Beadhead nymphs are wildly popular among fly fishers for several reasons: they sink fast without split shot, they offer attractive flash in the water, and they catch fish. Recently, many anglers . . .
Whipping up a tiny midge pattern seems daunting to many tiers, but a minuscule fly doesn’t need to be difficult. The Zelon Musk Midge uses just two materials, and it doesn’t require any fussy . . .
Adding some ribbing to a fly pattern serves several purposes: it creates segmentation that mimics natural insects; it adds flash, color, or translucence; and it adds to a fly’s durability. Here, Tim . . .
In 1993, John Barr began working on the nymph pattern that was to become the Copper John, a process that would take three years. After several design and materials changes, he declared . . .
Dutch fly tier Hans van Klinken first tied the pattern that bears his name in 1984, and the first place he fished it was Norway’s Glomma River. He calls it the Klinkhåmer Special, but it’s also often. . .
Adding lead-free wire helps get your flies to the bottom, but it can also make patterns look lumpy and misshapen. Plus, getting the stuff on the hook can be a pain. Here, Tim shows you how he . . .
The history of the original Carey Special is a bit fuzzy, and it depends on your source material. The pattern was developed in the 1920s or 30s in Quesnel, British Columbia. According to one story,. . .