Fly Tying- a Blae and Black/Black Pennell two-in-one wet fly

blae [bley, blee] Origin adjective, Scotland and North England 1. bluish-black; blue-gray. “Ye must be fair starving, Paul,” quoth she softly with her hand on my arm, and I daresay my face was blae with cold and chagrin. ‘The Shoes of Fortune’, Neil Munro now, what’s interesting in this fly’s name is that it doesn’t have any […]

Winged Wets- Two contrasted versions

both classics, both at the extremes of fly profile volume yet both equally effective. to start off, a lovely paired waterhen winged Iron Blue Dun from Davie McPhail for when the fishes want something big(ish). and a beautiful and very sparse Clyde-style Teal and Black from Peter McCallum via Magnus Angus / Fly Fishing and Fly Tying for […]

How to Tie Flies without saying a word.

from How to Tie Flies by E. C. Gregg, 1940 and if you think that’s cool and want more, click the pic to access the complete book on enjoy ! Related articles the earliest flies ? Gorgeously Wet the Sunburst Spey

Gorgeously Wet

as noted before, i don’t like the finality aspect of the term ‘perfection’ but these three fresh and very stunning wet flies recently shared by Hans Weilenmann might just be the next best thing to it in the fly tying world. Diamonds & Rust Grouse & Quill Krystal Palmer be sure to visit Hans’ FlyTier’s […]

“Those anglers who think trout will take no fly unless it is an exact imitation of some one of the immense number of flies they are feeding on, must suppose that they know to a shade the colour of every fly on the water, and can detect the least deviation from it – an amount of entomological knowledge that would put to shame the angler himself and a good many naturalists to boot”.

some interesting points there. Stewart was said to be an old grump that didn’t hesitate to yell at people who didn’t share his opinions. just to be on the safe side, from now on i’ll tie all my flies in either fashionable Black or in multi-colored swirls as this Starl’-Wing Cripple so the fish can […]

North Country Wets

by Ben Spinks as i’ve been recently researching and learning about and tying a lot of flies inspired by the North Country Wets or Spiders style and getting quite a few comments and questions by pm in the process, i thought i’d share this inspiring article that has a lot to say about these minimalistic […]

a wet history

by Davie Wotton here’s some absolutely wonderful insights, invaluable material information and groovy historical aspects for all those desiring to increase their knowledge of both traditional and contemporary wet flies by probably the most knowledgeable and talented person in the fly tying world. ’nuff said, enjoy !

Traditional wet fly fishing techniques

with Oliver Edwards not being of any traditionalist’s tendencies, what interests me most in wet fly fishing is more the style of fishing rather than the actual flies used as this method works equally well with unweighted nymphs or drowned dries (yup, put sinkant, mud or spit on it and it slowly sinks just where […]

“upstream wetfly kicks arse over downstream wetfly any day”

Upstream Wetfly by Paul Arden “Another thing to try doing is to watch the water where you think your flies are swimming. Since we are using light spider patterns, on a short line, in fairly fast water, the fish hopefully will have to bulge the surface on the take. With big fish you may actually have to delay […]

Fly Tying: A Complete Dubbing Techniques Tutorial

DEAR READERS, due to Photobucket’s recent online-photo sharing policie change (read blackmail), every single of the 204 images accompanying this article have been hidden from public view… i will do my best to try to get those images back from author Dennis Shaw and restore them to the article. in the meantime, and even though […]

How to Fish Emergers for Trout

the title says it all. filled with very excellent tips, this great fishing technique tutorial by Peter Charles warants no more additional comments on my part apart from the suggestion that this is an absolutely fantastic and very fun manner to fish traditional North Country Wets or Spiders or their contemprary counterparts and variants. continuing that […]

a Strung-Out and Wired Olive Spider

ok, there’s nothing strung-out about this spider pattern but i just like the way it sounds… on to today’s nifty bug tutorial by Hans Weilenmann; a quick look at Mike Harding’s A Guide to North Country Flies and How to Fish Them (a reference book on this style of fly i highly recommend)  reminds us […]

understanding Water Surface Tension

we often read or hear about the water’s surface tension and how it affects fly-leader-fly line floating/sinking abilities and also how aquatic insects can have a hard time breaking through it on their way to the surface and other insects can use it to literally walk on water. often described as some sticky, gluey thing that’s […]


if you got here via a skull & bones/sucky music worshipping-type freak search go headbang elsewhere. on the other hand, if you’re interested in the re-vamping of historical flies and beauty on a hook read the few excerpts below ! “The Black Prince wet fly is an old pattern. It is shown on the Lake […]

Connemara Black Variant

by Hans Weilenmann i don’t know why but i like this style of traditional Loch wet flies. a lot. it’s not the traditional aspect because in a way i couldn’t care less about traditions so i guess the appeal is that something about them says fish-magnets and they are just that. some of these patterns […]

Cloak and Dabbler

dabble |ˈdabəl| verb 1 [ with obj. ] immerse (one’s fly or flies) partially in water and move them around gently: they dabbled their dabblers in the rock pools. • [ no obj. ] (of a fly angler) move the team of flies around in the water, feeding them to long and large trout: she […]

Fly Tying: A Complete Dubbing Techniques Tutorial

here, ladies and gents is simply put, the absolute reference in dubbing techniques.

Blobbin’ Techniques

via Richysflies ok, i know full well that most anglers would rather stick the tip of their fly rod in their dominant eye before using these types of flies and i’ll happily admit i’m somewhat in that camp myself. however, the main material, fritz or rather, blob chenilles used to tie these ‘Blobs’ * is quite an […]


is yet another take on the North Country Spider style of wet flies. this one will have the job of imitating a chironomid. i’ll see if it’s a good actor soon. made with: love hook- Kamazan #18 barbless Maggot (yes, maggot… ) thread- Veevus 14/0 black abdomen- peacock eye quill died red thorax- Hends Spectra […]

” The balance of probability, I think, leans to the theory that the trout is so obsessed by the pressure of appetite the he only sees what he wants to see – his supposed insect prey – and ignores the hook as an irrelevant detail, all of which goes to prove that the wily trout of the poets and journalists is – may Providence be devoutly thanked for it – really rather a stupid person. “

excerpt from George Edward Mackenzie Skue’s dated yet timeless: oh Yes, the war was on between him and the ill-aligned Halford and it’s easy to understand why: ” Numerous dry-fly men (including Halford) had observed that traditional winged wet flies represented no known underwater insect and declined to explore the possibilities – a blinkered decision […]

the Reverse Hackling technique

by Hans Weilenmann i originally learned this technique of hackling flies from several Oliver Edwards fly tying video where he uses it mostly for North Country Spiders but Han’s brilliant demonstration here shows us the finer points to consider when doing this, whether it be for dries or hackled wets. there are several aspects that […]


Vernon S. “Pete” Hidy coined the term flymph. What is a flymph? A flymph is a hatching insect be it mayfly, caddisfly, midge, or stonefly that according to Hidy is in the stage of metamorphosis “changing from wingless nymphs to flies with wings”.  yup, back to wet flies and this time from The International Brotherhood […]

wednesday’s flower

Shang’s Favorite – Carrie Stevens Streamer by Don Bastian -click the image for more on this gorgeous pattern- i always think of Don’s ties as sweet-sweet eye candy and i just can’t get enough. be sure to check out and dig deep into his site Don Bastian Wet Flies for a little trip into contemporary […]

Fly Fishing- The No Casters

By Aitor Coterón follows is an article i’ve always found interesting. written a few years back,  Aitor’s opinions reflect the condition in Spain but we’ll find that it still applies just about anywhere. ” Charles Ritz defined time ago three basic types of fly anglers: conscious casters, non-conscious casters and non-interested casters. Had Mr. Ritz […]

Depth of Penetration

or rather…   Depth of Presentation – By Scott O’Donnell via the Tips, Guides and Resources section of the Rio’s Blog “The next thing to understand is how the line/leader/fly combination interacts with the current flow. A great way to start learning this is to fish a dry or waking fly that you can actually see (rather […]