Tag Archives: fly-tying lessons

Video Tips: How to “Think Like a Surgeon” at the Vise


Written by: Phil Monahan

You might not think that surgery and fly tying have much in common, but Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions makes a good case for the analogy. Nearly every week, we are treated to the. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

When Tom Rosenbauer saw a Pheasant Tail Nymph up on my monitor this morning, he simply said, “Best fly ever.” This is an opinion held by many trout anglers who have hooked fish large and small on this diminutive pattern. The original PT was created by riverkeeper Frank Sawyer, who designed it to imitate. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Spent Partridge Caddis


Written by: Phil Monahan

If you do a Google search for “spent partridge caddis,” you’ll find that many different patterns—most with full or trimmed hackle—go by this name. This version, tied by author and blogger Matt Grobert, is a no-hackle pattern that features a thorax of bushy hare’s ear dubbing where others put the hackle. The result is a low-riding, subtle. . .

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Video: How to Tie Mike’s Honey Ant


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mike Lawson’s Honey Ant is easy to tie and very effective.

Yesterday afternoon, we had a reception on the back lawn here at Orvis HQ, and we were treated to a massive flying-ant hatch. Bugs were flying into people’s hair, eyes, and ears, and it was kind of frustrating to be in the middle of a conversation and have to be digging ants out of your collar. But fly fishermen know that trout love ants, and a lot of folks began. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Foam Cricket


Written by: Phil Monahan

Late summer is terrestrial season, and crickets are in abundance.

It’s terrestrial time in much of the country, and having the right land-based bug can be the key to success. Last week, the folks at Tightline Productions showed us how to tie a Foam Beetle, and now they are back with a. . .

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