Evolution of a Fly – Sawyer’s Pheasant Tail

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The Pheasant Tail is probably one of the most popular nymph imitations used in Fly Fishing. It was created and tied by English River Keeper, Frank Sawyer.  The fly was originally developed to imitate a number of species of the Baetis family, which most anglers know as ‘Olives’.  Since its origin, the fly has evolved into a go to pattern that can be used interchangeably for imitating various mayfly and stonefly species, depending on the colours used to tie it. Like most nymph patterns, this fly can be fished just below the surface or plunged deep into runs and pools. It’s effective when twitched to imitate an emerging or swimming insect, or dead drifted as a nymph caught struggling in

Ontario's Top Fall Flies

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Fly fishing in Ontario in the fall means different things to different people.  The main quarry at this time of year are Steelhead and Brown trout.  Some species of pacific salmon can also be targeted, but make up a much smaller portion of what folks are targeting this time of year. Here I’ve compiled a list of my top flies for Steelhead and Brown trout in the great lakes region. Egg flies, Globugs,  Yarn Flies Eggflies are one my my go-to flies for the fall and winter season.  When I’m nymphing, or fishing an indicator setup, you can pretty much be guaranteed that you’ll find a globug pattern attached to my rig somewhere.  Make sure you keep a good supply

Ontario Fly Patterns for Opening Day

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I figure its about that time that we’re all thinking about opening day here in Ontario. After all, its only 18 days away. Each year, on the last Saturday in April, the streams come alive with eager fly fisherman seeking to remove months of the shack nasties. So what do you do with the last couple of weeks leading up to opener? This is the time of year I get critical about my fly inventory. I like to at the very least make sure my spring box(es) are full and ready to be spilled on opening day. Its best to be prepared for any type of hatch or situation you may come across on that all important opening day. If

Parachute Dry Fly Step by Step

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One of my favourite dry fly styles both to tie and fish is the parachute style. The parachute acts as an indicator for the fly, and thus allows you to see very small flies easily, and also allows you to see larger flies at great distances. Usually used to imitate the dun stage of mayflies, the style is useful when incorporated into other patterns as well such as emerger patterns.   Step One: Set the hook in the vise. Step Two: Start a thread base. Step Three: Stack your deer or elk hair in a stacker, remove the underfur and line up the tips so they extend about half a hook shank forward of the eye. Step Four: Pinching the

Beginning – Materials and Equipment

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Fly tying has always been an integral part of fly fishing.  Just like the gadgets you get to use fly fishing, there are all sorts of fly tying tools to play with.  When the season is off, and there is nothing but snow, you can turn to fly tying for a little fly fishing relief! For most people who get themselves tangled up in fly fishing, its only a matter of time before they begin tying their own flies. It makes the entire experience that much more personal. Likely, you fish several river in a dedicated fashion. By that I mean that when you go to one of your favourite streams in June, you probably have a pretty good idea

Uni Thread

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Tying flies requires the same delicate finesse as say playing the harp. The smaller the diameter of thread you are using, the neater you will keep your fly, eliminating bulk and plump, oversized heads. I’ve played around with quite a few different threads, and there is one that always stands above the rest. UNI Products J.G. Côté Inc. started in 1989 when fly fisher and fly tier extrodinaire Mr. Jean-Guy Côté was looking for new, innovative products to use in his tying. Finding that one of the most critical factors in a well tied fly was the thread itself, he decided embark on a mission to create a thread that was designed specifically for the purpose, and of far higher

Beginning Fly Tying – Books, Tools, Materials and Equipment

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Fly tying has always been an integral part of fly fishing. Just like the gadgets you get to use fly fishing, there are all sorts of fly tying tools to play with. When the season is off, and there is nothing but snow, you can turn to fly tying for a little fly fishing relief! Getting Started In Fly Tying For most people who get themselves tangled up in fly fishing, its only a matter of time before they begin tying their own flies. It makes the entire experience that much more personal. Likely, you fish several river in a dedicated fashion. By that I mean that when you go to one of your favourite streams in June, you probably