Video: How to Tie the Foam Beetle


A foam beetle is a great late-season searching pattern.

On Monday, I was talking with my colleague Roger Edholm, an art director here at Orvis, who said that he had been having great luck on his local brook-trout stream with a foam beetle. Lo and behold, the folks at Tightline Productions emailed me that. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Tiny Pheasant Tail Nymph

When Tom Rosenbauer saw a Pheasant Tail Nymph up on my monitor this morning, he simply said, “Best fly ever.” This is an opinion held by many trout anglers who have hooked fish large. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Clouser Minnow


The Clouser Minnow is incredibly effective in both salt- and fresh water.

Although the Clouser Minnow (originally called the Clouser Deep Minnow) is famous for being one of the more prolific saltwater flies of all time, it was first tied by Pennsylvanian Bob Clouser to catch smallmouth bass on the. . .

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Video: How to Tie Mathews’s Zelon Midge

Craig Mathews should require no introduction. He has been a fixture in the fly-fishing world since 1982, from his base at Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. His incredible patterns—such as the. . .

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Video: How to Tie Ken’s Crazy Ant


Ken’s Crazy Ant is ridiculously easy to tie and floats like a cork.
Photo courtesy Tightline Productions

This is one of those amazing fly patterns that looks complex, but is actually incredibly easy to tie. When I first saw the profile of Ken’s Crazy Ant, I thought, “Uh oh, how the heck do you make those antennae look like. . .

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