An album of 20 proven patterns. Many of these are discussed in more detail on other pages, with brief tying notes. There are many ways to organize a collection of patterns: by fly type (e.g., streamer, popper), by fly imitation (e.g., baitfish, crustacean), by tying technique (e.g., tubefly, deerhair)... In this collection, we emphasize the patterns that are successful for various types of fish (e.g., trout, bass, bonefish). In other pages of this web site, the patterns are categorized mainly by the type of natural prey that the fly is trying to imitate. Of course there are some versatile patterns, like woolly buggers, that fit in just about any category you can think of.
Most of the pictured patterns were made with materials from fly shops, but some incorporate less expensive materials from craft stores and dollar stores. In particular, beads, fur, eyes, flash, glue and other materials--even false fingernails--can be obtained very economically from these stores.