The aim of this blog is to connect fly-tyers all over the world, to share, techniques, patterns, information and knowledge.


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.

Italian Job

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For my Italian friends and any other friends that are in the Bologna area of Italy on Saturday 25th of January. I will be tying and talking all day at the brilliant 54 Dean Street fly fishing & fly tying shop and it’s going to be a gas, so I would love to see you there. Ciao!

We like to start this 2020 in the best way, with Barry Ord Clarke at the 54 Dean Street store.
On Saturday 25th January Barry will be presenting and signing copies of his newest book and will demonstrate some of his amazing flies.
Vogliamo iniziare questo 2020 alla grande, con Barry Ord Clarke allo store 54DS.
Barry presenterà e firmerà copie del suo nuovo libro e ci mostrerà alcune delle sue affascinanti mosche.
Sabato 25 Gennaio dalle ore 15,00 allo store di 54 Dean Street a San Lazzaro di Savena

The Transformer


A simple but effective generic attractor. The transformer is an excellent pattern to fish dry when nothing in particular is happening on the surface. Or another popular technique with still water fishermen, is to weight it down and fish it wet.

Tying a Hackle tip Adams

Probably the most used dry fly ever! The great Danish fly tyer, Poul Jorgensen, recalled a conversation with Ed Van Put while fishing the Beaverkill, he asked what was the best fly to use. Without hesitation Ed replied with a grin, “It doesn’t really matter, just as long as it’s an Adams” Need I say more…

Tying the Yellow Damsel


A real quick & easy tie for a super effective attractor pattern. It also includes a couple of good to know techniques that can be carried over to other patterns.

Tying a Stalking Bug

A simple little bug, that is not only great for stalking fish in clear water, but also a very effective jig to use when nothing particular is happening on the surface.

The Cormorant mini lure

Although a quick and easy tie, this is one of the most popular and effective mini lures of recent years.

Suspender midge

A size 18 suspender midge that has probably accounted for its fare share of fish over the years. Tie it in any colour from small to large. The small foam post ensures that this pattern has perfect presentation each and every time.

The Yuletide

December, and a seasonal pattern I made many years ago and still tie a couple of dozen each christmas as gifts for fly tying and fishing friends. I thought I would publish this now to give you good time to tie some up for your fishy friends.

Magic glass caddis


A bright heavy duty caddis larva with a transparent abdomen and body veiling. Perfect for late season trout and grayling that are holding deep.

The water boatman

Probably the most important water beetle when it comes to still waters. The water boatman is a quick and simple tie although semi realistic.

Sundays lottery draw has a winner!

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The winner of this Sundays lottery is: Jonathan Gibbs, PM me your postal address Jonathan and I’ll get a copy of the book of to you. Remember I will be drawing a new winner this coming Sunday as well so just follow the instructions below if you would like to enter.
If you would like the chance to win a copy of my new book “The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques” all you have to do is share this post and subscribe to the YouTube channel link above. A lucky winner will be drawn from all subscribers each Sunday before Christmas. Good luck!

Tying a palmered Shipman’s


A super quick and easy variant of the still water classic, that never grows old. This CDC Shipman’s has the added advantage of a palmered body hackle, that in combination with the CDC will keep this floating all day and then some.

Reversed Parachute mayfly

A reversed parachute mayfly tied on a swimming nymph hook, that will give a very natural presentation. It can be fished as a dun or cripple and includes a few interesting techniques.

Christmas fly tying draw

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Ho ho ho! As a Christmas special, If you would like the chance to win a copy of my new book “The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques” all you have to do is share this post and subscribe to the YouTube channel link above. A lucky winner will be drawn from all subscribers each Sunday before Christmas. Good luck!

Tying a Thorax Dun

This easy but neat mayfly dun pattern has a couple of nice techniques and a wonderful finished footprint and profile, perfect for fooling even the most selective trout.

Tying a hot spot sedgehog

One of the best little caddis patterns around. With an additional Glo Brite hot spot, when pulled through the surface film, this will bring fish up, just about all year round.

Tying a cruncher

An extremely popular pattern in the UK that is used from both boat and bank. The cruncher has many variants, this is the standard that can be tied on different hook weights and fished all year round.

Pheasant tail shuttlecock

A pheasant tail shuttlecock that works well, both as an emerger and a cripple mayfly. A little nymph that floats vertically in the surface film. Can be fished static or tweaked ever so slightly.

Sugar cube hares ear

Not representing anything in particular but everything fishy. This super quick and simple pattern is an absolute must for still waters. Fished alone with little twitches, or with a team as a top dropper, the sugar cube hares ear is a deadly pattern!

Loop wing caddis emerger

An extremely effective loop wing caddis emerger/stillborn, that has a couple of simple but interesting techniques for the body and loop wing. Tie it in different sizes and shade to match the hatch.

Tying a Kicking Klink


A great attractor, but a little more challenging pattern than usual, with several interesting techniques that can be learned and put to good use in other patterns.