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Beginner Fly Patterns

Each fly in the Beginners Fly Patterns section has been selected to demonstrate a specific tying principle. When you have mastered each pattern, you can advance to next fly and learn additional skills. By the time you finish all of the flies, you should be able to tie many different fly patterns. These fly patterns were not chosen just to demonstrate a fly tying technique, they also catch fish.

Simple Caddis Larva

This fly is easy to tie. The pattern teaches three essential techniques used in all fly tying. First, you learn how to attach the thread to the hook. Second, you learn how to attach material to the top of the hook using the Soft Loop technique. Finally, you learn how to finish your fly using two half hitches. Read More

Midge Larva

This fly is similar to the Simple Caddis Larva. The main difference besides size, between this fly and the Simple Caddis Larva, is that dubbing is used for a thorax. This fly could be tied with peacock herl also. Our objective in this lesson is to teach the dubbing process. Read more.

Simple Mayfly Nymph

Mayflies make up a substantial portion of a trouts diet. This pattrn is a generic mayfly pattern. By varying the amount and color of dubbing as well as the size of the hook, you can imitate just about any mayfly found in the water where you fish. The objective of this lesson is to teach more dubbing and the use of coated feather fibers to make a thorax coveing. Read more.