The Ray Charles Sowbug has been around for at least a couple decades and is a staple on Western tailwaters, especially the Bighorn and the Missouri. There are tons of variations of. . .
The Hare’s Ear Nymph is certainly among the top five most common patterns for trout fishermen, as its buggy generalist look imitates all manner of aquatic insects. But the pattern tied in this video is not your father’s. . .
Kevin Compton is a fly tier and competitive angler from Cleveland, Ohio, who loves nymphing for trout. He created the Tungsten Torpedo, an attractor nymph that sinks quickly and. . .
Cal Bird owned a small fly shop in San Francisco in the 1940s and ’50s, and he created the Bird’s Nest in 1959 as a caddis-pupa imitation to use on the Truckee River. Most anglers now consider it an. . .
Written by: Tyler Befus
Winter can be one of the most challenging times of the year to fish. Whether they live in a spring creek in the Upper Midwest or one of the countless Colorado tailwaters, trout become very slow and. . .
Here’s a great video that walks you through a somewhat complicated pattern from well-known New Jersey tier, John Collins. About this fly, Collins says, “I created this pattern to imitate caddis larvae found in many rivers. After photographing numerous natural insects, I observed that. . .
Fly fishing sometimes feels like it’s bound by a lot of rules. Some are truly old-school: thou shalt fish a dry fly upstream only, for instance. But even in the 21st century there’s a lot of hair-splitting about. . .
Scuds, crustaceans known as Amphipods, are on a trout’s menu year-round—especially in many tailwaters, spring creeks, and stillwaters. Trout love them because scuds are usually plentiful, easy to catch, and they have high nutritional value. There are almost. . .