In my opinion, mayflies are some of the best dry flies to fish, and these patterns have produced for me over the years. This is a style of dry fly fishing that I turn to regularly, and an enjoyable one in the spring and summer. My Uncle John is featured in many of the following videos, as he both enjoys tying and fishing mayfly dry flies.
Certain dry flies have a specific characteristic that tend to capture the attention of difficult trout, but this one has three. With a biot body, Realistic Mayfly Wings, and cdc at the thorax, there is lots going on with this pattern. In this video, I tie a fly to represent the Blue Wing Olive (BWO) mayfly, yet the beauty of the Biot Body CDC Dry Fly is that it can be modified to represent many other mayflies. One additional benefit of this fly is that it can both represent the adult and emerger stages of mayflies, yet another reason why it can be so effective.
Featured in this video are the D103BL hooks from Allen Fly Fishing; you can find those hooks and many others at the following link: http://www.allenflyfishing.com/d103bl-dry-fly-nymph-1xl-barbless/
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If you're interested in the Stonfo Elite Hackle Pliers, a location to purchase them can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Stonfo-Pinza-Elite-Hackle-Plier/dp/B007I5L56S
Uncle John is back! I'm happy to turn the vise over to my Great Uncle John for his tying of the traditional Hendrickson, Catskill-style. My uncle does a great job showing many fly tying techniques during the procedures section, and then I spend the final part of the video asking him questions related to the Hendrickson, fly tying, and fly fishing. I hope you enjoy watching this one as much as I enjoyed making it.
In this fly tying tutorial, I talk about a really unique dry fly from Loren Williams, known as the F-Plus. Mr. Williams took an effective fly, the "F" fly from Europe, and modified it to make it even better! I talk about the changes during this video, additionally focusing on the fact that different types of mayflies can be tied with this pattern. This is a great pattern featuring CDC, and one that comes highly recommended.
To view more patterns at Loren Williams' site, check out the following link: http://loren.teamfreestone.com/welcome
Everyone has their standard "Go-to" patterns during the Sulphur hatch, and the Comparadun is definitely one of mine. This simple pattern has few materials and tends to fish better the more it gets destroyed, thus the patterns in my box can look pretty sad over time. This is a classic pattern, and I do mention some possible variations for you to consider when tying.
We welcome Don Ward back to the channel! In this video, Don Ward of the Keystone Fly Rod Company ties a unique version of his Sulphur Spinner. This version of the spinner is a great one to use at dusk...and don't forget your UV light when on the water.
In this fly tying tutorial, I feature a fly that doesn't seem to get a lot of attention, the Tan Adams. This is a fly that tends to ride under the radar, as most anglers opt towards the traditional Adams in grey, though this one does an excellent job of imitating lighter-colored insects, such as caddisflies. If you enjoy fishing the Adams, then I recommend you try the Tan Adams out; you won't be disappointed!
In this fly tying tutorial, I again welcome my favorite guest and mentor, Uncle John Cammisa. Though many patterns have been tied at his vise, one he returns to frequently is the Light Cahill, due to its ability to catch fish through the years. Tying this pattern in the Catskill-style, my uncle shows a few tips along the way, especially in regards to splitting the wood duck flank prior to turning the feather into wings.
As a special bonus, I spent the first section of this video "interviewing" my uncle on a few topics, including resources related to fly fishing and tying, favorite authors, and tube flies. We hope you enjoy this "Q & A" session as Uncle John shares some of his incredible knowledge and insight. As mentioned in the video, my uncle is a bamboo rod builder, and please let me know if you are interested in discussing a rod with him.
During this video, I feature guest tyer Bruce Cox, a local fly tying legend in the Pittsburgh area. Bruce shares some incredible techniques in this one, such as burning wings, splitting mayfly tails, taming thread, and tying thorax patterns. There's lots of great stuff going on in this video, and we are positive you will learn some new techniques from it!
This YouTube fly tying tutorial features one of my favorite flies of all time, the Light Cahill. Created by Daniel Cahill over a hundred years ago, this fly is a classic pattern that continues to catch fish today, especially in situations that require a heavily-hackled fly in faster currents. The Light Cahill was one that I turned to on a regular basis when I first became addicted to this sport over 25 years ago, and a pattern that I still call a "go to" on a regular basis.
In this fly tying tutorial, I again welcome my favorite guest and mentor, Uncle John Cammisa. Tying for nearly 50 years, my great uncle has seen much in the world of fly tying, yet continues to return to the classics, hence this video of the Adams dry fly. Tying this pattern in the Catskill-style, my uncle takes us through the procedures for this fly that represents everything and nothing, and continues to take fish all over the world.
Featured in this YouTube fly tying tutorial is the Biot Body Sulphur (sulfur) Parachute dry fly, a pattern intended to represent the adult/dun stage of the sulfur mayfly. I prefer a turkey biot body on this pattern in specific instances, including low-water situations and over highly-pressured fish. The biot body creates an excellent segmentation that closely represent the natural insect. If you feel there are additional materials to create a similar effect, please share those in the "Comments" section of this video.
In this fly tying tutorial, I demonstrate one (of many!) techniques for creating extended mayfly bodies using deer hair. This is a great method, and reduces the amount of materials you need for certain patterns, such as the green drake, slate drake (Isonychia), and other mayflies with lengthy bodies/abdomens.
When tying flies with this particular method, ensure the body thickness is appropriate to match the natural by either increasing/reducing the size of the needle or selecting a sparser/fuller amount of deer hair. With a little practice, this method is both fun and effective...basically, the best of both worlds!
Highlighted in this fly tying tutorial is a pattern created by the great Lee Wulff, the "White Wulff." This fly can be tied to represent various naturals, such as the Ephoron Leukon (aka White Fly), drakes like the Isonychia (aka Slate Drake), and many more. Perhaps even more importantly, the White Wulff can also serve as a high-floating attractor pattern useful in fast water for trout, steelhead, and other stream fish. Regardless of the intent or prey, this is a classic fly that simply catches fish.
Featured in this fly tying tutorial is a pattern that I love to fish, the Humpy dry fly. This is a great attractor fly that trout really seem to love, especially when fishing it in faster currents. I was fortunate enough to have my Uncle John Cammisa tie this pattern on this video, and this is a special treat, being that he has been tying for over half of his life (age 82 in this video!). The tying of this pattern is not the simplest, thus I frequently will "commission" one of my favorite tyers (my Uncle John) for some of these flies! During this tutorial, my uncle goes into great detail and leads you through the required procedures to make the tying of this pattern much easier.
To begin the video, I conduct a brief interview of my uncle, which then leads into an examination of a finished Humpy. This is followed by the tutorial, which my uncle concludes the fly for the camera, but still wanted to clean-up the finished product. After he cut away some fibers that were out of place, I took one final picture so all viewers can see what the finished fly looked like.
In this tutorial, I go over the final stage of the mayfly, which is called the "spinner." Many of the natural mayflies turn a rusty color during this stage, hence a great pattern to have in your box is the rusty spinner. This is a great pattern, though I wanted to improve it by making a highly realistic body (out of goose biots) and a hi-visibility spot (foam). Feel free to share the types of materials you use for wings; there are many out there and it's great to share with one another.
In this fly tying tutorial, I discuss and explain the steps for a Blue-Winged Olive parachute dry fly, known affectionately to many as the "BWO." This is a great all-around pattern that catches fish throughout the season; the Baetis is a bug that is common to so many of our trout streams and the fish react accordingly. I also discuss the notion of this insect being "masked" by other mayflies, such as the sulfur/sulphur. This is a common tie for a parachute dry fly, and I encourage you to check out some of my other parachute patterns via my YouTube page.
In this fly tying tutorial, I imitate the stage occurring prior to the mayfly turning into an adult, the emerger stage. Using a sulphur or pale morning dun as my base pattern, I briefly discuss the qualities that make this fly an emerger, list the needed materials, and then give a fly tying tutorial of the pattern. This is a great pattern to use once you begin to see trout feeding on the surface during the beginning stages of the hatch.
For this tutorial, I chose a fly created and popularized by Craig Mathews, the Sparkle Dun. This fly is a modified version of the comparadun, and represents a number of stages occurring before the dun is fully emerged. Featuring an Allen Fly Fishing hook for this tie (http://www.allenflyfishing.com/d101bl-standard-dry-fly-barbless/), I selected a sulphur / pmd pattern, which can be easily adjusted to match the mayfly of your choice. Be sure to locate the correct deer hair to ensure a proper wing when tying, as I show in the video.
Tying a size 10 dry fly can always be challenging, yet here's a fun (and effective!) one to try. Featured in the video are D101BL dry fly hooks from Allen Fly Fishing (http://www.allenflyfishing.com/d101bl-standard-dry-fly-barbless/), which have begun to garner great reviews from tyers, including on that hook's website. I chose Joe Messinger Sr.'s Irresistible dry fly for this tutorial, which can be normally tied with characteristics similar to an Adams, though I chose a larger pattern which can represent many insects on the water. The tying of this dry fly includes a few intermediate techniques, but none that can't be mastered with a little practice.
In this video, I tie a simple, yet effective pattern known as the BWO Comparadun that can imitate various stages of the mayfly. The stage I tie closely resembles the dun, but can also be easily modified into the emerger or spinner stage. One of the materials used is Snowshoe Rabbit Feet for the wing, which is a material that helps to maintain a superior buoyancy with the fly. This material can also be substituted with cdc for similar results, though you may want to select a material that works best in the style water you will be fishing. Throughout this video, I suggest ways that you can tie this fly to represent your local mayflies, and offer suggestions on modifications to imitate other stages.
This fly tying tutorial gives you the steps and materials for tying a parachute Adams dry fly (original created by Leonard Halladay), with a hi-visibility post tied of Antron / Zelon. This is a great tie for the intermediate fly tyer, though a great transition tie for those at the beginning stage. This pattern can imitate various insects on the water, including the BWO (blue-winged olive), Hendrickson, and dark cahill. In smaller sizes, this can also be a great pattern when tricos are on the water.
In my first YouTube fly tying video (I apologize for the video quality!), I show easy methods to tie a parachute pattern. These methods can be applied to other patterns, especially dry and emerger flies. The fly tied is a Sulphur parachute, a common pattern that catches trout throughout the sulphur hatch. This is a common style of dry fly, and one I recommend learning.