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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Video: How to Tie the Soft Hackle Streamer


The lifelike movement of the Chickabou and soft hackle feathers attracts all manner of fishes.

Of his Soft Hackle Streamer, Jack Gartside wrote that it was his favorite small streamer for all species of fish, in salt or fresh water. An enemy or orthodoxy of any kind, he was adamant that. . .

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Video: How to Tie the RS2 Midge/Emerger


RS2s can be tied in a variety of colors, with different wing materials.

The RS2 pattern was developed more than 30 years ago by Colorado angler and tier Rim Chung. The name of the fly is short for “Rim’s Semblance 2,” and it fishes well as both a midge or a mayfly emerger. The original version featured natural beaver fur dubbing and. . .

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The Art of Overcoming Obstacles


Josh’s White Lightning is an Orvis “searching” pattern.
Photo via orvis.com

Josh Williams, of Franklin County, Virginia, isn’t your average fly fisherman and fly tier. After surviving a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2004-5, he returned home, only to suffer grave injuries when a driver ran a stop sign and slammed into. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Squirminator

If you view fly tying as a classic, traditional art form, using fur, feathers, and other natural materials to craft imitations of insects and baitfish, then this pattern may not be for you. The Squirminator will. . .

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Video: How to Tie Craig Mathews’s X-Caddis

Because caddisflies tend to emerge very quickly, trout don’t want to expend too much energy chasing them. Instead, the fish focus on those emergers that are crippled or are struggling to escape the nymphal shuck. The X-Caddis, developed by. . .

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