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Been digging around the internet, looking for the common insect nymph forms in my region. I found one source that is perfect, listing all the taxonomic names. Pictures abound and my file is full. I have the four main types to tie.

Mayflies

Caddis flies

Odonata - dragon and damsel flies

Diptera - aka, chironomids, blood worms, etc.

So now I'm a ding-danged entomologist! All hail the internet.

PS I dont know what a "wazoo" is, but stuff is always up there. Why not bugs?

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Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 4, 2013 at 6:38pm

"...have you tied any Pheasant Tail Nymphs???  European-style PTN's have only two ingredients, the feather fibers and copper wire.  Quick, easy to tie, and supposedly very effective.  I have some that I've tied up, but have yet to actually fish them."


Well, sorta. Theres a pattern found at FAOL called the "EZ Nymph". I dont have any pheasant feathers, but Ive got some turkey - so I used that. I havent fished one, either.

EZ Nymph - http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/beginners/part7.php

Comment by Allen Morgan on December 4, 2013 at 3:39pm

...I cant help but think having at least a passing familiarity with that end of the spectrum will help you tie better flies for throwing. If nothing else, the attention to detail is bound to produce a better end product...

My big encyclopedia on flies mentions exactly this.  Once you start tying Salmon flies, you attention to detail is sharpened, and even your regular patterns begin to look better.

David, dumb question, have you tied any Pheasant Tail Nymphs???  European-style PTN's have only two ingredients, the feather fibers and copper wire.  Quick, easy to tie, and supposedly very effective.  I have some that I've tied up, but have yet to actually fish them.

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 3, 2013 at 8:56pm
Thanks, Joe!
Comment by Joe Angelucci on December 3, 2013 at 8:47pm

Well

Looks like your having fun. Here's a link to instructions to tying realistic flies.

Wish I knew how to tie

Enjoy

http://www.flies-stepbystep.com/en_realistic-mayfly,253.html

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 3, 2013 at 7:51pm

I like that both types of tying are possible for the guy who wants to have a go.

Ive seen salmon flies for display that go $200-300. Amazing. Mr. Owen does them, too.

I cant help but think having at least a passing familiarity with that end of the spectrum will help you tie better flies for throwing. If nothing else, the attention to detail is bound to produce a better end product.

"Shoot for the moon in your endeavors. If you happen to miss, you still end up among the stars."

Comment by jim cosgrove on December 3, 2013 at 7:35pm

yeah david,his work is something.i believe he is a fine artist as well.there are flies for show and flies to throw.there are many people who tie and do not fish and have no intention of fishing.theirs is almost a separate hobby.art and realistic flies.read about one guy who's flies were confiscated until thet=y could figure out if he had endangered species.i try to tie my flies in 4 minutes or less.some of these art flies take days.i would be blind

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 3, 2013 at 7:21pm

I dug around Mr. Owen's site a bit more today. Phenomenal only begins to describe what he does. But among all his detailed, lifelike creations, I found him saying this:

"Simple, quick to tie flies are my favorites to fish with..."

Both ends of the spectrum, in one man. There is hope yet.

Comment by jim cosgrove on December 3, 2013 at 6:55am

thanks joe had that bookmarked in my old laptop.lost alot of stuff when it died.that guy is amazing.

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 3, 2013 at 3:48am
Very nice, Joe!
You knew I would like this, didn't you?
Comment by Joe Angelucci on December 2, 2013 at 9:19pm

Dave

Flies run both ends of the spectrum. Tenkara focus is on presentation and interpretation . I have attached a link to the opposite end of the spectrum . The link is to a school where the focus is on the realistic presentation of the fly. 

Enjoy

http://www.grahamowengallery.com/fishing/fly_tying.html

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