How to Tie the Tungsten Surveyor

Written by: Tyler Befus


Althoigh it doesn’t look like normal winter trout fare, this heavy nymph is a proven winner.
All photos by Tyler Befus

Winter can be one of the most challenging times of the year to fish. Whether they live in a spring creek in the Upper Midwest or one of the countless Colorado tailwaters, trout become very slow and. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Blue-winged Olive Quill Nymph

Here’s a great fly pattern that comes from the youth movement in fly fishing—specifically from two members of the US Youth Fly Fishing Team, Hunter Hoffler and Doug Freeman. Freeman showed the fly to author and blogger Matt Grobert, who demonstrates it here. What sets this fly apart is. . .

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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 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 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 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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Video: How to Tie Matt’s Gnat, Improving on a Classic


Fish a Matt’s Gnat any time and place where you’d try a Griffith’s Gnat.
Photo by Tim Flagler

One of the cool things about fly tying is that there are so many options when you sit down at the vise. You can tie a classic pattern, a newfangled one you just saw in a magazine, or you can invent your own. A fourth option is to. . .

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