Whether you are trying to fill a box for saltwater or warm water, this baitfish pattern is a great place to start.
Perdigon flies were made popular by Spanish competition anglers because they sink quickly and catch a lot of fish. Learn to tie the Perdigonish fly here.
Anglers love this Stimulator pattern because of its effectiveness and versatility. It's a great searching pattern when you're unsure of what trout are targeting, and it floats well enough to hold up a nymph tied on as a dropper rig.
Originally tied as a low-riding caddis dry fly, this is the El Vato Nymph: a quick-sinking bug that comes together with a few creatively used materials.
An attractor pattern that most closely resembles a PMD or other mayfly.
Imitation....er....attractor pattern? This stonefly is a great blend of attractor components and lifelike features.
Hot-headed attractor pattern. This is a great little fly that looks something like a Bird's Nest... and nothing really like a Bird's Nest.
A simple little Rhyacophila Caddis nymph. This is tied on a competition-style hook and can easily be embellished with a little extra flare.
This week on Loon Live we've got some love for the meat chuckers and the European nymphers, so come one and come all!
A couple of deep swimmers who get down fast, and stay down until they've found what they're looking for: trout.
A Prince patterns that incorporates some new materials and a special dubbing blend that makes it worth checking out. This is a great attractor pattern that gets down quickly.
A soft hackle and March Brown. Two fun little patterns that aren't too flashy but have a ton of movement in the water.
A jumping off point for tying bitter-style shrimp for bonefish.
A nifty little Euro/competition style nymph and a Balanced Bugger. These are essentially variations on well-known patterns, but you'd do well to add them to your fly box!
Crab pattern for fishing the flats.
A simple version of the classic baitfish pattern.
A bunny based tarpon hunter.
A bonefish fly with a little extra action.
A rainbow trout streamer that can be easily modified to look like any baitfish or other freshwater trout, and a Golden Stone nymph with a few twists.
Matt is back on the vise this week tying up a couple cool patterns: a bunny streamer and a caddis nymph.
A popper bodied rainbow trout and an extended-body Hexagenia dry.
Fun poppers starts at the bench and a caddis nymph.
A little bit of everything; articulated streamer, a dry fly, and a stillwater damselfly pattern.
The perfect gateway into tying your own bonefish flies.
A bluegill imitation that drives warm water species crazy!
PMD-style rubber leg / poxy-back; it's not as crazy as it sounds, but it is bullet proof and catches fish like crazy.
Bead headed steelhead pattern. A little action, a little buggy, and very versatile.
The colors have been changed in honor of the 4th, but this steelhead fly is real.
One of our favorite mayfly imitations.
A jig hook, a hot spot and the perfect amount of flash make this an excellent trout nymph.
A stone that gets down fast. Way down. Real fast.
The bird's nest is a classic, but this version has some new twists and the addition of a hot spot on the wing case.
A versatile aresenal with a bunny streamer, a small softy and a jig!
The nymph version of Matt Callies's Big Arse Soft Hackle. This is a stonefly with all the bells and whistles.
The Jig Bird is a modernized Bird's Nest (on a jig hook of course) and the Awe Shucks is a Green Drake emerger that will have you dreaming about spring.
We're grateful to have Mike demonstrate a couple of his patterns: the Twisto Caddis and Missing Link.
The M3 Baetis, from Michael Faulkinbury, uses minimal materials but is an effective mayfly nymph.
The Deep Dish is a great nymph to cover your callibaetis waters as well as brown drake waters
A simple yet effective midge nymph or pupa.
The quill pupa is a smaller version of a common style of bigger chironomids or buzzer style flies.
A beefy imitative Green Drake nymph that's also fun to tie.
This is an upgraded version to the previous Belly Scratcher Sculpin now with more realistic fins.
The Zebra Midge is a great pattern and easy to tie.
From Fly Fish Food's Low Fat series, this is a great little minnow that imitates a bluegill
Delivery Man is the first in the Andersson Series that isn't "exactly" geared toward trout.....this is a toothy pattern.
A great full-bodied streamer pattern that the fish dig.
This is a great little snail pattern for fishing stillwater.
The Fat Sancho is a saltwater shrimp imitation. It's a realistic imitation that's relatively easy to tie.
The Belly Scratcher Sculpin is a more realistic pattern than previous ones and very effective.
This is a relatively realistic and easy to tie mayfly pattern.
Very effective chironomid pattern for stillwater fly fishing
A carp fly that will get its butt munched. Great pattern, so try it out.
From Fly Fish Food's Low Fat series, this is a great little minnow that imitates a perch.