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Old 11-03-2013, 10:29 AM
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Hey guys,

Pretty new to tying as I've only been doing it a few weeks. Got a bunch of stuff to tie Woolly Buggers so that's all I've been tying, both size 6 & 10. Going to run to the fly shop this afternoon to start messing around with another fly during football today. Just looking for some suggestions. Would like to stick with something easy used for trout fishing.

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Old 11-03-2013, 11:45 AM
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The devil bug is a great pattern, I've caught a ton of trout on it. It's easy, quick to tie using only a few materials. It's versatile in that you can fish it in a number of different ways.

Here's a good tutorial - Gary Borger Devil Bug

I'd suggest tying some up in sizes 12 and 14 and a few 10s and 16s once you get the hang of it.

As with any pattern, I'd suggest you tie at least 6, preferably 12 in the same size. Tying the same fly several times will really help you get your proportions down. Once you've got it down, of course there is no need for so much repetition. When you are first getting started, it's tough if every fly you tie is a different pattern and size. So I think you are on the right path.

By the way, since a fly like this is simple and cheap, if you don't like the way a fly looks, cut it off the hook with a razor blade and start over.
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The first 6 beginner's flies in Dick Talleur's book "The Fly Tyer's Primer" are all soft hackles
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Beadhead Caddis Larva. I'd recommend both olive and tan.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:23 PM
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Beadhead Caddis Larva. I'd recommend both olive and tan.
First fly I learned to tie in light olive. Good fly to tie for learning dubbing; ribbing; body/thorax proportions.
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Would like to stick with something easy used for trout fishing.
Gold ribbed hares ear

Pheasant tail nymph

Scuds

Montana stoneflies

Try a pattern that YOU want to tie
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+1 on the Gold-ribbed Hare's Ear and the Pheasant tail Nymph.
I learned it from Al Campbell's tutorial.
There are several other easy to tie flies in his "Beginner's" series.

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