Hornberg Wet

A famous and effective fly for generations, the Hornberg belongs in every fly box.


Designed by Frank Hornberg in the '20s, this fly can represent a caddis or stonefly when fished dry and then once downstream can be stripped in and fished as a baitfish. The Hornberg is one of the great flies from the golden age of fly tying. In natural.
In sizes: 8, 10, 12.
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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 8 reviews


7 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Like this fly - 7/8/2015
    By: from New York

    Fished Esopus over the weekend. Lots of rises. Tried a few different dry flies but couldn't match the hatch. Tried the hornberg and got two small Browns on the retrieve. Got a few rises to the fly. I like this fly.

  • 5/5

    Great Little Fly - 7/3/2015

    Picked it up on a whim, never used a Hornberg before. Has been excellent in the gorges of the finger lakes so far. Been a great fall back fly, when nothing else is bighting pull her out and give it a go. Versatile and seems to be pulling in just about everything. Brookies, smallmouth, and a fallfish just yesterday for example. Well tied and a good buy

  • 5/5

    Great Expectations! - 4/9/2015
    By: from Newburyport,MA

    Looking forward to fishing this guy on opening day!

  • 5/5

    Reliable standard - 5/29/2013

    One of two or three standard patterns most reliable for brook trout

  • 4/5


  • 4/5

    Needs the "eye" - 2/16/2011

    The Hornberg is a true classic and works great on my New England brookies, BUT the one shown here does not show the true Hornberg fly with its jungle cock eye. Don't know if when shipped it has the eyes but Hornbergs work MUCH better with them.

  • 5/5

    Great for Smallmouth Bass - 3/27/2010

    Fish this fly on the surface in areas where bass live. When they begin to rise yank it under the water surface and begin to strip it in. When they strike let it sit and they will hook themselves.

  • 5/5

    Effective - 11/29/2007
    By: from Oakville, ON
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    I got 'stuck' on a Brown; it had been steadily sipping small BWOs as they came off the water, but it was tucked in the eddy behind a tree that rose out of the stream. I had been trying to pick him off for some time but was hampered by: fly selection, a difficult cast and a very short drag-free drift. I'd never fished an Hornberg before but had heard that it was a favourite fly in the Northeast, so I picked one up when last in the States. Nearing desperation, I tied it on, cast, and voila! You had me at "Got him"!

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