Bead Head Caddis Larva


This is a fast sinking, plump caddis larva imitation.  The bead can be just about any colour.  You’d be hard pressed to find a stream in Ontario that doesn’t have a healthy caddis population, so when you just can’t seem to find the right fly, toss one of these on and see if the action picks up a little.  Work the fly on bottom slowly in slower sections of the stream to imitate it crawling about.  Optionally, try high sticking this fly in pocket water and around rocks and submerged logs. [singlepic id=45 w=500 float=center] Hook size 12-16 scud hook Thread olive 6/0 Ribbing Clear UTC viny Body bright green fine dubbing Thorax peacock herl Head bead Side View [singlepic

Smyth Stonefly


This fly resembles a black stonefly larva.  It’s tied to be about an inch in lenght from tail tips to the front of the antennae.  Used mainly as a steelhead and migratory brown trout fly, its also useful in smaller streams and when fishing rivers for resident trout species. [singlepic id=48 w=625 float=center] Hook size 10-12 nymph hook Thread brown 6/0 Tail Black Turkey Biot Ribbing Clear UTC viny Body Black or brown fine dubbing Thorax Hackle to match body colour Wingcase turkey feather segment (underside folded over and exposed) Head brown or black thread Bottom View [singlepic id=47 w=325 float=center] Side View [singlepic id=48 w=325 float=center] Top View [singlepic id=49 w=325 float=center] Fly Pattern Specific Rivers: Saugeen River Credit

Parachute Dry Fly Step by Step


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

High Riding Elk Hair Caddis – Hackled


When caddis are skittering and flying about the streams surface, they tend to bounce around on top of the water.  I’ve noticed this tends to happen in areas where the water is flowing quite quickly.  Mimicking the behavior of caddis  at this stage in their lives, the egg laying stage can be a tough task.  The method I usually employ is skating the fly on the surface, and usually making quite the disturbance on the surface as well.  This is a good thing, as the caddis flies are doing the same thing.   Check out this article and video about skating dry flies. [singlepic id=43 w=500 float=center] Hook size 12 – 18 dry fly Thread brown 6/0 Body olive dry fly

Beginning – Materials and Equipment


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

Tiny Double Egg Steelhead Fly – McFly Foam


Egg flies were designed to resemble the eggs of fish, and in particular the eggs of migratory species such as Chinook salmon and Rainbow trout.  They come in as many colours and sizes as there are tyers, and their usefulness as a late fall and winter and early spring steelheading fly is well proven.  This pattern is tied very small and is useful when the water is low and gin clear and the fish are easily spooked.  From experience, the best material to use when tying these egg flies is McFly foam which should be available at your local fly shop. [singlepic id=50 w=500 float=center] Hook size 14 egg fly Thread white 8/0 Egg McFly Foam Fly Pattern Specific Rivers:

Uni Thread


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

Green Drake Extended Body


Green Drake hatches can begin very early in the day, and commonly start before sunrise. The hatch will continue throughout the day, one or two drakes at a time. Usually beginning around the end of May, and continuing for a couple of weeks. [singlepic id=41 w=500] Hook size 8-12 Thread Uni black 8/0 Tail Wild Boar Fibres Rib Pale Yellow thread Body Green dry fly dub Hackle grizzly dry fly palmered forward Wing Tan elk hair comparadun style Head thread head You may also be interested in a video about the giant green drake Fly Pattern Specific Rivers: Upper Saugeen river

The Classic Wooly Bugger


Wooley Buggers can be used anywhere for any species.  Because they suggest such a wide variety of food items, it doesn’t matter if you are fishing bass in a lake, or brookies in a creek, wooly buggers can sometimes be the ticket to a very successfull day on the water.  Depending on what type of insect or other species you are trying to immitate, wooly buggers do a fine job of tricking fish into believing they are dragonfly nymphs, leeches & minnows.  Very simple to tie, and I’d recommend to anyone who fly fishes that this be one fly that always has a place in your fly box. [singlepic id=24 w=625] Tying Materials: Hook Streamer hook size 6-12 Thread uni

Elk Hair Caddis – No Hackle


Caddis are small moth-like insects that have two pairs wings. They are closely related to Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) which have scales on their wings, and the two orders together form the superorder Amphiesmenoptera. There are numerous species that occur in Ontario, but I tend to focus on three of the more dominant species. The Spotted Sedges (Hydropsyche), Speckled Sedges (Cheumatopsyche), and the Little Black Caddis (Chimarra). Early in the season, larval imitations of caddis are an important fly to fishers. Later in the season, when hatches are well underway and many species of fly are hatching and mating, caddis can be the best fly to tie on as there will almost always be trout sipping caddis off the surface.