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Adams

Adams

Uses: The Adams is a well-known fly tied in a wide range of sizes. Used primarily to target trout, the fly is used in its smaller sizes to cover midge hatches and mayfly hatches. In the right size it makes… Continue reading

Ally’s Shrimp

Uses: Ally’s Shrimp is one of the great all round Atlantic Salmon patterns, tied on a variety of hooks it can be used in high and low water at almost any point in the season. HOW TO FISH: Present using… Continue reading


Aztec

Aztec

Uses: The Aztec is an adaptable pattern. By switching colours and adjusting the fly’s size and profile it can be used for a large range of species and presented using a number of techniques. The version illustrated is a classic … Continue reading

Booby

Booby

Origins: Gordon Frazer’s original Booby Nymph dates from the early 1980s and has its roots in the patterns of US fly tiers Charles Brookes, Doug Swisher, Carl Richards; and UK fly tiers John Goddard, Bryan Clarke, and Neil Patterson. Regardless… Continue reading

Bunny Ribbit

Bunny Ribbit

Uses: This is a slider pattern used especially for largemouth bass. A slider is sometimes the answer to weary bass that may be spooked by popping bugs, or for fish chasing frogs subsurface. How to fish: Nelson’s Bunny Ribbit is… Continue reading

Chromie

Chromie

Uses: The Chromie is meant to represent a deep lying chironomid pupa at the stage in its life cycle just before the ascent to the surface. At this time the pupa takes on a silvery appearance generated by gases that collect beneath… Continue reading

Clouser Deep Minnow

Clouser Deep Minnow

Uses: Designed by Bob Clouser, the Clouser Deep Minnow (or Clouser Minnow as it is commonly known) is another pattern originally developed for smallmouth bass. In several variations on the example illustrated, the pattern can be used to target a… Continue reading

Comparadun

Comparadun

Uses: The Comparadun is best in medium to slow flows where a low profile pattern is required. Used in mayfly hatches, it sits with the body on or in the meniscus and can often induce a strike where a heavier dressed pattern… Continue reading

Dexter

Dexter

History: I created the Dexter way back in 1983 as a copy of the Mepps #2 red-and-white spinner. One summer day I was out on Guelph Lake, here in Ontario, fishing for Smallmouth Bass with several spin fishermen. At days… Continue reading

Doe Fry

Doe Fry

Uses: Choose this pattern when the fish are preoccupied and feeding on jelly fry. It’s not a guaranteed solution just like there’s no dead cert for a caenis hatch, but the Doe Fry is sometimes the only pattern for the… Continue reading

Elk Hair Caddis

Elk Hair Caddis

Uses: The Elk Hair Caddis is meant to imitate a fluttering adult caddis, though it will also work as a spent adult. Looking not unlike a stonefly, cricket, even a small hopper and several other insects, this dressing also makes an effective… Continue reading

Estaz Worm

Estaz Worm

Uses: The ‘worm’ flies were developed to help fly fishers emulate soft worm angling techniques for catching largemouth and smallmouth bass. How to fish: You can fish this pattern at any depth on full floating, through intermediate, to heavy sinking… Continue reading

Flash Dancer

Flash Dancer

Uses: This now standard streamer was designed by Larry Dahlberg especially for smallmouth bass but will work for several species of fish, including rainbow, brown and other trout, largemouth bass, peacock bass, pike, European perch and several saltwater species including… Continue reading

Glo-bug

Glo-bug

Uses: The Glo-bug is one of a number of egg-flies designed to imitate fish roe. This pattern is effective in targetting resident river trout, migratory trout and salmon, or any other fish that feed on the stray ova washed away … Continue reading

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Uses: The Glo-bug is one of a number of egg-flies designed to imitate fish roe. This pattern is effective in targetting resident river trout, migratory trout and salmon, or any other fish that feed on the stray ova washed away … Continue reading

Hawthorn Fly

Hawthorn Fly

Uses: The Hawthorn Fly is a well known pattern used to imitate the natural fly Bibio marci. However, with the omission of trailing legs used in other patterns this version can be confidently used to imitate the black gnat and other… Continue reading

Holschlag Hackle Fly

Holschlag Hackle Fly

Uses: The Holschlag Hackle Fly (HHF) was created for smallmouth bass for which it’s originator has used it with great success since the 1990s. How to fish: The HHF should be hopped along the bottom with a pull and pause… Continue reading

Humungus

Humungus

Uses: This is a popular derivation of the woolly bugger. Designed by Scotland’s fly-fishing team member, David Downie, for fishing Loch Leven for trout. Will work for any species that respond to streamer patterns, and known to be effective in… Continue reading

Ice Cream Cone

Ice Cream Cone

Uses: The Ice Cream Cone is meant to represent deep lying chironomid pupae. It is primarily a stillwater pattern that is especially effective when the naturals are staging. The pattern sinks quickly to depth where its white bead head, thought… Continue reading

Klinkhåmer Special

Klinkhåmer Special

Uses: The Klinkhåmer Special, or Klinkhammer as it’s often known, or even just Klink, is a very popular fly originating from Western Europe. Tied with a parchute hackle, it is an emerging caddis pattern fished during corresponding hatches. Colour and size variations… Continue reading

Larry’s Dahlberg Diver

Larry’s Dahlberg Diver

Uses: In appropriate sizes, the ‘Dahlberg Divers’ are effective for many saltwater species, including redfish, seatrout, striped bass, and tarpon; and fresh water species, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pike, muskie, European chub, African tigerfish, and South American brown trout. How… Continue reading

Mayfly Emerger

Mayfly Emerger

Uses: The Mayfly Emerger is meant to represent the larger mayflies like the ‘hex’, and the green and brown drakes. In smaller versions it works well during hatches of pond and lake olives. It can be fished on still and… Continue reading

Muddled Daddy

Muddled Daddy

Uses: The Muddled Daddy is most useful during the weeks of late summer and autumn, when the bulk of craneflies emerge from the ground. The cranefly, or ‘Daddy Long Legs’ as it’s sometimes known, is a relatively laboured flier and… Continue reading

Muddled Perch

Muddled Perch

Uses: This pattern was tied to fish for brown and rainbow trout in UK still waters, where over the last decade I’ve fished it with consistent success when targeting, funnily enough, trout feeding on young perch. Though this pattern may… Continue reading

Muddler Minnow

Muddler Minnow

Uses: This is a long established pattern with a history preceding the famous Woolly Bugger. Designed by Don Gapen, as a sculpin imitation for trout, the Muddler works for any species that respond to streamer patterns, especially in circumstances where fish … Continue reading

Paradrake

Paradrake

Uses: The paradrake is meant to represent the larger mayflies like the ‘hex’, and the green and brown drakes. While the paradrake can be fished on still water where you sometimes find hatches of Hexagenia limbata and Ephemera vulgata, it’s a very buoyant… Continue reading

Partridge and Orange

Partridge and Orange

Uses: The Partridge & Orange is a well known fly with its roots set firmly in English angling history. It is an impressionistic pattern fished successfully during caddis & stonefly hatches; and amongst other occasions, during spinner falls. The Partridge &… Continue reading

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Uses: The pheasant tail nymph (PTN) is used to represents a wide range of aquatic insect larvae and can even be used to imitate fish fry. It’s useful on still water and running water for targetting numerous species though originally… Continue reading

Plonker

Plonker

Origins I developed the Plonker in 1985 as a drowned mouse pattern for Northern Pike, large Brown Trout, and Smallmouth Bass. I tied it on a #4 Mustad 3366, so I could go after these fish using the same 5-weight… Continue reading

Poly Ball Mayfly

Poly Ball Mayfly

Uses: The Poly Ball Mayfly is a ‘match the hatch’ pattern used to cover the Mayfly, Hex, or Drake emergences. This is primarily a trout and grayling pattern. How to fish: Fished using traditional dry fly presentations. This large fly… Continue reading

Sanchez Sluggo Leech

Sanchez Sluggo Leech

Uses: The Sluggo Leech is a variation on Scott Sanchez’s Sluggo Fly. The bendback hook profile used in this pattern helps avoid hang-ups on weed and other structure, and achieves in a better hookup rate on fish than the traditional… Continue reading

Silver Hilton (Peacock)

Silver Hilton (Peacock)

Uses: This is a popular variation on the 1930′s steelhead pattern, the Silver Hilton. This traditional fly still works for steelheaders today. How to fish: You can fish this on a dead drift, or a traditional wetfly swing. It is… Continue reading

Sizzling Sedge

Sizzling Sedge

Uses: The Sizzling Sedge is a waking pattern used to cover the caddis hatches. This is primarily a trout pattern, but will work for sea trout, steelhead, and chub (european). How to fish: Fished using a waking presentation, either up… Continue reading

Spruce (Light)

Spruce (Light)

Uses: This tying of the pattern is fished for steelhead, though originally the Spruce was developed to catch sea-run cuttthroat. Tied on a standard streamer hook the Spruce is used for other species including rainbow and brown trout. How to… Continue reading

Squirrel and Teal

Squirrel and Teal

Uses: A good summer steelhead pattern. How to fish: Works well using the greased line technique, but will also work with a standard wet-fly swing. History: Originated by Harry Lemire in 1969. Variations: If you omit the Jungle cock cheeks… Continue reading

Stoat’s Tail

Stoat’s Tail

Uses: This is a well established pattern for Atlantic salmon and sea trout, tied on a range of hook designs it can be used in a variety of conditions in high and low water. Its understated colour scheme make it… Continue reading

Thorax Dun

Thorax Dun

Fish using standard dry fly presentation, maintaining a drag free drift at all times. This pattern is prone to sinking if fished in heavy broken water where a standard hackle or parachute pattern is more suited… Continue reading

Thunder Fry

Thunder Fry

Uses: This baitfish pattern will work on river or stillwater for any species feeding on fry. The pattern is especially useful for spooky fish coralling baitfish in shallow water. How to fish: Fish on a floating line with a long… Continue reading

Verduin’s Jointed Hair Ball Bug

Verduin’s Jointed Hair Ball Bug

Uses: This is a slider pattern used especially for largemouth bass. A slider like this is often the answer to weary bass that may be spooked by popping bugs. How to fish: The Jointed Hair Ball Bug is fished silently… Continue reading

Waterhen Bloa

Waterhen Bloa

Uses: The Waterhen Bloa is associated with the ‘North Country’ school. This spider pattern is fished successfully during hatches of olives, like Baetis rhodani, which some texts claim it’s meant to represent. Brown trout and grayling are its typical target species. How… Continue reading

Whitlock’s Mouserat

Whitlock’s Mouserat

Uses: In the first instance Dave Whitlock’s Mouserat was developed for largemouth bass. Amongst categories of bass flies this is known as a slider. As well as working for largemouth, Whitlock’s mouse pattern is effective for pike, chub, and several species… Continue reading

Winter Brown

Winter Brown

Uses: The Winter Brown is a traditional North Country pattern. It is an impressionistic pattern fished successfully during hatches of small stonefly which some texts claim it is meant to represent. Traditionally fished for trout and grayling the Winter Brown… Continue reading

Woolly Bugger

Woolly Bugger

Uses: This is one of the most popular streamers in use today. Originally tied to imitate the Dobsonfly larva, the Woolly Bugger in many variations, is used to imitate amongst other things; leeches, baitfish, tadpoles, damselfly larvae, dragonfly larvae, crayfish, and… Continue reading