Classic Video: How to Tie the Sulphur Usual

The original Usual dry fly was created by Fran Betters of Wilmington, New York, who specialized in fishing the fast water of the West Branch of the Au Sable. To do so, he needed flies that. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Ray Charles Sowbug

The Ray Charles Sowbug has been around for at least a couple decades and is a staple on Western tailwaters, especially the Bighorn and the Missouri. There are tons of variations of. . .

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Tom’s Fly of the Week: Bissett’s Cajun Crustacean


Capt. Lucas Bissett has thought long and hard about the way to present a crab pattern to redfish.
Photo courtesy Lucas Bissett

I periodically get to chase redfish, and although I almost always tie flies before a trip, I always make the mistake of figuring that my bigger Bahamas-type bonefish patterns will. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Orange Asher

The Orange Asher seems to have been invented in the 1970s as an adult-midge imitation for the high-mountain lakes of Colorado. Several Internet sources credit the pattern to Jack Howarth, of Colorado Springs, but that’s not really much to. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Smoke Jumper Emerger


You can tie this simple emerger pattern in a variety of sizes and colors to match the naturals.

The Smoke Jumper has been around for awhile, and it’s quite popular on the Bighorn River in Montana. It was originally tied by Mike Hoiness of Yellowstone Fly Goods in Billings as a. . .

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