Category Archives: Fly Tying

Instructions for monthly fly tying workshops and other material

Fly Tying – 22 May 2024 – Viva Magoo

From BJ, this guidance.

“Here’s the tying instructions and materials, courtesy of Craig Coltman:”

Many anglers are familiar with Vern Barby’s excellent fly, the Magoo, which we first described way back in 2016 FlyStream #12 – The Magoo – FlyStream. This pattern has caught thousands of trout since Vern created it in 1999.


Hook – size 10-12 Wet fly

Thread – Black 8/0 

Bead – 3mm copper bead, coloured chartreuse.

Tail – Black Marabou.

Body – Black/emerald Sparkle Dubbing. (If you can’t find this, substitute No 46 Spectra Dubbing and black rabbit fur, blended in equal proportions.)

Collar – Black hen hackle.

Tying Instructions

1.     Place the bead on the hook.

2.     Tie in a clump of black Marabou for the tail. I break it off to a length of 3cm for a size 12 hook, and 4cm for the larger size 10 hook.

3.     Dub the body.

4.     Tie in four turns of the black hen hackle immediately behind the bead.

5.     Whip finish.

6.     Scruff up the body dubbing with some Velcro to give the fly a more mobile, lifelike appearance.

If we have time we could visit the original Viva lure fly, as well have the colours.



Fly Tying 24 April – Parasol Emerger with Ryan

The Parasol Emerger is an intriguing fly pattern developed by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer. It’s designed to imitate emerging insects and has proven effective, especially in spring creek settings.

As you can see from the images, the recipe is fairly simple:

Parasol Emerger Recipe:


Your own/favourite emerger recipe, eg:
Hook: Standard dry fly hook (size 14-18)
Thread: Fine thread (white or light color)
Body: Dubbing (match the color of the natural insect)
Ribbing: Clear or translucent tubing (e.g., monofilament)

Parasol Post: ‘Stiffish’ Monofilament or synthetic fibres (for the “puff” effect)

Fly Tying – 28 Feb 2024 – Commonwealth Hopper

The Commonwealth Hopper is a highly ‘floaty’ hopper that is great as a ‘dry’ in a dry-dropper or just a dry when you are fishing on a river near grassland. The bonus is it is not too difficult to tie and it works!


Hook: Size 12
Foam cylinder – tan or yellow
Wing: Antron and Elk or Deer Hair
Green or Black thread for initial tie
Orange Fluoro orange thread
Legs – orange and black (or whatever you have in your tying kit)

Please contact Claude and BJ ( if you intend to be at our first club meeting and we will try to make up some tying kits.

28 Feb 2024 Fly Tying Materials

The club holds some of the specialty required materials in the Gambrill bequest. ie.

  • Tan Antron
  • Orange striped rubber legs
  • 3mm yellow (not tan) foam rolls
  • Elk or Deer Hair

BJ has offered to buy some tan foam if Boss has any. He would then take to the 14 Feb club meeting and dispense samples to those who say they will tie.

Anyone who wants to tie the Commonwealth Hopper, can come to the next meeting and BJ will provide a sample.

Registration of interest in receiving the material would be appreciated.

CAA Fly Tying – HI-VIS BLACK SPINNER – 22 November 2023

Information from a CRAIG COLTMAN article.

People have expressed concern that the links to Flystream ask for signup/signin. On my phone I go straight in but I’ve discovered that my phone is routinely in “incognito” or “private” mode.  Look to see how you can do it with your PC

Great for rivers and lakes.

From mid-December to mid-March, my go-to fly up here the Hi-vis Black Spinner. Spinners are particularly important on lakes as the predominant form of mayfly. Unlike lakes where dun hatches are the feature, on many waters up here, the nymphs crawl out of the water to hatch, so the dun hatch as such, is missing. As a result, the duns are less available to the trout, while the spinners become more important. Have a look for nymph shucks clinging to rocks protruding out of the water. When they are present, a black spinner pattern is always a good bet.
Usually fished in bright sun, which helps in polaroiding the fish. However, the combination of bright sun and clear water can make a standard black spinner very hard to see. To overcome this, tie with a fluorescent orange post. This spinner stands out a lot better on the water, and the trout don’t seem to mind the bright post. In fact, I sometimes think the orange makes the fly a more obvious target for them.

Releasing a black spinner feeder.

Usually fish this fly on its own. A recommendation is to use a 9ft nylon leader with a fast taper, with 1.2 metres of .18mm fluorocarbon tippet. The line loads up quickly and will punch into the wind, which is important to consider when polaroiding if you are fishing the Lakes.
It is equally effective anywhere black spinners are found.

Tying Materials
Hook – Gamakatsu S10-B, size 12
Thread – Black 8/0
Tail – Black Micro Fibets
Body – Fine fur dubbing
Post – Hi-vis orange Antron
Hackle – Black cock hackle

Tying instructions

  1. Tie in three to four black Micro Fibets the same length as the hook shank to make the tail.
  2. I put a turn of thread between the Fibets and the hook to fan out the tail.
  3. Next, create a smooth, slim body with the black thread.
  4. Then tie in post using the orange Antron.
  5. Tie in the black hackle, dub in a small body, and wind in three to four turns of hackle in an anti-clockwise direction to create the parachute.
  6. Tie off and whip finish.
  7. Finally, cut the post to length: approximately two-thirds the length of the hook is about right. I put the finished fly in liquid floatant and leave to dry.
    It might be winter right now, but before we know it, summer will be here again and the spinners will be flying. I recommend you use the long winter evenings to tie up a good stock of this pattern in anticipation.

Fly Tying Index

I was looking back searching for a particular fly and realised how large our records are now. And that the lack of an index made it tedious to search.

So I have created a pretty basic one and will, in due course, include it somewhere on our home page.

Would welcome any feedback, eg how many entries on each page … not sure if I can have no limit.

Also, are you aware that our blog has a search function … only works if you have correct spelling. At the very bottom of any post (including this post) and the bottom of our main blog page.

Fly Tying 27 Sep 2023 – Olive Flash Perdigon Nymph and Blue Collar Worker

Lachy is in the lead. Zoom invite sent out via email.

Hook – Hanak 470 size 16 (can use Hanak 450 or 400 and sizes 12-18 as desired). It is a general nymphing jig hook.

Bead – Silver slotted tungsten bead 3.0mm. Also works well in copper and sizes 2.5 – 3.5mm to give you options to match water conditions. 

Thread – Black UTC 70 or Uni Thread 8/0.

Collar – Fluro Orange UTC 70 or Glo-Brite No 7 (fluro orange).

Tail – Coq de Leon in Flora de Escoba (Brown-mottled) colour. You can also use dark or medium pardo.

Body – Hareline Krystal Flash Peacock. Alternate is Hends 233 Krystal Flash Dark Brown (actually has a green shine). Or any green coloured Krystal Flash, Tinsel or even Flashabou (if nothing else).

UV Resin – Solarez Bone-dry or any thin, clear UV resin eg. Loon UV Clear Fly Finish – Flow.

Wing Case Resin – Solarez UV Cure Color Resin (Black) or Loon UV Fly Finish Black. Can be difficult to source locally so black nail polish will also do. Note that I have seen perdigons done with and without a wing case, so this is optional. 

Given the Perdigon Nymph is a very easy and quick pattern to tie, Lachy is happy to do the Blue Collar Worker on the same night

Hook – Dohiku 302 size 14 (can use Hanak 280 and sizes 10-18 as desired).

Bead – Silver countersunk tungsten bead 3.0mm. Plus some thin (0.2-0.3mm) lead wire to wrap behind the bead.

Thread – Brown (or Olive or Tan) 220 Denier 3/0 Uni-Thread to cover lead (optional), Camel (or Brown) Uni-Thread 8/0 for tying the fly, and Glo-Brite No. 14 (fluro blue) for the hot collar.

Tail – Pheasant tail fibres. Natural colour.

Body – Pheasant tail fibres. Natural colour.

Ribbing – Small Tinsel (UTC Pearl Tinsel is ideal) furled with 6X or 7X tippet

Collar – CDC in Dun or mid-dark grey colour. And Fluro blue thread for the hot collar as described above.