Best 5 flies to tie for beginner

Bugsy

Active Member
#17
That's a "gut" eye, traditionally formed from twisted strands of silkworm gut. The eyeless hooks are termed "blind" for this reason. The tyer adds the eye.

The muddler minnow was originally tied to be fished subsurface as a baitfish, but it is also used as a dry attractor or hopper. Many of the muddler variations used for steelhead are intended to be skated in the film or just beneath the surface (damp). But they can be effective anywhere in the column, so it needn't be excluded if you only have a sink tip.
 

kelvin

Active Member
#18
Whats with the eye of that hook and what kind of hook is that?
dont worry about that
just get a steelhead hook you like with an eye (jackson good advice)
It is a fly if you tie a few will teach alot of stuff you can then use on other flies
and they work!

you can leave out the feather wings and just make hair wings at first and they will still work
good luck!
 
#21
Among the other flies people have listed, you may want to add simple Marabou patterns like the Popsicle to that list. Palmering marabou is a good thing to know, not to mention those patterns, when tied correctly work real good for winters and salmon.

Just make sure you get good marabou and you'll be good to go
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#22
The links for the episodes won't open for me.

You've read references I've made to Dave Engerbretson. During the last few years that Dave was alive, he and Leroy made the first of the videos. Dave was the "color" guy. Dave could no longer tie flies due to his failing eyesight from sugar diabetes that was ultimately responsible for his death.

Dave came up with the idea for the videos and knew Leroy through The Clearwater Fly Casters flyfishing club and suggested Leroy tie the flies. Dave provided the "play by play".

They had hoped PBS stations around the NW would pick up the series but for some reason, Oregon PBS declined :(

I have a copy of one of the first episodes.

Due to production costs, they'd shoot a number of episodes at one time. Dave would change shirts between patterns.
 

dogsnfish

Active Member
#24
The new season is on now in Pullman. The two of them were at the local fly club banquet last year and they were just having a ball tying next to each other. Just laughing and poking at each other. I sat down for about a half hour just to hear them.
 

dogsnfish

Active Member
#25
The links for the episodes won't open for me.

You've read references I've made to Dave Engerbretson. During the last few years that Dave was alive, he and Leroy made the first of the videos. Dave was the "color" guy. Dave could no longer tie flies due to his failing eyesight from sugar diabetes that was ultimately responsible for his death.

Dave came up with the idea for the videos and knew Leroy through The Clearwater Fly Casters flyfishing club and suggested Leroy tie the flies. Dave provided the "play by play".

They had hoped PBS stations around the NW would pick up the series but for some reason, Oregon PBS declined :(

I have a copy of one of the first episodes.

Due to production costs, they'd shoot a number of episodes at one time. Dave would change shirts between patterns.
I record all of the episodes on our DVR. Pullman PBS seems to run the series every year. An additional bonus for those of us over on the dry side is that they are often referring to our local waters, so when Leroy, Carolyn or Dave (rip) says such and such a fly is great for steelhead on the Clearwater, or during a caddis hatch on the Lochsa, believe me, I write it down and tie some up.
 
#27
I'm jumping in here late, but the basic Skunk works great for summer steelies. Not the Green Butt, just the basic low profile Skunk. Really easy to tie.