How to Tie Steve Cobb’s Thanksgiving Turkey Fly

The author's original pattern went viral on social media a few years ago. All photos by Steve Cobb
Steve Cobb's Santa Fly has been a favorite on this blog for a few years now, and he was kind enough to show us how to tie it a couple years ago. That post was such a big hit that I asked . . .
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Classic Video and Story: The Art of a Deer-Hair Master


Pat Cohen's deer-hair patterns, such as this duckling imitation, mix art and fishability.
Photo by Zach Goldstein/Bloomberg
For many of us, our first attempt to tie a Muddler Minnow was when we came face-to-face with the frustration of trying to spin deer hair on a slippery hook shank. For a novice tier, or even. . .
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Video: How to Tie the Tabory Snake Fly

The advent of autumn means it's time for the serious saltwater-blitz season along the Atlantic seaboard. For many salty anglers, Lou Tabory's seminal book Inshore Fly Fishing unlocked the secrets to casting for striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore from the beach. Tabory has designed many of the best striper patterns, including the Snake Fly shown here. With its. . .
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Book Excerpt: How to Tie the Bucktail Deceiver

Written by: Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols
The Bucktail Deceiver can be tied in any colors you want, to match local baitfish. Photos by Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols
The Bucktail Deceiver, in its purest form, is tied only with bucktail, unlike the Lefty’s Deceiver, which traditionally uses schlappen feathers for the tail. Formed from multiple ties of bucktail, often. . .
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Video: How to Tie the Fur Ant

A couple weeks ago, our interns were complaining that they weren't catching as many brook trout as they thought they should from a local freestone stream. I suggested that they try adding. . .
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Tuesday Tips: Covering the Sulfur Hatch, Top to Bottom

Sulfur duns on the water are a glorious sight, but the nymphs are often more numerous. Photos by Ted Fauceglia (top) and Tim Flagler
We have posted hundreds of fly-tying videos over the years, and one of the problems with this format is that posts fall off the front page pretty quickly. If you want to see them again or find . . .
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Classic Video: How to Tie the Bugmeister

The Bugmeister is one of my favorite large dry flies because it floats well, even when you've dropped a beadhead nymph off the back of it, and it's easy to see in rough water. The pattern. . .
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Book Excerpt: How to Tie the Deer Hair Sedge

In 2013, I became a big fan of fly-fisherman and writer Bob Wyatt. His book, What Trout Want: The Educated Trout and Other Myths first seduced me with great writing, then convinced me. . .
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