Welcome to, the reference guide for traditional salmon fly tying.

We offer an unbiased perspective on what a classic Salmon fly really is. A journey through time, documented in close to 400 pages so far, with in-depth focus on how these flies were originally dressed, offering articles and tutorials on a large variety of traditional tying techniques and proportions, all in an attempt to help preserve this legacy. 

You will particularly appreciate the detail of the step by step tutorials, all done to get you started on your way to become a classic fly tying master. 

Have a look at some of the free stuff, for an impression of what this website has to offer.



Jay PT: Topping Wing per Kelson

Kelson describes his topping wing as pyramids. Here is how that works: Read more…

Herl Head in Detail

Also new this week, is a detailed pictorial that demonstrates how to properly wrap and secure a herl head – Read more…

Nelly Bly Tutorial Complete

Part two of the Nelly Bly tutorial available now. Click here.

What else is new?

Black & White plates added to Ephemera patterns – GO!
Jay PT: Topping Wing per Kelson – GO!
Herl Head in Detail – GO!
Fly Pattern Interpretations from Sir Humphry Davy’s Expedition – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Tying the Nelly Bly in two parts – GO!
New Tutorial: Pre-Tying a Full Feather Wing – GO!
Land and Water Plates added to Traherne patterns – GO!
New Tutorial: Full Feather Wing – GO!
Antique Shannon Untied – GO!
New article: Washing and Preening – GO!
New article: Storage and Quarantine – GO!
New Materials Description: Barbary Ostrich – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Kelson Built Wing – GO!
New Quick Guide: Starting Flat Tinsel – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Wool butt – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Setting a Tail and Veil – GO!
New Article: Balance and Proportions Explained – GO!

More updates on the complete overview – more...


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On this website, you will find verified pattern descriptions, old plates for reference, an antique fly gallery, tutorials and step-by-step guides on various tying techniques, articles on a huge variety of subjects, materials guides and much, much more.

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