X-Caddis Pattern Description: The X-Caddis comes from Yellowstone fishing guru Craig Matthews. Craig is the guy who brought us the Sparkle Dun and a host of other effective patterns, trademarked by their simplicity. The X-Caddis is no exception, and can be whipped out by the dozens! I like the X-Caddis in smaller sizes, from 18-24,

Quigley Cripple


Quigley Cripple Pattern Description: Bob Quigley's Cripple pattern represents the mayfly as it struggles to free itself from its shuck.  This is an easy fly to tie and one that really works well for all mayfly species.  Feel free to adapt colors for each of the mayflies you encounter.  Or just tie brown ones...that usually

Royal Wulff


Royal Wulff Pattern Description: This one is kind of a quick and dirty tutorial on the Royal Wulff.  My first book, Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying, has a more comprehensive tutorial, but this one ought to get you out of the gate for now. Materials Needed: Hook: TMC 100 #10-20 Thread: 8/0 Black

Fur Ant


Fur Ant Pattern Description: This is a simple fur ant pattern that is a good one to get you started into the world of dry flies.  The Fur Ant can be a little hard to see on the water but fish often take it with confidence during the summer months.  I often will just blind

Foam Beetle


Foam Beetle Pattern Description: You know that weird cousin of yours who isn't very good looking but is maybe the hardest working person you know?  The one no one thinks about until they need his particular skill set?  Yeah, the Foam Beetle is a lot like that cousin.  This fly sits in the corner of

Mini-Hot, Garcia’s


Mini-Hot, Garcia's Pattern Description: The Mini Hot is the latest attractor offering from Greg Garcia. Gregor has cobbled together a great little pattern here, reminiscent of both a Stimulator and a Trude, some of the best attractor patterns out there. Greg has used a thin microtubing overbody to enhance the sheen and durability of the

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