Fly Patterns for Beginning Fly Tyers

Several years ago, I started BugCrafters web site with the purpose of teaching fly tying to beginning fly tyers.  The Beginning Flies Section of the site was to contain approximately 10 patterns.  Each fly was selected to demonstrate a specific tying principle. When you mastered each pattern, you could advance to next fly and learn additional skills. By the time you finished all of the flies, you would be able to tie many different fly patterns. These fly patterns were not chosen just to demonstrate a fly tying technique, they would also catch fish. We provided  detailed tying instructions, not just a recipe. In addition, each step was demonstrated with video that you could watch as many times as you need. You could learn at your own pace.

As you may know, our web site was hacked.  I lost most of the material on the site and have been busy trying to recreate the pages.  But something good did come out of all this.  I have gotten much better at taking pictures of the fly tying to demonstrate the tying steps.  I am also much better at taking video.  (if you have never tried to make a fly tying video, it is much harder than it sounds.)

Even though the site has not always worked properly, the videos were on YouTube.  There are now 18  videos with over 70,000 views on the BugCrafters Channel.  The videos most watched were those on techniques for tying such as The Half Hitch or Dubbing Fly Bodies.

I have just posted a new pattern in the Beginner Flies section of, Simple Mayfly Nymph. Let me know what you think. >>ML


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