Simple Flies

Those of you who know me know that I like to keep things simple. I like the basics, the essentials. When I saw that Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters was having Morgan Lyle over to tie flies from his new book – Simple Flies – I just had to get over there.

Morgan tied a bunch of his fresh and saltwater patterns which were all truly easy to tie and looked like they could certainly catch any fish that I have run into.

I bought a copy.

Reading a book is one thing, using the information in it is another – and then testing the fly, of course, is the ultimate mark of a good fly tying book.

I was heading for the Casting for Recovery Retreat to be a river helper and quickly tied up three of Morgan’s Woolly Buggers using only two feathers. They were not pretty given my rushed feather selection and limited time, but once on the river – they worked!

(See my 2015 Fishing Journal post on “CFR – Long Island“).


Simple Flies – the Woolly Bugger

The book  features 52 flies, both fresh and salt.  It is 166 pages printed on high quality paper and in full color by Stackpole Books/Headwaters Books.  It retails for $19.99.

Morgan, a New Yorker, not only ties flies but is a regular contributor to such popular magazines as American Angler, Fly Tyer, Trout, and The Drake.


Morgan Lyle (center) at River Bay Outfitters with Paul McCain and me

You can pick up your copy at River Bay Outfitters or click Reading Room for more.

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