5 Fly Patterns Anyone Can Learn to Tie

Fly tying is a great way to keep your fly boxes full year round and as a way to pass the days when the weather or work may be keeping you from getting out on the water. It may seem like a daunting challenge at first, but most fly patterns follow a simple recipe and only take a few steps to tie! The 5 patterns below are both easy to learn to tie and are deadly in the water.

Wooly Bugger

Often this is the first pattern many tyers learn to create, and this is for 2 reasons: 1) It’s simple to tie and 2) fish can’t seem to keep their mouths off them. For whatever reason, there aren’t many fish who won’t eat a wooly bugger, which is why you should learn to tie your own. Get creative and mix up color combinations until you figure out which combo your fish want the most.

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The Deceiver

The Deceiver is an essential American fly pattern, created by Lefty Kreh. Sparse, simple and oh so tasty looking, these patterns fill the boxes of many warm water and saltwater anglers. It is one of our go-to fly patterns when the Striped Bass are hanging out around Postfly HQ during the summer, and we tie ours in a few different color variations to match the baitfish that move through throughout the summer.

Rainbow Warrior

The Rainbow Warrior is the utility player in any trout anglers nymph box. Developed in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado by Lance Egan, this pattern quickly grew in popularity wherever trout swim. This simple pattern is a great starting off point for any fly angler looking to learn how to tie their own nymphs. For a little extra flair, try wrapping the flash body with silver wire for maximum bugginess!

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Kreelex

This fly catches more fish than it knows what to do with, designed originally to simply mimic the flashing of a spin fishing spinner lure, this fly gets the big reaction strikes your looking for while streamer fishing. It’s also a great pattern to learn to tie with. Master the skill of tying in bead chain and dumbell eyes, which is used to tie many other patterns, and on the plus side, this fly is very difficult to mess up because the fish will eat it until the last little bit of flash gets chewed off.

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Deer Hair Caddis

This is the dry fly pattern many tyers first learn to whip up on their own. Consisting of only a handful of materials, these flies float high and will work anytime caddis are around skimming along the surface. Practice working with deer hair and hackle and fill your dry fly box! Try switching up the color of the dubbing along the body of the fly to match the colors of your local caddis and get out there in the evenings to match that hatch.

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3 thoughts on “5 Fly Patterns Anyone Can Learn to Tie

  1. John Brkich June 17, 2019 / 10:40 am

    Good videos. I especially like the Kreelix

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