Video: How to Tie a Pearl Zonker Streamer

The Zonker streamer has been around since the mid 1970s, when Colorado fly-shop owner Dan Byford came up with the pattern, based on some unconventional streamers coming out of New Zealand at the time. Like many streamers, the Zonker can be tied in a. . .

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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: Fly Tying Is Relaxing. . .Sometimes

Written by Bryan Eldredge

In a break from the wondrous vistas, submerged wading boots, nasty beards, and ginormous fish that characterize most fly fishing films, “Fly Tying is Relaxing” reveals the. . .

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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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