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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau

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What you're about to see is an accident.  One day Joe volunteered to lead a fly tying demo at a local club meeting. Jim filmed it.  It seemed like a good idea, at the time, to put the effort on-line for all to see.  From these serendipitous beginnings comes a multi-year task that's been a delight to produce.  Each month, more or less, we'll bring you a fly pattern selected to be effective for the angling you'll encounter both on our Midwestern warm waters and around the country.  From trout flies to tarpon flies, this is an exploration.  Come along for the ride and we'll show you interesting, new and classic patterns.  Some of them might not even be flies!  We'll share some tips and tricks for fishing the creations we tie.  We'll even dabble a bit in the fascinating history of the sport of fly fishing.  Watch the videos, tie the flies and then take them out on the water with you.  With Fly Fish Ohio's Adventures in Fly Tying series you're guaranteed to fill your fly boxes with effective and productive patterns that'll make you a more effective angler in the Midwest and beyond!  Remember, fly tying is the other half of fly fishing!

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February 2011

Polly Rosborough's Casual Dress Nymph

E. H. 'Polly' Rosborough was part of that generation of fly tiers and anglers that brought rise to the "golden age" of American fly fishing.  This pattern was one of his earliest and most respected creations, dating from his early years in Oregon prior to World War II.  It's a classic that is as effective today as it was seven decades ago.

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January 2011

Fishy's Bonefish Fly

Fishy Fullum is one of the most creative fly tiers in the sport today.  Every month he pushes the envelope in his Fly Tyer Magazine column. At the 2011 Somerset Fly Fishing Show he demonstrated a new pattern that we think might be the NEXT BIG THING for bonefish, redfish and carp!

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December 2010

Shannon's Streamer

Two materials (one of which you'll find at a craft shop for pennies per yard), one hook, one original idea and you might just end up with an amazing pattern. Shannon's Streamer, a fly fishers take on the Yamamoto Senko.  It's a killer!

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November 2010

The Carrot Nymph

There's something about orange that captures the attention of fish and fishermen.  From bluegill to bass and trout to carp this is a pattern that's always in our nymph box

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October 2010

Gartside Softhackle Streamer

Jack Gartside was one of fly fishing's most innovative thinkers and fly tiers.  His Soft Hackle Streamer will take just about any species you can imagine.

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September 2010

The Hardy Demon Streamer

The Hardy Demon streamer is a variation of the Alexandra streamer.  With a history reaching back more than 150 years, this pretty fly is still surprisingly effective for any freshwater game fish.

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August 2010

Murray's Strymph

Harry Murray's contribution to the well tempered smallmouth bass fly box is one that every serious bronze hunter needs to carry.  A Fly Fish Ohio favorite!

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July 2010

The Jassid

Vince Marinaro's iconic classic from his 1950 opus A Modern Dry Fly Code is an elegant and simple tie guaranteed to fool trout when they're onto terrestrials!

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 June 2010

The Chile Pepper

Another "Killer" style streamer, this pretty fly uses plumage from the Golden Pheasant to create a unique and fiery pattern.

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May 2010

Fatal Attraction

An adaptation of Dan Blanton's wonderfully productive striper fly makes for an outstanding bass streamer. This is one of the prettiest streamers in our fly box, and one we fish when conditions are demanding!

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April 2010

The Mrs. Simpson

Named for the Dutchess of Windsor, this fly is a great introduction to the "Killer" style of tying!

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March 2010 - The Foxee Red Clouser

The fly that is in our fly box on every smallmouth bass outing, the Foxee Red Clouser is an incredibly effective imitation of a soft craw.  This fly drives smallmouth bass, rock bass and carp crazy!

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February 2010 - The Murdich Minnow

A realistic imitation of herring, alewives, shiners or shad is a vital fly in any kit. The Murdich Minnow, as tied here, is one that should be with you on your next outing.  As a bonus you'll see an innovative use of a new material and a great new fly tying adhesive, all in this video!

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January 2010 - The Mixed Media

An original pattern from Joe Cornwall based on the time-tested Clouser Deep Minnow, the Mixed Media is a fly that will drive bass crazy!

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November 2009 - Troth Bullhead

Al Troth created the Elk Hair Caddis, but he wanted something for big Madison river browns.  He ended up creating this spectacular imitation of a mad tom.  It's one of the best smallmouth bass flies you'll ever cast!

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October 2009 - Parmachene Belle

Mike Schmidt is back to tie the beautiful and historic Parmachene Belle, a fly that may have caught one of the largest brook trout ever seen!  It's a pattern you'll want to fish, if only because of its charming colors and lovely lines. Its as effective as ever!

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July 2009 - Katydid

Mike Schmidt is no stranger to these pages, but this time he's on camera! Join Mike as he ties a great traditional winged wet fly, the Katydid!

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May 2009 - Black-Nosed Dace

Art Flick had a huge influence on the sport of fly fishing as it is practiced in North America.  He created the Black-Nosed Dace to imitate a minnow common to the trout streams of New York, and in the process created an incredibly productive and elegant bucktail.

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March 2009 - Brassie

For four decades this simple fly, a pattern with just two materials, a hook and thread, has been fooling trout.  It's also a great choice for panfish and carp.  Everyone needs to carry the Brassie!

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January 2009 - Diawl Bach

A Simple Welsh lake pattern that's a killer for reservoir bluegills, post-spawn smallmouth and just about any stream dweller, including picky brown trout.

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December 2008 - Twisted Little Fox

A unique method of tying a simple, but wholly unusual fly that will have you looking at your fly box with a completely different perspective.  Tie this one!

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October 2008 - CDC Caddis

This simple variation of the Elk Hair Caddis is a great choice for clear, flat water and selective trout.  Carried in sizes 16 to 20, this is one of the most effective trout dry flies you can carry!

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July 2008 - Royal Coachman Wet

As traditional as it gets, this fly has a history of more than a century and a half.  As tied here, this is a fly you'd have found in the fly boxes of an angler fishing a hundred years ago.  Fish it today, it's still a great fly!

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June 2008 - Bully's Bluegill Spider

A great fly with a unique action, this is a "drop bait".  Try this one when the bluegills are hanging deep and acting reluctant!

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May 2008 - Kreel Craw-Dad!

This fly is a "must have" if you're fishing for creek smallmouth or rock bass. It's a great bottom-crawling fly for tough fish.  Tie this one and take it with you, it might just save a day.  It did for me!

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March 2008 - Joe's Smelt

 

A dynamite New England streamer pattern that will really work wonders on smallmouth bass, white bass and Midwestern trout!  You need to try this pattern!

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January 2008 - The Pigtails

 

Developed by Ed Materne during that post WWII period of creativity and progress, this is a fly that works everywhere.  You'll want to carry this simple bucktail for everything from trout to bass!

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December 2007 - The CDC One Feather

 

You need to carry this simple emerger imitation.  Trout, panfish or bass, this one will work anytime the fish are looking for an easy insect meal.  The CDC One Feather is an easy tie and takes only a few minutes to complete.  Did you just get your first fly tying "kit" for Christmas?  Start here!

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November 2007 - The Czech Nymph

A technique seldom seen in a warm water application, Czech and Polish nymphing methods are just as deadly on carp and smallmouth as they are on trout.  And the best fly to use turns out to be a simple and very versatile creation.  Put a few of these in your fly box for your next outing!

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October 2007 Special - Steve Rajeff

G. Loomis rod designer and world casting champion Steve Rajeff joins the Fly Fish Ohio team for an exclusive video interview.

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September 2007 - The Gimp

A unique fly from the bygone days, this is still a pattern you want to carry. The Gimp has fabulous inherent action and the appeal of a fly tied with "new" materials.  You'll want a few of these for your next bluegill, trout or crappie outing.

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August 2007 - The Puglisi Baitfish

One of the hottest lures on the market for big largemouth, striped bass, redfish, smallmouth, pike and musky is the paddle-tail swim bait. Soft plastic baits that swim with a serpentine motion like a real baitfish are all the rage. While this may be a new development for the hardware crowd, fly fishers have enjoyed patterns that exhibit this same seductive swimming motion for decades.

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July 2007 - Flatwing Shiner

One of the hottest lures on the market for big largemouth, striped bass, redfish, smallmouth, pike and musky is the paddle-tail swim bait. Soft plastic baits that swim with a serpentine motion like a real baitfish are all the rage. While this may be a new development for the hardware crowd, fly fishers have enjoyed patterns that exhibit this same seductive swimming motion for decades.

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June 2007 - The Renegade

The Renegade is a pattern that started life as a wet fly and evolved into a dry fly that is also great nymph pattern.  Fished on the top or on the bottom, the Renegade is a versatile and effective fly!

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May 2007 - The Partridge and Yellow

"The soft-hackled fly is one of the most venerable trout patters known to man, having been first on Dame Juliana Berner's famous list dated in 1497.  Its long history certainly indicates that it has been demonstrably effective regardless of geography, season, or the nature of the local hatch." - from the cover of The Soft Hackled Fly

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April 2007 - The Lithuanian Bat

Now this is one funky bass fly.  Looking to toss something they haven't seen before?  This fly comes alive in the water, but it doesn't look like anything that's ever lived on this planet.  Then again, when has that mattered to a largemouth bass?

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April 2007 Special Edition -

Joe's Root Beer Roundhead

Don't miss this special installment of Adventures In Fly Tying made just for those of us who carry a spinning rod from time to time!

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March 2007 - The Killer Bug and the PT!

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 February 2007 - The Brooks Blonde

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January 2007 - The Prince Nymph

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December 2006 - Light Spruce Streamer

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November 2006 - Skykomish Sunrise

 

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October 2006 - Tap's Bug

 

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September 2006 - The Arkansas Bucktail

 

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August 2006 - Skip's Dad

 

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July 2006 - The Crackleback Wooly Worm

 

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June 2006 -

The Roderick Haig-Brown Steelhead Bee

 

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May 2006 - The Predator

 

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April 2006 - The Modern Thief

 

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March 2006 - The James Wood Bucktail

 

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February 2006 - The Sparrow 

 

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January 2006 - The Simple Shad

 

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