Step by Step

A.P. Nymph

Tie in lead/non lead wire at the thorax and secure with tying thread. I don't normally do it but if you want coat the thread and lead wraps with head cement feel free to do so.

Tie in enough material for the tail, wingcase and legs just behind the lead wraps. Tail length should equal 1 to 1.5 times the hook gap. At this time you can trim out some tail fibers or leave them in for a fuller tail. I trimmed out about 50% of the tail fibers for this fly. Tie in your ribbing wire.

Dub you thread and wrap the body followed by the ribbing wire. Trim off the wire and dub the thorax.

The wingcase is pulled over the thorax and tied down.

The legs are formed by bringing the thread to a position just in front of the thorax and separating 3-4 fibers on each side and securing with tying thread. Excess material is then trimmed off.

The finished fly! Time to try it out!

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Wooly Bugger

Weight the hook with lead/lead free wire. Wire diameter is usualy equal to the hook wire diameter. Secure the wire with the tying thread. It is permissible to coat the wire with a super glue if desired.

Prepare a bunch of marabou fibers and measure to the hook shank length.

Tie in the marabou tail and trim off the excess.

Tie in krystal flash on each side of the hook shank and the wire rib that helps to secure the palmered hackle.

Using the bend to the eye hackle wrapping method, tie in the hackle by the tip. This will provide a taper to the palmered hackle.

Strip a small amount of chenille to expose the inner core threads and tie on to the hook shank.

Wrap chenille forward to create the body. Tie off just behing the hook eye.

Wrap the hackle forward to just behind the hook eye. Stroke the hackle fibers towards the bend while wrapping the hackle. Counter wrap the gold wire through the hackle. Wiggle the wire while wrapping to prevent too many hackle fibers from being tied down by the wire.

Build a neat head, whip finish and apply head cement if desired.

The finished fly.

Bi-color Nymph (Allen Bithell)


Miracle Nymph

Tie on black thread, fine copper wire and 1 strand of white floss. 
Wrap thread over body materials in touching turns to build a smooth underbody.

Wrapp the floss forward. 

Spiral wrap the fine copper ribbing wire, build a nice thread head and head cement.

Tying Note: Use different colored threads and wire for the body.


Awesome Lake Brookie

Tie on your thread and marabou for the tail. Wrap the thread forward covering the butt ends of the marabou as smooth as you can.

Tie in the tinsel and body material. Wrap thread back to the bend, building a smooth under body.

Wrap the thread forward followed by the body material and tinsel. Tie off olive thread.

Attach black thread and tie in an olive marabou wing.

Tie in a peacock herl topping followed by the white buck tail and orange hackle fiber throat.

Add painted yellow and black eyes.

Awesome Lake Brookie

Hook: Streamer style
Thread: Light color for under body and then black
Tail: Olive marabou
Ribbing: Red holographic tinsel
Body: orange floss, orange Uni Stretch or equivalent
Topping: Peacock herl from an eye stick
Throat: White buck tail followed by orange hackle fibers
Eyes: Painted yellow and black

Tying Note: Light colored thread is used to help maintain the body color of the fly. 


Black Ant

Joes Hopper


Black Bear Red Butt

Tie in thread and silver oval tinsel behind the hook return.

Wrap back to the barb of the hook.

Wrap the tinsel forward. About 4-6 turns is enough.

Tie in the tag material.

Wrap tag material forward.

Tie in black hackle fibers for the tail and wrap all materials back to the hook return to make a smooth underbody.

Tie in the ribbing tinsel and the body material.

Wrap boody material forwrd followed by the tinsel ribbing. Tie in black hackle fibers for the throat.

Tie on the wing material and wrap a neat head.

Finished fly with tail.

Finished fly without tail.

Black Bear Red Butt

Hook: Salmon type
Thread: Black
Tip: Silver oval tinsel
Tag: Red floss/uni-stretch/yarn etc
Tail: Black hackle fibers
Ribbing: Silver oval tinsel
Body: Black floss/uni-stretch/yarn etc
Throat: Black hackle fibers
Wing: Black bear or squirrel

Numerous websites/books have this fly tied with/without a tail so I tied both

Changing the tag color will give you a black bear green butt, black bear orange butt etc

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