Red Tag

The famous Red Tag. It is said that Grayling are specifically fond of this pattern. In my experience trout love the little bug as well.  The Red Tag consists of three parts. Tail, body and hackle. The tail is made from red wool, cotton or synthetic yarn – hence the name “red tag”. The abdomen is made with peacock herl and for the hackle a cock feather is used. If you have learnt the Griffith’s Gnat, the Red Tag will be a piece of cake.

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Hare Nymph

Larvae imitations are called Nymphs in fly fishing. They are very effective lures as aquatic insects (aka fi sh food) which spend most of their lives under water.

Larvae are frequently adapted to environments separate from adults. For example, some larvae such as tadpoles live almost exclusively in aquatic environments, but can live outside water as adult frogs.

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Czech Nymph

Maybe one of the simplest of all nymphs, but certainly one of the most effective patterns ever. It’s famous amongst competition anglers. It either imitates a caddis larva or a freshwater shrimp. I tend to see more of a caddis larva in it. Your vision may vary. Anyway – fish just see “FOOD” flashing in big letters when this comes trundling along in front of their noses.

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Deer Hair Caddis

The Deer Hair Caddis is supposedly imitating an adult caddis fly, but don’́t be surprised when it takes fish in a different hatch. You can fish this fly dead drift or stripped & twitched. When tied correctly, it is a very sturdy bug.

This pattern was a little difficult for me when I started tying my own flies, but I cracked the code with this fly after I had seen Hans Weilenmann clipping the deer hair prior to tying it onto the hook.

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