The following is a list of 200 fly patterns assembled by some of the most colorful fly tiers in the Midwest. Some of these patterns are tried and true, while others are original masterpieces that are being presented for the first time. In any case these are all patterns that have proved productive for these fly fisherman.
In gathering this information we arbitrarily assign these patterns to different categories. We included traditional categories for dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, streamers, terrestrials, as well as specific patterns for bass, pan fish, salmon and steelhead. Although a pattern may be listed in one specific category, this does not limit the fly to this category, for it may also be a deadly pattern for many other types of fish.
As we all know, fly fishermen are reluctant to give out their trade secrets. Therefore we are thankful that these fly fishermen are sharing this information on their favorite fly patterns of the Midwest.
We would like to thank all of the fly fishermen who have shared their flies and fly patterns with us. In addition we would like to give a special thanks to Lloyd Bender for color photography (printed edition) and Mike Jacobs, Mark Andracki and Shawn Harmon for their comments and help with this project.
Don Lund and Nate Hopkins - 1994
I would like to thank Don Lund for taking all of the color photographs for the "computerized version".
Steve Veysey - 2000