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

Barr’s Damsel


Barr's Damsel Pattern Description: John Barr knows a thing or three about catching fish.  He's the most creative tyer of our time and here is his simple damsel nymph pattern. Materials Needed: Hook: TMC 200 #8-14 Thread: Olive 6/0 Eyes: Melted Mono Tail: Olive marabou Rib: 3x monofilament Shellback: Tan Thinskin Abdomen: Olive

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