How to Tie a Prince Nymph Fly: Video

The Prince Nymph is one of those flies that just works! Some say it is a stonefly nymph, others say it is an attractor, but I think that it is both. The dark body looks a lot like a stonefly and it also works very well on freestone rivers, where stoneflies are common.  The prince nymph is by no means easy to tie. It does take a fair bit of practice to master it and I must admit, I am still practicing! The Prince Nymph can be tied is size #08-18. My personal favorite is a #16. You can add a gold bead if you like as well. The Prince Nymph was invented many years ago, well before my time. It continues to be a favorite among fly fisherman to this day.

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How to Tie a Bloom Caddis Fly: Video

The Bloom Caddis is a very deadly caddis pattern developed by Dave Bloom on the Missouri River. It is one of those patterns often overlooked by most people. While everyone else is using Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulators, the Bloom Caddis will often catch fish when others fail. The naturally mottled body and “spikey” dubbed thorax is the key to the flies success. Caddis often have mottled bodies and wings, and this is what the Bloom Caddis imitates. A great pattern to have in your caddis box, and easy to see too!!

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How to Tie a Stalcup’s Baetis Fly: Video

The Stalcup’s Baetis is a great small mayfly nymph developed by Shane Stalcup. It combines life like profile and perfect buggy colors to make up one amazing fly. The Stalcup’s Baetis isn’t too hard to tie. A intermediate tier can tackle this pattern and master it with relative ease. Keep this fly sparse and do not add to much material or bulk. The fly was designed to be slender, that is why it works so good!!!

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How to Tie an Ostrich Mysis Fly: Video

The Ostrich Mysis is a simple, but very effective mysis shrimp pattern. Mysis shrimp are the food source for huge trout in many western tailwaters. They are extremely high in protein, allowing fish to grow massive. If you are visiting a tailwater where mysis shrimp are present, then make sure you have some of these before you leave!!

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Video: How to Tie the EP Micro Crab Fly

The EP Micro Crab is a perfect small crab pattern for bonefish, redfish and permit developed by Enrico Puglisi. It was designed to fool spooky fish in shallow water. The light weight beadchain eyes allow for the fly to land softly in skinny water.  The EP Micro Crab can be tied in several color variations: Tan, Olive and Rootbeer are the most popular color patterns, but Gray and Purple have also been known to catch fish! Have fun and take your time with this fly. Once tied and glued, the EP Micro Crab is really durable and will catch a ton of fish!

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Video: How to Tie the EP Turneffe Micro Crab Fly

The EP Turneffe Micro Crab is a great micro crab pattern for Bonefish, Permit, Redfish and picky Triggerfish! The EP Turneffe Crab can be tied in several color variations; olive, tan, sand, and brown are the most common and the most effective colors. The EP Turneffe Crab is most effective tied small, usually in sizes #04-08. This is a great pattern when things get technical and the fish reject all your other patterns!!

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Video: How to Tie the Morris Boatman Fly

The Morris Boatman is a little known late season stillwater pattern developed by fly tier Skip Morris. This fly is meant to imitate a small water boatman and these little bugs get very active late in the season. Huge trout will chase these little bugs down like missiles. There is nothing like a water boatman hatch! It turns ordinary trout into killer trout! The Morris Boatman is best tied in sizes #14-16, but can be tied larger or smaller. My favorite color is the Olive version, but the Silver version is also very effective! Don’t forget these little bugs in your box. The “Boatman” hatch is one of those overlooked stillwater secrets!!

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Video: How to Tie the EP Crab Fly

The EP Crab is one of the best crab imitations for Permit, Bonefish and Redfish. It is the updated version to the classic Merkin’s Crab. The EP Crab uses the durable EP Fibers for the body and has more life like legs & tail. It can be tied in so many variations, colors and sizes. Most of the EP Crabs have the color Tan incorporated into them, but other colors can be used to tie Blue Crab and Sand Crab imitations. In this video, we will tie the EP with a Crustaceous Brush. This is a fast and efficient way to tie EP Crabs, and is a must have in the salt, so get to work!

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EP Crab Fly Tying Recipe:

Hook: #1/0-04 Gamakatsu SL11-3H
Eyes: Medium or Large Plain Lead Eyes
Thread: Fl. Chartreuse Veevus 6/0
Tail: Tan Grizzly Marabou
Flash: Pearl Midge Krystal Flash
Body: Tan Crustaceous Brush / or Tan and Brown EP Fibers
Legs: Tan Loco Legs
Weed Guard: 20LB RIO Hard Alloy Mono
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Video: How to Tie the Mega Prince Fly

The Mega Prince is a great fly developed by Dan Delekta. It’s the perfect high water fly and imitates a buggy stonefly nymph. The Mega Prince is best fished as the lead fly on a nymph rig. This fly has a lot of movement to it. The rubber legs and marabou tail allow for the fly to pulse and move in the water. A great western stonefly nymph imitation and a must have when you visit the west!!

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