The following websites are tremendous resources – step-by-step instructions and videos too.

Tightline Video
The gold standard for today’s fly tying videos. Great quality video and narration.Best of all it’s a free YouTube stream

Charlie’s Fly Box
A terrific site to be familiar with. Charlie Craven is a well-respecting tying author and photographer.

Davey McPhail
A great You Tube feed with many great trout patterns. A personal favorite of many in our club.

Global Fly Fisher
Contains a lot of flies designed for European rivers, this site has a wealth of good fly patterns, step-by-step tying instructions and videos.
Rob O’Reilly provides an online fly tying course and patterns, with well photographed step-by-step instructions for dry flies, nymphs, and streamers.

The Weekly Fly
Mike Nelson and Henry Harrison founded Reel Action Media to create high quality fly fishing videos. They post free instructional videos online in this blog. Informative and chock-full of helpful tips.

Fly Tying Clips
A 3-D photo gallery showing some of the most popular flies from some of the most influential fly tiers of today. This is not a how-to, but a photo gallery with fly recipes.


Here’s a list of some of our favorite books on fly tying – ones we keep near our vise and can bring to the meetings to show you.

Flies, Ties, and Techniques

Charles Jardine | Written by a master angler, this book is very well laid out and chock full of information.

Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish

Charlie Craven | One of the best tying books for beginners, with terrific step-by-step photographs and instructions.

Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference Manual

Ted Leeson and Jim Shollmeyer | Written by our friend Jim Schollmeyer, this book covers nearly about every aspect of tying – materials, hooks, and most importantly, well-illustrated techniques.

Barr Flies

John Barr | Superb step by step instructions and tying tips for some very effective patterns.

Mayfiles – “Top to Bottom”

Shane Stalcup | From the nymph to the spinner, a masterful tier covers every aspect of the mayfly’s life cycle with realistic variations on traditional flies.

Tying Small Flies

Ed Engle | This classic book is one of the best and includes patterns for midge larvae and pupae, tiny parachutes, floating nymphs, micro scuds, and tiny ants.

Modern Midges

Jerry Hubka and Rick Takahashi | Midges may be small, but in many streams and lakes around the world they are the most important year-round food source for trout.

Essential Trout Flies

Dave Hughes | Covers about every aspect of tying.

River Smallmouth Fishing
Tim Holschlag  | Great read on fly fishing our area for river smallies


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