A selection of recipes, including old favourites and some original patterns

  • The Sunday Shadow is a very famous Atlantic salmon fly commonly fished in Scandinavia and the UK. It's a very easy fly to tie and makes for a great first tube fly project. There's no reason why this fly can't be effective for other species as well.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Technique - Tube Fly, Type - Streamer, Species - Salmon
  • When we start out tying tube flies, it's common for anglers to find that their tube flies do not swim level. As the fly swings into slower currents, the hook rides progressively lower. As a consequence, when a steelhead hits, we miss the fish. This video explains why and what is needed to stop that from happening.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Technique - Tube Fly
  • When we start out tying tube flies, it's common for anglers to find that their tube flies do not swim upright. As the currents get faster or if they're stripping the fly in, it rides on its side. this video explains why and what is needed to stop that from happening.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Technique - Tube Fly
  • This Diving Caddis fly is one of my own designs and it's intended to imitate the egg laying, diving females of the Hydropsyche genus - the Tan Caddis and the Spotted Sedge.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Cahill wet fly is a very easy tie that is highly effective in the spring during mayfly hatches.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Partridge and Yellow is a very famous Yorkshire wet fly that is still highly effective and very easy to tie.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear (GRHE) has to be one of the most famous and effective nymphs out there. This particular style of GRHE mimics swimming nymphs like Isonychias.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Nymph, Species - Trout
  • The ubiquitous Woolly Bugger catches everything.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Steelhead
  • The CDC Emerger is best used when trout are hitting mayflies, but not the duns.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Kings River Caddis is my go-to pattern when the Spotted Sedge is on the water.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Dry, Species - Trout
  • The Green Rock Worm is great for those cold, clear brook trout streams.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Nymph, Species - Trout
  • The Elk Hair Caddis is the classic caddis dry imitation.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Dry, Species - Trout
  • The Mickey Finn is a classic streamer with broad applications.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon, Species - Pike
  • Designed by Bob Clouser, the Clouser streamer is an effective fly for any species of bass.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Bass, Species - Striped Bass, Species - Steelhead, Species - Pike
  • The Yak 9 Pike Fly is one of my patterns that has proven to be durable, easy to cast, and catches pike.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Pike
  • The Bunny Leech is effective for both bass and steelhead.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Streamer, Species - Bass, Species - Steelhead
  • The Partridge and Orange is a classic Yorkshire wet fly, and a favourite of trout everywhere.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Marabou Spey. Marabou flies are very effective steelhead patterns.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead
  • Learn how to use the techniques and tools for tying tube flies.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Technique - Tube Fly
  • The Midwest Leech, an effective pattern from Michigan guide Matt Zudweg.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rick Whorwood, Type - Streamer, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead
  • The Slammer is a popular B.C. pattern that Rick uses with equal effectiveness in the Great Lakes.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rick Whorwood, Type - Wet, Type - Streamer, Species - Steelhead
  • The Lady Caroline, one of the most famous Spey flies to ever grace a river.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Wet, Type - Spey, Species - Salmon, Species - Steelhead
  • The Cummins is an effective Atlantic salmon or steelhead wet fly.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Wet, Species - Salmon, Species - Steelhead
  • The Amherst Spey is a dynamite steelhead pattern.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Wet, Species - Salmon, Species - Steelhead
  • The Blue Charm is one of the best east coast producers of Atlantic salmon.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Wet, Species - Salmon, Species - Steelhead
  • The Rusty Rat is an original Canadian east coast pattern.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Wet, Species - Salmon, Species - Steelhead
  • The Green Highlander is a famous Atlantic salmon pattern that is a favourite on Canada’s east coast.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Wet, Species - Salmon, Species - Steelhead
  • The Brown Trout Weamer has been my most successful pattern, responsible for fourteen different species of fish.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass, Species - Pike, Species - Striped Bass, Species - Salmon
  • The Emerald Shiner imitates a popular baitfish for both bass and steelhead.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass
  • The B&C Thingy has proven to be a very effective steelhead tube fly

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Type - Streamer, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass
  • Named after a famed East Coast salmon guide, The Austin has done well with early fall steelhead and Atlantic salmon.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Dirty Harry was my original Weamer design (elements of a wet fly and a streamer, then fished like either one) and it was designed to fish when rivers were high and running off colour.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead
  • The Little Brown Thing or LBT is my best fly for making second pass over a steelhead when they have plucked at my first offering.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead
  • This Steelhead partridge and Orange is a variation on the famed Yorkshire wet fly of the same name. This one is good when steelhead are fussy. It can be swung as well as dead drifted.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead
  • The Grey Catt caught my first Cattaraugus Creek steelhead on this well known New York state steelhead and bass creek, hence the name.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead
  • The Black Nosed Dace is a common minnow in our area and very popular with bass and steelhead. This fly is an adaptation of a pattern on of my fishing buddies loves to use and a very effective one too.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass
  • The Yellowtail is a slick salmon or steelhead fly that will penetrate well and stay down.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon