West Valley Fly Tying Patterns

West Valley Fly Fisher’s

4th Annual Fly Tying Class



Mohair Leech


Hook: #6-14 3XL curved nymph

Bead: Gold

Thread: Black 6/0

Tail: Black marabou/ pearl flashabou

Body: Mohair leech yarn




Woolly Bugger


Hook: #6-10 3XL

Thread: Black

Weight: .020 lead

Tail: Marabou

Body: Chenille

Hackle: Black saddle, palmered




Foam Beetle


Hook: #10-18 Dry fly

Thread: Black

Body: Black foam over

peacock herl

Legs: "Bug Legz", black

Indicator: Yellow foam




Foam Ant


Hook: #14-20 Dry fly

Thread: Black 6/0

Body: High Vis Ant foam

Hackle: Grizzly






Denny's A.P. Emerger


Hook: #10-14 3XL nymph

Thread: Olive

Tail: Wood duck

Body: Hare's ear

Thorax: Peacock

Wing Case: Wood duck

Hackle: Partridge




Poly Wing Caddis


Hook: #12-20 Dry fly

Thread: Brown or tan

Body: Fine and Dry, dubbed; Color to

match natural

Hackle: Brown

Wing Case: Poly yarn




Pheasant Tail Nymph


Hook: #12-20 2XL nymph

Weight: 8-10 lead wraps

Thread: Black or brown

Tail: Pheasant tail fibers

Rib: Copper wire

Body: Pheasant tail fibers

Thorax: Peacock herl

Legs: Pheasant tail fibers

Wing Case: Pheasant tail fibers



Copper John


Hook: #12-16 Scud, or

#14-18 2XL nymph hook

Bead: Gold

Thread: Black

Tail: Goose biot brown

Body: Wire-choice of color

Thorax: Peacock herl

Legs: Partridge

Shell Back: Thin skin, pearl flashabou

and epoxy


Bloody Mary


Hook: #10-16 1XL nymph

Thread: 12/0 Benecchi or 8/0

Bead: Gold

Weight: 11 wraps lead wire

Body: Uni-stretch Chinese red

Rib: Peacock herl

Thorax: Peacock herl

Hackle: Ginger brown hen




Marilyn’s Emerger


Hook: #20-22 200R

# 14-18 scud

Thread: 8/0 same as body

Body: Goose biot

Thorax: Peacock herl

Wing: Deer hair

Note: Biot notch forward for segmented body

Biot notch back for smooth body




Parachute BWO


Hook: #14-22 Dry fly

Thread: Olive

Wing: Turkey flat, white,

parachute style

Tail: Dun hackle fibers

Body: Olive Fine and Dry

Hackle: Dun




Dave's Hopper


Hook: #6-12 2XL dry fly

Thread: Tan 6/0

Tail: Deer hair, dyed red

Rib: Brown hackle, clipped

Body: Poly yarn, yellow

Wing: Mottled turkey wing quill

Legs: Yellow grizzly hackle stem

Head/Collar: Spun deer hair




Hook: #4 4XL Streamer

Thread: Brown 6/0

Eyes: Yellow lead barbell eyes

Weight: .020 lead wire

Claws: Brown chickabou soft hackle

Antenna: crystal flash

Head: Burnt orange hackle

Body: Wrapped brown body trimmed

Tail: Brown chickabou hackle tip




Wonder Wing BWO


Hook: #18-22 Dry fly

Thread: Olive

Wing: Dun hen hackle, reversed

Tail: Microfibbets

Body: Olive Fine and Dry

Hackle: Dun






BH Prince Nymph


Hook: #12-20 2XL nymph

Bead: Gold

Thread: Black or brown 6/0 or 8/0

Tail: Brown biots

Rib: Gold tinsel

Body: Peacock herl

Hackle: Brown (beard)

Wings: White Biots



West Valley Fly Fishers’

5th Annual Fly Tying Class



Blood Worm


Hook: #12-18 2XL nymph

Thread: Red 8/0

Tail: Red marabou

Rib: Silver wire

Body: Red flexi-floss






Clump Dubbing Leech


Hook: #2-10 4XL streamer

Bead: Gold

Thread: Chartreuse 6/0 or 3/0

Tail: Olive rabbit strip

Body: Alternating clumps of olive and brown mohair or synthetic dubbing




Dead Drift Scud


Hook: #10-22 scud

Weight: 10-15 wraps .010 lead

Thread: Olive 8/0

Body: Olive dubbing trimmed to shape







Hook: #2-12 4XL streamer

Thread: Black 6/0

Rib: Gold wire

Body: ¾ peacock, ¼ red dubbing

Wing: Two hen hackles, olive

Hackle: Olive hen






Chironomid Pupa


Hook: #10-20 scud

Thread: Black 8/0

Gills: White poly yarn or antron

Bead: Black (sized to hook)

Rib: Silver tinsel

Body: Flexi-floss (color to match natural)

Collar: Peacock herl




Parachute Midge Emerger


Hook: #14-22 Dry fly

Thread: Black 8/0 or 10/0

Wing: White poly yarn or antron

Tail: Two strands pearl krystal flash

Rib: Pearl krystal flash

Abdomen: Superfine dubbing (color to match natural)

Hackle: Grizzly, slightly undersized




Damsel Nymph


Hook: #12-14 2XL nymph

Thread: Olive or tan 8/0

Tail/Body: Light olive marabou

Rib: Fine gold wire

Legs: Olive pheasant tail fibers

Wingcase: Olive pheasant tail fibers

Eyes: Small bead chain – black

Head: Light olive marabou



Damsel Adult


Hook: #12 Dry fly

Thread: Black 8/0

Tail: Furled blue poly yarn

Wing post/case: Blue strip foam

Hackle: Oversize grizzly tied parachute around foam post

Body: Blue dubbing




Skip Nymph


Hook: #12-16 1XL nymph

Thread: Brown 6/0 or 8/0

Rib: Fine copper wire

Tail/Back/Wingcase: Pheasant tail fibers

Abdomen: Hare’s mask

Thorax: Hare’s mask picked out





Callibaetis Dun


Hook: #14-16 Dry fly

Thread: Gray 8/0

Wing: Gray poly yarn

Tail: Microfibbets

Body and Thorax: Callibaetis or Adam’s gray fine and dry dubbing

Hackle: Light dun tied thorax style




Deer Hair Sculpin


Hook: #4 6XL Streamer

Weight: 20-25 wraps .020 lead (at the back)

Thread: Cream Danville plus

Rib: Gold Wire

Body: Cream Dubbing

Tail/Wing: Two large brown grizzly hackles

Fins: Two pheasant rump feathers on each side

Gills: Red dubbing

Head: Deer hair (dark to light colors mixed)




Biot Body Callibaetis Spinner


Hook: #14-16 Dry fly

Thread: Gray 8/0

Wing: Sparkle organza

Tail: Three microfibbets

Abdomen: Gray turkey biot

Thorax: Gray fine and dry dubbing




Willy Bugger


Hook: #10-12 2xl nymph

Thread: Black 8/0

Weight: 8-10 wraps .020 lead

Tail: Gray/tan pheasant rump fibers,

2 strands metallic green/copper flashabou

Rib: Copper wire or flashabou

Body: Gray downy feather stripped from the base of a pheasant rump feather,

or natural grey ostrich herl

Legs/Wing: burnt orange hackle and

pheasant rump feather