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Essential Trout Flies


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Introduction to the Second Edition
Part 1. Learning to Tie Trout Flies

  • Chapter 1: Fly Pattern Simplicity
  • Chapter 2: The World in Two Fly Boxes
  • Chapter 3: Fly-Tying Tools
  • Chapter 4: Fly-Tying Materials
  • Chapter 5: Basic Maneuvers in Tying
Part 2. Dry Flies
  • Chapter 6: Searching Dry Flies
  • Traditional Dry Flies
  • Wulffs
  • Parachutes
  • Madam Xs
  • Chernobyl Ants
  • Chapter 7: Imitative Dry Flies
  • Mayflies
  • Sparkle Duns
  • Thorax Duns
  • CDC Duns
  • Quigley Cripples
  • Spent-Wing Spinners
  • Caddisflies
  • Elk Hair Caddis
  • X-Caddis
  • CDC Caddis
  • Stoneflies
  • Hair-Wing Stonefly Drys
  • Foam Stoneflies and Others
  • Midges
  • Traditional Midge Drys
  • Klinkhamer Specials
  • CDC Midges
  • Terrestrials
  • Hoppers and Crickets
  • Foam Beetles and Ants
  • Fur Beetles and Ants
Part 3. Nymphs
  • Chapter 8: Searching Nymphs
  • Fur Nymphs
  • Herl Nymphs
  • Czech Nymphs
  • Wire-Bodied Nymphs
  • Chapter 9: Imitative Nymphs
  • Mayflies
  • Mayfly Nymphs
  • RS-2 and WD-40
  • Stoneflies
  • Stonefly Nymphs
  • Rubber-Leg Stones
  • Caddisflies
  • Caddis Larva Nymphs
  • Caddis Pupa Nymphs
  • Midges
  • Thread and Flash Midge Nymphs
  • Lace and Biot Midge Nymphs
  • Serendipities
  • Other Food Forms
  • Scuds and Sowbug Nymphs
  • Damselfly Nymphs
  • Dragonfly Nymphs
  • San Juan Worms and Egg Patterns
Part 4. Wet Flies and Streamers
  • Chapter 10: Wet Flies
  • Soft-Hackled Wets
  • Flymphs (Wingless Wets)
  • Traditional Winged Wets
  • All-Fur Wet Flies
  • Chapter 11: Streamers
  • Muddler Minnows
  • Hair-Wing and Featherwing Streamers
  • Woolly Buggers
  • Mohair Leeches
  • Clouser Minnows
  • Bunny/Rabbit Leeches
  • Matukas and Zonkers
  • Articulated Streamers
Conclusion: A Fly-Box Strategy
About the Author

About the Author

Dave Hughes began fly-fishing for trout in his early teens and for the last thirty-six years, he has made a study of trout streams and lakes, the natural foods on which trout feed, and the flies that take trout in the widest variety of circumstances. Dave has fished for trout around the world, is founding president of Oregon Trout, and a life member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. He has written regularly for Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Flyfishing, American Angler, Field & Stream, and Gray's Sporting Journal and is a respected author with over 20 books to his credit. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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