Video: How to Tie the Water Walker

Wyoming guide and fly-shop owner Will Dornan came up with his famed Water Walker pattern to imitate the stoneflies of the Snake River Valley. The pattern looks great from the trout’s view: it has a slender body and sits low in the water like the naturals do. Fished with a little action on the surface, the Water Walker brings trout to the surface even when there’s no hatch going on.

In this great video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you how to tie this proven pattern. Although there are quite a few steps, Tim’s demonstration is clear and helpful. He covers the easiest way to prepare the materials, how to attach them to the hook, and how to ensure that everything stays in place.

          Water Walker
          Hook: 3X-long streamer hook (here, a Lightning Strike SN3), size 10.
          Thread: Hopper yellow, 6/0 or 140-denier.
          Rear underbody: Golden brown Ice Dub.
          Body: Tan craft foam, 2mm.
          Adhesive 1: Superglue (here, Fly Tyer’s Z-Ment).
          Mid and front underbody: Golden brown Ice Dub.
          Legs: Mud brown/black barred, round rubber legs, medium.
          Adhesive 2: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
          Overwing: Translucent white Razor Foam, .5mm.
          Adhesive 3: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
          Underwing: Root beer Krystal Flash.
          Adhesive 4: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
          Indicator: Opaque yellow Razor Foam, 1mm.
          Adhesive 5: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
          Tools (optional): River Road Creations Chernobyl body cutter, medium, and large whip-finish tool.

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