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Mega Prince Nymph
The Mega Prince bares little resemblance to its predecessor, though they have one major quality in common...they both catch fish! This is both a great trout and steelhead pattern, plus you can be creative and modify the Mega Prince with your favorite colors. This is a fun fly to both tie and fish, thus as I say in the video, have fun with this one!
Prince Nymph for European Nymphing
The Prince nymph is one of the absolute "go to" flies in fly fishing, and this one tied on a jig nymph is no exception. Tying this pattern with less materials on a jig hook makes this more of a "guide fly," being that it's an effective pattern and easy to tie. I recommend that you have a variety of sizes of this Prince in your fly box.
Czech-style Hare's Ear Nymph
Being that the Hare's Ear is such a classic and venerable pattern, it's only fitting that applying new styles to it occur more often than not. The Czech-style of nymphing has overtaken many areas of fly flshing, and it's easy to convert the Hare's Ear to that type of a pattern, as shown in the fly tying tutorial.
There are many options that you have with this pattern, and I explore many during the video. I do want to stress that this is a larger pattern (sizes 8-12) and I fish it in fast water, thus you'll notice that I tie this pattern in the "guide style" with few of those options added on. Feel free to experiment on your own, and be sure to post any of your own variations in the "Comments" section of the YouTube page.
From a trout's perspective, a large portion of their diets are made up of micronymphs all year long, especially midges, hence the effectiveness of the Sluiceway Special. This is a pattern that I consider a "Guide Fly," being that it is simple to tie, has few materials, and most importantly, works really well for trout! I recommend tying this in two colors (red and black) and offer a "secret" in the video, as well.
Mercury Cased Caddis
During this fly tying tutorial, a very simple and effective fly is discussed, the Mercury Cased Caddis. This fly, a variation of Pat Dorsey's original, is one that does an excellent job of imitating caddisflies in their cases, and is extremely simple to tie. This is definitely a pattern that falls into the "Guide Fly" category due to these reasons, and one to have in your box if you fish waters with caddis during April through June.
Generic Jig Nymph
Jig nymphs are nothing new to fly fishing, yet I've noticed that many are hesitant to take that initial plunge. During this video, I go over the tying procedures for a generic jig nymph, and then variations to enhance the pattern. Finally, the last section involves a discussion around fishing with this style of fly. As I mentioned in the video, don't be afraid to experiment and show your creativity when selecting materials to tie these nymphs!
Guide's Choice Hare's Ear Variant
Many flies have been modified over the years, though their "variant" versions rarely outproduce the original. This fly may prove to be that one! Though distinctly different from the original Hare's Ear, this modified Guide's Choice is a killer pattern that cam represent different insects and various stages. In this version, the pattern is tied on a jig hook and intended to drift lower in the water column. Definitely experiment with the pattern and determine which color combinations and weights work best for you.
Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Like many others, I enjoy tying and fishing patterns that offer versatility, and the Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail is one that fits that criteria! This simple-to-tie pattern can be fished as a wet fly or an emerger, and with modifications, it can easily be tailored to be a successful pattern in your local waters. In this video, we go over the tying procedures, and then discuss some ways that you can vary the pattern to ensure success on the waterways you fish.
Cress Bug Jig Head
When fishing spring creeks (and other streams with water cress), don't forget about the Cress Bug! This fly is effective in many situations, and I primarily recommend fishing it in the riffles as part of a nymph setup. When tying the Cress Bug, be sure to focus on the key characteristics, as mentioned in the video. Have fun with this one, and definitely get it into your box!
Beach Body Stone
Josh Miller, our guest tyer for this video, shares one of his own creations with us, the Beach Body Stone. This innovative stonefly imitation gets immediately down to the fish, utilizing the slender body that relates to its name. The fly is an effective one, but also incredibly simple to tie, as Josh shows during his no-nonsense demonstration. This is one pattern that deserves a spot in your nymph box!
Thanks go out to Josh Miller for being our guest tyer. As mentioned in the video, congratulations go out to Josh for making Fly Fishing Team USA. Also, be sure to look for Josh's pattern from Orvis in early 2017, as he is a Signature Tyer for them.
If you would like to reach out to Josh via Instagram, his username is: Joshpgh
***Additionally, Josh posts under: #troutyeah
In this video, Andrew Dang is the guest tier sharing a great pattern, the Diamond Caddis. Andrew shows us just how simple this pattern is to tie, and it does an excellent job of representing the Grannom caddis. Andrew is one of the young individuals in our sport that we must continue to support, and I greatly appreciate him taking the time to film this fly for all of us.
Chuck Furimsky's "Chuck Nymph"
A little-known fact about Chuck Furimsky is that he used to be in the leather industry, and he's applied those skills to one of his newer patterns, the Chuck Nymph. This unique fly features a specially-cut leather called Bugskin, which has great action in the water. You will also enjoy the story behind this fly's name...
The Mop Fly
The Mop Fly has arrived! In this fly tying tutorial, I share my procedures for tying the pattern, plus talk about how it came to be. There are a variety of places to purchase the "mop material" from, thus be creative in your search, as the greatest variation of this fly (as of now) is changing its color. Have fun with this "guide style" pattern!