Video: How to Tie an Isonychia Nymph

Isonychia nymphs are active for most of the fishing season, which makes a nymph imitation a good searching pattern if you can’t tell what the fish are feeding on. These are predatory “swimmer” nymphs, which means that you don’t want to. . .

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Video: How to Tie JC’s Electric Caddis Pupa

Here’s a great video that walks you through a somewhat complicated pattern from well-known New Jersey tier, John Collins. About this fly, Collins says, “I created this pattern to imitate caddis larvae found in many rivers. After photographing numerous natural insects, I observed that. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Sulphur Soft Hackle Wet Fly


This pattern can be fished as a dry/cripple on the surface, dead drifted as nymph or swung and lifted like a wet fly.

Many Eastern anglers are probably encountering good hatches of sulphurs (Ephemerella dorothea dorothea) on their locals waters, while Westerners still have to wait a few weeks for their subspecies (Ephemerella dorothea infrequens) to start popping. Earlier, we. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Hare's Ear Nymphs

A great all-around nymph, the Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear should be in every trout angler’s box.

photo courtesy Tightline Productions

Victorian tier James Ogden is often credited with inventing the Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear, but Ogden’s version was, in fact, a dry fly. In fact, it is listed in the great Frederick M. Halford’s Floating Flies and How to Dress Them. The dry version of the Hare’s Ear (now often tied as a parachute) is now considerably less popular than the nymph, mostly because dry flies are usually more exact imitations of naturals. Of course, a greased beadless Hare’s Ear fished in the film can be. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Little Black Stonefly Nymph

One of the few real hatches many anglers see in late winter/early spring are the early black stoneflies. Because they can often be seen walking on the snow, these members of the of the family Capniidae are known as “snowflies” in some areas. However, timing these hatches can be an iffy proposition, so you’ll have much better luck fishing a nymph pattern, such as the. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Rainbow Warrior

Utah fly fisherman Lance Egan is one of the more decorated anglers in the U.S., having won everything from the ESPN Great Outdoor Games, to the National Fly Fishing Championships and the Utah Single Fly (Green River). He’s also been a member of Fly Fishing Team USA since 2003, competing around the world. Really, the list of his accomplishments on his Facebook page is frightening. So when he says a fly pattern works, you should . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Pumpkin Head Midge

Last week, we featured a simple, diminutive midge pattern, so I figured we’d with go with something a little more garish this week. The Pumpkin Head Midge combines a dark body with a fluorescent-orange head—hardly mimicking the natural—to create something that’s both eye-catching and “buggy.” I know first-hand the power of fluorescent orange. When my friend Joe Phillips introduced me to. . .

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Video: How to Tie JC’s Electric Caddis Pupa

Here’s a great video that walks you through a somewhat complicated pattern from well-known New Jersey tier, John Collins. About this fly, Collins says, “I created this pattern to imitate caddis larvae found in many rivers. After photographing numerous natural insects, I observed that their bodies had a very translucent nature to them, so to imitate them I. . .

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