Video: How to Tie the (gasp!) Sucker Spawn


Tim Flagler claims he’s only a “recreational user” os Sucker Spawn. How about you?

Fly fishing sometimes feels like it’s bound by a lot of rules. Some are truly old-school: thou shalt fish a dry fly upstream only, for instance. But even in the 21st century there’s a lot of hair-splitting about. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Catskills-Style March Brown Dry Fly


Catskills-style dry flies often have some bare shank behind the eye.

March browns (Stenonema vicarium) are among the more important hatches in the East and the Midwest. The big bugs don’t usually create blanket hatches, but instead emerge sporadically throughout the day, which means you can. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Picket Pin


This variation features a beard and leaves off the ostrich-herl collar

The Picket Pin was developed by Missoula, Montana-based fly tier (and saloon owner) Jack Boehme, whose career spanned the 1910s to the ’40s. He was pals and partners with Norman Means, who created the Bunyan Bug, of A River Runs Through It fame. The original Picket Pin featured a. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Same Thing Murray


This variation features a beard and leaves off the ostrich-herl collar

This great little fly was invented by Doug Hastings of Sydney, Nova Scotia. According to legend, the pattern’s name came from a simple on-stream conversation in 1993 with Hastings’s friend, Murray. They were on the. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Cream Cahill Sparkle Dun


This Sparkle Dun pattern is highly visible in low light and imitates both duns and spinners.

Late-season light Cahills (McCaffertium modestum)—traditionally called Cream Cahills—often hatch sporadically the last hour or two of light. The trout will rise to these duns, but they sometimes prefer the spinners, which return right at. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Foam Cricket


Late summer is terrestrial season, and crickets are in abundance.

It’s terrestrial time in much of the country, and having the right land-based bug can be the key to success. Last week, the folks at Tightline Productions showed us how to tie a Foam Beetle, and now they are back with a. . .

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Video: How to Tie Les’s Lemon Cahill

Les Shannon opened his fly shop in Califon, New Jersey in 1973, and he produced brilliant Catskill-style flies from his vise there. He passed away a decade ago, but his flies still fool trout. In this video from Tightline Productions, blogger and author Matt Grobert walks us through. . .

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