This little nymph fills two things quickly: a fly box, and a trout's mouth. Tie this baby up in as many colors as possible and get to work.
It's big, you don't want to get in its' way, and it cleans up. This intruder is absolutely worth tying in a couple different colors for chasing winter steelhead in...
The King Tubby Stone is a great stonefly nymph that will fool fish looking for big bugs!
This week we'll be featuring three nymphs that come together quickly, fish well and fill your box in a hurry.
This week on Loon Live we've got something for you steelhead junkies as well as the nymph/stillwater crowd: The Street Sweeper and the Monster Midge.
This is a very effective nymph pattern utilizing a few materials that make it pop. Try tying a few of these up in various colors and test on the water...
This fly is traditional enough to satisfy the classic low-water swing fly crowd, but also adds in a little extra bugginess and flare.
Intended to be a coastal steelhead pattern, this is a colorful fly with a ton of action and a pretty big profile, but still moves well through the water.
This week on Loon Live we're tying one of the best freshwater baitfish patterns you'll find, as well as a simple but poppy nymph designed with steelhead in mind....
This is as good of an imitation as you'll find for a rainbow trout. It is a pretty simple pattern to tie, and can be easily altered by changing colors...
This week on Loon Live we're tying a nifty little shrimp pattern as well as an awesome fly that can (and at times should) be fished as a nymph, but was...
A couple patterns designed for chasing a particular anadromous fish that we like to call "steelhead". Learn to tie the Anderson's Euphoria and Wiggle Squid.
Tied on a jig hook, this October Caddis pattern is perfect for fishing under an indicator or tight-line nymphing.
This week on Loon Live we're tying a nice intro-to-baitfish, as well as a box-filling caddis pupa on a couple different styles of hooks.
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...
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!
Two bugs that have one thing in common: fish eat them! They might be fished differently, use different techniques and materials and appeal to different species of fish, but they...
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.
Why not take a perfectly good fly pattern, dissect it and add something new to create a new variation?
A stripped down version of the infamous bonefish fly.
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.
Lance Egan ties one of his favorite stonefly patterns -- a variation of the Pat's Rubber Leg Stone.
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.
A juvenile fish imitation called the Fingerling and a soft hackle spin on John Barr's masterpiece Copper John, called the Softer John.
Not just dry flies, but big dry flies! A salmonfly and a Stimulator!
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.
This is an awesome imitation for an Alevin -- a trout or salmon fly.
This is Fly Fish Food's variation on the popular Game Changer streamer from Blaine Chocklett. A great multi-articulated streamer pattern.
A boss of a baitfish pattern for hunting bosses of fish.
Plays well as a Blue Winged Olive nymph, and is just as effective as PMD nymphs and Callibaetis nymphs.
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.
March Madness is not just a basketball tournament. It's also a great time for some nymph fishing.
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.
Here is a killer sculpin pattern!
The Super Easy Glo Bug.
A low-riding dry fly caddis imitation that is perfect for targeting picky fish. This is the perfect answer to fish that are turning away from flies that ride too high...
The Solar Panel Nymph is a style of pattern that can be used with mayflies, stoneflies and even caddis larva.
The Bugle Buddy is an effective carp fly that's easy to tie.
The Grumpy Frumpy is one of our favorite all-around attractor dry flies.
Another hot little buzzer or chironomid pattern. Great for imitating the bugs just a they're getting ready to pop.
A great brown drake soft hackle style emerger or drowned adult fly pattern
The Grey Boy is a popular and very effective buzzer or chironomid pattern for lakes and reservoirs. This is one of our favorites.
The Oil Slick buzzer is one of my most effective chironomid or buzzer patterns in recent years. Give it a try.
A jiggy sorta bugger fly pattern with a cool powder paint job on the cone head.
A flashy kreelex fly variation that works great as an attractor style streamer
An articulated zombie (Frankensteinish) streamer pattern borrowing aspect from some of our other streamers.
An unweighted fun to tie mayfly nymph. Great for callibaetis or baetis (BWO) nymphs fishing just sub-surface.
The M3 Baetis, from Michael Faulkinbury, uses minimal materials but is an effective mayfly nymph.
The Ice Hare's ear is an effective variation of the standard pattern and it's super-easy to tie.
If you need a smaller more sparkly but svelte bloodworm imitation for smaller midges on rivers or even lakes, this is the ticket.
This is a great leech/bugger pattern with some added bling to it. A fish-catching machine.
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.
The Baitfish is a great pattern to practice building fast, easy, durable heads using Loon Outdoors UV Clear Fly Finish.
The Mike Czech is a simple, competition style nymph.
Great crab pattern for saltwater destinations
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.