Beginner’s Fly Tying: Two Winter Patterns

View our instructional video for this lesson above or on your YouTube Channel. Chapter markers are available below. These chapter links will take you to the video on our YouTube channel:

PART I: Introduction and Overview
PART II: Tying the Buzz Ball
PART III: Tying the Zebra Midge
PART IV: How to Fish These Flies

Written instructions are also available below.

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Session Overview

Our first Beginner’s Fly Tying session of 2022 will be held January 18 at Trinity United Methodist Church, starting at 7:00 PM. Seeing that winter is upon us and freshwater fish (e.g. trout) are lethargic in colder water, I chose two winter fly patterns for our class to tie. Both of these patterns, the Buzz Ball (developed by Gary LaFontaine) and the zebra midge, represent two forms in which a midge, a major food source for trout during the cold of winter, can be found. While the Buzz Ball represents a cluster of midges which have collected on the stream surface, the zebra midge represents a single emerging midge. Please note that we no longer mail out materials to those who are not attending in person.