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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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 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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