Fly Tying Patterns and Recipes

Fly Recipes | Streamer Patterns | Dry Fly Patterns | Wet Fly Patterns

Introduction to dry flies, streamers and wets

Over the years of fly fishing I have tied many different fly patterns for streamers, drys and nymphs and the ones I favor are the ones that have given me the best results when fly fishing the stream. It's hard to set down a certain fly or pattern for someone else, but there is and has to be a starting place for all of us, especially when we start a new adventure like fly tying.

Some of my favorites are well know fly recipes and some patterns have been shared from local fishermen and close friends.

It all started when a dear old friend took me under his wing and introduced me to fly fishing and fly tying. I'll never forget the day when he showed me his fly tying bench and vice and opened up all of the cigar boxes filled with feathers, hair, tinsel and thread. Labeled in envelopes were more feathers and one that said mole fur. Each box of feathers shared the space with a small cigar butt and he told me that it was his way of keeping the moths from eating up his collection. Some of the feathers and fur had taken a long time to put together and his wife said that he had to stop picking up road kills because the neighbors were starting to talk.

He showed me the right way to cast, and we talked about different streams and how he would fish them. He passed on some very good advice to me that I still use today when I step into the river to try and fool a trout.

The day came when I had to ask him about the flies, what I should use and what size, color and shape. He just smiled and replied, 'I'll show you how to tie two of my most productive flies.'

One is a streamer called the Martins Yellow Tail and a very small fly called the Bakers Glory.
'Only two?' I asked.
'Yes, but your collection will start to expand as soon as you start to fish.' He replied.

So I've got to say that my fly fishing started with only two flies, a streamer that looked like a minnow and one small dry fly that floated on the top of the water. That sounded easy enough, but today when a person is just starting out and they ask me what would be a good group of fly tying patterns to tie I tell them a dozen flies in three different groups.

Group one would be the dry flies, group two wet flies and the last would be the streamer flies. The dozen fly patterns that I will suggest are recipes that are only of my own personal choice. I know if you asked anyone else it would be a whole different set of fly tying patterns and recipe choices. The great thing about fly fishing is making choices. To fish or not to fish. To roll cast or to overhand cast. Wet fly or a dry. It's your choice.

Instructions and Intermediate Recipes for Fly Fishing

The sections here are divided into 3 groups of fly tying patterns and recipes.
As time goes on, I will continue to add more productive ties.