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A little blue winged olive nymph


A quick and easy tie for a # 16 BWO nymph that has saved many a day for me.


Bradshaw’s Fancy


Another classic, this time a north country grayling fly that has produced for thousands of fly fishermen and will continue to do so for thousands more. If one red tag works, why not have two!

Tying The Red Panama

I have chosen this classic fancy French pattern, not only for it’s exquisite proportions and artistry, but also for how many techniques there are to be learned in one single pattern: Tippet tailing, double hackle tip wings, spent & dun, floss body, palmered hackle, collar hackle & finally a partridge fore hackle. All resulting in an extremely handsome dry fly.

Float foam ant

A flying wood ant pattern that uses Float foam as the main material. This pattern will float high and dry all day long and then some…

Spent green drake

Another technique for a spent mayfly. Spent mayflies have their wings slightly raised in a more up right position to 45° as with this pattern, if you would like it to represent a spent spinner, just push the wings down, so they lie flat on the water as with the tail.

Tying a mayfly loop wing emerger

A real quick and effective mayfly emerger that is a great pattern to have when the hatch is on. Just adjust the hook size and colour to match your hatch.

Paraloop & CDC March Brown

A great river fly with a little different hackle technique, that results in a nice wing effect and realistic footprint.

Tying the rag worm

The rag worm. One of the most popular patterns that I am asked to tie at demos and shows. Although it takes a little time to learn this is a great pattern for most species of fish in both salt and fresh water, you just gotta give this one a go!

Tying a Danica nymph


A nice, not so difficult semi realistic nymph, for one of the largest mayflies. This one has a couple of good techniques that you can use in other patterns.


Origami wings


Tying a Rubber leg hares ear

A buggy rubber leg hares ear, that works great as a generic nymph. Tie them in light and dark hares ear with your choice of colour for the wing case. A very popular nymph for the big sea run browns of South America.


Tying up a nervous blonde

The nervous blonde is a bleached elk hair and CDC adult caddis fly, that can be seen at a distance even in low light. Stripped or twitched through the surface this pattern creates ‘nervous’ water, waking the predator in even the most lethargic trout.

Foam body mayfly technique

A foam extended body mayfly with a parachute hackle that will float all day long and then some. Don’t be fooled by this simple pattern that is not as challenging to tie as it looks, it just takes a little time.

Delta wing caddis

A delta wing caddis with an interesting body technique that can be put to good use in many other caddis patterns. With split wings and a segmented body, that is still encased in the shuck, this is a good pattern for a struggling caddis stuck in the surface film.

British Fly Fair International 2020

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February I will be tying and signing the new book at the British fly fair International. I will also be doing a fly tyers theatre each day at 12:30.


If you would like to purchase a copy of the new book, or If you already have one and would like it signed, pay me a visit on the Veniard stand, where I will be tying.

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Feather Bender's Flytying Techniques

Devil Bug

A remarkably simple pattern, that shouldn’t be underestimated! Known by many names, the Devil bug, Cooper bug and Goofus bug, it can be tied in all manner of colours and with bleached or natural elk or deer hair. Pulled through the surface or fished down and swung across stream this is an attractor deluxe!

A Big hole demon

Is it a nymph, is it a streamer? Well the Big hole demon is a bit of both and is said to be the best fly for the Big Hole river. But its not just a fresh water pattern, it’s also an extremely effective sea trout pattern for salt water.

The Crackleback

This quick and easy, but unusual attractor pattern is one well worth trying. Taking only a few minutes to tie, this high floating bug will bring curious and even lethargic trout up from the depths.

Fly Tying demo in Utrecht The Netherlands.

One for my Dutch Friends.
Here is the announcement for the fly tying demonstration and explanation of Barry Ord Clarke on Saturday, February 1st. Barry also signs his book The Feather Bender’s flytying Techniques, so bring along your book or buy it from us on this day. There are also special tied flies by Barry which will be raffled. This cannot be missed!
This is the second day of the Traditional Vliegbindzesdaagse 2020, and is followed by four more, you want to know more?
On my site and on my Facebook page is the complete program and are the reports and pictures of all days.
During the Vliegbindzesdaagse we have in store many interesting daily specials with discounts of 10 to 30% and you can instantly see the new products from Semperfli, Hardy, Orvis, Grays, Hodgman, Petitjean, Swiss CDC etc.
For much of the assortment of fly tying materials and fly tying hooks holds 4 get 3 pay!
As usual there you can get free coffee with cake, snacks and drinks and for the most part there is free parking. You’re welcome.

Tying the crackleback

This quick and easy, but unusual attractor pattern is one well worth trying. Taking only a few minutes to tie, this high floating bug will bring curious and even lethargic trout up from the depths.

Braided backing adult damsel

A quick and simple adult damsel with an extended body maid from braided backing line. A pattern that works wonders during the summer months on lakes with prolific damsel hatches.

Hot Spot Gammarus

When gammarus shrimps are attacked by a parasitic worm, the parasite is visible from the outside as a red/orange dot. Thanks to this hot spot, fish not only see it better, but also find it more attractive! Only fish that are suitable as hosts, (trout) preferentially eat the infected shrimps. Thereafter the parasitic worm completes its development in the fish. . Need I say more?

The Yellow may dun

A quick but easy, semi realistic, size 12 yellow mayfly dun with Wally wings. Another good looking pattern that illustrates a few techniques that can be put to good use, in other patterns.

The White Wulff


The White Wulff along with the Grey Wulff and Royal Wulff are the original series that Lee Wulff designed himself. The White Wulff ticks all the boxes for the perfect pattern, basic materials, easy to tie, floats well, is easy to see, even at a distance and resembles one or another thing that trout will eat.