes."

How to Tie a Micro Egg

"For the egg material, I go with McFly Foam. As for color, the choice is yours. In terms of amount, you really just have to experiment."

How to Tie a Micro Caddis Larva

Caddis larva patterns are hard to beat and this one, although quite small, is very easy to tie - even for novice tiers.

How to Tie a Zelon Musk Midge

"I call this fly the Zelon Musk Midge because Zelon and muskrat are the only two materials used to make it, other than thread."

How to Tie a Carey Special

Consider this a starting point for tying Carey Specials and don’t be afraid to experiment with different materials, colors and sizes. Just about everything is fair game for this pattern.

How to Tie JC’s Electric Steelie Stone

This is fellow New Jersey fly tier and Regal Pro Staff member John Collin’s Electric Steelie Stone. Although it might look a little complicated here, it’s actually fairly easy to tie.

How to Tie a Less Mess Morrish Mouse

"I call this tasty looking little rodent the Less Mess Morrish Mouse because it’s basically a Morrish Mouse sans the time consuming and often messy deer hair underbelly."

How to Tie a Craft Fur Clouser

"Nothing really new here folks, just a Clouser Minnow tied with craft fur, rather than the traditional buck tail, along with a slightly different tie-in method to produce a bulkier head on the fly."

How to Set Up a Fly Reel with Backing and Line

So you’ve got a new fly reel and maybe even a spare spool but what’s the best way to set them up with the correct amount of backing and fly line?

How to Tie an October Caddis Euro Nymph

October Caddis are different from many caddis species in that as pupae they’ll swim or crawl to a nearby rock, where they’ll emerge as winged adults and shed their pupal shucks.

How to Tie an Ian’s Brass Ass

Ian’s Brass Ass is a super cool and extremely popular fly developed by Ian Colin James.

How to Tie a Peacock Caddis

The Peacock Caddis is a pattern that’s been around forever, probably because it just plain works. Trout will even take them when there’s a complete absence of naturals.

How to Tie a Perdigon-Style Zebra Midge

"Really nothing new to see here, just taking a pretty standard Zebra Midge and tying it Perdigon style, so it’s heavy, small and sinks like a stone."

How to Tie a Composite Loop Zonker

This fly is called a Composite Loop Zonker because it incorporates a lower body that’s formed with a composite loop.

How to Tie a Stonefly Creeper

The Stonefly Creeper is an old pattern of Preston Jenning’s that’s mentioned in his seminal work “A Book of Trout Flies.”

How to Tie the Casual Dress

The Casual Dress is a Polly Rosborough pattern that requires only two materials, is a pleasure to tie and does a remarkable job of attracting trout.

How to Tie a Cream Variant

The Cream Variant is an oldie but a goodie that works especially well as a searching pattern in late spring and summer when sulphurs, light cahills and cream cahills are out and about.

How to Tie the Renegade

"The Renegade is an attractor pattern that’s been around forever. I even read somewhere that it was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite fly, a pretty solid endorsement if you ask me."

How to Tie a Flying Squirrel Nymph

"It’s a mash-up of two of my favorite patterns, Cal Bird’s Birds Nest and Dave Whitlock’s Red Fox Squirrel Nymph. It may not look like any one bug in particular but it resembles many in general."

How to Tie the Crackleback

The Crackleback is an incredibly versatile pattern that can be fished as either a wet or a dry fly and can be tied over a wide range of sizes and colors.

How to Tie a Muskrat Nymph

"What exactly it’s supposed to imitate, I don’t know. All I can tell you is, for me, they work like a charm, especially unweighted and in smaller sizes."

How to Tie “The Insult”

The Insult is ridiculously easy to tie and does a pretty reasonable job when it comes to imitating an isonychia nymph. Certainly not an exact representation but super effective nonetheless.

How to Tie the SBR Sulphur Nymph

I call this fly the SBR Sulpur Nymph because it was specifically designed to imitate the sulphur nymphs found here on the south branch of the Raritan River in western New Jersey.

How to Tie the Last Walt’s

This is one of those patterns that doesn’t represent anything in particular but a whole bunch of things in general -- caddis larvae, scuds, sow bugs, cranefly larva, even mayfly nymphs.

How to Tie a Damselfly Nymph

This is Rob Snowhite’s Damselfly Nymph. It’s an easy, quick and fairly cheap tie that works well in just about any body of water - making it an exceptional guide fly.

How to Tie a Red and Black Midge

The Red and Black Midge Red & Black Midge is ridiculously easy to tie, looks really cool, and works incredibly well.

How to Tie a Deadpool Midge

Once you get the hang of the tying procedure, you can crank these demonic looking little guys out in fairly short order without expending maximum effort.

How to Tie a Top Secret Midge

This is Pat Dorsey’s Top Secret Midge. It’s a fantastic little pattern that’s fairly easy to tie, even in the smallest of sizes, here a 26.

How to Tie an Off the Hook Sucker Spawn

Suckers are found in just about every river here in the Northeast and often in large numbers. They spawn from around mid-March into April and when they do, trout, especially rainbows, line up to actively feed on their eggs. It’s an easy, early season high protein meal. At this time of year, it’s a good idea for anglers to carry at least a few patterns that imitate sucker spawn.

How to Tie a Kinder, Gentler Mop Fly

"I call this a Kinder, Gentler Mop Fly because it's not quite as garish as versions I've tied in the past."

How to Tie a Get It Down Pat’s

"A traditional Pat’s Rubber Legs is a hard pattern to beat but putting it on a jig hook that rides hook point up certainly can’t hurt."

How to Tie Ken Walrath’s Crystal Worm

Ken Walrath’s Crystal Worm is an easy-to-tie, extremely versatile pattern.

How to Tie Koga’s Hula Charlie

Peter Koga's version of a Crazy Charlie combines many elements of the original Crazy Charlie with some from Lester Masimoto's Magic Charlie.

How to Tie a Navy Diver

The Navy Diver nymph is designed to be fished deep. The dark blue body color works particularly well in the late fall and winter.

How to Tie Koga’s Bonefish Shrimp

A gifted tier, Peter Koga is a fixture at fly fishing and tying shows throughout the country, yet still manages to regularly sneak off to Hawaii and elsewhere to chase bonefish on the flats.

How to Tie a Rusty Rat

The Rusty Rat is a great fly for learning a number of techniques used over a wide range of classic salmon and steelhead patterns.

How to Tie a Steelie Omelet

Some people call the Steelhead Omelet simply an “Estaz Egg” and a number of our friends across the pond might call it a “Blob Fly."

How to Tie Jim Rusher’s Steelhead Nymph

"This is Jim Rusher’s Steelhead Nymph. it’s an awesome pattern that’s fairly easy to tie, especially when you throw in a couple of little tricks. "

How to Tie a Steelhead Woolly Bugger

"I don’t think there’s a fish species alive that won’t take a woolly bugger, and steelhead are no exception. This fly is really nothing more than a beefed-up standard bugger but I do tie them somewhat differently than most people."

How to Tie the Nuke Egg

"Try tying Nuke Eggs with different colors of McFly Foam and in different sizes, in order to build your own nuclear arsenal."

How to Tie a Matt’s Midge

Matt’s Midge is named for its originator, Matt Miles, who developed this pattern with western tailwaters in mind, but here in the East it works exceptionally well, particularly during the winter months.

How to Tie a Peg’s Midge

For Peg’s Midge, I start with a TMC 100 dry fly hook in a size 26. Plunger-style hackle pliers do make handling hooks this small much easier.

How to Tie a Mop ‘N Glo 2.0

The Mop 'N Glo 2.0 features a body made from a common garage mop and a bit of antron dubbing, a combination Flagler notes is sure to rankle traditionalists.

How to Tie an Egg Sucking Leech

"If you enjoy tying and fishing simple flies as much as I do, be sure to leave ample room in one of your fly boxes for a whole passel of these guys."

How to Tie a Barr’s Emerger BWO

This diminutive offering is the blue-winged olive version of “Barr’s Emerger,” invented by John Barr in the mid-70s.

How to Tie a Bird of Prey Caddis

"John Anderson’s Bird of Prey Caddis is a very adaptable and effective pattern. Simply by changing colors and sizes you can create imitations over a wide range of caddis fly species."

How to Tie a Holy Grail Caddis Emerger

"The Holy Grail Caddis Emerger is a versatile and effective fly that can be tied in a range of sizes and colors to match the naturals. Here’s a kind of basic do-all version."

How to Tie a Puff Daddy Blue-Winged Olive

Author, fly tier and blogger Matt Grobert shows how to tie a blue-winged olive version of the Puff Daddy.

How to Tie a Vanilla Iso Parachute

"The Vanilla Iso began as an attempt to create a more subtle version of the 'Iso Iso Baby', a pattern I’ve had success with the last couple of years."

How to Tie a Foam Beetle 2.0

Beetle patterns work particularly well in the late summer and early fall when the naturals are here, there and everywhere.

How to Tie a Cinnamon Flying Ant

Although cinnamon ants, both winged and unwinged, can totally ruin a late summer picnic, trout absolutely love ‘em.

How to Tie the Squirmy Wormy

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie the very effective but tricky-to-tie Squirmy Wormy.

How to Tie a Brooks’s Sprout Midge Emerger

Brooks’s Sprout Midge Emerger is a remarkably adaptable pattern that can be tied in a wide variety of sizes and colors.

How to Tie a Bighorn CDC X-Caddis

Author, fly tier and blogger Matt Grobert ties a Bighorn CDC X-Caddis on a size 18 TMC 100 dry fly hook.

How to Tie a Bully Bluegill Spider

The Bully Bluegill Spider is incredibly easy to tie and because of its action underwater is nearly irresistible to bluegill and other panfish.

How to Tie a Pat’s Rubber Legs

The Pat's Rubber Legs is a guide-style fly that works just about anywhere. You’ll find it in many anglers’ top ten list.

How to Tie a Swiss Army Sulphur

The Swiss Army Sulphur looks like an emerger, somewhat like a dun, a bit like a spinner and a whole lot like a cripple.

How to Tie a Sulphur Breadline Emerger

If your high riding dries are being shunned or carefully inspected without a take, switch over to a Breadline and you’ll usually get results.

How to Tie a Dustup Caddis

The Dustup Caddis is super easy to tie, can be done in a range of sizes and colors, and is a go-to caddis pattern when fish are rising to take naturals.

How to Tie a BPS Spent Caddis

The BPS Spent Caddis doesn’t float especially high on the water, making it a bit difficult to see, but when trout are feeding on spent caddis they’ll often shun high-riding flies.

How to Tie Rene Harrop’s Last Chance Cripple

Tim Flagler ties a Hendrickson version of Rene Harrop's Last Chance Cripple.

How to Tie a Peacock March Brown Parachute

John Collins ties a Peacock March Brown Parachute fly pattern using a Daiichi 1280 2XL dry fly hook in a size 12.

How to Tie an Allison Streamer

New Jersey tier Mike Appello developed the Allison Streamer by borrowing elements both from Jack Gartside’s soft hackle streamer and from a saltwater flatwing.

How to Tie a Kaleidescope Midge

John Collins’s Kaleidoscope Midge, also known as the “K” midge, are guide flies of the highest order.

How to Tie a Son of San Juan Worm

Tim Flagler how to tie a Son of San Juan Worm on a size 20 Dai-Riki #135 hook.

How to Tie a Euro-Style Golden Stonefly Nymph

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Euro Golden Stone pattern, using an Orvis Tactical Barbless Jig Hook in size 12 with a black 1/8” slotted tungsten bead.

How to Tie a Hackle Stacker Hendrickson

Developed by Bob Quigley in the late 80’s, the Hackle Stacker does a remarkable job of imitating not only emerging mayflies but cripples, duns and spinners as well.

How to Tie the Prince Nymph Jig

The Prince Nymph Jig is a new twist on an old favorite. It’s basically a Prince Nymph tied on a jig hook with a slotted bead and a few minor modifications.

How to Tie a Clown Egg

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Clown Egg, a versatile base for just about any egg pattern.

How to Tie a Turbo Midge

It’s hard to argue against the effectiveness of patterns like the Turbo Midge, which as proven itself over years of international competition.

How to Tie a Ginger Quill Dry Fly

At better than 200 years old, the Ginger Quill Dry Fly is a true classic in every sense of the term.

How to Tie a Poison Tung

This is a slight variation of Charlie Craven’s Deep Blue Poison Tung that I’ve found to be remarkably effective during the winter months here in the east.

How to Tie a Griffith’s Gnat Emerger

The Griffith’s Gnat Emerger, from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana, may look more complex than a standard Griffith’s Gnat but is easier to tie.

How to Tie a Snowflake Sculpin

New Jersey tier John Collins’s Snowflake Sculpin is a really cool streamer pattern that works especially well during winter months.

How to Tie a Simple Midge Larva

Midges are one of only a few aquatic insects that remain active and hatch throughout the winter months.

How to Tie the Shop Vac

The Shop Vac is a remarkably easy fly to tie but it also happens to be one of the most effective attractor nymph patterns there is.

How to Tie Matt’s Buzzer

Matt Grobert came up with this midge/pupa pattern, that he calls “Matt’s Buzzer,” while fishing on the Missouri River almost 20 years ago.

How to Tie a Three Dollar Dip

Three Dollar Dip is the nickname given to a variation of a Serendipity pattern that works well on the Madison River in Montana, including the Three Dollar Bridge area.

How to Tie a Jujubee Midge

Try Jujubee Midges in different color combinations, and you can tie them all the way down to about a 26 with relative ease.

How to Tie a Ken Lockwood Streamer

A classic streamer from the 1930s named after journalist and conservationist Ken Lockwood.

How to Tie a Hot Spot Pheasant Tail Nymph

Tim Flagler ties this micro pheasant tail with a hot spot thorax on a size 18 Dai-Riki #125 emerger hook.

How to Tie a Classic Dry Fly with Hackle Tip Wings

Matt Grobert demonstrates how to tie a Catskill-style dry fly with hackle tip wings.

How to Tie the Mop ‘N Glo

During one-fly tournaments, anglers tend to fish flies that are anything but dainty or traditional.

How To Tie a Steelhead Nymph

This rather easy-to-tie nymph is an extremely versatile and effective steelhead pattern.

How to Tie an Autumn Splendor

The Autumn Spendor's vibrant colors, rubber legs and cone head make it an irresistible pattern for hungry fall trout.

How to Tie the Kintner Boy

In an homage to the boy who became the second victim of the giant great white shark in the movie "Jaws," Tim Flagler designed a colorful topwater pattern for bream and bass.

How to Tie the Shakey Bealy

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Shakey Bealy, a pattern that is extremely effective in both the US West and East in the fall.

How to Tie a Dumb Bunny

The Dumb Bunny is a mash-up between a Zonker, a Clouser Minnow, and a Rubber Worm, rigged Texas-style.

How to Tie a Chernobyl Ant

It’s hard to go wrong with a Chernobyl Ant, whether you’re fishing for trout, bass or blue gill, or whether you’re using it as a primary fly or the hopper part of a hopper-dropper rig.

How to Tie a Fur Ant

The Fur Ant may well be the “Rodney Dangerfield” of flies, but when tied small it’s one of the deadliest fly patterns ever devised.

How to Tie a Trico Parachute

Matt Grobert ties a Trico Parachute, a pattern that floats well and doesn't require super-human vision to be seen on the water's surface.

How to Tie a Light Cahill Parachute

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Light Cahill Parachute using a couple of special techniques to secure the post and hackle.

How to Tie a Simple Golden Stone

Tim Flagler offers detailed instructions for how to tie a Simple Golden Stonefly.

How to Tie the Evil Olive

The Evil Olive borrows elements from two popular fly patterns: Higa’s SOS and the W-D 40.

How to Tie a Swimming Crane Fly Larva

Crane fly larva have the unique ability to flatten out their lower segments and swim remarkably well. Here's a great pattern for imitating a crane fly larva in motion.

How to Tie a March Brown Emerger

Not only is this pattern a great March Brown Emerger imitation, but with minor changes to the colors of the wing, body and shuck, it can be used to represent a Cream Drake, a Green Drake, a Yellow Drake or any of the larger mayfly species.

How to Tie Mercer’s Missing Link

Although originally intended to represent a crippled caddisfly, Mercer's Missing Link does a remarkable job of imitating a variety of insects.

How to Tie a Sulphur Usual Variant

Tim Flagler ties a slight variation on a Sulphur version of Fran Betters's famed Usual pattern.

How to Tie a Wood Duck Scud

Scuds are a favorite food source for trout, and they’re found in most bodies of water year round. Here’s a quick and easy version of a scud that works remarkably well.

How to Tie a Peacock and Partridge

The Peacock and Partridge is a fly pattern that’s older than dirt yet still remarkably effective. Using just a few materials, it’s easy to tie and it could represent a whole slew of aquatic insects in various stages of life.

How to Tie Rene Harrop’s CDC Transitional Midge

This ultra tasty little morsel is Rene Harrop’s CDC Transitional Midge. It floats well and is intended to imitate a midge pupa emerging in the surface film to become an adult.

How to Tie the Slumpbuster

The Slumpbuster is a John Barr creation with a little bit of everything; weight, a touch of flash, some wiggle and a profile that pushes a fair amount of water.

How to Tie a Little Black Stonefly

The Little Black Stonefly is a great little pattern that everybody should carry during the early season.

How to Tie a Wally Wing Rusty Spinner

"With a little bit of practice, Wally Wings just aren’t that difficult to execute and boy do they make for a nice looking Rusty Spinner."

How to Tie Higa’s SOS

This is Higa’s SOS, developed by guide Spencer Higa as a baetis imitation. SOS stands for “save our skin” and this fly has apparently bailed out a multitude of guides on tough days.

How to Tie a Caddis Larva

Caddis fly larva are a favorite food of trout just about everywhere and patterns to imitate them range from mildly suggestive to hyper-realistic.

How to Tie the Infamous Pink Worm

An egg and a worm in one fly, what’s not to like? The Infamous Pink Worm was created by Fred Bridge of York, Pennsylvania.

How to Tie the Ray Charles Sow Bug

The Ray Charles Sow Bug is usually fished subsurface and is especially effective trailed behind a weighted nymph, like a bead head hare’s ear.

How to Tie the Klinkhamer Special

The Klinkhamer Special was developed by Hans van Klinken over 25 years ago. Tied in different colors and sizes, it can represent a wide variety of emerging aquatic insect species

How to Tie The Bugmeister

The Bugmeister, developed by John Perry of Montana, is probably best described as a universal attractor pattern.

How to Tie a Rough Water Caddis

Tim Flagler ties a Rough Water Caddis, a pattern designed to float in the water's surface film and to stay afloat through just about any water conditions.

How to Tie a Hi-Vis Coachman

Phil Monahan borrowed elements from a variety of patterns to come up with this highly visible fly, capable of staying afloat in the tumbling pocket water of Vermont's mountain streams.

How to Tie the Ginny Midge

If you're just beginning to tie small, the Ginny Midge is a great fly to start with. Even a size 24 is fairly easy to master.

How to Tie the Hippie Chick Midge

The idea behind the Hippie Chick Midge was to incorporate numerous bright colors into a single fly in hopes that trout respond to at least one.

How to Tie the Smoke Jumper

The Smoke Jumper is a phenomenally versatile pattern and can be tied over a wide range of sizes and colors.

How to Tie an Orange Asher

The Orange Asher is a remarkably simple nymph pattern that works well in the late fall and early winter.

How to Tie Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer

As good looking as this fly is in the vise, it's underwater where the magic really happens, nearly every fiber produces movement.

How to Tie a Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph

"The Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph is like a turbocharged version of the tried and true Pheasant Tail."

How to Tie the Squirmanator

Thinking of entering a one-fly competition? The Squirminator may be just the fly you want at the end of your tippet.

How to Tie Jack Gartside’s Sparrow

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a version of Jack Gartside's Sparrow using Brahma Hen instead of Gartside's preferred pheasant feathers.

How to Tie a Devil Bug

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Devil Bug, a fly that floats like a champ and produces very well when dead-drifted.

How to Tie an October Caddis Soft Hackle

"The arrival of the October Caddis or Great Autumn Brown Sedge, to me anyway, marks the end of the big bug season here in the east, the last chance to fish with a dry fly I can actually see."

How to Tie a Modified Isonychia PMX, or “Iso Iso Baby”

Tim Flagler ties an Iso Iso Baby, a knock-off of Doug Swisher's Parachute Madam X that is intended to imitate an Isonychia mayfly.

How to Tie a Brahma Bugger, Version 2.0

Adding two or more colors really enhances the similarities of this pattern to a sculpin. "Fished slowly, along the bottom, it pretty much resembles the real thing."

How to Tie a Clouser Minnow

Tim Flagler ties a saltwater version of the venerable Clouser Minnow on a size 2/0 hook.

How to Tie a Brahma Bugger

This pattern’s appeal comes from the subtle barring in the soft hackle feathers, which make it closely resemble a darter, of which there are about 150 different species in North America.

How to Tie Charlie Craven’s Mole Fly

Charlie Craven’s “Mole Fly” is super easy to tie, but does an incredible job of imitating small mayflies and midges struggling to free themselves from their nymphal shucks in the surface film.

DIY Spool Tenders

Tim Flagler explains how to assemble a spool tender using readily available and inexpensive materials:

Tying the Tabou Caddis Emerger

Steve Schweitzer's Tabou Caddis Emerger is "simple, ingenious, ultra-buggy, and just plain fun to tie."

How to Tie a Thorax-Style Sulphur Dun

Matt Grobert ties a sulphur version of Vince Marinaro's famous thorax-style dry fly.

How to Tie the Dorato Hare’s Ear

The Dorato Hare’s Ear was developed by Bill Dorato of Albany, New York, many years ago. Originally intended to imitate a newly emerged caddis, it does an admirable job of imitating mayflies as well.

How to Tie the Walt’s Worm

Tim Flagler ties both the "Sexy" and non-Sexy version of the Walt's Worm, a crane fly larva imitation.

How to Tie the Tungsten Torpedo

What makes the Tungsten Torpedo work so well is that it looks so much like natural food, yet sinks like a stone.

How to Tie Art Flick’s Classic Red Quill

Matt Grobert ties the classic Catskill version of Art Flick's Red Quill pattern.

How to Tie the Bivisible

The Bivisible is a pattern that dates back to the 1920’s and, if not directly invented by Edward Ringwood Hewitt, it was certainly popularized by him.

How to Tie a Cinder Worm

Matt Grobert ties his popular cinder worm pattern, designed to imitate the segments of Nereis worms that rise to the surface during their spawn.

How to Tie a Pearl Zonker

Tim Flagler ties a Pearl Zonker on a 3X long shank hook.

Stripping Peacock Quills

Tim Flagler notes that there are several techniques for stripping peacock quills, but by far the most efficient involves the use of common household chemicals.

How to Tie an Ausable Wulff

Tim Flagler ties the venerable Ausable Wulff, a pattern developed by upper New York state fly fishing guru Fran Betters in 1964.

How to Tie a Blue-Winged Olive Quill Nymph

Author, fly tier and blogger Matt Grobert ties a Blue-Winged Olive Quill Nymph with a bright orange hot spot.

How to Tie a Damselfly

Matt Grobert ties a Damselfly pattern on a size 10 Dai-Riki #305 dry fly hook, using light olive 3/0 Danville monocord thread, deer hair, dark green Antron, Coq de Leon hackle and peacock herl.

How to Tie a Weighted Isonychia Nymph

Tim Flagler ties a standard weighted Isonychia Nymph on a size 12 Dai-Riki #270 3x long hook  and includes tips on conserving wire and using UV resin to finish the pattern.

Using a Whip Finish Tool to Cut Thread

By grinding the butt end of his whip finisher to a sharp, chisel-like edge, Tim Flagler created a device that allows him to trim thread closely and neatly.

How to Tie a Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Micro Pheasant Tail, a pattern sure to tempt even the most difficult trout.

How to Tie a Disco Midge

Tim Flagler ties the popular Disco Midge, adding a glass bead head to the standard pattern.

How to Tie Craig Mathews’s Zelon Midge

Matt Grobert ties the Zelon Midge authored by famed West Yellowstone fly shop owner and guide Craig Mathews.

How to Tie Ken’s Crazy Ant

Ken's Crazy Ant, authored by Ken Walrath, is super easy to tie, floats like a cork, and is incredibly realistic.

How to Tie an Easy Egg Pattern

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to cook up "Eggs Over Easy" with a simple egg pattern made from Egg Yarn.

How to Tie a March Brown Dry, Catskill-Style

Matt Grobert show the steps for tying a March Brown dry fly tied Catskill-style--a classic pattern that still fools trout during one of the quintessential mayfly hatches.

How to Tie the Picket Pin

The Picket Pin was a pattern developed by Jack Boehme of Missoula, Montana in the early 1900s. It's name comes from the cowboys' common label for ground squirrels, which looked to them like horse picket pins.

How to Tie a Cream Cahill Sparkle Dun

Matt Grobert ties a Cream Cahill Sparkle Dun on a size 14 TMC #100 dry fly hook.

Night Fishing on the South Branch of the Raritan

Tim Flagler and friends gear up for nighttime and large rainbows using Pine Squirrel Streamers and Olive Woolly Buggers.

How to Tie a Spent Partridge Caddis

Fly tier, author and blogger Matt Grobert ties a Spent Partidge Caddis on a size 16 TMC #100 dry fly hook.

How to Tie Mike’s Honey Ant

Author, fly tier and blogger Matt Grobert ties Mike's Honey Ant, a pattern originated by Mike Lawson of Henry's Fork Anglers.

How to Tie a Foam Cricket

Tim Flagler ties another popular terrestrial, the Foam Cricket, using craft foam and a paper cutter to shape the body.

How to Tie a Foam Beetle

"It may not look like much, but it's one of my favorite patterns for the late summer and early fall.  Let it land with a splat beneath overhanging vegetation, give it a little twitch or two, and if there's a fish there chances are you'll get a take."

How to Tie a Purple Haze

The Purple Haze is a purple-bodied variation of the classic Parachute Adams. It was developed in Montana in the early 2000s and quickly became popular all over the west.

How to Tie the Henryville Special

The Henryville Special is a caddis fly imitation created in the 1930s by Hiram Brobst for use on the Henryville section of Broadhead Creek in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania.

Tying a Sulphur Soft Hackle

"Although there's no wrong way to fish this fly, when trout are rising to take naturals from the surface, I'll fish them just as I would a dry fly. They float well and are surprisingly visible for such a small pattern."

How to Tie an Isonychia Parachute

Author, fly tier and blogger Matt Grobert shows his techniques for tying an Isonychia Parachute.

How to Tie a Caddis Emerger

Tim Flagler ties the Caddis Emerger with New Zealand wool, which he feels makes the perfect "bubble."

Tying Les Shannon’s Lemon Cahill

Matt Grobert shows his techniques for tying Les Shannon's Lemon Cahill, a classic Catskill dry fly.

How to Tie a PFD Rusty Spinner

“Rusty Spinners can be a tough fly to fish mainly because they’re so hard to see, as they ride low in the water and are generally fished at dark. This particular pattern helps to even the odds.”

How to Tie a Goddard Caddis

Just by looking at a Goddard Caddis you can tell it’s going to float like a cork, and this floatability allows it to be twitched, skated and waked on the water’s surface, which will oftentimes initiate a take.

How to Tie a Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

In crafting this Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Tim Flagler uses a 3X Long Dai-Riki #285 size 14 nymph hook and a 7/64-inch gold bead for weight.

How to Tie a Hendrickson Sparkle Dun

Matt Grobert demonstrates how to tie a Hendrickson Sparkle Dun, a pattern designed to ride low in the film but still float well.

How to Tie the American Pheasant Tail Nymph

The American Pheasant Tail Nymph imitates a wide variety of mayfly species in their nymphal stage. Tim Flagler ties this one on a size 16 Dai-Riki #730 nymph hook and uses Flymaster 6/0 for thread.

How to Tie a Quill Gordon Parachute Emerger

Alan Landheer ties his Quill Gordon Parachute Emerger on a size 14 Daiichi #1140 hook. The Quill Gordon was popularized by Catskill tier Theodore Gordon in the late 19th or early 20th century.

Tying the CB Stocker Streamer

Authored by New Jersey tier Chally Bates when he was just fourteen years old, the CB Stocker was created specifically to catch stocked trout.

How to Tie the Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear

“It’s your basic gold-ribbed hare’s ear nymph that’s been totally tricked out with all the options,” says Tim Flager of the Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear.

How to Tie a Little Black Stonefly Nymph

Tim Flagler shows how to tie a Little Black Stonefly Nymph, one of the earliest effective stonefly patterns of the season.

How to Tie the Frenchie Nymph

The features of the Frenchie Nymph include a gold tungsten bead head, Coq de Leon tail, UV pink thorax, and an ample and brightly colored thread collar.

How to Tie a Rainbow Warrior

This pattern’s shiny head, pearl body and red thread make it hard for trout to resist as a dropper or fished solo.

How to Tie a Mercury Midge

An effective and easy-to-tie pattern, Pat Dorsey’s Mercury Midge is a great fly to start with as a novice tier wanting to learn small flies.

Tying a Copper Zebra Midge

Tim Flagler ties a Copper Zebra Midge, a pattern first shown to him by Rick Alampi.

Tying the Muddler Minnow

Tim Flagler offers tips for tying the perfect Muddler Minnow, using two sizes of thread and a double-edged razor blade (broken in half) to create quill segments and shape the spun deer-hair head.

Tying a Synthetic-Quill Nymph

Rich Strolis ties a Synthetic-Quill Nymph, a very simple and effective micro nymph that utilizes multi-rib construction.

Tying a Jig Head Pheasant Tail Nymph

Dean Hodson ties a pheasant tail nymph on a jig hook using tail fibers and grey CDC dubbing for a “mobile” thorax.

Tying a Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

Author, fly tier and blogger Matt Grobert ties a classic go-to winter pattern, the bead head soft hackle pheasant tail.

How to Tie the Serendipity

The Serendipity, likely based on the European “Buzzer,” was authored by Madison River guide Ross A. Marigold, who also is responsible for the RAM Caddis.

Tying the Hornberg Dry Fly

Tim Flagler says of this size-18 dry fly variation of the classic Hornberg: “Although it’s useful year-round, I’ve found it especially effective in the fall, when small, colored-up wild fish are on the move."

How to Tie an Antron Egg

Tim Flager's version of the Antron Egg is set apart by extreme realism and might lure even doubters into giving it a try.

How to Tie a Size 22 Parachute Adams

Tim Flagler uses Danville's Flymaster 6/0 thread, which he favors for small flies, to tie a tiny Parachute Adams.

How to Tie a Headbanger Sculpin

Rich Strolis ties his latest articulated streamer utilizing the sculpin helmet. As Strolis says: "This guy gets down and drums up nice fish. This fly is best fished with a stout leader on a floating line."

Tying a Thorax-Style CDC Blue Winged Olive

Matt Grobert ties a Thorax-Style CDC Blue Winged Olive, a pattern which works well on even the most selective of fish.

Tying an Autumn Dun Wet Fly

Master tyer Davie McPhail ties an Autumn Dun wet fly on a size 12 hook using natural black hen fibres for the tail and peacock quill for the body.

How to Tie the Pine Squirrel Streamer

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie the Pine Squirrel Streamer, a large-profile pattern that can be tied with or without weight.

Tying an October Caddis

“The October caddis is the ‘Isonychia of caddis hatches’ in that it is a large insect that hatches sporadically, and the trout become accustomed to their presence for about two, autumn-colored months of the year.”

How to Tie JC’s Electric Caddis Pupa

John Collins ties his Electric Caddis Pupa using wire and transparent fluorescent tubing to create an extremely lifelike fly.

How to Tie an Isonychia Spinner

Matt Grobert ties a great late-summer-evening and fall pattern, the Isonychia Spinner.

How to Tie a Yellow Humpy

“It floats like a cork, imitates a variety of mayfly species, and if nothing else makes one heck of a strike indicator.”

How to Tie the Forget-Me-Knot Midge

Tim Flagler ties his Forget-Me-Knot Midge on a size-22 hook using 15-pound Amnesia to create a translucent red abdomen.

How to Tie the Olive X-Caddis

Matt Grobert shows how to tie the X-Caddis, a pattern authored by famed western U.S. angler and shop owner Craig Mathews.

Tying the Al’s Trico

Tim Flagler ties an Al's Trico on a size-24 hook, producing a tiny but very effective pattern for late summer hatches.

How to Tie a Yellow Sally Stimulator

Matt Grobert demonstrates how to tie a Yellow Sally Stimulator, a terrific summertime pattern that imitates an adult Yellow Sally or Little Yellow Stonefly.

How to Tie a Saltwater Popper: Part I

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to prep a pre-formed popper body by inserting the hook and finishing the body. Part one of two.

How to Tie a Saltwater Popper: Part II

Tim Flagler finishes up his demonstration on tying saltwater poppers by showing how to decorate, color and finish the pattern.

How to Tie a Trico Spinner

Tim Flagler ties the very popular Trico Spinner, a must-have pattern for long summer days.

How to Tie an Isonychia Emerger

Matt Grobert ties an Isonychia Emerger pattern on a size 12 hook. Isonychia are also known as Slate Drakes and appear in streams all over the U.S.

How to Tie a Sulphur Usual

Matt Grobert shows how to tie his Sulpher Usual, a variation of Fran Betters's "Usual," on a Dai-Riki #305 size 16 dry fly hook.

Tying an Extended Body Light Cahill

Matt Grobert demonstrates how to tie an Extended Body Light Cahill dry fly using a special technique for the abdomen/tail.

Tying Poly Wing and Snowshoe Rusty Spinners

Tim Flagler and Matt Grobert demonstrate how to tie their preferred versions of the Rusty Spinner dry fly.

Tying the Moto’s Minnow

Tim Flager ties a Moto's Minnow, a popular streamer originally designed as a sculpin imitation by Moto Nakamura.

How to Tie a Caribou Caddis

“Caribou hair takes some getting used to, but it’s a terrific tying material and adds both form and function to this pattern.”

How to Tie Matt’s Sulphur Emerger

Sulphur hatches are some of the most anticipated hatches of the year, but they can also be frustrating. Matt's Sulphur Emerger is an excellent pattern to start with.

Tying a Crane Fly Larva

Crane fly larvae are common in streams all across the U.S. and are a tempting meal for trout, reaching up to more than 2 inches in length.

How to Tie a Bob’s Banger

Authored by New Jersey saltwater fly fishing legend Bob Popovic, Bob's Banger is a durable, easy-to-make popper for all-around saltwater use.

How to Tie an Egg-Laying Grannom (Caddis)

Matt Grobert ties an Egg-Laying Grannom, a pattern designed to imitate both dark and light grannom caddis as they return to the river in late spring to deposit their eggs.

How to Tie a Multi-Feather Flatwing

Joe Cordiero ties a Multi-Feather Flatwing pattern that's a perfect prey imitation.

How to Tie a Catskill-Style Hendrickson

Matt Grobert includes all the standard measurements and techniques for tying a traditional Catskill-style Hendrickson, a favorite of Art Flick's and one of the flies that helped define that region's style of tying.

How to Tie a Single Wing Flatwing

Joe Cordeiro ties a Single Wing Flatwing baitfish imitation. You'll want a stout vise for this pattern, but the result captures all the underwater subtlety of saltwater prey.

How to Tie a Cloud Emerger

Matt Grobert ties a unique mayfly emerger pattern he calls a Cloud Emerger. This Hendrickson emerger is well-suited to a size 12 or 14 hook.

How to Tie a Sucker Spawn

Tier Tim Flagler says: "I consider myself only a recreational user of Sucker Spawn, so I really don't have a problem."

How to Tie a Matt’s Gnat

Author and tier Matt Grobert came up with this pattern in order to construct a more durable Griffith's Gnat.

How to Tie a Quill Body BWO Dun

Rich Strolis ties a Quill Body BWO Dun, a great addition to the early-spring or cool-weather arsenal.

How to Tie a Zug Bug

Created by Cliff Zug of Pennsylvania in the 1930s, the Zug Bug imitates a cased caddis or caddis larva, but it also works great in a dropper rig or even swung as a wet fly.

Tying the Chimarra Caddis Larva

Imitating and fishing this bright orange-and-yellow larva in February and March is something you simply must try.

Tying a Leadwing Coachman

A great choice for drifting or swinging in cold weather, the Leadwing Coachman can imitate a variety of drowned or emerging insects, from caddisflies to mayflies.

Tying the Royal Wulff

Tim Flagler ties the classic Royal Wulff fly pattern, a garish but extremely effective attractor.

Tying the Rabbit’s Foot Emerger

Tim Flager ties the popular Rabbit's Foot Emerger, a pattern authored by Tom Rosenbauer.

Tying the RS2

The RS2, authored by Rim Chung, derived its name from "Rim's Semblance 2." It can be fished as either a nymph or emerger.

How to Tie the Copper John

Tim Flagler ties the popular Copper John, a pattern authored by John Barr in the mid-1990s.

Tying an Al’s Rat

Most anglers fish it in the film, but you can also have success fishing it deep as a trailing fly. Try them not only in brown, but green, red, gray, and even black wherever you find finicky trout.

How to Tie a Pumpkin Head Midge

Matt Grobert ties a Pumpkin Head Midge, a very effective wintertime midge pattern that features a fluorescent orange bead head.

Tying a Simple Scud

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Simple Scud pattern, using a size 16 hook and an Antron-and-Australian-possum-blend dubbing not just for the body, but for the legs and antennae as well.

Tying LaFontaine’s Sparkle Emerger

Matt Grobert ties the late Gary LaFontaine's highly popular Sparkle Emerger, which, Tim Flagler notes, "along with the Sparkle Pupa [is] nothing short of miraculous when catching trout."

Tying a Bird’s Nest

The Bird's Nest is a nymph pattern authored by master tier and San Francisco fly shop owner Cal Bird in 1959. Bird first tied it—without the bead—for trout fishing on the Truckee River.

Tying a Foam-Bodied Ant

Tim Flagler ties one of his favorite terrestrial pattern, a foam-bodied ant that is durable, easy to see, and effective.

Tying an Iris Caddis

Matt Grobert ties a pattern authored by Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. Many believe it to be one of the most effective caddis emerger patterns ever developed.

How to Tie an Olive Woolly Bugger

There are many different ways to tie a Woolly Bugger, notes Tim Flagler, but he suggests these steps for tying one of the best searching patterns of all time.

Tying a Soft Hackle Mayfly Emerger

Author, fly-tying instructor and blogger Matt Grobert ties a sulphur version of the Soft Hackle Mayfly Emerger.

Tying a Clouser Minnow

Tim Flagler ties another saltwater classic, the Clouser Minnow, authored by Bob Clouser around 1987.

Tying a Brassie

The Brassie is a simple yet extremely effective pattern which imitates both caddis and midge larvae, with the added bonus that it sinks like a rock, getting the fly down to levels where trout most often feed.

Tying a Zebra Midge

As Tim Flagler says, "The Zebra Midge is one of those patterns that really doesn't need an introduction. It's simple, effective, and works over a wide range of fishing situations."

Tying a Double Standard

Tim Flagler offers detailed instruction on tying a fly that is half Pheasant Tail Nymph and Half Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph.

Tying a Tabory Snake Fly

Tim Flagler says of the Tabory Snake Fly, "If I see mullet pushing in the shallows, this is the first fly I'll tie on. All in all, it's an incredible saltwater pattern."

Tying a Meat Helmet Sculpin

This video details how to tie a fairly quick sculpin imitation that gets down and has loads of built-in movement.

Tying a Slate Drake Nymph

On some rivers Slate Drakes hatch sporadically, on others they hatch en masse, but either way they are a meal that trout can’t resist.

Tying a Gurgler

Tim Flagler shows his techniques for tying one of the most interesting and popular surface patterns in fly fishing.

Tying a PMD Nymph

Richard Strolis ties another of the patterns he came up with on a recent trip to Montana: a variation of the classic PMD Nymph.

Tying an Elk Hair Caddis

Tim Flagler ties one of the most popular caddis patterns of all time, the Elk Hair Caddis. The fly was authored by Al Troth to imitate fluttering or spent adult caddis.

Tying the Lefty’s Deceiver

Tim Flagler ties one of the most popular saltwater streamers of all time, the Lefty's Deceiver.

Tying an Articulated Ice Pick

"Going the Distance" is the right lyric for North Fork of the White guide/guru Brian Wise, who ties an Articulated Ice Pick fly in this fast-motion video.

How to Tie a Busted Stone

Rich Strolis demonstrates how to tie his Busted Stone pattern, which he notes will work just about anywhere fish feed on stoneflies.

How to Tie a Simple Caddis Larva

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a simple Green Caddis Larva, an imitation of an easily overlooked but important part of a trout's diet.

Tying a CDC & Elk Fly

Tim Flagler ties the CDC & Elk pattern authored by master tier Hans Weilenmann, a high-floating caddis imitation based on Al Troth's classic Elk Hair Caddis.

Tying a Griffith’s Gnat

Authored by George Griffith, the Griffith's Gnat is an effective imitation of virtually any small insect: midges, midge emergers, or tiny mayflies.

Tying a Sulphur Soft Hackle (Wire Abdomen)

The Sulphur Soft Hackle is an extremely versatile pattern that can be fished as a dry/cripple on the surface, dead drifted as nymph, or swung and lifted like a wet fly.

Tying a Hendrickson Soft Hackle

"Most fisherman think that soft hackles and wet flies are meant to be fished exclusively in the film or upper part of the water column, but in actuality they're deadly fished deep."

Tying a Sulphur Parachute Fly

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Sulphur Parachute pattern, a excellent hi-vis option for mid-summer hatches.

Tying a Hendrickson Comparadun

"The Comparadun can be altered in color and size to cover just about any mayfly hatch."

Tying a Chicken Finger

Richard Strolis ties a Chicken Finger for use as an anchor in a weighted euro nymph rig.

Tying a Bead Head Woolly Bugger

Tim Flagler shows how to tie one of the most popular searching streamers of all time, the Bead Head Woolly Bugger.

Tying a Prince Nymph

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie the classic Prince Nymph fly pattern.

Whip Finishing Without a Tool

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to create a whip finish without using a tool.

Tying the Glo-Bug

Tim Flagler ties the venerable Glo-Bug, a fly that got its start as an egg imitation for fall and spring spring spawning runs.

“Let the Fur Fly”

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie his innovative Fur Fly, a pattern meant to imitate flat-bodied nymphs.

Tying a Beach Comber

"The Beach Comber was the result of a three-year project that I started to create a lightly weighted sand eel pattern for the flats of Cape Cod during striper season."

Tying the Adams Dry Fly

In this video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrates how to tie one of the best-known — and most fished — fly patterns in existence: the Adams.

Tips for Starting Thread

Tim Flagler offers several tips on starting thread on a hook shank, including showing how to "trim" thread without scissors.

How to Use a Whip Finish Tool

Tim Flagler demonstrates in great detail how to use a whip finish tool, showing both slow-speed and normal speed finishing.

Tying a R-F Caddis

"I have always been a big fan of the X-Caddis and the shuck hanging off the back. I combine that with hares-ear style dub with some added flash in minimal amounts."

Tying a Rock Candy Larva

"A very good anchor fly in any euro-style nymph rig, this pattern in particular was one of my top anchors in 2010."

Tying a Shimmer Stone

"This is the latest medium to large stonefly nymph pattern I came up with. The fly is two-toned like a natural and takes on a woven-fly look without the weaving."

Tying a Classified Caddis

""This particular fly I'm tying is a deep pupa, which I'm usually fishing under an indicator, or in a weight-nymph-style rig. There are different colors of this pattern that I tie, but the one I'm tying for you today is in bright green."

Tying an Ice Pick Streamer

"I was very reluctant to use the new heads as I thought for sure they would be inevitably too heavy. Boy was I wrong. Think of this fly as my tribute to the zonker, only spruced up a bit."

Tying a Magic Caddis

"This is my other favorite caddis pupa pattern, also very simple yet much more flashy. I converted this into a weighted pupa for Czech or Polish nymphing by adding the tungsten bead."

Tying a Woolly Bugger

INSTRUCTOR DAVID CAMISS ties the classic Woolly Bugger fly pattern.

Tying a Tenkara Fly

How to tie a tenkara fly, the Sakasa Kebari (reverse-hackle fly), used in the traditional Japanese method of mountain stream fly fishing.