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Fly Tying a Fluttering Caddis – Classic American Dry Fly

From Dave Hughes’ 1986 “American Fly Tying Manual,” the fluttering caddis is meant to be actively fished by skittering or twitching it on the surface….

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Fly Tying the Grizzly Wulff – Classic American Dry Fly

From Dave Hughes 1986 “American Fly Tying Manual,” the Grizzly Wulff dry fly is a high floating semi-attractor or mayfly pattern. The distinguishing features of…

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Charlie’s Whopper – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

As a mix between a stimulator and a general attractor pattern, Charlie’s Whopper dry fly is a great Smoky Mountain springtime pattern. Created by Charles…

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Fly Tying the Colorado King – Classic American Dry Fly

Created by George Bodner of Colorado Springs in 1971, this is a relatively little known fly pattern that can be tied to imitate several insect…

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Fly Tying the Haystack – Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Pattern

One of Frances Betters’ original patterns, the Haystack was created in the 1950s on the Ausable River in the Adirondack region. This high-floating dry fly…

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Thunderhead Dry Fly – Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Pattern

This Smoky Mountain original is attributed to Fred Hall of Bryson City, North Carolina. Jesse Jamerson may have brought the fly back from Wyoming but…

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Elk Hair Caddis – Fly Tying Al Troth’s Original

One of the most popular (and effective) American flies, the Elk Hair Caddis can be considered a searching dry fly pattern as it resembles the…

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Olive Stimulator Dry Fly

This very buggy stonefly imitation can be tied in several variants to match a local stonefly hatch, to imitate a terrestrial grasshopper, or even as…

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Michigan Stone Dry Fly – From Tying the Founding Flies

The Michigan Stone dry fly is a 1950s pattern created by Paul Young who came up with it on Michigan’s Au Sable River. Brought to…

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Smoky Mountain Near Nuff – Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

This Great Smoky Mountain fly pattern was listed in Roger Lowe’s seminal book and has been a popular and effective fly in the region since…

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