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Nymphs Too!

The premise of my website is “classic” wet and dry flies, of course, but I also tie and fish with a lot nymphs. These flies more or less represent insects in their larva stage. And since my Woven Polish Nymph won an award at the 2021 MTFA Fly Tying Contest, I have decided to make my nymph fly tying cards (a) viewable at the bottom of my Fly Tying Cards webpage and (b) available in printed form for a small fee under the Fly Tying Cards product in my online store.

Cover page of Nymph Fly Tying Cards

This set of fly tying cards includes the following:

  • Woven Polish Nymph
  • Tungsten Diving Caddis
  • Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear
  • Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail
  • Sexy Walt’s Worm
  • McKenna’s Sexy Walt’s Worm
  • McKenna’s Rumble Bug
  • Tungsten Surveyor
  • Rainbow Warrior
  • Holographic Frenchie
  • Skinny Nelson

The award-winning Woven Polish Nymph has been a great fly for me. It’s a caddisfly larva imitation and the colors can be varied as much as there is embroidery floss – hundreds of colors and shades. A skein of cotton floss is under a buck and will make a great many flies. I do like polyester floss for the underside because it comes in brighter colors that don’t fade when wet. It is a little more expensive though. The weaving is what gives the fly the realistic texture and the link on the Fly Tying Card shows you how it’s done.

The other nymph patterns have been great for me as well, all of them, but the Mohawk Pheasant Tail, the Tungsten Survey, and the McKenna’s Sexy Walt’s Worm seem to work everywhere I go.

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Fly Tying Cards – Halford Dry Flies

A new set of Fly Tying Cards is now available!

This set contains 8 selected Halford Dry flies. These patterns are from Frederic M. Halford’s 1886 book “Floating Flies and How To Dress Them”. The fly tying cards included are as follows:

  • No. 10. #1 Whitchurch
  • No. 11. Flight’s Fancy
  • No. 18. Blue Quill
  • No. 24. Saltoun
  • No. 36. Blue-Winged Olive
  • No. 63. Alder
  • No. 66. Red Ant
  • No. 75. Dark Sedge
Cover page of Halford Dry Fly Tying Cards
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Fly Tying Cards – Catskills Dry Flies

A new set of Fly Tying Cards is now available!

This set contains 8 selected Catskills Dry flies. These patterns are in the style inspired by Theodore Gordon. The fly tying cards included are as follows:

  • Adams
  • Blue-Winged Olive
  • Greenwell’s Glory
  • Hendrickson
  • Light Cahill
  • March Brown
  • Pink Lady
  • Quill Gordon
Cover page of Catskills Dry Fly Tying Cards
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Fly Tying Cards – Old Favorite Trout Flies

A new set of Fly Tying Cards is now available!

This set contains 18 selected old favorite trout fly patterns from Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 Book “Favorite Flies And Their Histories”. The fly tying cards included are as follows:

  • No. 93. Beauty
  • No. 105. Beaverkill
  • No. 106. Blue Bottle Fly
  • No. 118. Orange Coachman
  • No. 122. Cow Dung Fly
  • No. 125. Camlet Dun
  • No. 137. Gosling
  • No. 140. Greenwell’s Glory
  • No. 143. Grizzly King
  • No. 146. Royal Governor
  • No. 158. Iron Blue Dun
  • No. 174. March Brown
  • No. 179. Original Montreal
  • No. 192. Professor
  • No. 195. Queen of the Water
  • No. 225. Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear
  • No. 229. Wickham’s Fancy
  • No. 232. Deer Fly
Cover page of Old Favorite Trout Fly Tying Cards

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Fly Tying Cards – Realistic Dry Flies (Drakes)

A new set of Fly Tying Cards is now available!

This set contains 8 selected drake (dragon) realistic dry fly patterns tied with wally wings. The patterns have been designed so they resemble the actual mayfly they imitate. The fly tying cards included are as follows:

  • Green Drake Mayfly
  • Yellow Drake Mayfly
  • White Drake Mayfly
  • Brown Drake Mayfly
  • Golden Drake Mayfly
  • Slate Drake Mayfly
  • Gray Drake Mayfly
  • Western Green Drake Mayfly
Cover page of Realistic Dry Fly Tying Cards
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Fly Tying Cards – Old Favorite Lake Flies

A new set of Fly Tying Cards is now available!

This set contains 8 selected old favorite lake fly patterns from Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 Book “Favorite Flies And Their Histories”. The fly tying cards included are as follows:

  • No. 36. Alexandra
  • No. 40. Royal Coachman
  • No. 41. Cassard
  • No. 50. Kingfisher
  • No. 60. Parmacheene Belle
  • No. 63. Cunningham
  • No. 64. Lord Baltimore
  • No. 70. Tomah Jo
Cover page of Old Favorite Lake Fly Tying Cards