Video: How to Tie the Copper John Fly

The Copper John is the most commonly used trout fly in the west these days. For a good reason, it’s a great attractor pattern and it works! The Copper John was developed by legendary fly tier John Barr. It can be tied in a wide variety of colors, making it very versatile. The most popular color is red, and it is a favorite as well. A red Copper John catches more fish on the Arkansas River than any other fly out there. It doesn’t really imitate a specific bug, but it does resemble a stonefly and mayfly very well. What makes the Copper John so effective is its profile. It just looks buggy!  More favorite colors for the Copper John are: Copper, Chartreuse, Yellow and Black. Tie it the same way, just change the color of your wire!

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Video: How to Tie the Lite-Brite Zonker Fly

The Lite-Brite Zonker is a great little streamer developed by Bill Black at Spirit River. It’s a new spin on the traditional zonker. The Lite-Brite Zonker can be tied in several color variations, but the one tied in this video is a favorite. You can tie it with a standard brass bead or a tungsten bead for extra weight. This is a must have streamer in your fly box and it really does produce fish!!

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Video: How to Tie the EP Bay Anchovy Fly

The EP Bay Anchovy is a great small baitfish pattern for Snook, Tarpon, Tuna and Stripers! It can be tied in several color variations with Olive, Chartreuse, Minnow and Tan being the most popular colors. Enrico ties this fly in one size….a #1/0. He has found that this is the best hook size for the profile & size of the fly. This is a great pattern and pretty straight forward to tie!!

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Hareline Dubbin Fly Tying Kit Review

Starting fly tying is never an easy feat. To make it a little easier, we brought in these starter kits of fly tying materials and tools from Hareline Dubbin, and we think they’re great! They come with all of the items you need to start tying some common and easy patterns — all in one box. All of the kits come with the same basic materials and vary on the tools and vise included. We did a video overview on each one of the three kits as well as a final comparison video. Check them out! They may be just the place to kickstart your fly tying journey!

Hareline Dubbin Fly Tying Kit Entry Level Review
Do you just need the starter materials? This is the kit for you! 

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Pueblo Emerger Fly – Video Fly Tying Instructions

Happy Fly Tying Friday! Learn how to tie the Pueblo Emerger fly! It’s small, but the fish oh so love it!

The Pueblo Emerger is a Blue Winged Olive Mayfly Emerger pattern developed for the Arkansas River Tailwater in Pueblo, Colorado. It’s a basic and life like Blue Winged Olive imitation and has no flash or bead.  This was done on purpose. The Pueblo Emerger is best tied without these additions, at least for the area in which it was developed for. It can also be tied with an olive or brown body, although the orange body is my favorite!

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Tron Emerger Fly – Video Fly Tying Instructions

Hi AvidMax fly tyers! Learn how to tie this ridiculously small yet deadly fly!

The Tron Emerger is a simple and extremely effective mayfly emerger/nymph pattern developed by James Spicer. It can be tied in several color variations with Olive, Brown and Black being the most effective colors. It is also tied entirely with one material called Zlon (or Antron as a substitute). As this material is twisted to make the body and thorax, it develops perfect segmentation and a semi-translucence effect. This is the key to the pattern and it is very effective on picky trout!!

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The “Jassid” Video Fly Tying Instructions

Hi AvidMax fly tyers! Let’s start the year with learning some new pattern! It’s pretty small, but you will enjoy tying the “Jassid”!

The “Jassid” is a great tiny dry fly for technical waters. The Jassid was originally developed by Vince Marinaro and made to imitate a small leaf hopper. I believe the Jassid imitates all kinds of small little bugs found throughout late summer, such as beetles, large ants, spiders and even micro caddis. Whatever the trout think the Jassid fly is, they go crazy for it!! The Jassid is one of those flies you whip out when a fish has rejected every pattern in your fly box. You need good eyes to see the Jassid on the water.  The slim profile and sparse hackle allow for this fly to sit delicately on the surface, making it VERY difficult to see. Just watch for the rise in the vicinity of the fly!!

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Nitro Caddis Pupa Video Fly Tying Instructions

The Nitro Caddis Pupa is a great little fly developed by Andrij Horodysky. It imitates a caddis larva emerging and developing into a caddis pupa. This is the most vulnerable stage of the caddis and big trout know that! The Nitro Caddis Pupa can be tied in Olive and Orange variations, with the Olive being the most popular color. It is also best tied in #12 to #16 and makes a great lead fly on a nymph rig. This fly really “pops” and is fun to tie!

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