HipWader’s Fly Tying Patterns~Fly Tying Step By Step Illustrations!

Step by step fly tying patterns with Rob O'Reilly
Time to re-stock the fly boxes? Interested in trying some new fly patterns? Look no further! In this section, you’ll find easy to follow tying instructions for dries, nymphs/emergers, streamers patterns…as well as some notes on the “where and when” to use them.
A new pattern is added monthly, so check back often!

Dubbing Brush Nymph

For many anglers on this side of the Atlantic, Czech Nymphing is still a pretty foreign idea. While we may, or may not choose to employ this short line method of fishing heavy nymphs, there is no doubt that the effectiveness of this approach makes it worth a second look.
Dubbing Brush Nymph

Triple Wing Caddis Pattern

I have come to the conclusion that there are some caddis fly patterns that I just plain LIKE to use. Sometimes they catch fish, sometimes they don’t.
Triple Wing Caddis Step By Step Fly Patterns

Tying the Double Bunny Streamer

Until recently, I considered the Double Bunny streamer to be a pike fly. Not that it IS one of course, but the warm water fly box is exactly where you would find mine. That is until last summer....
Double Bunny Streamer

Grand River Fly

If you fish the Grand River in Southern Ontario with any degree of regularity, chances are you've run up against some of it's big lock-jawed browns sipping caddis on, or near the surface.

Evil Weevil Nymph

Since 1998, this nymph pattern has been growing in popularity. The creation of Calgary tier Jeremy Davies, and it's variations have proven their worth on dozens of trout in my own home water, I urge you to give them a try!
By |December 12th, 2005|Tying Nymphs-Emergers|Comments Off|

Adams Dry Fly

Adams Dry Fly
If ever there was a dry fly that needed no introduction, it is the Adams fly. This American fly pattern (designed by Len Halladay of Michigan in 1922 at the request of his close friend Charles Adams) was believed to have originally been a down wing pattern that more closely imitated a caddis.

Western Stonefly Nymph

Tying The Stonefly Nymph~Western Pattern - Step by step fly tying patterns with Rob O'Reilly
When a new fly yields a beautiful fish, it tends to earn a special place in the hearts of fly fishers...at least it does with me. With the real estate in my fly boxes being what it is though, it would need to earn its keep.

Crane Fly Pattern

This is one tricky bug to imitate! One look at the naturals leaves most tiers wondering how to achieve the appearance with an artificial. At least DanJ and I wondered! Earlier this season I gave him one of my extended-body cranes to try out. Until this year, most of the cranes I experimented with were dubbed-bodied parachutes with over-sized hackle.
Fly Tying The Crane Fly Pattern - Step by step fly tying patterns with Rob O'Reilly

Parasol Emerger

For those who have been following O’Reilly’s Tying Bench for some time, you may remember a fly I posted called “The Dandelion Fly/Drymerger.” Essentially, its a small pupa pattern suspended below a “hookless” parachute. This pattern allows the fly to float just below the surface doing an excellent job of imitating an emerging insect. […]

Polar Fiber Streamer

I love fishing streamers, especially when conditions are right for them. A good streamer pattern, used properly, will tempt the biggest fish in the water you're fishing. The short list of patterns I use has recently be bumped for a new star~the Polar Fiber Streamer!
Fly Tying The Polar Fiber Streamer With Rob O'Reilly

CDC Parachute Midge Larva

Whenever I find myself in a discussion about “fancy-dress” salmon flies, super-realistic show piece flies and the like, I can’t help but think about tiers like Shane Stalcup. In case you’ve not heard of him, he is a commercial tier/material supplier who has expanded his business to include a number of books and videos. […]

Mr. Rapidan Dry Fly

As time goes by, I think I have more faith in the “fishing” than I do in the fly. That is to say, I’m having less faith in the “magic” pattern being the key to more fish, and more in how its used. Its not been an evolution really, I’ve always loved attractor-patterns and […]

Flash-back Pheasant Tail

With our trout season wrapping up in just a few days I thought I’d share one of my favorite nymph patterns. The good thing is that this pattern is equally at home in the trout AND steelhead box! Pheasant tails have long been top producers for countless fly fishers and this variation is one […]

The McKay Stonefly

I’m very pleased to have finally conviced Rob McKay to post this pattern on O’Reilly’s Tying Bench. Rob is a modest man who has a less than romantic approach to the delicate art of fly tying, Rob’s flies are usually based on two factors; First~what he is able to scrounge from the lint trap […]

Griffith’s Gnat Pattern

A fly that has always found a home in my fly box is the Griffith’s Gnat. Created by one of the founding fathers of Trout Unlimited (George Griffith) the pattern imitates tiny midges, midge emergers, midge clusters..even tiny mayflies. Its a simple pattern, but very effective.
This fly has saved the day for me more […]

Green Drake Emerger

I was fortunate to get some green drake education on my trip to Pennsylvania last year. Until then, i’d only really tuned-in when I saw the dramatic-looking coffin flies (green drake spinners) appear. As the most anticipated hatch of the year, they have the patterns to match them. The B&B I […]

Blue Winged Olive

In the darkest corner of one of my dry fly boxes lies a blue winged olive pattern that catches lots of fish, and is pretty darn ugly. Well, ugly might be a bit harsh but it certainly lacks some of the pretty characteristics of say…Catskill patterns. A quill-bodied, beautifully hackled, split-winged pattern…..nope. […]

Early Black Stonefly Nymph

A hatch that might seem almost irrelevant to anglers in Southern Ontario, Early Black Stoneflies are an important hatch to be aware of in the spring. Ever been out on a cold opening day of the season and wonder why your "secret weapon" nymph from last fall is not doing the
trick? […]

Caddis Emerger Fly Pattern

Its unusual for me to like a fly as much as I like this one, yet know essentially nothing about it…Its an emerger, and likely a caddis. I think I picked it up at the Orvis shop in Chicago about seven years ago, but i’m not sure. I sort of care…but I […]

Eye Fly Pattern

While not typically delivered by a fly rod, flies are often very effective for ice fishing. Lots of jigs for perch and whitefish are created to give the appearance of various nymphs found on or near the bottom of lakes all year long. While the Eye Fly does not really imitate an […]

Chernobyl Ant Pattern

During the January deep freeze, I find it easiest to daydream about muggy days spent bass fishing. I can’t think of bass fishing in warm water lakes without thinking of foam-bodied bugs. I’ve read that this fly is intended for trout fishing, but mine have always called the "bass" fly box home!

Red Brassie Midge Pattern

Festive colors aside, i’ve seen this little beauty work wonders in places that surprised me….One late summer night on the Grand this past summer, I spoke with a chap who was working his way up stream behind me. I could hear what sounded like an American accent and asked him where he was […]

By |December 30th, 2003|Tying Nymphs-Emergers|Comments Off|

Fly Patterns Instructions Recipes

Step by step tying fly patterns and instructions on how to tie flies.

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By |December 25th, 2003|Fly Tying Patterns|0 Comments|

Hendrickson Dry Fly Pattern

O.K., its December…..I can reveal this fly and hopefully forget that I did by the time spring rolls along….What, a standard dry fly? Yep. I’ve tried for years to prove this fly wrong. Yes, I know males are different in color than the females. I don’t like this fly for […]

Emergent Sparkle Pupa Pattern

If I have one fly tying/fishing "regret", it would have to be not trying these incredible patterns sooner. Three years ago (in the wake of a none-too productive outing to our local caddis factory~the Grand River) I told my wife that for Christmas that year, i’d like a copy of a book called […]

Angora Bugger Fly Pattern

I might have never even tried tying with angora goat if I hadn’t been trying to find seal fur for a British nymph pattern. It was labeled "Seal Fur Substitute." Having never tied with seal fur, I thought this stuff was terrible. Long, slippery fibers that didn’t dub easily, too shiny, […]

Easy Egg Fly Pattern

I love egg patterns. Its fun after a season of tying dark, or dull earth-toned flies to reach for yarn that looks more like cotton candy than tying material. In an effort to find some slightly less intense colors of egg yarn a few weeks ago, I came accross a material called […]

Trico Dun & Spinner Pattern

Depending on the river you’re fishing, you can expect to see these little devils anytime fron mid-July until almost the end of September. A bonus for tiers is that imitations need only be the right proportion, and close in color.I suppose you can say that of almost any dry fly, but i’ve seen […]

Grand River Caddis Pattern

Having now spent a great deal of time collecting samples and watching the caddis doing their thing on the upper Grand, I hit the tying bench with both live caddis samples and fresh memories of trout rising to within inches o my fly…..and NOT take it! That scenario is all too familiar to […]

Balsa Popper Pattern

Like usual, summer is "In like a lion" here in southern Ontario. As in the past, extreme heat and humidity has caused a great rise in water temperature in some of our favorite trout streams. There are two ways for ardent trout anglers to see this situation; Only fish the slightly more […]

Green Drake Nymph Pattern

If there is a hatch more eagerly anticipated than the Green Drakes in Pennsylvania, I can’t imagine what it might be.
This bead-headed nymph pattern, tied locally for Penns creek, was the top pick for the high-water conditions of this past weekend.
I thought I might come back with stories of big browns rising to […]

Ant Fly Pattern

For the fly fishers I know best, the ant is pretty much a "marginal" pattern. While terrestrials in general fall into this category for many fly fishers, the ant is one that deserves a bit more attention. From a tying standpoint, there are few flies that are easier than the ant. […]

Opening-Day Nymph

For trout fishers, there are few days so eagerly anticipated as the "opener." Most anglers have plans mapped-out months in advance, equipment prepared flies tied etc. For better or for worse, my openers have seldom unfolded as expected. There is one opening day that stands out above and beyond all the […]

CDC Caddis Dry Fly

I’ve always liked the CDC Caddis Dry Fly pattern, but always struggled with the trimming of the CDC feathers. Somewhere in my mind I’m stuck on the thought that to use this material, the aligned natural tips of the feathers should be the outer extent of the wings. I think can say […]

Dandelion Fly Pattern

The deeper I get involved in fly fishing, the deeper my sense of familiarity grows with the sport’s tools and tricks. Every new pc. of equipment seems like either an innovative product answering a real need, or a better version of something that exists now. "New" flies tend to fall into the […]

Tying The Zonker Fly Pattern

Alright, that’s bad…..I’ll admit. The truth is, I am a big fan of this fly. Like many fly fishers, i’ve found this fly to be very productive in a wide range of fishing situations. While the Zonker i’ve tied below is pretty true to the original, I consider it a "style" […]

CDC Biot Comparadun

This terrific fly improves upon a great fly by the substitution of a goose biot for the abdomen, and CDC for the wing. There are many theories as to why this fly is such a favorite among fly fishers. My personal belief is that it’s slender, low-riding profile (coupled with the very […]

Sparkle-Pheasant Tail Nymph

While the pheasant tail nymph requires little introduction, this variation may be new to many. The addition of a bead to the pheasant tail nymph has proven very effective to fly fishers the world over. This "Sparkle Pheasant Tail" nymph takes the attractive nature of the shiny bead to the next level. […]

Fishy’s Hopper Pattern

I would hazard a guess that there are few tiers who have not heard the name Jay "Fishy" Fullum. Author of "Fishy’s Flies" and a columnist for both American Angler and Fly Tyer magazines, Jay has a well-deserved reputation for innovative, fun patterns for warm, cold and saltwater gamefish. My experience with […]

Herl-Bodied Dry Fly

Like many of the flies I’ll likely include on "O’Reilly’s Tying Bench," the herl-bodied dry fly is of mysterious lineage. I found this pattern a number of years ago in one of the fly fishing magazines. After an hour or two of searching, I’ve given up on finding the article. The […]

Bunny Foot Emerger

Hello HipWaders! There are some flies i’ve considered keeping to myself, due in part to the "secret weapon" feelings anglers get when a pattern is so easy to tie and catches lots of fish. This pattern falls into that category. It has, on many occasions, been the difference between catching, and […]

Caddis larva Pattern

Can you pick up a stone in the rivers you fish and NOT find them in good quantity? In ALL the rivers I fish, there are a minimum of 3-4 on every rock, often a dozen or more. They very in species, size and color. The caddis larva I see the […]

Klinkhamer Dry Fly

In 1984, Hans Van Klinken (a Dutch fly tier) developed this fly about 15 years ago in an attempt to mimmic the caddis larva he found in the grayling he fished for in Norway. The result of the 4 months of development he invested to perfect it is the fly below, the Klinkhamer […]

Prince Nymph Pattern

In all but the slowest stretches of river, I keep Prince nymphs as the "go-to" patterns when there appears to be no surface activity.
While many of the patterns I use are natural, drab looking creations (I’ll cover a few of those in the future!), one pattern that looks like rows of Christmas tree […]

By |October 20th, 2002|Tying Nymphs-Emergers|Comments Off|