Video: How to Tie the Quill Gordon Emerger

The Quill Gordon is one of the classic Catskill dry flies, named for Theodore Gordon, of course, who did as much to develop an American style of dry fly as anybody. This version of a Parachute Quill Gordon Emerger, by Pennsylvania tier Allen Landheer is a great combination of the traditional and modern. His use of Zelon and several kinds of adhesives creates a pattern much more durable than an old-school emerger.

Although I’m sure not everyone has a UV torch, 14/0 thread, or access to out-of-stock glues, I’ll bet you can find workable substitutes. To see how. . .

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Video: How to Tie the CB Stocker Streamer

New Jersey fly tier Chally Bates was just fourteen years old when he first tied his signature CB Stocker streamer pattern to use while fishing with his dad:

“My father was an avid trout angler, and he’d let me tag along when he and his buddies would go fishing,” said Bates, now in his mid 70s. “They were mostly bait fishermen, but they did, on occasion, use flies and lures. I wasn’t doing well. They all outfished me and I was getting a bit frustrated.”

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Video: How to Tie the Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear Nymph

The Hare’s Ear Nymph is certainly among the top 5 most common patterns for trout fishermen, as its buggy generalist look imitates all manner of aquatic insects. But the pattern tied in this video is not your father’s Hare’s Ear. Instead, this tricked-out version adds all kinds of fish-attracting bells and whistles, such as a. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Knucklehead Streamer

The Knucklehead Streamer from Richard Strolis on Vimeo.

[Editor’s Note: After watching Hank Patterson work the vise, it seemed appropriate to repost this excellent video on tying The Knucklehead.]

The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.

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Video: How to Tie the Little Black Stonefly Nymph

One of the few real hatches many anglers see in late winter/early spring are the early black stoneflies. Because they can often be seen walking on the snow, these members of the of the family Capniidae are known as “snowflies” in some areas. However, timing these hatches can be an iffy proposition, so you’ll have much better luck fishing a nymph pattern, such as the. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Rainbow Warrior

Utah fly fisherman Lance Egan is one of the more decorated anglers in the U.S., having won everything from the ESPN Great Outdoor Games, to the National Fly Fishing Championships and the Utah Single Fly (Green River). He’s also been a member of Fly Fishing Team USA since 2003, competing around the world. Really, the list of his accomplishments on his Facebook page is frightening. So when he says a fly pattern works, you should . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Mercury Midge

Although most anglers think of midge hatches as winter phenomena, these tiny insects hatch year-round in most places. (In fact, some stillwater anglers focus on midges almost exclusively throughout the season.) Winter anglers love midges best because Chironomids are often the only hatches that bring fish to the surface during the coldest months. (See yesterday’s. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Copper Zebra Midge

Midges are great patterns year-round, but they can be particularly useful in winter, when there’s so little other insect activity going on. Midge patterns are usually quite simple, partly because working with tiny hooks can be tough, especially for the sausage-fingered among us. So at first glance, the Copper Zebra Midge looks like a nightmare because it has so many features, such as. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Muddler Minnow

Muddler Minnow from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

The Muddler Minnow was first tied by Minnesota angler Don Gapen in 1936 on the Ontario’s Nipigon River, where he owned a sportsmen’s resort. The fly was designed to catch the huge brook trout of the Nipigon, but variations of the fly have since caught hundreds of species, in fresh and salt water. Although most anglers consider it an imitation of a sculpin, you can fish the. . .

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