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Here are some patterns for trout, salmon and steelhead I have come up with over recent years…some variations on old patterns…some totally conjured up by myself…all are my “homegrown” style, using materials from harvests and the ranch…these are flies that are geared for novice to intermediate tyer’s…

It is a lot of fun to observe hatches or sein from streams and rivers to see what aquatic insects are present. Then either take a pic or bring home the specimens and sit down at my bench and try to tie up something on my vise that resembles the real thing. I was frustrated at first…sometimes trying to be to focused on detail, at least at first…then just making an attempt at the overall appearance…after a while the details came about naturally.

 

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 …one of the simplest and oldest patterns out there…the basic wet fly…

           For me it is also cool to use materials I have acquired from the ranch I work on or hunting harvests…also swapping some of the same with other friends…with very, very few exceptions, all these patterns here are tied with materials like I mentioned, except the hooks and thread…

The larger the pattern it is a lot easier for me to get some details just right, then after tying a dozen or so smaller gets a lot easier…for example the pattyern below started out as a 12-14…after a while I can do it great at 18……and I have found out after a few hundred ties of some similar details, I have been able to get smaller and smaller…these are some of my favorite patterns I have made up…

 

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              The same “Bronze Mallard” feathers, sinew and Elk fur worked equally well on a size 12 as a size 18…something that does not always happen, especially with hackled patterns…here is a 14…by just “choking up on the bronze, and using a few less strands of Elk it all worked out good…

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 here are some suppliers I use for my hooks and  other tying ingredients…also a few great resources for  materials…fur and feathers…

AO Feathers a place that has quality materials, and some hard to find items like double hooks and items used by those devoted to classic patterns…a small family business. The place for the classic pattern tier…

Fly Fishing The Sierra a great site for not only purchasing quality materials for tying flies…but also a great library of patterns with a list of materials needed…something Steve sells too…this is probably one of if not the most complete fly angling sites out there. Everything from detailed fly patterns(and materials available) but also tactics, basic angling knowledge and even a campsite directory…great job Steve! even campgrounds for the traveler …

here are some links to sites that offer excellent SBS’s or youtubes…  a few folks  whom I consider master tyers ,and some step by steps to tie flies…or  with you tube videos…also just some good resources worth looking at… 

Charlies Fly Box ,  Charlie Cravens siteArvada, Colorado…I sold a lot of his patterns in a shop I worked at in Colorado…he is not only creative, but also a super tyer, and a great guy…the original, Mr SBS himself…

Hans Stephenson from Dakota AnglerRapid City , South Dakota…Hans is a great tyer and has the youtube thing down very well…many new styles and materials…

Davie McPhail….an oustanding tyer from Scotland…all manner of trout and salmon flies…he has many youtubes done on all sorts of patterns…a real magician…

Fly Anglers Online is a great resorce for tying tutorial’s for all manner of flies…trout to salmon…here is a very good link for tying Dee Style flies…browse their pages for a lot more…

Salmon Fly.Net… this is an all around great resource for fly tying and fishing in general for Salmon and Steelhead…I get a lot of ideas from studying these pages…

 

 

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