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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Video: How to Tie the Double Standard (Repost)

Two of the most effective–and most popular–trout flies in the world are the Pheasant Tail Nymph and the Hare’s Ear Nymph. So what could be better than a single nymph that combines the two? The Double Standard features the tails, abdomen, and wing case of a traditional PT and the buggy-looking hare’s-ear thorax. Put a gold bead up front, and you’ve got yourself a pattern that imitates many mayfly nymphs and has enough attractive features to work as. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Zug Bug

The Zug Bug was one of the first flies I ever purchased when I started fly fishing, part of a selection that also included such stand-bys as the Hare’s Ear Nymph and the Pheasant Tail Nymph. The guys behind the counter at my local fly shop assured me that the Zug Bug would slay the brookies on our local ponds, and they were right. The pattern has also produced for me on. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Pumpkin Head Midge

Last week, we featured a muted, imitative 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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