The patterns I tie are mostly selected from Ray Bergman’s Trout (1938), How to Tie Flies (1940) by E. C. Gregg, and Flies for Fish and Fishermen: The Wet Flies, (1989) by Helen Shaw. I was strongly influenced in traditional fly tying by the first two books because my dad gave his copies of them to my brother and me in 1965 after giving us a single fly tying lesson.
Conversations with fellow tiers have indicated to me that there are several problem areas commonly encountered in tying classic wets: quill wings, floss bodies, proportions, and uniformity. My intent here is to alleviate some of those difficulties, beginning with hook selection.
This and 13 other articles can be found in the 2010 Issue of Hatches Magazine(will be published September 1st)