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

  • The Silver Stork should make for an ideal small baitfish pattern. It's a very simple fly, so give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Black Midge is a very simple, yet very effective fly. I've found it to be useful when tied in #20 - #22 sizes with a thread body and a starling hackle.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Professor was originally tied by Professor John Wilson around the beginning of the 1800's. I had my own run in with the Professor about 25 years ago, when I bought one to copy and tied it all wrong. This is my first time tying one since that time.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Luzerne has an interesting colour scheme of claret, black and grey. It might be the ticket when trout are turning their noses up at everything else.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Grizzly King has a long history to it and has become well known out west as well as for eastern trout. I've tied this version well hackled, but it could also be tied with a lighter hackle.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The herl bodied Peacock Zulu is one of my favourite styles of fly and this type of construction has taken 100s of fish for me over the years. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Marlow Buzz is one of my favourite style of fly as the peacock herl body is such a proven fish attractor.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The all yellow Critchley Hackle should be a good fly for anytime sulphurs are coming off, or we simply want an attractor pattern for a dull day. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Red Ash is a nice, slim pattern that should penetrate well. I've tied it with a low set wing and a large head to create turbulence that will move the wing and throat around. It could also be tied with a more conventional wing angle and a smaller head if you wish.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The White Hackle is a simple fly that should be effective on overcast days, especially for brown trout.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Green Midge is the type of wet fly I like to fish when green bodied caddis are emerging. Tie it on smaller sized hooks for smaller caddis, plus use a dry fly hook for dead drifted techniques.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Yellow Drake would be a good fly to use during a drake hatch and anytime you wish to fish an attractor pattern on a dull day.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Priest is an obvious attractor pattern with its bright red tail, but the silver body can also do a decent job of imitating an emerging mayfly.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Mallard is a relatively simple pattern combining two colours that we don't often see combined: brown and yellow. I've had good success in the past with this colour combination and I'll be adding a few of these to my fly box.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Peter Ross would be a great wet fly to use whenever yellow bodied mayflies are emerging.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Riley is an interesting pattern that uses two tags, plus a wool body. This makes it a good project for anyone attempting a fly with two tags. The wool body makes it a more forgiving fly to tie.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • Though I have not been able to find much history on the Nonpareil, I suspect that it is from Quebec based on the name. This should also work well as a steelhead fly.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Winters is an attractive brown and claret pattern that should work well as an emerger for any number of mayfly species. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The orange bodied Wilson would be a great fly to use when October Caddis were coming off or just used as an attractor on a dull day. Steelhead love orange so I'd imagine resident trout might have a crack at it as well.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Sanctuary is a very buggy looking wet fly that I suppose could also be considered a flymph
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Marsters is an interesting pattern as with its white wool body, it can easily be used as a streamer imitating a baitfish, as well as a wet fly.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The King of Water wet fly is a very old pattern whose origin are unknown. The fly was first publicized in Mary Orvis Marbury's book in the late 1800's. Ray Bergman later popularized it. I find it cool to catch fish on flies that are this old.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Halford's Fancy is a fairly straightforward pattern and in this video we show how to tie in the throat using a different technique.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • I now have a few videos up that involve fly design, so I thought it might be a good idea to produce this video to act as a reference for them. If someone wants to get a bit deeper into the intricacies of getting wet flies and streamers to swim well, then this video should be a decent reference point.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass, Species - Salmon, Species - Walleye, Species - Striped Bass
  • Anglers can be forgiven for thinking that T14 can drag down anything. Well, experience has shown me that this isn't true. Let's talk about two issues, Buoyancy and Drag, and how they work to keep our flies out of the zone.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass, Species - Salmon, Species - Walleye, Species - Striped Bass
  • Fly tying literature often stresses the desirablilty of tying small heads on flies, but is that our only option? This video looks at considering the three benefits for having a larger head on our flies.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass, Species - Salmon, Species - Walleye, Species - Striped Bass
  • The Halford's Fancy is a fairly straightforward pattern and in this video we show how to tie in the throat using a different technique.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Baldwin is a good small minnow imitation with its all-white body. Try for panfish as well as trout. I've done extremely well with panfish using a similar fly.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Gordon should be a great wet fly to fish for trout rising to emergers in the late May early June when so many of the flies hatching have light to yellow bodies. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Grey Marlow is a simple, colourful pattern that should work equally well for brook trout as well as panfish and small bass. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Catskill wet fly is associated with the famous Catskill region of New York State. It's a great looking fly and should perform quite well.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • This version of the Butcher is an American pattern that bears no resemblence to the English version of the same name. Quite bright and easy to tie, it should be a great pattern for brookies.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Brown Hen is the first of my flies in the "Forgotten Flies" series. It's a simple, yet very effective fly and I've caught quite a few fish on it.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Cosseboom is an east coast Atlantic salmon pattern originated by John Cosseboom in 1923. It has since spawned a number of variations, but this is tie approximates the original pattern.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Purple Rat is a Newfoundland derivative of the Rat series of flies that originated in New Brunswick. Purple is also a great colour for steelhead, so I can't see why this shouldn't be used for those fish as well.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Purple McBain was tied by Gordon McBain of Aberdeen for the Dee River in Scotland. It is unusual in it's use of purple in a UK salmon fly. Purple is common over here for steelhead, so there's no reason for this not to be useful as a steelhead fly.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Munro Killer is Scottish fly that was derived from the Thunder and Lightening fly which dated from the mid 19th century. It's a great looking fly that is still effective today. I don't see any reason why this fly wouldn't also work for steelhead.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Black Sheep uses a large wing by Atlantic salmon fly standards so it's a good choice when we want to present a fly with a large profile.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Claret Killer is a well known Newfoundland fly, that is usually fished on the rivers of the Avalon Peninsula. The fly is tied in the Rusty Rat style with the hackle tied as a collar in front of the wing. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Moy Green fly is from the Moy River in Ireland and I like the combination of the green and silver with the hot orange throat. This should make it a good cloudy day fly or for when the water is stained.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Squirrel Tail is a relatively simple pattern with a mix of brown and black. I've done well with drab patterns when fish are pressured and have seen more than their share of bright flies.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Silver Blue is in the Blue Doctor family of flies and it's a relatively easy tinsel bodied fly. It would be a great coice for bright conditions and we're looking for a good attractor fly.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Skaidi is a Norwegian salmon fly from the Finnmark area and it's intended for those tough conditions when the water is stained.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Silver Stoat is one a number of Stoat salmon patterns. Originally tied with stoat tail, they're now mostly done with black dyed squirrel tail. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Tosh is a very simple hairwing pattern created by E. Ritchie for the River Spey in 1957. It's exceptionally easy to tie and should work for steelhead equally well.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Blue Doctor is a fairly well known pattern that's been around for a long time and in a hairwing version since the 1950's. In this example, I've tied a small, size 6 fly as this is a common size for our East Coast fishery. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • This classic Berthdee Munro is a straightforward fly to tie, but with the challenge of putting on a smooth floss body that will not be ribbed. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Black Spider is a very easy fly tie and an ideal one to use when we want to get the fly down in off-coloured water.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Alistair is a very easy fly tie and an ideal one to use when the weather is a bit dingy and we want that fly to shine in the water.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • Harry Lemire usually did not produce brightly coloured flies, so when he produced his Winter Fly, it was more of a subdued, bright fly. A friend of mine used to use salmon and white in a fly of this size a few years ago and it was his go-to pattern for a couple of years, so give this one a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • This variant of the Winter's Hope is relatively easy to tie and a simpler choice than the original pattern. It's an attractive fly that has caught more than its fair share of fish.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Kalama Special is an Oregon pattern by Mooch Adams that should work pretty well anywhere steelhead swim, especially on those dreary days with that steelhead green water.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Comet can be tied in a number of colours. In this case, I'm doing the black version. The fly resembles the Crazy Charlie bonefish fly. Black is always a good steelhead colour, so give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Thor is a very easy fly to tie and would make for a great first steelhead fly project. It goes together very quickly so it would be a good choice for when we have to produce a lot of flies. Give it a try
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • Randall Kaufmann produced the Freight Train for the Deschutes River, but it has seen use all over the Northwest. No reason why it won't work in the Great Lakes region as well.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Tranquilizer is a well known Mike Kennedy pattern that was popular on the Rogue River. It uses purple seal's fur for the dubbing, so it's good practice for this somewhat tricky material.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Black Gordon is a fairly early pattern, traditional steelhead hairwing fly. It's easy to tie and is a good introduction to a two-colour body.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Catnip fly was developed by Rick Kustich of Western New York State for those days when we need that bright, little spot in the water to attract pressured steelhead. Tie it with fluoroescent materials, fish it slow and then hang on!
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Blue Charm is normally associated with Atlantic salmon fishing, but this variant has seen is share of West Coast steelhead fishing as well. I've noted in the video that I would have preferred Arctic fox instead of bucktail for this fly, but I've tied it according to the original recipe.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Dean River Lantern is an interesting steelhead wet fly that uses an underbody of silver tinsel, over-wrapped with a translucent rib, to create a body that glows.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Del Cooper is a well known West Coast pattern that is also known as the Surgeon General. It uses my favourite colour for steelhead, purple, so there's no reason why this fly won't work in the Great Lakes region as well.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Al's Special was produced as a winter pattern by Al Knudsen for use on Washington's S rivers and on the Rogue as well. It's tied on a heavy salmon hook to help keep it down. I've always found a fly with some yellow on it to be effective when the water has a green stain to it. Giv it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • If you're looking for a fast and easy steelhead pattern, this is it. We can use this as a model for any number of fast tie flies.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • Since it's the festive season, I thought it would be fun to tie a Christmas fly - the Candy Cane.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Green Butt Skunk is one of the most classic of West Coast flies. This time I'm tying it with floss instead of chenille. I'm also using a neater style of tying in the floss body.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • This was originally a classic trout pattern coming out of Quebec, Canada in the 1830s. It has since found its way into the fly boxes of steelhead and salmon anglers. It's a very attractive fly and makes for a nice colour alternative.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Nightdancer is a great looking steelhead wet fly originated by Frank Amato for swinging West Coast rivers.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The McLeod Ugly was developed for Washington and British Columbia rivers back in the 1960s. The grizzly hackle looks great in moving water and the pattern is a great introduction to palmering.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Admiral is a good fly for sunny days with clear water where the red can really shine. Red can also be an effective colour when the water is brown with silt as the red end of the light spectrum penetrates dirty brown water better than the blue end of the spectrum.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • UV Glues are a great product for getting a very nice looking head quickly, but they do have some issues. Here's how to get the best results out of a UV glue.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • If you have ever tied a nice looking peacock herl bodied fly, only to have it shredded on the first fish it hooked, you need to watch this.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • Synthetic materials lack the tapering that we find in natural materials like bucktail. Here's a simple way to add a taper to a synthetic material wing and avoid that chopped off look.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • It can be a bit daunting to try to mount your first zonker rabbit strip wing onto a fly. Here's an easy tutorial on how to make rabbit wings a piece of cake.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • We often want to swing a big, bulky fly for steelhead, so we pile on a lot of material on a hook to get a lot of bulk. Here's another way to get that bulky look.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • Yak hair is a very durable and dense hair that works great for large flies intended for toothy critters like pike and barracuda. It's easily untangled after a big fish has trashed it and one fly can endure many fish. If you like fishing for toothy critters, check out yak hair for your flies.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • Hair such as squirrel tail is both hard and slippery. If we tie on a good sized clump, we find much of it pulling out when fished. here's a simple way of locking in slippery hair.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • Bucktail is a great material for fly tying and is called for in a broad variety of fly patterns. There is one issue to be aware of, plus there are more colour possibilities than we might first imagine, so check it out.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • If you have wanted to tie a more complex Atlantic salmon or steelhead fly and been put off by the multi-cloured tags, here's a way around the problem.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • It's very common to tie flies using black thread, but when we wrap a light coloured floss over that black thread, we can get a very muddy look once the fly is wet. This video discuss the problem and how to avoid it.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • If you ever have to knock out a load of steelhead wet flies very quickly, this is the method for you. The colours and materials aren't the point here, rather it's the way of putting it all together quickly and effectively.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Technique
  • The Dark Kispiox steelhead fly is good practice for tying floss bodies. It's not a difficult tie and produces an attractive fly in a body colour that is not all that common for steelhead.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • This fly is a very simple pattern composed only of marabou, flash and bucktail. The Saltwater Weamer has accounted for many striped bass, bluefish, and hickory shad. Give it a try.
    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass, Species - Salmon, Species - Walleye, Species - Striped Bass
  • Bill McMillan pioneered the idea of the deep wet fly swing for winter steelhead, using only a floater and a fly tied on a heavy hook that would penetrate and get down. The Washougal Olive is one of his "get down" flies.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • Both the Spade and the Skunk are famous West Coast patterns. The Spade combines the best of both and it is a very fast and easy tie.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Purple Peril is a famous West Coast pattern that combines two of my favourite steelhead clouds: purple and brown. I find that brown is an under-appreciated colour for Great Lakes steelhead. It's probably a safe estimate that most of my steelhead have been caught on flies where brown was a main colour.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • Skunks in a variety of forms, have always been great fish-catchers. This is a really easy pattern and a great first steelhead fly for beginners.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Van Luven was my very first attempt at tying a steelhead wet fly. I chose it from the pattern book simply because it was one of the few flies for which I had all of the materials. It turned out to be a great fly for Great Lakes salmon, catching loads of them on our Lake Ontario tributaries.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • Downforce flies aren't one particular pattern, rather it is a style of fly tying. These flies get down on their own and stay down. They don't have to be dragged down with a heavy sinktip. these characteristics ensure that these flies get where they are supposed to go and then stay there.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Steelhead, Species - Bass, Species - Salmon, Species - Walleye, Species - Striped Bass
  • A few years back, I noticed baitfish swimming in the shallows, occasionally reflecting a copper glint from around the head. That gave me the inspiration to tie the Copperhead Minnow. On my first try with the little streamer, it quickly proved its value by hooking a bunch of brown trout. I've also seen the need for small streamers when fishing for smallmouth and they were on to small baitfish.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Panfish
  • This fly imitates a stage in the life cycle of a mayfly where it is most vulnerable to trout predation: the trip from river bottom to the surface to hatch. When a mayfly nymph is close to emerging, its skin falls up with gas, it becomes buoyant and it floats to the surface. This fly imitates this stage of the nymph as the clear beads reproduce the gas filled skin and reflect light on the nymph's trip to the surface.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Nymph, Species - Trout
  • Joe Brooks designed the Blonde series of flies for both fresh water and the salt. They come in a variety of colour schemes and in this case I've gone with the Honey Blonde of yellow over white. This is a combination that has worked well for me for striped bass.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Striped Bass
  • A Pennsylvania angler, Samuel Slaymaker, created three small bucktail streamers that are intended to imitate young trout: the Little Rainbow Trout, the Little Brown Trout, and the Little Brook Trout. Adult trout are cannibals and have no hesitation in eating their own young. These small streamers are intended to imitate young trout and offer a tasty meal to a larger trout. They're not hard to tie and they are effective.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout
  • A Pennsylvania angler, Samuel Slaymaker, created three small bucktail streamers that are intended to imitate young trout: the Little Rainbow Trout, the Little Brown Trout, and the Little Brook Trout. Adult trout are cannibals and have no hesitation in eating their own young. These small streamers are intended to imitate young trout and offer a tasty meal to a larger trout. They're not hard to tie and they are effective.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout
  • A Pennsylvania angler, Samuel Slaymaker, created three small bucktail streamers that are intended to imitate young trout: the Little Rainbow Trout, the Little Brown Trout, and the Little Brook Trout. Adult trout are cannibals and have no hesitation in eating their own young. These small streamers are intended to imitate young trout and offer a tasty meal to a larger trout. They're not hard to tie and they are effective.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout
  • Back in 1969, my very first fish on a fly rod came on a Black Ghost. The one pound smallie took the streamer that had been fished off the end of a level sinking line. I had been out on the St. Lawrence River in a little tin boat owned by my buddy's dad.

    The Black Ghost has been one of my favourites ever since.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout
  • My previous Marabou Nymph video shows how to tie the fly. It's intended to be an expendable fly, so its construction is not that robust. This version uses a more robust construction method.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Nymph, Species - Trout
  • It doesn't get much easier than the Marabou Nymph. If we need loads of an expendable fly that will catch fish, ell try this one. It has the added bonus of looking very lively in the water and it's at home being swung or dead drifted.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Nymph, Species - Trout
  • If your local waterways have yellow perch in them, then you have to have at least one yellow perch pattern in your fly box. Our brown trout section of the river is a tailwater fishery and during high water events, baby perch get washed through the dam into the brown trout section. Then the trout go nuts on any perch-like fly pattern. Give this one a try.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Bass, Species - Walleye
  • The Black Nose Dace is a famous streamer pattern that has accounted for many trout and other species as well. Here's an easy step-by-step on how to tie it.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The Mini-Brown streamer came about due to a dumb mistake. I was supposed to be copying the Professor wet fly, but I misplaced my sample and tied the fly from memory instead. The result was this little streamer, which has turned out to be a dynamite little pattern for both trout and panfish. I also tie it in a Mini-Brookie and a Mini-Bow version.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • Pheasant Tail Nymphs have been a staple of anglers for many decades, having been popularized by Frank Sawyer. Here's a simple to tie, bead head version, tied Euro style.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Nymph, Species - Trout
  • The Mop Fly has this really bad reputation because it's tied from strands from a mop. I have to admit, I don't like it. yet it catches fish, so here it is, the Infamous Mop Fly.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Nymph, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The Micro Mono Caddis Larva is an easy micro pattern to tie. This size of fly is often essential in late summer to early fall when much of the insect life is tiny. Having a small pattern like this one the end of your leader can spell the difference between success and a skunking.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Nymph, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • Here's a very simple way to tie an effective soft hackle wet fly.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The Cow Dung fly is a very old English pattern that legend has it, was inspired by an angler who trod on a cow pattie and noted that the flies he disturbed were the same ones the trout had been eating.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout
  • The Leadwing Coachman is a very effective pattern whenever Isonychia mayflies are emerging.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The Pheasant Tail Flymph is a very effective pattern whenever mayflies are emerging.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The Orange Fishhawk has been a very effective pattern for me whenever caddis are emerging.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The Red Tag is a classic wet fly that's great for smallmouth bass, panfish or trout.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Bass, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The Woolly Worm is a classic wet fly that's great for smallmouth bass, panfish or trout.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Bass, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The surf can easily shred the bucktail on a standard clouser. Check out how this one can survive in the surf.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Striped Bass
  • This simple Gurgler is a great topwater fly for striped bass. I love watching big bass smack it.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Striped Bass
  • This simple Sand eel pattern has been most effective striped bass fly, accounting for the most and my biggest striped bass.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Striped Bass
  • The Willie Gunn is a very famous Atlantic salmon pattern that has proven to me to be very effective steelhead pattern as well. Here it is in a tube fly version.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Steelhead, Species - Salmon
  • The Brown Trout Weamer has been one of my most successful patterns, accounting for 14 different species of fish, caught in both fresh and saltwater. Here it is in a tube fly version.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Bass, Species - Trout, Species - Steelhead
  • The Headstander Fly was inspired by the Shaky Head technique from conventional fishing. It exploits the buoyancy of rabbit fur to stand the wing up to make the fly look like a small fish foraging along the bottom, and an easy target for a marauding predator.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Bass, Species - Walleye
  • The March Brown Spider is best used when March Browns are hatching. The fly can also be used as a generic wet fly for panfish and smallmouth bass.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Wet, Species - Bass, Species - Trout, Species - Panfish
  • The Twitch Fly is an easy to tie pattern that's highly effective for smallmouth bass when they're in a fussy mood and not willing to chase, plus it'll take carp as well.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Bass, Species - Carp
  • The Bass Bunny Bug is an easy to tie pattern that's highly effective for smallmouth bass and other species. It's a good pattern to use to learn how to tie in a rabbit strip wing.

    Level - Beginner, Tyer - Peter Charles, Type - Streamer, Species - Bass
  • 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
  • Here's a tough pike fly done in perch colours, that's sure to be a favourite with pike everywhere.

    Level - Experienced, Tyer - Rob Clarke, Type - Streamer, Species - Pike
  • 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