Dry Flies: Tying Dry Fly Patterns

– Designed to ride in, or on the surface film. Dry flies are usually understood to be patterns imitating the adult stage of aquatic insects like mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, or midges, but may very well include an incredibly diverse menu of organisms~other aquatic insects like dragonflies and damselflies…terrestrial insects like spiders, ants grasshoppers, caterpillars, moths..
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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

By |January 19th, 2007|Tying Dry Flies, Tying Nymphs-Emergers|0 Comments

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.

By |February 26th, 2006|Tying Dry Flies|0 Comments

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.

By |November 22nd, 2005|Tying Dry Flies|0 Comments

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

By |August 5th, 2005|Tying Dry Flies|0 Comments

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 had […]

By |November 12th, 2004|Tying Dry Flies|0 Comments