Fly Tying Videos

Trico Spinner

Trico Spinner

Hook – # 14, 16 and 18 dry fly
Thread – 70 or 8/0 black
Tail – 2 or 3 Micro fibetts – clear or white
Body – black CDC dubbing
Wing – White egg or poly yarn

Suggested fishing method; Fish on long, thin tippet/leader configuration to rising fish in a trico hatch or spinner fall.

RAB Variant

RAB Variant

Hook: #14-16 Dry fly

Thread: #70 or 8/0 red

Tail: Coq de Leon fibres or white hackle fibres

Body: Peacock herl

Wing/Hackle 1: Badger or brown

Wing/Hackle 2: Coq de Leon or white hackle

Legs: Water mongoose fibres x 5-8

Hotpsot Cripple Irresistable

Hotspot Cripple Irresistable

Hook: #14-16 Dry fly

Thread: #70 FL chartreuse or FL orange silk

Tail: Grizzly hackle fibres

Body: Spun deer hair

Post: Egg or poly yarn

Wing: Grizzly hackle

PTN Flashback Nymph Variant

PTN Flashback Nymph Variant

Hook: #14-16 Nymph Hook

Thread: 8/0 or 70 brown

Tail: 5-6 strands of pheasant tail fibres

Ribbing: Thin copper wire

Body/abdomen: Wrapped pheasant tail fibres

Wingcase: Pearl flash

Weight: Optional

Thorax: Grey squirrel dubbing

Epoxy Flying Ant

Epoxy Flying Ant

Hook:  #14-16 thin wire sedge

Thread:  #8/0 or 70 black

Abdomen: Epoxied foam cylinder 3/32″ or 1/8″ black (use 5min epoxy)

Thorax: fine black dubbing or peacock herl

Wing: White packing foam

Legs/hackle: black or dark brown

Hotspot Caddis Larva

Hotspot Caddis Larva

Hook: #10-12 caddis hook HW

Thread: 6/0 or 140 black

Weight: 0.2mm round lead wire

Ribbing: Copper Wire

Back: Scud back Olive

Body: Nymph dubbing light olive

Hotspot: dubbing orange

Thorax: dubbing dark brown

Glass Bead Damselfly Nymph

Glass Bead-Eye Damsel Nymph

Tied by Fred Steynberg

Thread: Olive 8/0 or 7/0

Hook: #10 – 12 streamer

Eyes: Olive or brown beads on 30lb mono-filament stork

Under tail: Olive deer hair (prevents the tail wrapping)

Tail: Mixed dark and light olive marabou

Body and Thorax: Olive marabou

Wing/legs: Midge flash pearl

Wing case: Fly foam – dry fly

For use in: Still waters for mostly trout or slow moving pools in rivers.
Fished with a floating or intermediate line using a slow hand twist, figure of 8 retrieve.

CDC Emerger Variant

CDC Emerger Variant

A generic mayfly emerger pattern tied by: Fred Steynberg

Thread: 8/0 – 10/0 brown or tan

Hook: # 14 – 18 thin wire, dry fly hook

Tail: Hungarian partridge or similar feather fibres

Body: Brown or grey squirrel blend

Thorax: Brown CDC dubbing

Wing: White, tan or cream CDC puff

Imitating: Emerging mayfly nymph
For use: Rivers, streams and still waters

Fishing method:
Fished when hatches occur and fish can be seen boiling just below the surface.
Dead drift just below the surface or within the water film using a long, fine, creased leader.

Easy River Dragon

Easy River Dragon

Tied by Fred Steynberg


Hook: # 10 – 8 streamer or terrestrial hook

Thread: # 140 or 6/0 olive

Eyes: Olive beads on 30lb monofilament

Weight: 0.15 round lead

Abdomen: Rayon chenille olive

Legs: Tentacles small – brown

Thorax: Olive squirrel or hare’s

Wing case: Olive Swiss straw


Imitating: Larval stage of an Aeshnidae dragonfly (swimmer)

How to fish: Dead drift below an indicator in stronger currents or fished on a long leader in deep slow pools using the ‘wiggle lift’.

Sawfly Wasp

Sawfly Wasp

Originator:  Fred Steynberg

Tied by:  Fred Steynberg

Hook:  # 18 – 16 dry fly

Thread:  # 10/0 – 12/0 light brown/golden yellow

Body:  Super fine dry fly dubbing FL chartreuse or pale yellow

Wing:  Medallion clear or flashback pearl (cut from sheet)

Hackle:  Light to golden brown



Sawfly wasp that can be found around streams and rivers in the Eastern Cape (South Africa) where willow trees are present.

Fishing method:

Fished as a dry fly with long leader and light 6X tippet to selective yellow fish and trout, especially under overhanging willow trees in summer.