Fly Tying Videos

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.

Sawfly Larva

Sawfly Larva

Tied by:  Fred Steynberg

Hook:  # 16 – 14 thin wire sedge/caddis hook

Thread:  7/0 or 8/0 Chartreuse

Body:  Micro chenille, chartreuse



The larva stage of the sawfly that feeds on the leaves of the crack and weeping willow trees.

Fishing method:

Fished to rising fish under overhanging willow branches if larva are seen dropping into the water.

Fished greased as a ‘dryfly’ or in tandem behind a control fly as a submerged/sunken larva.

For use:

When sawfly larvae are present in willows trees that overhang the river, during summer in the Eastern Cape (South Africa).

PVC Wing Spinner

PVC Wing Spinner

Originator:  Fred Steynberg

Tied by:  Fred Steynberg

(High floating spinner tied with a difference)

Thread:  8/0 or 70 black or brown

Hook:  # 14 – 16 thin wire sedge or dry fly hook

Tail:  Coq de leon cape fibres

Egg sack:  fine waterproof dry fly dubbing – yellow or pale yellow

Abdomen:  fine waterproof dry fly dubbing – grey, tan

Thorax:  CDC dubbing, black and tan mix

Legs:  Thin black or brown rubber – tentacles #1


Imitates:  Egg laying or trapped mayfly spinner.

For use:  Trout and yellowfish in rivers and streams.

Fishing method:  Dead drift when fish are rising for egg laying, spent or trapped spinners.

PVC Wing Cricket

PVC Wing Cricket

Hook: 10-12 Terrestrial

Thread: 8/0 Black

Abdomen: Foam cylinder 3/32″-1/8″

Wing 1: 4+ Strands of black or pearl crystal flash

Wing 2: PVC packing foam

Wing 3: Stacked black deer hair

Thorax: Black squirrel dubbing

Legs: Black round rubber

Tag: Orange foam

Olive Full-Back Nymph

Olive Full-Back Nymph

Hook: 16-14 Nymph

Thread: 8/0 or 70 Dark olive

Ribbing: Medium copper wire

Back: Olive or light olive scudback

Dubbing: Olive squirrel

Weight: 0.15″ Lead wire

Tail: 6-8 Pheasant tail fibres

Wingcase: Black marker

Bead Head GRHE Flashback Nymph

Bead Head GRHE Flashback Nymph

Imitates:  This is a generic mayfly nymph or stonefly nymph imitation.

Thread:  #70-140 or 8/0 to 6/0 black

Hook:  Nymph Hook # 16 – 12

Bead:  2 – 3 mm Brass bead

Weight:  0.15 mm Lead wire

Tail:  4 – 6 Natural pheasant tail fibres

Ribbing:   Thin to medium copper wire

Body and thorax:  Hare’s ear dubbing or grey squirrel dubbing

Wingcase:  Pearl flashabou

 Fishing method:  Fish on a dead drift in rivers or still waters.  It can also be stripped slowly.


Elk Wing Caddis Variant

 Elk Wing Caddis Variant

Imitates:  Adult Caddis

Thread:  Light brown or tan 8/0 or 7/0

Hook:  Standard thin wire dry fly hook # 16 – 14

Body:  CDC dubbing tan or cream

Under wing:  Stripped CDC fibres tan, cream or white

Wing:  Elk hair or similar

Fishing method:  Fish on a dead drift as a single dry fly or in tandem with an unweighted nymph below.