Tying Flies

One of the best ways to achieve fly fishing success is by tying yourself a lifelike fly, specific to the type of fish you want to catch. A well-tied fly, manipulated skillfully by you, can fool even the smartest fish.

Here are three of the classic fly patterns. One of them should work for you in the majority of instances:

Adams Dry Fly

This American fly pattern is considered by many fly fishermen to be the best dry fly pattern ever conceived. And, it is versatile. One of the greatest things about fly tying is the ability to change patterns around. With the Adams dry fly, the grey muskrat body color is often switched to imitate other species of mayflies and caddis. Don't leave home without the Adams! Watch the following video to learn more.

Pheasant Tail Nymph

The pheasant tail nymph suggests all sorts of real trout food throughout the season and is possibly the best mayfly nymph imitation ever designed. Mayfly nymphs are versatile, living in fast, turbulent water or in slow or still water environments.

The Woolly Bugger

The most recognized fly of them all, the woolly bugger represents a streamer - in other words, not a "fly" per se, but rather a baitfish. It can resemble a leech, or a larva-type creature moving about the streambed. The most common woolly buggers are tied in earth tones; however, hot colors seem to work when nothing else does. The use of flash in the tail is also popular. This is a must-have fly.

One of the reasons the woolly bugger has become so successful is its simplicity. Only basic materials and knowledge of fly tying are required to tie any number of bugger variations. 

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