Video: How to Tie the Stonefly Creeper

Preston Jennings lived in Brooklyn, New York, and spent a lot of time fly fishing in the Catskills. His 1935 A Book of Trout Flies is considered one of the first serious attempts to connect the science . . .

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Video: How to Tie Mike’s Honey Ant


Mike Lawson’s Honey Ant is easy to tie and very effective.

One summer afternoon, we had a reception on the back lawn here at Orvis HQ, and we were treated to a massive flying-ant hatch. Bugs were flying into people’s hair, eyes, and ears, and it was kind of frustrating to be in the middle of a conversation and have to be digging ants out of your collar. But fly fishermen know that trout love ants, and a lot of folks began. . .

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Video: How to Tie the BWO Improved Sparkle Dun

Craig Mathews’s Sparkle Dun needs no introduction, as its popularity across the country is well established. As winter begins to turn to spring, hatches of blue-winged olives offer some of the . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Griffith’s Gnat Emerger

The Griffith’s Gnat is a venerable pattern named for one of the founders of Trout Unlimited, George Griffith. (Our friends at Tightline Productions showed you how to tie this fly years ago.) At some point, Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies in . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Hare’s Ear Wet Fly

The latest how-to video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions is focused on a truly classic pattern, one that’s been around for well over a century. What trips up many tiers is making the matched pair of wings. Tim walks you through his process for . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Turbo Midge

Competition fly fishing requires patterns that are both effective and durable; you don’t want to waste fly-fishing time changing flies, after all. Chris Lee of North Carolina designed the Turbo Midge with. . .

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How to Tie Steve Cobb’s Thanksgiving Turkey Fly


The author’s original pattern went viral on social media a few years ago.
All photos by Steve Cobb

Steve Cobb’s Santa Fly has been a favorite on this blog for a few years now, and he was kind enough to show us how to tie it a couple years ago. That post was such a big hit that I asked . . .

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