Saturday, January 25, 2014

Winter Fly Tying Inspiration

For those of you who've had a day or two of winter struggles like me lately, where the ice gods have not smiled upon your day of fishing, you may be looking for some ideas to spice up your winter tying. I've gotten a lot of ideas from fly company websites over the years. I highly recommend you sift through some fly images on their sites for inspiration. Combining techniques and materials of your own flies with those you find on the web may just produce the perfect conglomeration for your local trout. Below you'll find links to some of my favorite tying idea resources:

American Fly Companies
Montana Fly Company (Their site was down when I looked so you may have to wait a bit)
Pacific Fly Company
I'm sure I've missed some others but these are the main players I could think of off the top of my head.

Overseas Companies
Fulling Mill (they have some excellent competition inspired lake flies and nymphs)
Diptera (mostly lake flies)
The Total Flyfisher (an excellent UK magazine I subscribe to)

And a couple of blogs you should check

Hopefully these sites will give you plenty of inspiration for tying on winter days that are better spent at the vise than in the slush.

Happy Tying!


  1. Thanks for sharing this list. I might want to add Great patterns for lakes...

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