Fred Klein breaks down some great tips on tying classic wet flies and sheds some light on the history of wet flies.  He is the Grizzly king on Instagram and is breaking out beautiful pics for everyone to see out there.

Fred talks about the history of classic flies and some of the great books you can check out.  We also touch on brook trout and some of the flies that Fred uses.  Don’t miss this as Fred describes the 6 top must have books for classic flies.


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Classic Wet Flies Show Notes

06:50 – Ray Bergman was the editor for Outdoor Life.  The Book Trout from 1938 was Ray’s biggest book with flies from pre WWII era.

20:00 – Grizzly King Fly on instagram is Fred’s main outlet where he shares all of his over 350 custom wet fly patterns.

23:40 – We talk about the pathfinder as seen on Ray Bergman’s book and tied here by Fred.  Fred describes a little about wet wings and how to tie them correctly.

26:16 – The Silver Doctor has a married wing and can be seen below.  Died goose is very typical for this fly pattern.

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27:00 – Fred is an ambassador for Partridge Hooks

42:00 – The Parmachene Bell was noted here and on the podcast with John Shewey in episode 16.

42:15 – NW Fly Fishing Magazine and Classic Steelhead Flies are both products from John Shewey.

46:00 – Here is the Harliquin below from Ray Bergman’s book and on Instagram through Fred’s feed.


50:30 – Joseph Bates, Leonard and Carrie Stevens were all big names back in the day with a focus on classic flies.


51:36 – Piscator Flies and Darren MacEachern was behind Streamers 365 which was a huge project that was well known around the fly tying interweb.

52:50 – The Alexadra fly and Carrie Stevens Boston Blackie which is an unknown fly but are Fred’s goto flies for brook trout.

54:50 – The must read books are as follows:

58:40 – Davie McPhail is one of the best fly tyers for classic wet and dry flies.  You can check out Davie McPhail’s youtube channel here.

1:03:00 – HMH Vises were noted here as one of Fred’s goto vices.

Here’s what HMH stands for as described on the HMH website: 

“Most of you know that HMH stands for Hunter’s Multi Head, for the interchangeable jaw capability on the vise we use.  But there is another meaning to HMH too.  At the time Bill Hunter made the vises, his (original) fly shop started in his house’s parlor on Valley View Lane in New Boston NH, his assembly shop was in his basement, and fly tying classes held were held in the attic.  Class members enjoyed lunch in Simone’s kitchen.  As you can imagine, the house was busy.  I believe Stan Bogdan (of reel fame) coined the true meaning of HMH when he said it stood for Hunter’s Mad House.”

1:07:20 – The Quack Doctor was discussed here in relation to mylar and other silver and gold tinsels.

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1:09:00 – Here’s a link to the new Tesla Truck.  Leave a comment or send me a lighting bolt emoji with the truck if you like the look of this baby?

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You can find Fred Klein at Grizzle King Fly on Instagram.


Resources Noted in the Show

The 6 Must Have Classic Fly Books:

  1. Thaddeus Norris:  The American Angler


2.  Charles Orvis:  Fishing with a fly from 1883

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3.  Favorite Flies and their History by Mary Orvis Marbury


4.  Trout by Ray Bergman

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5.  Flies: 2200 by Leonard



6. Streamers and Bucktails by Joseph Bates

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Classic Wet Flies Conclusion with Fred Klein

Fred Klein shares some of his best classic wet flies and the resources to help you get started.  He talks about the importance of thread size, why he loves Davie McPhail and why you should follow him.  The Quack Doctor, Ray Bergman, Mary Orvis and a ton of great classic topics today on the show.