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Mercury Midge – Hans Stephenson

Hans is quickly becoming one of my favorite tyers to watch online. Simple flies like this that catch fish are always welcome additions to my flybox. I’m sort of a cram session tyer, stocking up a box the night before, so having patterns such as this really comes in handy.

This is one of the best flies to begin a tying career. These flies are simple to tie. Tying a glass bead midge teaches how to wrap thread and how to rib a body. Probably the best reason for tying this pattern is, that despite being so simple to tie, it catches loads of fish. For the waters I regularly fish, it makes more sense to tie a few dozen of these rather than tying a box full of wooly buggers.

Vary the thread colors to include black, olive, and red bodies. The availability of wire and thread colors makes for endless color combinations.

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Clown Shoe Caddis – Jay Zimmerman

Here is another great looking pattern from Jay Zimmerman. We have featured his flies on the blog before, and I love his tying style. This caddis looks ideal for me with the hi-vis post. The body looks great, and with this design, it will float like a dream, lots of hackle, deer hair and a dangling body. I don’t think I would change a thing.

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Black Ribbed Scud

We just finished enjoying the newest tying footage posted by our friends at Rise Form Studios. The first episode we want to share is Episode 34 which features resident twine binder John Collins twisting up a Black Ribbed Scud. John ties up the grey colored version in the video, but it is highly recommended to round out the selection by adding a full range of colors including flies tan, olive, orange and pinks. You can also weight these with lead wire or a bead (Have your tried out the new Nymph Head beads?). Make sure you have a few of these in your box and enjoy the video.

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