Understanding Fish Behavior
What Trout See (and Why It Matters)
Trout are visual hunters. If our flies are going to fool them, they must trick the fish’s sense of sight.
A Realistic Mayfly YOU Can Tie
A Better Spent Spinner
“Match the hatch” means more than just imitating new insects. Matching dying mayflies can be just as important.
A New Look at an Old Material
The Emu Epiphany
Although these won’t put chickens out of business, emu feathers are terrific for tying both dry and wet flies.
Tie It, Cast It, Have Fun!
The Sunny Corleone Sunfish
This bass-walloping pattern pays homage to a famous gangster movie, and it catches trophy fish.
Pro Tips & Tricks
Mastering Thread Control
Our author shares important techniques that will improve your tying. Put a spool of thread in a bob- bin, clamp a hook in your vise, and follow along.
The FFI Fly Tying Challenge
Going for Bronze—Part 3
You’ve learned the basic tying skills, so now it’s time to make three of your favorite flies. Which patterns will you choose?
ON THE COVER: Photo by David Klausmeyer
Thank You, Fishy!
Greg Senyo: Playing by His Own Rules
Metal Tape Minnow
The Catskill Curler Stonefly Nymph
Tie a Perfect Parachute
Match the Hatch
A Fly by Any Other Name