Tying Video – Smallmouth It’s-A-Bug

Way back in August of 2019 I published a video on a fly called It’s-A-Bug.  It is a fly I read about in a short little article in Fly Tyer magazine back in 2001.  It is a great panfish fly but I thought if I tied it a little bigger and added some rubber legs … Read more

Tying Video – Joe’s Hopper

Joe’s Hopper is one of my favorite terrestrial/hopper patterns to tie.  It is a simple and straightforward fly and even if you don’t get everything just right you can still catch fish with it.  The pattern was originally tied by Art Winnie and was call the Michigan Hopper.  I think he created it sometime in … Read more

Tying Video – Henry’s Fork Hopper

The Henry’s Fork Hopper was created by Mike Lawson back on the 1970’s.  Specifically, he created it for fishing on the Henry’s Fork river and specifically when hoppers were prevalent (a.k.a terrestrial or “hopper” season).  Like many great flies, there is not much to it but it is put together in such a way as … Read more

Tying Video – Helm’s Panfish Predator

Many moons ago, Skip Morris wrote wonderful book about Tying Foam Flies. In that book he ties a fly he calls the predator.  It is a dragonfly larva presentation and tied in such a manner as to be fished along the bottom of the stream.  Fast forward a number of years and another gentleman by … Read more

Tying Video – The Faux Flying Ant

This is the last “panfish” fly in the series I have been doing for the past few weeks.  I use the term panfish loosely because the Faux Flying Ant is a wonderful trout fly (or so I think, we’ll find out).  This fly came into being when a follower asked if I knew of any … Read more

Tying Video – It’s-A-Bug

Many moons ago, Fly Tyer magazine had an article on a new little panfish fly called It’s-A-Bug (it was the 2001 spring issue if you want to look for it).  My first thought was not only would it be a great panfish fly but in a larger size with some legs and it could be … Read more

Tying Video – PA Ant

I had the opportunity throughout most of the 2000’s to fish a number of streams in central Pennsylvania.  Some larger streams and even some very small mountain streams that had Brown Trout, Rainbow trout and some small Brook trout in them.  Although I was able to fish during a number of hatches most of the … Read more

Tying Video – Rubber Spider

In keeping with my desire to spend more time on the water than at the vise these days, I have another simple fly that does not take much time to tie but is very versatile.  The Rubber Spider (also called the Foam Rubber Spider) is a very simple fly to tie but it is a … Read more