Practical Fly Tying

Anatomy of a Fly

When tying flies the terminology can be very confusing, particularly around the component parts of a pattern. When reading a pattern we are faced with varying terminology, some make sense, refering simply to the antomy of an insect like, wing, thorax and tail, but when did you see an insect with a beard or a hackle or have you ever noticed the rib on a midge, do they even have ribs?

Anatomy guides


The Anatomy of a Nymph

Anatomy of a Nymph

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Another type of nymph in great usage by the angler is the buzzer, an imitation of the pupal stage of the Chironomid or Midge.

The Anatomy of a Buzzer


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Traditional trout flies are probably the most commonly recognised trout flies and most non-anglers would think of these when you mention fly fishing.

Anatomy of aTraditional Winged Wet Fly

Traditional Wet Fly

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Staying with the tradional theme the next section deals witl upwing dries

The Anatomy of a Traditional Upwing Dry Fly

Dry fly, Greenwells Glory

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Next is the North country Spider, simple in construction using few materials, however this can make it harder than you think to get these flies right.

The Anatony of a North Country Spider

North Country Spider

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