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Fly Tying: Cinnamon Fur Ant

Cinnamon Fur Ant

The next time you’re near a trout stream, look closely among the ground cover and leaf litter.  You’ll be astonished by the number and variety of ants.

Fly Tying: Orange Partridge

The technology of fly tying took a giant leap forward in 2,640 BC when, according to legend, a Chinese Em­press named Leizu discovered that the natural glue of silk­worm cocoons could be softened in hot water and a long thin filament of pure silk unwound from each cocoon.

Fly Tying Course Registration – 2018

Learn about these free classes and how to register.

Fly Tying: Peeking Caddis

Today’s most popular cased caddis pattern is prob­a­bly that of George Anderson, owner of a well-known fly shop in Livingston, MT. He designed the ‘Peeking Cad­dis’ in the 1970s to imitate Mother’s Day cad­dis of the Yellowstone River.

Fly Tying: Iron Blue Nymph

Iron Blue Nymph

Tie an Iron Blue Nymph on a #16 hook, and you’ve recreated the most famous fly of perhaps the most famous angler to ever cast a wet fly before trout.

Fly Tying: Wirght’s Fluttering Caddis

Which is more important when fishing dry flies to ris­ing trout: A good presentation? Or, a fly that imi­tates prevailing insects? The correct answer is “A”, a good presentation. Quality presentations are more important than everything else combined when it comes to fooling trout. Fly size, pattern, and color are important, but excellent presentations will al­ways bring trout to hand, even with flies that look nothing like the insects du jour. On the other hand, you’ll rarely catch trout when your fly drags or floats unnaturally, no matter how perfect the imitation.

Fly Tying: Prince Nymph / Brown Forked-Tail Nymph

If someone hands you a Pheasant Tail Nymph and asks what it imitates, you’ll likely say “mayfly nymph”. Receive an Elk Hair Caddis, and you might say “adult caddisfly, probably an egg-laying female”. One of the many hopper patterns? You reply without hesitation, “grasshopper … no doubt about it”. But if you’re handed a Prince Nymph, you might be stumped. “Uhh … umm … I’m not sure … maybe an earring?”

Fly Tying: Quill Gordon

Quill Gordon fishing fly by Rusty Dunn

We are a nation of immigrants … a melting pot, where cultures and traditions imported from abroad adapt, evolve, and meld into a uniquely new society. The history of American fly fishing is much the same. Fly an­gling as we know it developed in Great Britain, often by a privileged upper class. The methods, how­ever, emigrated to America along with the hard work­ing early settlers. Fly angling then adapted to the new geography, took root in America’s tremen­dous natural resources, and grew into the magnifi­cent pas­time that we honor and protect today.

Fly Tying: American Brown March

Trout fishing in America used to be dead easy. Find any cold clear river … cast a brightly colored fly … catch a sizeable brook trout … repeat as needed. On Febru­ary 28, 1883, however, things got much more difficult. The days of effortless trout were over. What happened? Eighty thousand brown trout eggs ar­rived from Germany at the state fish hatch­ery in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

Fly Tying: Brown Owl

Think about your favorite dry fly. What makes it great? Maybe it’s a quick and easy tie with inexpensive materials? Or, maybe it’s durable and highly visible on the water? Floats like a cork? Imitates insects found everywhere? Indeed, these are traits of great flies. Perhaps the most important feature, how-ever, is a fly having universal appeal to trout. Only the rarest of flies combine all of these traits, and you will be wise to fill your fly box with them. Al Troth’s Elk Hair Caddis is one such fly. Mr. Troth merged key features of two ageless caddis imitations into a truly fine pattern, one that is a blend of simplicity, impressionism, and uncanny effectiveness.