How to Tie the WD-40 Fly : Video

How to Tie the WD-40 Fly : Video

The WD-40, a pattern originally created to work as a midge emerger is an excellent natural imitation of many small aquatic bugs. It is tied in various colors such as olive, brown and black. The WD-40 is an effective fly for fish feeding on Trico’s, BWO’s ( and other small mayflies) or most commonly midges. Fish it in a dry dropper system or as a point fly with a larger lead fly in a nymph rig.

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How to Tie a Manhattan Midge Fly: Video

How to Tie a Manhattan Midge Fly: Video

Developed by Forest Dorsey, son of the famous fly tier, author and guide Pat Dorsey this is a go-to midge emerger for all tailwaters. I was recently fishing this pattern on clear creek outside of Idaho Springs in Colorado and it put some of the bigger fish in that river in my net. Fish it as a dropper below a Parachute Adams or in a tandem fly rig with weight or a heavy lead fly.

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How to Tie Egg Sucking Bunny Leech: Video

How to Tie Egg Sucking Bunny Leech: Video

Need a very effective fly for big trout?  Look no further than the Egg Sucking Bunny Leech.  While it can be fished year round it will be most effective in the spring when rainbows are running or in the fall when browns are on reds.  Using the bunny strips along with the McFly foam for the Egg this pattern has the best of both worlds.  If you missed our last fly tying post, check it out here to learn how to tie an October Caddis Fly.

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How to Tie an October Caddis Fly: Video

How to Tie an October Caddis Fly: Video

The October caddis fly is the last chance to throw big bugs for eager trout. With winter bringing midge season soon this is definitely something to look forward to. Our version is tied with an orange body and a very full elk hair wing. This gives it a great profile on the water when trying to imitate the large wing of the October caddis and also keeps it very buoyant. Fish it on its own or on top of a dropper rig. If you missed our last fly tying post, check it out here to learn how to tie a Beadhead October Caddis Pupa.

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How to Tie a Beadhead October Caddis Pupa Fly: Video

How to Tie a Beadhead October Caddis Pupa Fly: Video

The Beadhead October Caddis Pupa, also know as the Great Autumn Sedge is a go to caddis pupae imitation. Tied with a soft hackle and segmented coloration this fly can be very effective if fished at the right time. Look for the emergence of these bugs to happen later in the day, sometime between September and November. The more leaves you see falling to the ground the better. It is also a great top fly in a tandem rig with a small midge imitation trailing. Check out another orange themed fly here, the October Caddis Fly. 

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How to Tie a Poison Tung Fly: Video

How to Tie a Poison Tung Fly: Video

Developed by Carlie Craven, this pattern is a great midge imitation. He developed this pattern with a light body, blue ribbing and a grey collar creating a fly that is unique and will fool fish in picky situations. Our variation is a dull version tied with a dark gray body and black ribbing rather than the blue. You can also tie it in various browns and with different tints of blue wire. This is a must for any winter tailwater fishers box.

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How to Tie a Bead Head Flashback Pheasant Tail Fly: Video

Anyone who has fly fished for a few days knows the Pheasant tail nymph (PT). It has been around for over half a century and will fool fish forever in many different fishing situations. Created by Frank Sawyer, it is a great imitation for Mayflies and Stoneflies depending on the sizing and color variation. This pattern can be tied anywhere from 12 all the way down to 24, or beyond if you can. I fish them larger in the summer months typically in 14 – 18 and then smaller in the fall 18 – 24. Our version features a bead head as well as a flashback while omitting the legs that make it an “American version”. Fish it as your point fly in smaller variations and as your lead fly in larger sizes.

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How to Tie a Bead Head Brassie Fly: Video

A simple but very effective fly. Originating on the South Platte in Colorado in the 1960’s this pattern has been evolving ever since. When it was created it was tied with a copper body and shrink wrap for the head. Today it is tied almost universally with peacock hearl while on a variety of hooks. Traditionally this is tied in very small sizes 18 – 24 as it is commonly imitating midges. Our version is slightly larger. This variation I tie in sizes 12 – 16 with a thicker body to imitate later summer caddis nymphs such as Green Sedge and Little Sister Sedge. Fish it with some smaller midges on a weighted nymph rig or as a point with a larger attractor above.

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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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