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A Black Fly
Published: 2001-09-09
More than 13 years ago
I've had little experience fishing with this fly which is quite recent in my collection. It has all the characteristics of a good night fly, it's fast and easy to tie and durable too. It should be a fly worth having in you box.
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A few from Ora Smith
Published: 2012-03-05
More than 2 years ago
The flies of Ora Smith that have captured my imagination were the little casting streamers with duck flank wings. They are like elongated wet flies. I sat down one weekend and tied up a selection, imaging some late spring day when I could cast these flies on a light line to some spooky trout.
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A New Look at the Grannom
Published: 2012-04-16
More than 2 years ago
The Grannom is a small sedge (caddis to those in USA), which hatches in large quantities in April and is regarded as the first fly to prompt trout to "look up".
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A Pheasant Under Glass
Published: 2008-08-14
More than 6 years ago
Two seemingly unrelated events led tube fly tyer par excellence Bob Kenly to this method of tying and to discover a coloring system that I have never tried before: dyed Lady Amherst tail feathers and a note requesting something different to be thrown in the water for salmon in New Foundland.
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Action Emerging Caddis
Published: 2010-12-03
More than 4 years ago
This fly is similar in outline to many existing caddis patterns, but has features unlike any caddis emerger pattern the originator has seen. It's based not so much on looking exactly like the real thing, but trying to get a fly to act like it.
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Alan Petrucci Streamers
Published: 2012-09-20
A couple of years ago
I can still remember the fist fish I caught on a streamer, a stocked brook trout on a Royal Coachman streamer. Since that time I have had success many times fishing these long flies. In my early days of fly fishing I bought all of my flies.
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Allan's Winter Shrimp
Published: 2012-11-11
A couple of years ago
A simple shrimp pattern that does not use the popular but expensive Spey hackle
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An experiment
Published: 2001-09-08
More than 13 years ago
What else would you expect to find in a lab...? This fly is one of the many that I seem to crank out at random. Most of them end up as garbage and never even find their way into my fly boxes, but this one had something. Just a little something.
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Angel Body
Published: 2006-03-08
More than 8 years ago
Shiny tubing materials are widely used as body material on streamers. So is ordinary tinsel. Here is a new way of making glittering, but more volumnious, pulsating and living bodies for your streamers using Angel Hair or a similar material.
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Baby Buggers
Published: 2003-04-07
More than 11 years ago
Wooly buggers are one of the all time most effective fish catching flies. However, if you think you need heavy tackle and lots of lead to get them to work - think again. Peter Frailey tells about his "Baby Buggers", and how well they cast and fish.
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Banderillas
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
The tube fly - or tube fly system - you can see on this page - is called the Banderillas. The name comes from the Spanish name for the sticks the the bullfigther uses during the fight. The body sections of this fly has some resemblance to these sticks.
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Barrel Full of Bucktails
Published: 2011-04-20
More than 3 years ago
Some of these flies are among the most well known of any genre of fishing flies others are a little on the obscure side. Some are simple and some are a bit complicated. I like 'em all. They all have their place on the water, and they all have a story to tell.
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Bass bugs
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
I'm not sure how floating bass flies got the name "bug", but it certainly has stuck. Whether constructed of wood, plastic, foam, or hair, they all seem to be lumped into the generic category of "bass bug". Although a few are tied to imitate specific food forms, usually mice or frogs, most are very surreal, offering the impression of something living and outrageous. By Bob Petti
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Bastard Crab
Published: 2011-09-12
More than 3 years ago
Yet another impressionistic crab pattern that includes materials providing a lot of movement. This an Aaron Adams pattern that is often eaten as it drops to the bottom.
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Bates' Art
Published: 2005-12-01
More than 9 years ago
Better late than never could be one way of putting it when you review a book originally published in 1989. Joseph D. Bates, author of the masterpiece Streamers, also wrote "The art of the Salmon Fly", which GFF partner Martin Joergensen has bought and read.
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Beginner's Buzzer
Published: 2005-02-20
More than 10 years ago
A Buzzer is basically an imitation of the pupa of a midge. The buzzers are best known from British stillwater fishing, but are actually very widespread and common all over the world. Learn how to tie a simple buzzer and how to fish it.
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Bergman
Published: 2006-12-02
More than 8 years ago
Converting a fly from one form to another is certainly an educational process, as it requires you to look at materials in a new way, especially the wing materials. A wet fly that calls for a wing of mallard flank or mottled turkey has no obvious equivalent in a hairwing.
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Bert Quimby
Published: 2003-07-14
More than 11 years ago
Another entry in the continuing series of features highlighting the flies of the founders of the art of streamer tying. Bert Quimby is not as well known as many, but his flies are just as beautiful and original.
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Better-Winged Olives
Published: 2003-04-11
More than 11 years ago
A recent tying binge left me with a few thoughts on how to tie a quicker and better blue-winged olive mayfly. The ideas aren't necessarily new, but they certainly are worth sharing.
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Big Hole Demon
Published: 2009-01-20
More than 6 years ago
A classical pattern originated back in the sixties - here adapted for Scandinavian sea trout fishing, but probably also useful for bass and other species as well as the brownies it was originally tied for. The fly is fairly easy to tie and we have made it even simpler.
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Big Mike's streamers
Published: 2002-10-18
More than 12 years ago
Truly influential fly tyers are rare. Mike Martinek is such a tyer. He has been the initiator and a major contributor to the revival of the American streamers. Read Bob Petti's article about Mike's beautiful, classical streamer patterns.
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Black Frede
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Black version of a Danish classic
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Black Funnel
Published: 2004-01-25
More than 11 years ago
This fly is kind of a coincidence. An idea. A fad. But it works. It is a funnel dun, Deveaux, Joergensen kind of pattern, which will imitate a hatching mosquito - albeit a very large one in the original version. It consists of two materials and is very easy to tie.
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Black Ghost Tube
Published: 2011-05-09
More than 3 years ago
Believe in ghosts? How about a black one? If you're fishing sea trout or brown trout, or even salmon, there is no way around the Black Ghost. It has caught thousands of fish around the world. This is an all time classic that has proven itself.
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Bloody Butcher
Published: 2011-06-14
More than 3 years ago
Originally this was a classic style wet fly with a feather wing, but it's easily transformed into an excellent sea trout fly. Black, red and silver are perfect together and makes the fly very visible. See tying steps and lots of pictures and 
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Bon Aventure flies
Published: 2008-11-05
More than 6 years ago
Do you know what flies to tie for clear water and how to tie them? Follow the Danish flytier Ken Bonde Larsen carefully tie some attractive and yet not too visible flies for the Canadian salmon. Tubes are his favorite and some with new plastic discs.
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Bonefish Bitters
Published: 2003-12-09
More than 11 years ago
Martin started using the Bonefish Bitters while fishing on his own in Mexico. He writes: "I continued using my Bitters and caught many more fish on them the following days. After two weeks of fishing I felt like a champion and was very satisfied with myself."

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Boney Flies
Published: 2005-09-13
More than 9 years ago
Crazy Charlie, Bonefish Bitters, Bonefish CDC&Elk and more. Some of these bonefish flies are well known, some are close to unknown, but they can all catch bonefish. Martin Joergensen has selected a few and tells the story.
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Bow River Bugger
Published: 2005-11-30
More than 9 years ago
Al Grombacher has shared with us one of the most effective patterns for the Bow River in Alberta, Canada, famed for its excellent fishing for rainbow trout.
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Braid a worm
Published: 2014-08-15
A week or two ago
Sometimes a fly-tyer thinks out of the box, and suddenly the complex and difficult becomes very simple - like tying a great clam worm fly.
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Branchu
Published: 2005-01-23
More than 10 years ago
Branchu is the Québecois word for wood duck, and a very suitable name for this fly with its characteristic wood duck wing.
It's originated by Jean Guy Côte of Uni-Products, but has been slightly modified by GFF partner Martin Joergensen for his fishing.

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Brenda
Published: 2012-04-18
More than 2 years ago
The Brenda is a beautiful, harmonic and productive seatrout pattern from Danish fly tyer Ove Monrad. It features a brass bead to add some weight and a sexy, jigging motion.
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Brown Spinner
Published: 2010-06-16
More than 4 years ago
An old, no-fashion dry fly. The one, that GFF partner Kasper tied right after having learned to tie the Red Tag Palmer and the one, that gave him many of his first dry fly experiences some twenty years ago, when it all started for him together with his grandfather.
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Brush eyes
Published: 2002-10-18
More than 12 years ago
Shrimp patterns are always fun to tie. These salt water imitatoins are easy to do and fish well. Martin Joergensen has once again pursued the art of imitating these salt water arthopods - this time utilizing his family's hair brushes! Read the story and find the patterns here.
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Bullet Head Magnus
Published: 2001-09-05
More than 13 years ago
The Magnus is a pattern always present in my fly box. I've caught a lot of fish on it, it's simple to tie and surprisingly durable. It's normally tied with ball chain eyes, but after I found a good supplier of bullet shaped bead head, I tried tying some with bullet heads.
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Bunny Leech
Published: 2001-10-10
More than 13 years ago
This is a steelhead pattern, normally made with black or purple rabbit. But with natural rabbit it makes a very good pattern for the coast. By cutting a narrower strip of rabbit and choosing natural colors a lighter dressing is achieved. Good for spring fishing and fishing in current like over reefs.
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Bunny Split
Published: 2005-06-06
More than 9 years ago
Two tails are better than one says Mark Dysinger, who is an avid pike angler. In this, his latest pattern, he has created a large and very lively fly for the mossy green predator of the lakes. And it can tempt a bass too...
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Burning Man
Published: 2007-06-14
More than 7 years ago
This strange popper came out of Martin Joergensen's vice recently and has already proved its value several times. See why it might be interesting to you, how to tie it (in meticulous details) as well as how it moves - and in video too! And learn why it's called Burning Man.
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Carrie Challenge II
Published: 2011-12-09
More than 3 years ago
Back in 2002 a bunch of guys on the streamers@ mailing list decided to tie some flies "in the hand" without the benefit of a vise. This year a new crop took up the challenge with a different fly - Carrie's Favorite - and tackled the Look Ma, No Vise challange.
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Carrie's Challenge
Published: 2002-10-16
More than 12 years ago
I have never used a vise; I have never seen anyone tie a fly and noone has ever seen me tie one. I have never read or had any fly tying instructions. Said by Carrie Stevens in a letter to Jospeh Bates. The words of a trailblazer. How fortunate we are to reap the benefits of a road paved by innovators before us, such as Mrs. Stevens.
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Catalog of fly patterns (outdated)
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Please notice that it does not contain all patterns on this site, and is just kept for the sake of maintaing the link. Go to the patterns front page through the top menu in stead.
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Catskill Tube Flies
Published: 2013-08-05
A year ago
The cradle of American fly-fishing in the Catskills and tube flies isn't something normally connected, but fly-tyer Richard Katzman ties tube flies to be fished in these hallowed waters.
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CDC Mayfly
Published: 2006-08-26
More than 8 years ago
A small mayfly, which may be (mis)taken for a dun during the sometimes the concentreted hatches on late August and Septemper evenings. It uses a hollow extended body, parachute hackle and wings of cdc stems to float high.
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CDC&Elk
Published: 1996-01-01
More than 19 years ago
Hans Weilenmann's classical contemporary sedge fly.
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Charlie's Bead Head Scud
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
A simple and good looking scud pattern from Charles Garwood.
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Charlie's Phesant Tail Nymph
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The Pheasant tail nymph is a true classic. The original was tied by Frank Sawyer using only copper thread and phesant tail fibers. This pattern has been elaborated a bit by Charles A.Garwood from North Carolina, and uses peacock herl for the abdomen and regular tying thread.
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Charlie's Prince Nymph
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
This fly was inspired by the original Prince Nymph, but modified by Charles Garwood of North Carolina for an easier tie and more visibility. Says Charlie: "The prince nymph has been with us for a long time! I've simply added flashabou because I found it enhances attraction and because I find it slightly easier to tie than white goose biots. Plus it eliminates the gold braid too. It just simplifies the pattern"
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Cheapskate Heron
Published: 1998-01-12
More than 17 years ago
I came upon an idea. Actually I combined two incidents into one idea. First of all I was going through my heron feathers (yes, I have more than one) and found some butts that I had saved after having tied whole body hackles. I wanted to use these feathers, which still had a lot of useful and long barbs, but unfortunately a very thick stem.
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Chilli Pepper Flies
Published: 1997-06-12
More than 17 years ago
So you thought that chilli pepper was a small, strong, spicey fruit? Well, it is... but it's also a seemingly popular name for fishing flies. In the past I have come over no less than three patterns with the name Chilli Pepper.
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Chillimps
Published: way back
Small orange fly for for garfish
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Chinese White
Published: 2008-11-05
More than 6 years ago
A bright tube fly for salmon in clear water created by Danish Ken Bonde Larsen. Tied in the Scandinavian style with a large and soft hair wing made of several layers. Easy to tie and impressive both in and out of the water.
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Chinook in the salt
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The chinook is considered by many to be the prime game fish of the North East Pacific, with only the steelhead challenging that title. By Martin Bowers
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Chinos!
Published: 2010-07-16
More than 4 years ago
Colombian Carlos Heinsohn ties a neat baitfish pattern made of synthetic fibers. It's a tough fly with nice movement designed for any predator which feeds on smaller fish. The pattern is more a tying principle than a specific pattern.
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Chris Edghills salt water patterns
Published: 2000-10-20
More than 14 years ago
A selection of saltwater patterns from Chris Edghill
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Christmas Tree
Published: 2001-10-09
More than 13 years ago
Again a 'classic' Danish fly. Actually only uses one significant material: a piece of mylar tubing. Body can be covered with yarn or floss to add color. A really good fly for cold or unclear water. Fish deep and slow in the winter.
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Chubby Fishing
Published: 2004-08-24
More than 10 years ago
Kasper Mühlbach started fishing for chub with small lumps of dough as a kid, but has since developed flies and techniques to take this query on a fly rod. His chub patterns are simple and will most likely catch you roach and bream too if they are around.
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Chuck's FlutterStone
Published: 2010-01-19
More than 5 years ago
Fly fishing guide Charles Robinton has put some serious trial and error into the design of his Chuck's FlutterStone. He thinks the result has the ideal amount of action, buggyness and overall attractiveness packed into the perfect stonefly profile.
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Classic Wet Flies
Published: 2006-04-13
More than 8 years ago
Wet flies have been around as long as fly fishing itself. Are they starting to see a renaissance? In fly tying circles at least, that may be the case, as tyers look for new challenges and new sources of inspiritaion.
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Classics
Published: 2009-03-01
More than 5 years ago
Tying flies not meant for fishing sounds odd to some but dragging others into the world of advanced techniques. Anders Ovesen takes us into his cave of threads and feathers and reveals some puzzles needed to tie da old school style. Hang on to this detailed description and fly to the 
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Clouser Deep Minnow
Published: 2011-05-30
More than 3 years ago
Only a few patterns are as generally useful and widespread as the Clouser Deep Minnow. Only a few patterns have their own entry in Wikipedia, but the Clouser Deep Minnow is up there with the Woolly Bugger, the Muddler Minnow, Grey Ghost, Royal Coachman, Diawl Bach and a few others.
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Cluster Egg Fly
Published: 2002-05-01
More than 12 years ago
As you probably know the egg was way earlier than the chicken. This article show you how to make The Cluster Egg Fly (pom-pom eggs) - a very popular type of fly for steelhead and salmon.
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Comparadone!
Published: 2002-11-09
More than 12 years ago
Comparaduns are one of the most versatile mayfly patterns in existence representing a low-riding mayfly to near perfection. However, many tiers shy this simple pattern due to the perceived complexity of tying the deer hair wings. Learn to master the technique with GFF partner Steve Schweitzer.
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Cone head flies
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The usual way of weighting a tube fly is by using copper or aluminum tubes. This article shows a totally different approach.
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Cone head flies
Published: 1999-10-10
More than 15 years ago
A few early samples of Danish fly tyer Ken Bonde Larsen's cone head flies.
Coney flies
Published: 1997-06-10
More than 17 years ago
The flies on this page are all well known patterns which have all been juiced up a bit - many with some modern materials, but all with cone heads. By Bas Verschoor
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Coney Snowbugger
Published: 1997-07-05
More than 17 years ago
This streamer fly is actually a variation of the well-known Woolly Bugger. It imitates a small baitfish.
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Convertible tubes
Published: 2007-08-14
More than 7 years ago
Tube fly tyer Tony Pagliei explains his Convertible Tube Flies - a modular system that combines a set of tube tied front parts and a set of dressed hooks into as many different flies as you can imagine in a versatile, modular system.
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Copper Frede
Published: 2002-10-26
More than 12 years ago
Combine the Danish killer patterns Frede and Copper Bully with a Wooly Bugger... Not surprisingly a deadly combination
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Crazy Dane
Published: 2001-10-09
More than 13 years ago
Anybody can see that the Crazy Dane is really a Crazy Charlie - a very common salt water fly from the U.S. This type of fly is rarely seen in our part of the world, and I know no other fishers that use it.
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CZCDNTM
Published: 2002-10-15
More than 12 years ago
A tube fly is different - a muddler is me - a tube muddler is a perfect choice. Tube muddlers are not unknown to me. I have tied and fished a few in my time, and I like them... so do the fish by the way.
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Czech nymphs
Published: 2004-01-24
More than 11 years ago
Does anyone remember the early to mid 90's? The rage in the US, at least among tyers of trout flies, was Polish woven nymphs. Fast forward to the dawn of the new century and these articles and flies have all but disappeared? Were they a fad? What happened?
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Dalby Revenger
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
This was one of the first flies I tied with a rabbit skin I got dyed with picric acid. The innovations found in this pattern are limited - to put it mildly - not much new under the sun here. The color is also far from any color found in food items digested by sea trout.
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Danish Pastry Fly
Published: 2004-02-27
More than 11 years ago
This fly recently changed its name from The Copper Camel to The Danish Pastry Fly for reasons that are revealed in the article. It's an efficient and simple pattern for sea trout, but is very likely to be just as able to catch bass, bonefish and many other species.
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Darth Vader Nymph
Published: 2005-05-26
More than 9 years ago
Black and deadly in appearence, the dark force of in the fly box - this is The Darth Vader Nymph. Get out your light sabres and put your old, scratched Star Wars video in the VCR, and tie some black nymphs.
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Das Cephalopod
Published: 2010-03-21
More than 4 years ago
Spring is near and the Cephalopod parade is about to begin. Blue Fish will soon arrive to partake in the high protein seafood buffet and there is also a gathering of Stripers to make it all worthwhile and goal oriented...
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David
Published: 2001-10-09
More than 13 years ago
Even though the pattern was inspired by a technique showed to me by Davy Wotton, it's not named after him, but after my little brother David. The material is rabbit fur in tufts, tied in on top and under the hook shank.
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Deep in my heart
Published: 2001-02-01
More than 14 years ago
Deep in my heart, I prefer stream flyfishing for trout. However, Holland has precious few trout class streams, and next to none fishable trout, so most of my local flyfishing is for warmwater species. In fact all of my stream trout fishing happens abroad, mainly in the States, as well as in Belgium and Denmark.
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Discovering the Marbury Lake Flies
Published: 2012-12-29
A couple of years ago
If today's tyer wants to tie the Mary Orvis Marbury Lake flies, they would be wise to think 'old school', and transport themselves back to a time when the hooks had blind eyes, the materials were natural, and the flies were colorful and uniquely adapted to the American fly fishing experience by Mary Orvis Marbury and her crew of women tyers.
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Djihad
Published: 2012-04-24
More than 2 years ago
The Djihad is a bright fly with a shiny body, silver combined with black and red. Just my kind of fly. I like the Irish Shrimp tradition flies, and this is such a fly on steroids. It even uses one of my favorite materials: Golden Pheasant.
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Doing the Limbata
Published: 1997-07-15
More than 17 years ago
I apologize to you in advance for the disappointment you will feel upon learning that this article is not about a hot new dance step from south of the border and will not contribute to your romantic relationships or skills on the dance floor. By Jim Hauer
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Domestic Fly
Published: 2009-03-18
More than 5 years ago
The common housefly is indeed... eh.... common, and an obvious insect to imitate. Bulgarian Radoslav Kiskinov has made a simple but very efficient pattern imitating Musca domestica using foam, raffia and peacock herl, which will catch several species when fished dry.
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Double K Reverse Spider
Published: 2010-07-13
More than 4 years ago
Kelvin Kleinman shows us how to tie a really different saltwater fly based on the freshwater spider style, adapted for cutthroat stream fishing and then reversed to become a saltwater shrimp from outer space! A very special but also efficient pattern.
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Double Legs
Published: 2013-06-16
A couple of years ago
While browsing fly patterns on the web I found this interesting and buggy looking Swedish Caddis pattern, and discovered that its history actually traced back to a GFF seatrout pattern.
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Dual Tube Phlyz
Published: 2007-08-01
More than 7 years ago
In an effort to entice larger striped muggers (stripers) during the spring herring run on Cape Cod when big fish venture back into the shallow estuaries to the herring runs, Pete Gray started tying 8-12+ inches herring flies on double tubes.
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Edwards' Little Ant
Published: 2002-10-15
More than 12 years ago
Ant patterns are usually a bit of foam and a chaotic dry fly hackle. But why not tie it more imitative? It's quite easy.
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Epoxy Miracle
Published: 2005-01-28
More than 10 years ago
A wish for a generic bait imitation was what made Kasper Mühlbach develop a fly, which he originally dubbed the Epoxy Triumph; A small epoxied baitfish imitation along the lines of the American tradition.
This fly was since modified a bit, and is now the Epoxy Miracle.
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EZ quintet
Published: 1997-06-06
More than 17 years ago
EZ flies - that's what they are in the genuine all-American-marketing-way. Five classics with their patterns modified to be fairly easy and fast to tie - not least because of the simple body construction using braided tubing.
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F&K Caddis
Published: 2013-08-15
A year ago
This caddis pattern has a great profile and an hot spot that can attract fish. It's been very successful for the originator, South African Korrie Broos.
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Fall Streamers
Published: 2003-01-01
More than 12 years ago
Looking for some juicy streamers to swing in your favorite trout stream or pond in the coming Fall? Check out these attractive flies from a streamer swap hosted by Scott Daskiewich.
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Fatal Attraction
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Dan Blanton's Fatal Attraction Part wet fly and part streamer, it has all the obnoxious flash of a Mepps spinner in the water, and it's just as effective. By Bob Petti
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Favorite Dad
Published: 2006-06-29
More than 8 years ago
In Virginia, the rivers are full of crayfish. Author Michael Smith AKA Rybolov went last week to the South Fork of the Shenandoah, and in a meter-square area along the shoreline, there had to be at least 30 crayfish. That may be why Skip's Dad works so well there.
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Favorite Flies for Baltic Seatrout
Published: 2012-03-05
More than 2 years ago
In this new book Martin has tried to cover his favorite fly patterns, and has included 29 of the flies that he and his best fishing friends use 90% of the time when they fish for Danish coastal seatrout.
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Favorite Streamer Swap
Published: 2011-01-12
More than 4 years ago
There's nothing like a good fly swap to get the fly tying knuckles cracked, the creative juices flowing again. The reasons for joining a swap are many - but for me it's fun to tie flies for something other than my fly boxes, and I truly enjoy the friendship and comraderie that comes with participating in a swap. It's not about who ties the best flies or who has the best feathers.
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Fill-the-box
Published: 2005-12-14
More than 9 years ago
"I have severely neglected my day-to-day flybox for more than a year" writes GFF partner Martin Joergensen. Now he sets out to fill a box with hundreds of sea trout flies in preparation for the coming spring. He envisions rows of uniform and neatly arranged flies.
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Fishing the Muddler Minnow
Published: 1998-05-10
More than 16 years ago
The muddler can double as a serviceable grasshopper, cricket or even damselfly nymph. One can fish it dry and doped up, damp, wet and sunk.
Flats in the cold
Published: 2012-09-09
A couple of years ago
Flatwings - "the new black" in Denmark and Sweden. Are they really that good. Not too big for casting? For the trout? Will they twist? Are they better than other sand eel imitations? Are they better suited for pike? Kill your skepticism and take a
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Flatwings
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
One style of streamer that is very effective here in Maine in the smaller casting sizes, is the flatwing streamer. The feature that defines this style, the flat wing, normally consists of a flank feather from some species of duck tied flat on top of the hook, instead of in the classic "upright" manner that the classic New England Streamer patterns specify.
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Fleye Foils
Published: 2012-10-08
A couple of years ago
These new fish shaped foils from Bob Popovics are really great for making baitfish imitations. They come in several shapes and many sizes, and stick on the side of your flies, ready to be covered with resin.
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Fly gallery
Published: 2001-10-01
More than 13 years ago
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Fly gallery 2002
Published: 2002-05-01
More than 12 years ago
A few fly portraits for your sore eyes
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Foam Caterpillars
Published: 2014-05-13
4 months ago
Caterpillars aren't the most common type of fishing flies, but like a good ant or beetle pattern they can be killers by an overgrown stream bank on a warm summers day.
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Foam flies for panfish
Published: 1997-04-15
More than 17 years ago
I purchased a copy of Skip Morris' book on tying flys for bass and panfish and another of his books on foam flies. His books are excellent and I recommend them above all others for beginning tyers. The pictures and instructions are superb!
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Fox swap
Published: 2002-10-24
More than 12 years ago
The first swap of the winter tying season, the Arctic Fox Pattern Swap Page hilights the latest creations/conversions by Streamer List members. All of the patterns in this swap utilize Arctic Fox as a major component.
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Francois le Ny
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The french pediatrician Jean-Paul Pequegnot has written a book about french flies - "Repertoire des Mouches Artificielles Français". 1975. It is translated to english in the last years. He gives among others also descriptions of flies from Britanny.
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Frida
Published: 2012-04-20
More than 2 years ago
Frida is the little sister of the beloved Grey Frede, and that alone is a recommendation. It's a small and compact, yet shiny fly meant for sea trout, but definitely useful for other species too - panfish in small sizes, bonefish in larger.
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Full Metal Jacket Nutria Muddler, variations
Published: 2001-09-10
More than 13 years ago
This fly is in a way my 'signature fly'. It's a beautiful fly (in my own humble opinion), and even though it's heavy -- very heavy -- it's a good fishing fly, that dives deep and overcomes current and turbulence
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G-String Eyes
Published: 2009-01-11
More than 6 years ago
If you play guitar and tie flies...you are wasting some valuable tying material every time you change your strings. Old guitar strings have something to make flies land softly on the water and jig just enough to tease fish into striking. Learn from GFF partner Steve Schweitzer what to keep from old strings and how to tie
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Gapen's Muddler Minnow
Published: 2013-06-21
A couple of years ago
This is an article about Don Gapen's original Muddler Minnow - a fly that is tied in countless versions and has inspired thousands of patterns, but only few that resemble the original
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Genner Bug
Published: 2013-05-17
A couple of years ago
There's absolute nothing original or innovative about this fly. On the contrary: it's super simple and has probably been tied in a gazillion variations before. It was inspired by some nice mallard feathers brought to one of our fly-tying and fishing trips.
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George F. Grant’s Flies
Published: 2000-01-01
More than 15 years ago
George F. Grant's flies utilize some very special techniques.
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Gift wrapping string fly
Published: 2001-09-01
More than 13 years ago
I have some remote relatives in Boston who occasionally sends over christmas gifts to my kids. This year the gifts were packed with some particularly interesting string. This string was braided in the colors red and green with some shiny material laid in. It said "flies" all over it! I scavenged the remains from the unpacking and stoved it away between my fly tying materials.
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Glitter John
Published: 2013-09-13
A year ago
While keeping the profile of the Copper John but using fewer and different materials the Glitter John came about.
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Glitter Shrimp
Published: 1996-01-20
More than 19 years ago
A killer fly in the right hands on a cold winter day. A very simple shrimp pattern for Danish sea trout and many other targets.
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Goldmine Crab
Published: 2013-02-23
A couple of years ago
A weedless crab pattern with lots of flash and color, yet with a discrete landing suitable for finicky fish. Tied for redfish and other warm saltwater species
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Grantham's Sedge
Published: 2012-01-26
More than 3 years ago
Grantham Sedge was originally designed by Ron Grantham in 1993. It is a unique solution to creating a fly which produces a substantial wake without having to be bulky or riffle hitched. Ron Grantham writes "When used with a floating fly line this unsinkable fly will stay on the surface as long as it is moving
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Great Lakes Irish Invaders
Published: 2010-10-23
More than 4 years ago
Bob Kenly takes a turn with some tubes from the Canadian Tube Fly Company and converts a traditional Irish fly into something... let's just say not as traditional. So Chris's Irish Shrimp turned into Great Lakes Orange, a steelhead pattern tied on a tube.
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Green Machine
Published: 2008-11-28
More than 6 years ago
The Green Machine is a classic salmon fly from the Eastern part of Canada. It's fished as a wet fly in spite of being tied with deer hair and a hackle like a bomber. This article shows you step by step how to tie it and shows an alternative and easier way to create the green body.
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Grey Duster
Published: 1996-06-01
More than 18 years ago
Later my friend and I ran into problems on our favorite stream, when the tiny Caënis dayflies hatched. The trout sipped the fresh emerged flies all over the water - but they rejected all the flies we offered. Then we found a note in a magazine saying, that the fly with the peculiar name - the 'Grey Duster' - should be the right medicine, if it was tied with a parachute hackle. By Preben Torp Jacobsen
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Grey Frede
Published: 2001-09-11
More than 13 years ago
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the Danish shoreline fly fisher Peter Loevendahl, who is a discrete man. He goes around quietly in his native western Seeland and catches fish. A lot of fish.
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Grizzly Streamers
Published: 2002-10-14
More than 12 years ago
GFF co-webmaster Bob Petti coordinated an effort to share Grizzly Streamer Patterns by members of the Streamer List.
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GYMF
Published: 2012-05-19
More than 2 years ago
The Green Yarn Mullet Fly. Few flies are as easy to tie, provided you can get a hold of the special yarn used. Martin found the material for this fly in his wife's knitting scraps.
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Hairwings & Tubes
Published: 2005-11-26
More than 9 years ago
With this book "Hairwing & Tube Flies for Salmon" Chris Mann has worked his way through yet another pile of flies sent to him from all over the world. And Chris Mann has done it again and provided us pattern-hungry fly tiers with a wealth of new patterns to inspire us.
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Hare's Ear Bug
Published: 2010-11-07
More than 4 years ago
Fished actively over sea weed and its likely to be mistaken for a gammarus. Same thing in a lake. Dead drifted or fished using a lift in a stream, it looks like a tumbling scud or cress bug or even a hatching caddis. What the fish think, I don't know, but it's a fact that they find it edible.
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Hen Hackle Demystified
Published: 1999-06-06
More than 15 years ago
Hen hackles have long been the source of confusion to many fly tyers. Whether they are looking for wings for their dry flies or hackles for their wet flies, there seems to plenty of head scratching when it comes time to purchase the appropriate feathers.
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Henning's Snot
Published: 2001-09-04
More than 13 years ago
This fly was originally developed by Henning Eskol, a member of the Bananaflies - my fly tying guild.
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Hillbilly Copper John
Published: 2004-07-30
More than 10 years ago
The most sought after pattern on GFF's search page is John Barr's more than excellent nymph pattern the Copper John. Martin Joergensen describes his version here: how to tie it and fish it. And adds its hillbilly kin the much simpler Copper Joe.
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HiVis CDC Midge
Published: 2007-05-01
More than 7 years ago
A high-visibility orange post and CDC makes this small dry perfect for your 7X tippet. Easy to tie, easy to follow on the water and a perfect choice when the fish are picky. Darryl Lampert from South Africa shows us one of his effective patterns.
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HKA Sunray/Bismo
Published: 2012-01-01
More than 3 years ago
This fly is without doubt one of the best catching flies on the bigger rivers in Iceland! It was originated by Danish Henrik Kassow Andersen. Salmon guide Nils Jorgensen from Iceland shows you how to tie it.
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Honey Shrimp
Published: 2006-12-09
More than 8 years ago
There are thousands of shrimp patterns in the world, made from the same template. This pattern is a time consumer, but it makes it more interesting tying shrimp flies. The eyes, proportions and legs gives this pattern some kind of magic.
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Hoppers with Foam
Published: 2002-09-20
More than 12 years ago
I'll warn you now; the hopper is my favorite pattern. It's big, I can see it, it's fun to cast and present it with a plop, I have fun tying them and the fish just adore the big, juicy, summer delight. It's perfect for my less-than-perfect casting habits. The pattern presented in this article is non-typical in my cache of fly patterns, however. This one uses a glued-on, pre-shaped foam body. Hence, the thesis of this article.
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Hornbergs
Published: 2004-09-06
More than 10 years ago
The Hornberg can be cast out upstream and drifted as a dry fly. It can be pulled under the surface and stripped as a streamer. Is it a caddis? Stonely? A minnow? In early '01, a bunch of guys swapped their favorite Hornberg patterns.
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Hospitalized kids need your flies!
Published: 2012-07-21
More than 2 years ago
It might sound crazy, but you can actually help hospitalized kids by tying flies for them! Tie flies in support for this science project for kids.
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How simple can it get?
Published: 2005-05-30
More than 9 years ago
Tying instructions? Materials list?! You must be kidding me! The list is close to being an insult and it is almost ridiculous to tell you how to create this fly in more than a sentence. This little saltwater fly is soooo simple.
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How to submit a pattern to GFF
Published: 2012-02-09
More than 3 years ago
Occasionally visitors ask whether they can contribute a fly pattern to this site, and the answer is a clear and loud YES!
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Innovative Saltwater Flies
Published: 2004-11-15
More than 10 years ago
US based master fly tyer Bob Veverka has gathered together a whole bunch of very creative fly tyers to create a book that will appeal to all fly tyers, not just those who want to chase salty fish.
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Inspiration
Published: 2001-12-11
More than 13 years ago
A few muddlers as inspiration
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Internet Flies
Published: 2009-06-04
More than 5 years ago
All of a sudden, the new season or a spontaneous fly fishing trip with your best buddy is imminent. At that stage, you may think about ordering flies through an online shop. Selling flies through the Internet is a growing business. There is a vast number of private and commercial suppliers of flies and a large range of prices and qualities.
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IQ Dawn series
Published: 1998-02-17
More than 17 years ago
The purpose of the IQ Dawn Series is to cover most variations you can encounter at a salmon river. And hopefully catch a Salmon Salar, king of fish! All flies can easily be made to spey flies - just change the hackle to heron feather instead, in the same color.
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Jack Plotts' Foam flies
Published: 2012-06-21
More than 2 years ago
These foam flies were sent to us 10 years ago, and this article has been long underway... High time we did something about it! Digging into the digital archives we found 
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Jan's Emerger
Published: 2008-05-30
More than 6 years ago
Another new pattern from Jan Grandal-Johansen, this time a buzzer emerger that fishes well on the reservoirs in the UK. Those hackle tip wings are just killer.
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Jan's Giant Buzzers
Published: 2010-02-12
More than 5 years ago
I have always loved fishing buzzers for many years for trout, its just my favorite way of fly fishing except perhaps daddylonglegs. Most of my fishing is on reservoirs sometimes desolate windy rough places, where buzzers come into their own.
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Jan's GP
Published: 2007-08-06
More than 7 years ago
One day, while fishing my favourite water, Barnsfold in Lancashire, which is surrounded on one large side with a good head of pine trees round the reservoir, I noticed quite a few terrestrials being blown on to the water. The trout were going crazy for them.
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Jiggy
Published: 2008-12-22
More than 6 years ago
A jigging fly for almost any predatory fish originated by Bob Popvics. After a trip to Danish island Bornholm in 2007 Kasper Mühlbach wanted to tie and try this successful pattern and ordered a special color. But someone else came first and bought his custom dyed bucktail.
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Jim Warner flies
Published: 2002-10-13
More than 12 years ago
Guest writers Mike Martinek and Chris DelPlato have teamed up to write, the Jim Warner - A New England Classic which hilights the contribution of this well known New Hampshire angler to streamer anglers.
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Jim Warner Swap
Published: 2011-12-20
More than 3 years ago
Jim Warner has been one of the most influential fly tyers in New England, especially for those who spend their time trolling and fishing streamers in the many lakes and ponds of the region. The gang of the streamers@ list recently had a swap of his great fly patterns.
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Jock Scott
Published: 2013-05-22
A couple of years ago
Some might consider it a bit mad or even crazy, but when Danish Niels Have ties full dressed, classic Jock Scott salmon flies, he ties them by the dozen... and then he fishes with them!
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Kai's Green Terror
Published: 2007-11-13
More than 7 years ago
If one day you should lie on the bank pounding your fists into the sand in frustration over the lack of fish and someone sneaks around the corner offering you a chartreuse coloured fly, perhaps it's German Kai Nolting who brings you the fly that will save your day:
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Ken's Cuteling
Published: 2011-07-05
More than 3 years ago
A small, soft baitfish imitation that will do a very good job standing in for a sculpin, but can be adapted to look like almost any small fish. Learn to tie it here using easily available materials - 
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Ken's Incredibly Simple Shrimp
Published: 2013-04-08
A couple of years ago
Shrimp flies are very much en vogue in the Baltic region, and keep on getting more and more complex. This one is simple and dead easy to tie - and still a very good imitation.
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Kern's Perfect Leo Shrimp
Published: 2010-07-08
More than 4 years ago
A realistic, perfect swimming shrimp imitation for both hot and cold water and a big variety of species. The fly has many neat details and is a great upgrade from those quickly tied flies. It makes your fly box look great and keeps you away from the TV.
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Kluting
Published: 1998-06-01
More than 16 years ago
Kluting, a bottom seeking fly for pike, cod, pike perch and many other fish.
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Klympen
Published: 2011-04-17
More than 3 years ago
Klympen is a simple and efficient fly for sea run browns, which should be able to catch many other kinds of fish. Originated by Henning Eskol, this fly has seen many variations since its birth.
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La Muerte
Published: 2006-02-28
More than 8 years ago
You need luck, a good guide and skills to catch a tarpon. We can't supply the luck. You'll have to go there to get a good guide. The skill... well, you'll have to hone that yourself. But a good fly pattern, that's something we can help with.
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Lake Champ
Published: 2009-06-24
More than 5 years ago
Many years ago, when Colombian Carlos Heinsohn began to tie flies, he didn't have more than a few basic materials and not more than three models of hooks. He wanted a huge dragonfly nymph, so he made one almost entirely with black and brown marabou on a #6 hook with a few wraps of copper wire.
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Lake Erie Shiner
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
Those of us fortunate enough to live in the Mid-Atlantic states of America's East coast are lucky enough to have at our disposal a free publication named The Mid-Altantic Flyfishing Guide. It was in this magazine that I first saw the Lake Erie Shiner.
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Linked flies
Published: 2001-09-06
More than 13 years ago
The flies on this page all have one thing in common: they have a linked body. Many of us strive to add life to our flies - the sense of something living. This can be done by using soft materials or adding long tails like on zonkers. These are all fine techniques that work well. But something urged me to try something different.
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Little Devil
Published: 2004-05-19
More than 10 years ago
An article on the Welsh classic The Diawl Bach and on the intriguing and intimidating concept of fishing a team of three flies on a very long leader. GFF partner Martin Joergensen has been to Wales and this is the first article from that trip.
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Loch Dhu Salmon
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
A Welsh pattern for salmon in the summer dusk. A salmon fly inspired by the Scottish pattern named after the lake Loch Dhu
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Magnus
Published: 2009-01-25
More than 6 years ago
If one particular fly was to be celebrated as the Mother of all the typical Danish, gray, nondescript hackle flies it would have to be The Magnus. Originated in 1973 in Denmark it has become a goto-fly for Many Danish as well as foreign coastal anglers.
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Magnus Classic
Published: 1995-10-14
More than 19 years ago
A great Danish fly for sea trout - The classic Magnus
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Magnus Muddler
Published: 1997-05-05
More than 17 years ago
This muddler is tied on a small stainless Mustad hook using orange deer hair, orange dyed grizzly hackle and natural rabbit dubbing with a bit of orange flash mixed in. A small beauty indeed and sooo easy to see at night.
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Malbran
Published: 2013-01-26
A couple of years ago
Malbran is the fly that catches everything. Created by Ramiro Garcia Malbràn and tied with simple and cheap materials it's the ideal fly for fierce predators like dorado, pike and bass.
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Mart's CdL Hen
Caddis Emerger

Published: 2013-10-04
A year ago
Martin Westbeek's Coq de Leon Hen Caddis Emerger has soft contours and soft materials that suggest the movements of an insect struggling to break free.
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Mart's Parachute Ant
Published: 2008-05-09
More than 6 years ago
During the warmer months of the year, they are just about anywhere... Ants. Martin Westbeek shows an easy way to tie a good ant imitation that will sit well on the surface and hopefully lure trout or grayling.
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Mart's Peccary Paraloop Emerger
Published: 2014-07-18
A couple of months ago
This emerger is great for smaller, slower streams and has proven a very successful pattern for the author. It's tied the paraloop way with no hackle under the hook.
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Martin's Mundane
Crane Fly

Published: 2012-10-13
A couple of years ago
The crane fly or daddy longlegs is a simple insect with some very distinct characteristics, in particular the very long legs, which are a key ingredient in any crane fly pattern. This pattern uses two materials and is dead simple to tie.
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Martin's Mundane
Crazy Dane

Published: 2012-10-18
A couple of years ago
A slight variation of an really old fly of mine, which again was a derivative of Bob Nauheim's famed Crazy Charlie. It's simple and really mundane, and simpler than the already very simple original!
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Martin's Mundane
Fly Project

Published: 2012-02-09
More than 3 years ago
This is the Mundane Fly Manifesto: Few and cheap materials, easy to find in the shops. Simple tying methods. Mundane flies. The whole idea is to make it simple and efficient to tie flies that work. 
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Martin's Mundane
Sand Eel

Published: 2012-02-09
More than 3 years ago
Sand eels are very common in most waters around the world. This is a very simple flatwing style sand eel that can be tied easily with very few, common materials, and make a great imitaion that is easy to cast on a light rod.
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Martin's Mundane Shrimp
Published: 2012-04-07
More than 2 years ago
Another simple, three-material fly. This time a shrimp, well suited for seatrout and probably fine for a number of other saltwater species not least bonefish. Super simple to tie and with easily accessible and cheap materials.
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Martin's Mundane Zonker Worm
Published: 2012-01-19
More than 3 years ago
For many saltwater anglers the term "worm hatch" has a magical ring to it. When the polychaete worms swim freely to spawn, the fish usually go berserk, be it trout, stripers, tarpon or a number of other species. As one writer puts it: It's like yelling "free lunch" to a high school football team.
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Martinek's CS streamers
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The 3 original Carrie Stevens Patterns on this page are shared with us from Mike Martinek's private collection with his comments.
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Mart´s Bibio
Published: 2006-10-27
More than 8 years ago
A nice thing about this Bibio is that it's versatile. Play with it, use lighter of heavier hooks, fish it with or without floatant, wrap a thinner or denser hackle, and so on. But make sure you have some Bibios in your flybox spring suddenly is here.
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Meko Special
Published: 2011-09-06
More than 3 years ago
Omeko Glinton created the Meko Special in an attempt to come up with a single fly that you can fish over any color bottom so you don't have to waste time changing flies as you move from flat to flat.
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Merry Christmas
Published: 2005-12-24
More than 9 years ago
The Global FlyFisher staff wishes everybody a very merry Christmas - and a happy New Year if we don't see you before then. A Christmas Fly saw its way into Martin's fill-the-box-project. A slightly more colorful variation of his usual drab and dull flies.
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Messy Pike Fly
Published: 2006-09-10
More than 8 years ago
Not one of Martin Joergensen's usual pike flies. For that it is way too complex and has too many tying steps and too many different materials. He doesn't like complex pike flies. "I spend dozens of minutes tying one, and a pike spends seconds shredding it!" he says.
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Mickey Finn
Published: 2013-03-07
A couple of years ago
The Mickey Finn is one of the all time classic streamers. Simple, beautiful and fairly easy to tie - and a catcher.
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Micro Tarantula Crab
Published: 2013-11-18
9 months ago
A small and mobile crab fly designed with big, wary bonefish in mind. The fly is developed by the professional fly tyer known as Peter Xtremefly
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Mike Boyer Streamers
Published: 2012-06-06
More than 2 years ago
Growing up on the West Coast, I learned about East Coast fly patterns and tyers mostly from books, and the occasional television show. I remember seeing Lee Wulff and Joe Brooks on the American Sportsman show as a youngster, fishing for Brookies.
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Mini Pig
Published: 2012-04-22
More than 2 years ago
The Baltic seatrout community has been going berserk over a huge pink fly called the Pink Pig. I find that the Mini Pig is a more sensible alternative. This article covers two versions.
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Mini Streamers
Published: 2005-11-07
More than 9 years ago
How small can you tie a streamer and still call it a streamer? The folks on the streamers@ mailing list decided to challenge themselves to a swap of streamers no larger than a size 12. The results were move interesting.
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Miss Ring
Published: 1997-01-01
More than 18 years ago
The name and appearance of this fly owes a bit to the New Zealand Mrs. Simpson flies in which a couple of feathers are roofed on each side of the fly. These flies are also known as Killer flies or tied by the Killwell style.
Monster Muddler
Published: 2001-12-12
More than 13 years ago
A large muddler for pike
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Monster Muddlers
Published: 1996-10-24
More than 18 years ago
A large muddler pattern for big fish. This one has caught both pike and baby tarpon.
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Monster's Bug
Published: 2007-05-09
More than 7 years ago
The tendency is, that flies become smaller and smaller trying to fool the fish. We end up using 7X, size 24 hooks and stealth moves on the river banks. Sometimes you need to go the opposite way, if you want a big fish at end of your tippet.
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Morrisfoam Diver
Published: 2001-09-14
More than 13 years ago
"My, what an ugly fly!" Henning glances with disgust at the brightly colored foam fly shining from the hook rest on my 5 wt. "I thought you had higher standards" he continues, knowing that I usually prefer muddlers made from natural materials for my night fishing for sea runs.
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Mouse flies
Published: 2014-05-08
4 months ago
Somewhat an oxymoron - a fly that's a mammal - but still a fun fly to tie, and not least to fish when the large fish are tuned in on a mouse menu.
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Muddler mania
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
It should be no secret that I'm a great fan of muddlers. These functional, characteristic and very beautiful flies that I connect directly with my favorite kind of fishing: night fishing for sea trout in the ocean. The technique used for tying them has always fascinated me, and although I do tie a lot of them, I still have a lot to learn in respect to spinning deer hair.
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Muddler spec.
Published: 2001-08-29
More than 13 years ago
Muddlers are mostly used for dusk or night fishing in the summer. Muddlers will work in the surface, streaming, making a wave wich can be seen by the fish against the light sky. Muddlers move a lot of water and form a good profile. Almost any type of muddler can be used for this fishing although dark and black patterns seem best.
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My Fly Box
Published: 2002-01-02
More than 13 years ago
This is my fly box. The very box that I carry in my chestpack when I go fishing on the Danish coast. It's a hand made Schweitzer mahogany box, if you're interested - the most stylish type of fly box I have ever owned.
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Mysid
Published: 1996-01-12
More than 19 years ago
Wanna tie a mysis? This might be the pattern... Small, easy to tie. It can even stand in for a small dragonfly nymph.
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Neguinha Fulô
Published: 2013-12-01
9 months ago
This fly is very simple to tie, very good for beginners, and uses very few tying materials. A lot of people in the Brazilian forum Fly Fishing Brasil really enjoyed it.
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New Streamers
Published: 2005-04-22
More than 9 years ago
Converting a classic salmon fly to hairwing form has been done for many years among salmon anglers. Recently, the gang on the streamers@ mailing list tried their hand at converting classic salmon patterns to trout flies.
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Niels' flies
Published: 2008-06-13
More than 6 years ago
If you thought that silk lines, split cane rods and full dressed salmon flies was something people used a century ago, you may want to read this article about Niels Have who fishes his classical flies on a Phoenix silk line wound on a Hardy Perfect reel mounted on a Highlander two-hand split cane rod.
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Ninja Toe Biter
Published: 2010-06-27
More than 4 years ago
Since we all know that "Stripahs" never eat crabs... ['get stuck on the way down!?]... Well, maybe sometimes... Follow Pete Grays easy crab tie using mesh, rubber legs, glue and sand.
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Nize
Published: 2012-12-13
A couple of years ago
Nize is a tube fly tied the environmentally friendly way - reusing tube scraps from other flies. It's an efficient fly for salmon.
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North Country flies on blind hooks
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
More than 30 years ago I tied some of the North Country Flies on blind hooks. At that time Veniard Ltd. had them in their catalogue - but I had no silk-worm gut, so I tied them to fine monofile nylon. By Preben Torp Jacobsen
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Nothing...
Published: 2006-09-20
More than 8 years ago
Sometimes trout and grayling sip "nothing" from the surface. You have tried the smallest parachute in your fly box - size 18. What they are taking is much smaller. You look again into your fly box, and right - there is no "Nothing" there.
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Nutria muddler
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
A large surface muddler for all fish that eat in the darkness.
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OEDDS
Published: 2006-02-16
More than 9 years ago
How many of your flies work both in salt and fresh water? How many of these actually look like something real? The Deep Diving Shrimp is such a fly. Oliver Edward's allround Gammarus imitation works equally well everywhere you find this very widespread animal.
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Omoe Brush
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Ken Bonde Larsen's now-classical Danish sea trout pattern.
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One Mallard Shrimp
Published: 2013-06-01
A couple of years ago
As a Baltic sea trout angler you can never get enough shrimp patterns, and this one was tied as a result of access to some really fine mallard feathers.
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Opossum
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
A simple fly for sea trout.
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Opossum Shrimp
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
An imitation well suited for inshore fishing.
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Orange Twist
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
This fly used to be a twist fly like the yellow Twist of Lemon, but it changed and eventually lost the typical twisted body. It has a normal tinsel body and a thorax of peacock herl, but looks much like the Twist of Lemon.
OSA Nymph
Published: 2014-07-08
A couple of months ago
A generic nymph that can do equally well as a stonefly or mayfly nymph as it can a waterboatman or backswimmer
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Our first mullets
Published: 2007-04-05
More than 7 years ago
Since the 1960's the mullets have visited the Danish and South Swedish waters from late May to late October. They feed on green weed, are easily scared and do not pay interest to flies - most of the time. Impossible - but in 2005 Kasper Mühlbach hooked one fish.
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Para-Hackle Emerger
Published: 2009-11-27
More than 5 years ago
Effective anglers carry a myriad of emerger-style flies to take picky trout during hatches. While there are many styles of emergers to choose from, para-hackle style flies may not come to mind first. Tying emergers para-hackle style is a forgotten technique not often taught and even fished less. We at GFF can't understand why!?! Read along as GFF partner Steve Schweitzer walks you through the
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Peeete's Pheather'
n'Phlash

Published: 2013-01-22
A couple of years ago
AKA Peeete's Welded Wide Body Tunnel Hull Pheather'n'Phlash Tube Phly. The name is complex, but the fly is simple, showing how to build a large baitfish imitation with few and easily accessible materials - and Pete Gray's neat welding technique.
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PeeMew Midge
Published: 2006-02-18
More than 9 years ago
In the vise, this pattern may not look exciting, but when wet, this fly takes on a whole new personality! It's a simple pattern for complex trout. Be sure to read Steve's "Tips for the Curious Fly Tier" which explains how this pattern came about and
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Perminator
Published: 2013-06-06
A couple of years ago
This rabbit zonker fly imitates a mantis shrimp, a very important food resource for big permit and bonefish, and utilizes the mobile zonker strips to induce life in the fly.
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PET Blue NJ
Published: 2011-04-08
More than 3 years ago
Black and blue colors are great no matter where you are fishing for salmon or sea trout. The PET Blue is just one of several colors of Nils Jorgensen's PETs. They are great in all sizes and easy to tie on the new Pro Tube System.
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Pete's EZ Hopper
Published: 2002-09-20
More than 12 years ago
"...once they broke the surface film, the butts would tilt down and the head and shoulders would be the only part of the grasshopper above water. They neither rode high in the water, nor lay in a horizontal plane. My thought was to design a hopper that would duplicate that presentation." Read more about Peter Frailey's EZ Hopper.
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Phar Side Phly
Published: 2010-02-28
More than 4 years ago
They all start out as PhuzzieNotions [R&D ideas rattling around in Pete Gray's noggin and looking for a place to happen]... and then materialize into PharSidePhlyz. Saltwater flies can all start here and become almost anything.
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Philatelic phlies
Published: 1998-11-30
More than 16 years ago
Do Postal Services have notions of flyfishing? Do flyfishers have something in common with stamp collectors? By Bas Verschoor
Pike Duster
Published: 2013-10-14
A year ago
Inspired by some large, colorful saddles and an ordinary feather duster, this pike fly is voluminous and voluptuous, easy to tie and easy to cast.
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Pike streamer
Published: 2002-02-01
More than 13 years ago
This colorful fly is an almost neutral density pike pattern that fishes in, or just below the surface. It is excellent for summer pike fishing in shallow waters.
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Pinky Pain
Published: 2012-04-19
More than 2 years ago
Bright, colorful and visible. A perfect fly for slow fish in cold or murky water. It earned its name because the creator hooked his own nose with it on its maiden voyage! Seatrout like it, but other trout will too.
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PK Mysis Variant
Published: 2012-04-23
More than 2 years ago
An extremely lightly dressed and delicate fly that imitates a mysid originated by Danish fly tyer Per Karlsen. Per has made the Variant himself, and it's really simple!
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Polar Perch
Published: 2009-01-15
More than 6 years ago
Perch and Shad are tasty baitfish that warmwater game fish love to snack upon. Modifying the classic Deceiver-style pattern yields a tasty fly that is easy to cast and won't tangle upon itself. Find out from GFF partner Steve Schweitzer the key steps required to tie 
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Portraits of Salmon Flies
Published: 2012-10-28
A couple of years ago
We have featured Danish Niels Have's beautiful full dressed classic salmon flies before, but here's another take on them. He ties these flies for fishing, but in a very high quality.
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Poul Jorgensen's General Practitioner
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
In this autumn I had the pleasure of meeting my countryman Poul Jorgensen at two lectures he held here in Jutland, Denmark. One of the flies he tied was his version of Edmund Drury's famous salmonfly, the General Practitioner. Tied after its original recipe it's something of a task to make; but Poul has found out a simpler, but just as effective pattern. By Preben Torp Jacobsen
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Prince Nymphs
Published: 2003-11-24
More than 11 years ago
Mike Hogue drops by and offers us some variations of one of the all time popular trout flies - the Prince Nymph. By adding "a little flash and glamour", we have a few new things to try the next time we're getting skunked and want to try something different.
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Rackelhanen
Published: 2006-04-18
More than 8 years ago
It will form legs, wing, body and the perfect silhouette of a caddis. It's a great floater and superb for fast water or as an indicator tied on above a seductive nymph.
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Raven NJ
Published: 2011-04-11
More than 3 years ago
Simple things somehow often seem to work and this has also been the case for one of Nils Jorgensen's absolute favorite salmon flies, the Raven NJ. It has proven itself many times.
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Real Enough!
Published: 2003-01-16
More than 12 years ago
A bunch of quite realistic flies by a bunch of well known and unknown international tiers. These fantastic flies are not super realistic imitations, but they certainly look real and convincing enough to fool both men and fish!
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Realistic Flies
Published: 2002-12-26
More than 12 years ago
Realistic flies are not only for the display case. As Steve Thornton shows us, realism can also be applied to practical and effective fishing flies. Trout and grayling beware!
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Red Tag
Published: 2011-04-14
More than 3 years ago
Few flies are as classical as the Red Tag, which was originated as a dry fly for grayling, but has been adapted to many other kinds of fishing. The fly dates back to the 1850's where it came out of the vice of Martyn Flynn. This variation is for sea run browns.
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Red Tag Palmer
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
An all time classic which here is tied for sea trout in ocean and stream.
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Redfish Puff
Published: 2013-01-18
A couple of years ago
Lead dumbbell eyes, a bit of flash, marabou and some deer hair and and you have a deadly fly for fish prowling the flats for shrimp and crabs. It's the Redfish Puff, and it catches more than redfish.
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Rolled Muddler
Published: 2012-04-21
More than 2 years ago
I met the Rolled Muddler in BC while fishing for Pacific salmon, but like it so much that I'll tie up a bunch for my local seatrout, and I'm sure they will work.
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S&L's Lost Flies
Published: 2006-10-09
More than 8 years ago
Dick Stewart and Bob Leeman's book "Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon" has inspired fly tyers for the 24 years since it's publication in 1982. Here, finally, we get to see some of the patterns listed in the back of the book that did not have supporting photographs.
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Salt Water Caddis
Published: 2001-12-10
More than 13 years ago
A muddler pattern
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Salt water spiders
Published: 2001-09-02
More than 13 years ago
The least dressed fly of all The classic spider fly has to be one of the least dressed flies of all times. A slender body and a thin hackle - and that's it.
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Salty dreams and glassy shrimp
Published: 2007-12-14
More than 7 years ago
Chris Edghill writes: "Fascinating to see how they worked together, one would dive in between the rocks and sea grass, completely burying itself and the others just milled around waiting for a shrimp to dart out from it's hiding place where it would be quickly devoured."
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Sand eel/lance
Published: 2001-09-07
More than 13 years ago
The sand eel or lance - called the tobis in Danish - is one of the most common fish on the Dansih coasts, and is an important part of the diet of especially larger sea trout and cod for that matter. Because of that it is an interesting fish to imitate.
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Sawada tubes
Published: 2001-02-10
More than 14 years ago
Niels Have's take on some Ken Sawada patterns - tied on tubes.
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Screwhead Matuka
Published: 2002-12-08
More than 12 years ago
GFF partner Martin Joergensen has been fooling aruond with Bidoz Products brand new Kameleon Heads. These aluminium heads screw onto almost any straight eye hook - such as the one on the Screwhead Matuka.
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Sea Trout Munker
Published: 2014-06-28
A couple of months ago
Inspired by Kim Sorensen's salmon fly the Munker I set out to make a sea trout variant for the salt
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Seatrout flies for 2012
Published: 2012-04-18
More than 2 years ago
The seatrout season will soon be upon us here in northern Europe, and Martin thought he'd expand his horizon a bit and add some new seatrout patterns to his flybox before the 2012 season.
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Sexy Crab
Published: 2013-06-11
A couple of years ago
A crab pattern tied with a solid structure using extremely resistant materials but at the same time keeping it naturally looking and full of movement
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Shark's Caddis Larva
Published: 2009-04-08
More than 5 years ago
This is a very simple fly imitating the caddis larva. Some may call it realistic fly, some will say impressionistic, but no matter what, the originator says with 100% certainty that it's a killer pattern and he has caught lots of fish with it in many different places.
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Shark's Wasp
Published: 2009-03-26
More than 5 years ago
Bulgarian fly tyer and fly angler Radoslav Kiskinov takes another stab at imitating a terrestrial insect - this time the wasp - and with usual skill he manages to produce a very life-like fly. Bulgarian anglers and Bulgarian fish love it.
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SHCZCDNTM
Published: 2003-07-30
More than 11 years ago
Yep! It's yet another one of that Danish madman's muddlers. This time with an even longer name: The Short Heavy Chicago-Zürich-Copenhagen Delayed Nutria Tube Muddler or SHCZCDNTM for easier remembering!
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Sheep hair flies
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Recently I've begun working with a material that was introduced to me through the tying of Dave Whitlock. In particular, his "sheep series" of baitfish flies. It's Icelandic Sheep Hair, although some distributors refer to it as "Streamer Hair" or "Secret Streamer Hair". I've found it to be a wonderful tying material for large streamer type flies.
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Shrimp anatomy for the fly tyer
Published: 2012-05-01
More than 2 years ago
Having seen, tied and fished shrimp flies for many years, Martin feels a need to do a little lecture on the real appearance of shrimp, especially targeted at fly tyers.
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Simo Lumme
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
He send me copies of some of his own creations and moreover delicate watercolour drawings of his in Scandinavia very famous Sedge Pupa - imitation. As his flies are very little known in Europe, I shall try to give a description.
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Simple Streamers
Published: 2004-02-03
More than 11 years ago
Ray Bergman is the originator of these three simple mixed wing streamers. The three were included in the updated version of Col. Bate's wonderful book "Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing". The combination of materials, the overall shape and color of the streamers really caught Bob Petti's eye.
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Sinister Phly
Published: 2010-03-09
More than 4 years ago
Another variation on large saltwater flies from the hands of Pete Gray. Mainly for striped bass, but useful for other specied too. This is the sinister version for fishing in darkness - or for dead drifting at O'dark thirty as Pete puts it.
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Small and large flies for sea trout
Published: 2002-10-14
More than 12 years ago
I highly recommend using small flies for fall fishing for sea trout and rainbows in salt water. The fish have been feeding all summer and can be picky and veeery slow and reluctant to take any fly offered to them.
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Small flies
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
If you want success with picky sea trout you can consider two tactics: go small... or go LARGE!
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Small muddler
Published: 1995-12-14
More than 19 years ago
Muddlers are a type of flies that I love to tie and fish with. And they also catch fish. In my small story from the Danish summer night, you can read what this small modest muddler can do. A fly I had a fair success with
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Smallmouth Jump
Published: 2005-12-05
More than 9 years ago
Mark Dysinger has been chasing smallmouth bass with the flyrod for many years, and during that time he's come across some surprisingly difficult fish. Super clear water and high fishing pressure can make these bass as fussy and easily spooked as any educated trout.
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Smelt swap
Published: 1998-06-06
More than 16 years ago
The intent of this swap was for each member to provide a dozen streamers which represented the Rainbow Smelt in casting sizes. Some of the entries were "recognized" patterns, but many were original dressings.
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Soft-Hackles
Published: 2004-06-20
More than 10 years ago
This is the book that soft hackled aficionados have been waiting years to see. Not only is it chock full of wonderful patterns and photos of well tied flies, but it contains summaries of all the classic soft hackle texts.
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Spey & Dee
Published: 2005-11-25
More than 9 years ago
GFF partner Martin Joergensen writes: "...the often lightly dressed Dee and Spey flies with their long and swung back hackles and low riding wings are just soooo fishy!". That's why he finds John Shewey's book "Spey Flies and Dee Flies - Their History & Construction" interesting.
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Spey Hackles
Published: 2000-01-01
More than 15 years ago
I've been fascinated with spey flies for a long time. The first I had ever seen was a Purple Spey tied by Tim Purvis, which arrived in a swap of steelhead flies a bunch of us FF@'ers exchanged several years ago. The next was an Olive Spey tied by Juro Mukai in a swap of atlantic salmon flies.
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Speyshal
Published: 1999-02-16
More than 16 years ago
Like most ideas... they mature slowly. It was not until late March that, during a private flytying tuition session to a talented, young colleague, I saw clearly in my mind what my Skunks would look like.
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Spider NJ
Published: 2011-05-03
More than 3 years ago
Once again, simple is good! Once again, black is good! Once again, rubber legs are good! Once again a tube fly from Nils Jorgensen. This little tube fly is so easy to tie that you can easily fill a box in no time.
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Splayed-A-Live
Published: 2002-10-25
More than 12 years ago
Pike fishing requires large flies, and they are not nice to cast! GFF partner Martin Joergeensen has improvised over some well known salt water patterns and made them into a fly, which is light, large, easy to tie and still acceptable to cast on a 7 weight rod.
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Spotless fly
Published: 2004-08-09
More than 10 years ago
The two spots in the name of this fly comes from the bait, which it is supposed to imitate: the twospotted goby. Gobies - which are much like sculpins - are an extremely common kind of fish in the shallow parts of all bodies of water - fresh and salt, still and running.
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Squid Vicious
Published: 2010-03-18
More than 4 years ago
Each fall and winter Puget Sound hosts millions of Squid as they move into inland waters to spawn. Puget Sound local Kelvin Kleinman has created the Squid Vicious to imitate these protein rich morsels.
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Squirrel streamer
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
This small streamer is as neutral and ordinary as can be. It's a small trout fry pattern, that can be used in fairly clear water in spring and autumn. Retrieve in short, fast jerks.
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Squirrel Zonker
Published: 2012-08-06
More than 2 years ago
This is an update to one of the first patterns ever featured on the Global FlyFisher. The old article about this fly is from 1996, and has been in the site with its scanned B/W picture since then.
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Squirrel zonker
Published: 1996-03-14
More than 18 years ago
I used to hate zonkers; those pre cut rabbit strips were like hell to tie with: too thick skin, too long hair, too wide strips. I stopped tying them until someone told me how to cut my own strips.
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Staring Sunray Shadow
Published: 2008-10-29
More than 6 years ago
Ray Brook's classic the Sunray Shadow can hardly be outdone by any variation of this simple yet very efficient fly. But some people still like to add little details to killer patterns. This version of the Sunray has a body and eyes.
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Steelhead Beetle
Published: 2012-01-26
More than 3 years ago
While looking at steelhead flies with a BC guide, one fly in particular stood out: a somewhat ugly contraption with a deer hair wing and not least an "overhanging" head, in other words tied so that the hook eye was under the fly and not in front.
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Strange X-Mas
Published: 2006-04-11
More than 8 years ago
Minnow, sand eel, fry. This little fly will imitate most small, transparent fish. Based on a now-classical Danish sea trout fly with an added zonker strip, there is little new under the sun. But it does catch fish as pictures in the article will show you.
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Strange X-mas
Published: 2006-04-11
More than 8 years ago
Martin Joergensen talks about the fly that broke a straight row of 19 skunked trips. Nothing ingenious, nothing really new and nothing exceptional, but obviously a producer.
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Stream flies for sea trout and steelhead
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Streamers 365
Published: 2013-02-15
A couple of years ago
The Streamers 365 project has delighted streamer aficionados worldwide by delivering a new and beautiful streamer photo online every day. We have talked to Darren MacEachern, the man behind the project.
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Sunray Shadow
Published: 2007-05-21
More than 7 years ago
The Sunray Shadow is a true killer fly for salmon fishing. Tied on a tube with a wing and no body, simple as few flies, but still - or maybe rather because of that - extremely efficient. The fly uses few materials and is very easy to tie.
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Surf Candy
Published: 2006-02-12
More than 9 years ago
Experimenting with epoxy might glue you to the tying bench for hours, days, weeks. You can make highly durable, translucent baitfish imitations using synthetics and epoxy. Some years ago Bob Popovic's book "Pop Fleyes" introduced Kasper Mühlbach to the Surf Candy.
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Susquehanna Smallmouth patterns
Published: 2000-01-11
More than 15 years ago
If you mention smallmouth bass fishing in Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna River immediately comes to mind. This article features 14 efficient flies for Susquehanna smallmouth from the hands first time contributor Robb Nicewonger.
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Sydney Opera Mouse
Published: 2014-05-29
3 months ago
A crazy foam construction that looks very little like a mouse and a lot like an opera house
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Tabou Daddy
Published: 2008-12-26
More than 6 years ago
Steve Schweitzer is at it again. He just can't stay away from those chick-a-bou feathers. Maybe it's because chick-a-bou is so versatile and incredibly buggy looking. After tying up four variations of a crawdad pattern, he finally found what worked best. See what he caught on his latest addition to the Tabou Series of flies and
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The Barbell Tube
Published: 2009-03-13
More than 5 years ago
Steve Egge has been spending some time lately playing at the vise with some interesting bottle tubes.Here is his latest, which shows how varied you can be with tube tying. Tying behind the tube, on the tube body and in front of the tube.
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The Bat Fly
Published: 2013-02-27
A couple of years ago
To tie Andrew Herd's Bat Fly, you will need a packet of Polo mints, a pair of shears and a full-bore rifle.
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The Bjarke
Published: 2002-10-01
More than 12 years ago
Bjarke is a fly that I primarily designed to make use of these very webby feathers that always seem to be left over on the necks and saddles, when all the 'good' feathers are used.
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The Black Frede
Published: 2001-10-10
More than 13 years ago
The Grey Frede is a surefire pattern for sea trout. It's a very versatile and robust fly that has become very popular. I decided to tie a darker version of the same fly.
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The Bloody Zonker
Published: 2011-06-26
More than 3 years ago
This fly is a bright and tasty looking bite of feathers and fur that can sometimes be the key to luring a big trout. It's a variation of a variation of the Bloody Butcher.
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The Bottle Cleaner
Published: 2001-10-10
More than 13 years ago
This is an old favorite. Good under almost all conditions and with a lot of trout in its history.
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The Bumble Bee
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
This pattern was originally made one evening when I was tying with some friends. My friend Henning had some light SLF left over from one of his flies. I scavenged the SLF and started a fly on a heavy Tiemco hook. The tail was casually made from some natural bucktail that I had brought.
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The CDC & Elk family
Published: 2011-08-04
More than 3 years ago
Hans Weilenmann's CDC & Elk is a fly as good as they come. Still a lot of people - including Hans himself and the author - have made variations. This article covers a whole bunch of CDC & Elk variations.
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The Charlie Fly
Published: 2009-03-30
More than 5 years ago
The Charlie Fly was inspired by the underfur from the originator's Chocolate Lab. Ken Bonde Larsen's dog has unwillingly become the material manufacturer for this great sea trout producer. As it often is with Danish with sea trout flies it's a small, generic pattern.
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The Chicken or Pasta Fly
Published: 2013-05-12
A couple of years ago
Too much about airplane food... and too little about fly tying and fly fishing. An ancient pattern from the Illustrated Pattern Swap year 2000.
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The Christmas Tree
Published: 2011-06-11
More than 3 years ago
This fly is primitive close to being embarrassing. It's even ugly. It uses one material only and a crude and synthetic one at that. But... and there's a but... GFF partner Martin Joergensen has to admit that it's an efficient fly. It catches a lot of fish.
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The Clouserish
Published: 2011-06-08
More than 3 years ago
Very inspired by the Clouser style as well as the Thunder Creek, but not tied quite as any of the originals. The Clouser-ish will still go in the Clouser Deep Minnow category, and as all these flies it's an excellent and easy-to-tie fly.
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The Copper Bully
Published: 2009-05-13
More than 5 years ago
No sea trout box should be without a small Gammerus imitation, and the Copper Bully is one of the most efficient and easily tied ones. Consisting of very few materials in this version, it hardly gets any easier. It can also be a scud or a cress bug in a tight spot.
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The Crab
Published: 2001-10-11
More than 13 years ago
This is a fly made for a very specific purpose: cod fishing. It's used on a sink tip or sinking line over fairly deep water (3-4 meter or 10-13') from a float tube, and will turn upside down and 'walk' on the bottom.
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The Dalby Dribbler
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Dalby is a place in Western Sealand often fished by Danish coastal fisher and photographer Mark Vagn Hansen. For one of his trips here, he tied a fly using a couple of brown hackles and an orange hot spot on the back of the hook.
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The Dirty White
Published: 2008-11-14
More than 6 years ago
We continue our series of tube flies tied in the Scandinavian style. This fly is another subdued yellow, white and gray fly, well suited for bright light and clear water. It uses a mallard hackle to create a nice, closed shape.
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The eel smelling shrimp
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Jan Reniers has become famous for his different shrimp creations, his latest being a shrimp imitation with a shield of real eel skin, which, when wet, has the typical smell that attracts fish.
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The Fair Fly
Published: 2001-10-09
More than 13 years ago
This fly is a larger and more imitative variation of the Squirrel Zonker. The addition of the eyes and the heavy hair hackle makes the fly more fishlike and the Fair Fly is a good imitation of a sculpin.
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The Femmer Crab
Published: 2001-10-09
More than 13 years ago
This fly is the latest development in my experiments with the melt glue I have used with some success for cod. This version is much smaller than the original and uses a simpler and better method for building the body. This not only makes the fly faster to make, but also much easier to cast.
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The Flasher
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The Flasher fly is not so much a fly as a method of adding a spinner to any tube fly which under certain circumstances enhances its attractiveness to almost any species of fish.
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The Flatwing style
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The flatwing streamer style has been a consistant producer for me over the years, particularly in the smaller casting sizes for brook trout.
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The Flee
Published: 1998-10-09
More than 16 years ago
This fly was made as an imitation of a very numerous and common group of small crustaceans/isopods, that are present on the menu of sea trout. The animals are very small - a few millimeters - but still the trout will eat them in great numbers. This is especially in the late summer and autumn.
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The Flex Hex
Published: 1997-07-15
More than 17 years ago
The fly that did the Limbata as told by Jim Hauer By John Nebel
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The Floating Shrimp
Published: 1997-11-03
More than 17 years ago
One of Hanafi Saleh's patterns is the "HS Floating Shrimp" which is very suitable for fishing just above the bottomweeds, or just above the bottom without the risk of getting snagged at underwater obstacles.
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The Fluff
Published: 2010-01-17
More than 5 years ago
Fish must be stupid to mistake this simple and efficient pattern for something edible, and luckily they are and they do. Danish Per Gade leads you through the paces of tying and fishing The Fluff.
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The Gladiator
Published: 1997-09-03
More than 17 years ago
The Gladiator started as a joke but one with a lot of thought behind it's origins. By Bob Kenly
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The Gold Nugget
Published: 2002-10-23
More than 12 years ago
This little pattern will sink just like a beadhead and will imitate the colors a golden stone nymph has, almost to perfection. Follow the tying sequences in the article to make your own! Steve Schweitzer has created another killer!
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The Green Inchworm
Published: 2012-10-23
A couple of years ago
Most of the rivers in Northern and mid Patagonia are lined with trees, most of which are willows, and in summer they supply one of the trout's favourite meals, the willow worm.
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The Grey Fred
Published: 2008-12-02
More than 6 years ago
A true classic on the Danish coast and a very universal small fish imitation, which has not only caught thousands of sea trout, but would very likely also be able to catch almost anything that has scales and swims.
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The history of the gold bead
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The gold bead flies that are now so popular, actually originated in the central part of Europe - more than 100 years ago. By Roman Moser
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The Idiot
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The Idiot - or 'Idioten' in Danish - is another typical Danish sea trout pattern. The story of this fly is quite well known and documented. A team of Danish fly fishers including Erik Døssing were fishing in Norway when one of the company stated that he had never caught a sea trout on fly in the stream Karup Aa - probably Denmark's most productive and famous sea trout stream.
The IQ shrimps
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Both IQ and Orange shrimp are excellent Sea Trout flies. They are easy and quick to tie. I've used them as a secret weapon for several years now. Weather conditions will dictate the size of fly I prefer. You may tie these patterns on any type of hook, singles, double including trebles in small sizes 10 to 14. By Ismo Saastamoinen
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The IQ Zeb Macahan
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
This fly was ordered by Swedish Fly fishing shop as a logo type. I got the material and colors witch would be included and free hands to create. IQ Zeb Macahan was the final product of this.
The Jassid
Published: 1996-06-01
More than 18 years ago
The headline contains some truth in the sense: When trout/graylings eat tiny surface-food, they only nead to open their mouth to a narrow slot and sip the fly in. If one presents them with a fly with a broad hackle - then they can't suck it in through their narrow mouth.
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The Junior Mysis
Published: 2006-01-29
More than 9 years ago
A fly tied for sea trout in the Baltic area. It proved to be efficient in other places too. Translucent and yet colored. Tie it in olive, rusty or tan and you can imitate any camouflaged mysis - and it will stand out from the crowd. Can be tied by seniors too...
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The killer fly
Published: 2002-09-16
More than 12 years ago
How about a fly which has caught tuna in the tropics, salmon and trout in Russia, cod in Denmark and a number og other fish in Global destinations? Claus Bech-Petersen's simple Tinsel Fly is such a fly. Read Claus' article with history, patterns and fishing methods.
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The Killer Mantis
Published: 2012-01-23
More than 3 years ago
Who else than epoxy wizard (and madman) Bob Kenly would take on tying... eh, building... eh, constructing a Mantis Shrimp as a fly? Follow the project this article where you can read Bob's story about the fly and see pictures of the process and the finished fly.
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The Killer Shrimp
Published: 2011-06-29
More than 3 years ago
The Killer Shrimp hardly looks like anything. It's gray and translucent, sparsely dressed and inconspicuous. But it catches fish. It's a great fly for those bright and calm days where sea trout seem to be unwilling to take any fly.
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The Lab
Published: 2002-02-28
More than 12 years ago
Strange ideas from fly tyers who think differently. This is the melting pot of many new - and some useless - patterns
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The Locofoam Story
Published: 2002-10-25
More than 12 years ago
Harrison Steeve's story about a brand new foam material for terrestrials and many other flies. "You guys are crazy to spend so much time messing around with that loco foam." Needless to say the name stuck. Read the whole story here.
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The Magnus
Published: 1996-11-30
More than 18 years ago
Magnus is a 'classic' on the Danish coast. This small anonymous fly and its very similar brothers the Frede, Sandshrimp and many others, are probably the most catching flies on the coasts of Denmark. The eyes and the palmer hackle are the prime characteristics of the Magnus, which is mostly used in clear water.
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The Mango
Published: 2006-05-12
More than 8 years ago
The Mickey Finn is one of the first streamers many beginning fly tyers learn to tie. Kasper Mühlbach never used it and for years a yellow and orange fly was missing in his fly box. Last year he was inspired to tie a replacement.
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The Match Shrimp
Published: 2002-09-24
More than 12 years ago
Matching the hatch is rarely the item when fishing for sea trout in the ocean. The fish are rarely selective and you're sometimes surprised by which flies they are willing to take. But on a few occasions it can be important to imitate the small animals eaten by the trout.
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The Mia Fly
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Using dogs hair for flies is probably quite common. Most dog owning fly fisher have probably combed their dogs and been struck by the fact that dogs' hair would make a fine dubbing material. Photographer Mark Vagn Hansen did so with his dog Mia, and wound up tying a very productive pattern used for sea trout and - naturally - named it The Mia Fly.
The Moor Fly
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
This one of the really genuine Danish flies for sea trout in the streams. The Moor Fly (Hedefluen in Danish) in some fishers eyes work magic and can at times be the most dominating fly on certain Danish sea trout streams.
The Moyerfokker
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
A well worm, ugly, but nevertheless effective specimen of The Moyerfokker
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The Munker
Published: 2014-06-18
A couple of months ago
A very successful Danish muddler tube fly developed by Kim Sorensen for salmon and sea trout, particularly suited for slow water.
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The Mymph
Published: 1996-01-20
More than 19 years ago
This has been my most successfull trout fly in the autumn of 1995. I've caught most of my trout from a float tube, and I believe that one of the keys to the success of this fly is the fact that it's weighted. This and the fact that it's actually very nymph like tells me that it would probably act fine as a stonefly nymph imitation, and this has given the fly it's name 'My nymph' or 'Mymph' for short.
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The New Flee
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
A small and simple sea trout fly
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The Omoe Brush
Published: 2008-12-19
More than 6 years ago
This fly is originally meant to be an imitation of a small clamworm like a small Nereis, but can be considered a generic pattern more than an exact imitation of these polychaetes. It takes its vantage point in the red body feathers of the Golden Pheasant.
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The Orange Silver
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
A fly which is just a piece of imagination created one evenning in march. I have been fooling around with a plain type of steelhead or salmon flies this last year. These are all signified by simple feather wings and the use of classic materials like floss, tinsel and plain feathers
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The Oscar Fly
Published: 2014-03-10
6 months ago
First there was The Collie Dog, then the less famous Charlie Fly and now the Oscar Fly. A traditional palmered wet fly in greyish colors - with a secret and rare smoke colored body. See how to tie it and why Flemming prefers them in small sizes.
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The Overtaker
Published: 2008-11-08
More than 6 years ago
A small black tube fly inspired by the classical Undertaker and flies like the Green Butt. This small fly shows that bube flies do not have to be large. It's petite, it's black and it's sexy with a small hotspot.
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The Perfect Woolly
Published: 2010-02-08
More than 5 years ago
Many flies were developed from the Woolly Bugger, German Raoul Kempkes got back to it and created a very simple pattern which is extremely durable and very easy to tie. Only a few materials are needed to tie a great pattern which is highly versatile. The perfect Woolly Bugger!
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The Pink Pig - Pattegrisen
Published: 2008-01-05
More than 7 years ago
You have probably heard about and maybe even watched The Pink Panther. If so, you also know the soundtrack. Put that on and take a look to see what a Pink Pig is, and if it has anything in common with the panther or if there is more Miss Piggy in this fly tied for tarpon, bonefish and trout.
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The Plipper
Published: 2006-07-16
More than 8 years ago
One of the strangest fly-contraptions ever to see daylight in GFF partner Martin Joergensen's vice (which has seen some strange flies). It's a tube fly. It uses one basic material. It's tied without thread. It's ugly, but it works. It's a popper with a lip - a Plipper.
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The Polar Conehead
Published: 2012-10-04
A couple of years ago
This is a muddler design type of fly that is more or less a derived idea based on something that has been copied many times, but never the less an efficient fly that has caught the author many fish.
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The Real Deer Hair
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
A sedge pattern in the Goddard tradition - with a twist This fly is a combination of the G+H Sedge and a hackling method adapted from Dutch Piet Weeda - making it a one-material-fly. By Sven Ostermann
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The Real Rag Worm
Published: 2007-03-21
More than 7 years ago
Every year in March and April the rag worms emerge from the bottom to secure the next generation. They swim freely in the water, wiggling from one side to the other. Sea gulls feed on the from above and many fish species seem to focus on them from beneath.
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The Red and Copper Shrimp
Published: 2012-06-12
More than 2 years ago
Several keen fly fishers now use this salmon fly most of the season. This pattern is good for rivers in a higher state of flow.
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The Red Fly
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
A large colorful fly for cod fishing.
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The Rocket
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
During a recent gettogether with some Danish flyfishers I hauled out some of my cod flies. One of them was this one - The Rocket. They were quite excited about the fly - first of all because it's a light tube fly, second because it's very durable. They saw in it not only the cod fly that I had made, but also a pike fly, a fly for pike perch and a universal fly for all kinds of deep fishing for larger fish.
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The Ronker
Published: 2012-08-24
A couple of years ago
Rubber legs and a zonker... in orange. The Ronker is a fly for deep dwelling trout, featuring some weight bright colors, mobile materials and not least rubber legs.
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The Sabot Fly
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
On the surface the job was simple, come up with some pike flies for my friend's teenage son's trip to Canada, something small enough that a teenager can handle and still tempt a pike.
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The Shank
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
An almost naked fly with almost no materials.
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The Simplest Fly
Published: 2009-04-03
More than 5 years ago
"What is this" "A fly!" "What kind of fly" "Well, this is a fly that imitates a beetle" The fly that he showed me then was really huge one, may be about 2 - 2,5 centimeters or almost and inch in diameter. "Wow, why is it so big?" "Because I am an old man, I can not see well"
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The Super Pupa
Published: 2013-07-21
A couple of years ago
With such a name a fly has to be good. And this one is. The Super Pupa is a killer pattern! Different, simple to tie, and very efficient.
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The Tabou Caddis Emerger
Published: 2006-02-06
More than 9 years ago
Made with only two materials, this highly effective caddis emerger pattern will take only minutes to tie and allow you to load up your fly box with Global Fly Fisher's hottest new pattern.
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The Terrible Muddler
Published: 2011-08-01
More than 3 years ago
This is the lazy man's muddler, the sloppy tier's muddler, the beginner's muddler. It's actually quite close in style to some of the first Muddler Minnows tied by Don Gapen back in the 30's.
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The Test Tube
Published: 2013-02-05
A couple of years ago
A weird and futuristic construction from the archives. Really easy to tie... eh, make... uhm... construct... Metal, plastic and glue.
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The Triangle Fly
Published: 2005-02-12
More than 10 years ago
This is a strange kind of saltwater fly for sea trout - nothing like other flies - sparse and skinny, tied on a treble, only two materials. But it works says GFF partner Martin Joergensen, who is almost embarassed to tell how to tie this über-simple fly.

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The Universal Nymph
Published: 2002-10-20
More than 12 years ago
It's a beadhead, no, a hare's ear, no... How about a flashback pheasant-tail... could be sort-of-a prince nymph, maybe a copper-john-alike or a biot-bug; whatever it is, it's versatile!. This is the Universal Nymph by GFF partner Steve Schweizter. Read the step-by-step tying instructions here.
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The Welded Phly
Published: 2010-10-26
More than 4 years ago
Remember the line from "The Graduate"? "PLASTICS!" The hook was dressed with thread and body braid... fine makings for a proper foundation were in place... Temperamental pheatherz were spot welded in place without complaint nor defiance...
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The White
Published: 2009-06-01
More than 5 years ago
The White is a stable pattern in originator Rasmus Hansen's coastal sea trout flybox, He uses it as a provocation (read: attractor) or as a shrimp imitation, and prefers it for turbulent water and autumn fishing. The fly is simple, one color only, and one of these universal flies that can catch anything.
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The Zuddler
Published: 2004-08-14
More than 10 years ago
Question: What to you get when you combine elements of a Muddler Minnow and a Zonker? Answer: A Zuddler - an excellent steelhead fly. Joe Emery and John Rode have combined a zonker strip, a muddler head and a cone head into a killer pattern.
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This fly is NOT called Europe!
Published: 2013-07-11
A couple of years ago
The name of this renown fly is Europea 12 - with an a - oftentimes just called E-12. It's a true European classic, a great caddis imitation and even easy to tie.
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Thunder Creeks
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Fifteen Thunder Creek patterns.
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Tight Line Shrimp
Published: 2013-01-29
A couple of years ago
A go to shrimp fly for tailing redfish from Laguna Madre based fly fisherman Roy Lopez. Easy to tie and perfect for the reds as well as a bunch of other species.
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Tom's Hopper
Published: 2012-04-12
More than 2 years ago
Before you know it, the summer is upon us, and a hopper pattern can suddenly be what makes a day. Tom Biesot's hopper is a good bet. Using a foam body and a couple of neat tecniques 
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Tooth & Nail
Published: 2004-08-04
More than 10 years ago
Mark Dysinger presents a pair of pike flies that can take a beating - the Prince of pike and the Poxy Bunny. Large, durable and easy to tie as pike flies should be. Mark has used them extensively for his own Northern pike fishing
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Très Bien
Published: 2008-11-20
More than 6 years ago
This is another bright tube fly for clear water designed by Danish fly tyer Ken Bonde Larsen. And another one that uses a cone to add weight to the front of the fly. And another one, where the metal cone can be replaced by a common head or a plastic cone.
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Tribute to MOM
Published: 2006-03-28
More than 8 years ago
The flies Mary documented were, invariably, ornate wet flies. They were, and are, the legacy of centuries of British salmon fly design spiced by the natural resources and original thinking available to their American interpreters.
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Trout beads
Published: 2012-05-25
More than 2 years ago
Trout beads aren't beads in the traditional fly tying sense but perfect imitations of salmon eggs and deadly efficient for rainbows. And they can be fished on a fly rod.
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Tube Muddler
Published: 2001-12-13
More than 13 years ago
A great looking tube fly
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Twist of Lemon
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
This fly uses a special technique where a strand of floss and a strand of tinsel is twisted together before the combo is wound on the hook shank.
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Two flies in one
Published: 1996-06-01
More than 18 years ago
The small dipterae - Simulium sp. - has always been a problem - they are tiny and shows up in fantastic numbers. Why should a trout prefer our imitations when there are som many all over the water? By Preben Torp Jacobsen
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Tying a muddler
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
The most important step in preparation is getting the right kind of hair. Buy your hair at a reliable source. Good spinning hair patches are dense and have little underfur. The single natural hair should be dull and light at the base, slightly waved at the root, and have a short tapered tan/black tip section.
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Tying the Matuka style
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
Who would have guessed that a fly tied to fish the lakes of New Zealand would have such an impact all around the world?
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Umbrella
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
The umbrella is a nice looking fly inspired by stream flies for sea trout. It was formerly known as the Double Umbrella because of the to wet fly type hackle feathers, that gives the fly its unique appearance and a lot of life in the water. The feathers will collapse when wet and almost cover the silver tinsel in a pulsing motion.
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Umbrella for streams
Published: 2001-01-01
More than 14 years ago
I have been experimenting a bit with stream patterns for sea trout. One of the results has been a larger and more salmon fly like version of the Umbrella - a salt water fly that I have used with good success.
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Une Création
Published: 2005-12-29
More than 9 years ago
We crank out some strange flies every now and then. Get an idea, dig through piles of materials and tie up a handful of slightly different flies, each one better than the previous one, but none of them really good. But sometimes one comes out OK.
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Upgrading the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear
Published: 2012-04-03
More than 2 years ago
It might seem futile to try to improve one of the world's most proven patterns, but there's room for improvement. Trevor Morgan gives some classics an overhaul.
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Valeur's Pike Streamer
Published: 1999-11-01
More than 15 years ago
This amazing fly is ment for pike. It's caught a lot already on the line of originator Morten Valeur who states that this is one of the few flies he can truly call his own.
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Wadington shanks
Published: 2002-09-14
More than 12 years ago
Classics in a classic way. These flies may look like something of today, but the concept of Wadington shanks is old as Methusalem. Danish fly tyer Niels Have has converted four classics to effective flies for early salmon and sea trout fishing. See the pictures and patterns.
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Wasp Year
Published: 2006-08-22
More than 8 years ago
It has been a hot and dry summer in Scandinavia. Wasps have been a plague in many areas. They have been in every apple, every drink and every house. Some of them may have crossed a stream or river, winding up on the surface before continueing the rush. Some of them never left again.
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Wet Flies
Published: 2014-04-28
4 months ago
Wet flies are once again very popular, but most we see are tied for presentation and not so much for fishing. Bob Petti enjoys tying wet flies and tries to style his after the fishing flies that are popular in the UK using colors and materials that work well in the water.
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Wiggle Jig Worm
Published: 2007-03-24
More than 7 years ago
Maybe you found the previously published tandem rag worm too tandemnised and would be better off with a one-hook-only fly.Then The Wiggling Jigging Worm shown in this article is a good alternative.
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Wingless Wets
Published: 2006-05-28
More than 8 years ago
On a shelf in the shop was a little book that was propped open. It was Leisenring and Hidy's The Art of Tying The Wet-Fly and Fishing The Flymph. Inside, I found a treasure of patterns and some fishing instructions and I suddenly switched gears and began fishing these great little flies.
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Woodchuck
Published: 2002-01-01
More than 13 years ago
Now is the time of year to experiment with new materials. If you haven't had the pleasure of using groundhog/woodchuck, I recommend you give it a try.
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Woodduck Flank
Published: 2000-01-01
More than 15 years ago
I have to admit a particular fondness for woodduck flank. Ever since I was given my first baggie of feathers from a duck hunting friend, I was smitten. The color - the texture - the barring of the feathers.
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X-Factor
Published: 2013-12-31
8 months ago
South African summer is here and the fish are rising. And the X-factor fly makes them even keener to go for the surface fly
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Yellow Marabou Special
Published: 2011-02-07
More than 4 years ago
While tying up a batch of streamers for a fly swap, GFF partner Bob Petti remembered an old tinsel trick that reduced some of the hand cramping thread wrapping that is all too common with long shanked streamers.
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Zonker patterns
Published: 2012-08-19
A couple of years ago
This article features a handful of zonker patterns, which we cover in connection with our thorough theme on tying zonker flies and cutting or buying zonker strips.
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Zoo Cougar
Published: 2010-11-13
More than 4 years ago
Kelly Galloup's Zoo Cougar is a pattern with some years on its back, but Martin recently discovered and started tying this staple big trout streamer. Large fly, goudy colors, deer hair! Just his kind of fly.
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