Mayfly Fly Patterns

Click on a picture or the fly name for a link to a fly pattern sheet with pictures and tying directions. Some fly pattern sheets have pictures of real bugs to help “match the hatch”.


Dry Flies

RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple - PMD |

RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple

Sparkle Dun PMD |

Sparkle Dun

Improved Sparkle Dun BWO |

Improved Sparkle Dun – BWO

BWO CDC & Biot |

BWO – CDC & Biot

BWO - Mayfly Cripple |

BWO Mayfly Cripple

Blue Wing Olive |

BWO Parachute

Caudatella Mayfly Cripple|

Caudatella Mayfly Cripple

Comparadun |


Mel's McKenzie Mayfly |

Mel’s McKenzie Mayfly

Pale Morning Dun |

PMD Parachute

PMD Mayfly Cripple|

PMD Mayfly Cripple

Parachute Adams|

Parachute Adams

Rusty Paraspinner | www.johnkreft.comRusty Paraspinner

Rusty Spinner - Biot Body |

Rusty Spinner – Biot Body

RS2 - Original |


Purple Haze |

Purple Haze

PMD Foam Emerger |

PMD Foam Emerger

Improved Sparkle Dun - PMD |

Improved Sparkle Dun PMD 

Green Drake Hairwing Dun | www.johnkreft.comGreen Drake Hairwing Dun

Lempke Extended Body Green Drake - Courtesy www.fliesfliesflies.comLempke Extended Body Green Drake

Stalcup CDC Loop Wing Emerger | www.johnkreft.comStalcup CDC Loop Wing Emerger

Last Chance Cripple Baetis |

Last Chance Cripple Baetis

Mayfly Cripple - Cinygmula |

March Brown or Cinygmula

Mayfly Cripple

Hatchmaster Green Drake |

Hatchmaster Green Drake

Haystack | www.johnkreft.comDark Haystack

Green Drake Klinkhåmer Variant | www.johnkreft.comGreen Drake Klinkhåmer Variant  BWO Klinkhamer Variant | www.johnkreft.comBWO Klinkhåmer Variant

Medallion Biot Wet Fly |

Medallion Biot Green Drake Wet Fly

Quigleys PMD Hackle Stacker |

Quigleys PMD Hackle Stacker

Green Drake CDC Loop Wing Emerger |

Green Drake CDC Loop Wing Emerger 




Copper John Nymph |

Copper John Nymph

Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph |

FlashBack Pheasant Tail Nymph

$3 Dip - Gold Bead |

$3 Dip

Good and Plenty |

Good and Plenty

Hares Ear Nymph |

Hares Ear Nymph

Peacock Nymph |

Peacock Nymph

Pheasant Tail Nymph |

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Prince Nymph |

Prince Nymph 

Skip Nymph |

Skip Nymph

WK Thread Body Mayfly Nymph - Hydro |

WK Thread Body Mayfly Nymph

Rainbow Warrior | www.johnkreft.comRainbow Warrior

Frenchie Nymph | www.johnkreft.comFrenchie

WD-40 |


Lighning Bug | www.johnkreft.comLightning Bug

Higas SOS |

 Higas SOS

Mercers Poxyback Green Drake Nymph |

Mercers Poxyback Green Drake Nymph

Bling |


Lights Out|

Lights Out

SLF Soft Hackle Emerger |

SLS Soft Hackle Emerger

Krystal Flash Nymph |

 Krystal Flash Nymph

Pliva Perdigon |

Pliva Perdigon Nymph 

Pheasant Tail Perdigon |

Pheasant Tail Perdigon

Root Beer Float Perdigon |

Root Beer Float Perdigon

Barber Pole Perdigon |

Barber Pole Perdigon



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2 thoughts on “Mayfly Fly Patterns

  1. I saw a fly called “The Rose”. Is it a fly you created, developed & invented? I’m curious because, my Mother’s name is/was Rose. She died from complications of a Stroke on 4/29/17 & I wanted to honor her memory by tying the fly called “The Rose”, while giving proper credit to it’s originator. I am US Army, Staff Sergeant Russ Marek, Medically Retired due to an IED (Improvised Explosive Devise) & wounds received in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom III in 2005. I am involved in “Project Healing Waters”, which is a fly fishing organization that helps injured Veterans recover from war wounds… learning something new & relaxing while fly fishing. I am asking because, I want to give the proper credit due, to the Creator, Inventor & Developer of the fishing fly. IF NOT, Could you PLEASE, direct me to the name of the person who did.

    SSG Marek, Russ
    Medically Retired & wanting to give credit,
    where credit is due!!!
    AND brag about the fly design.

    • Russ

      Thanks for your comment about The Rose. No, I didn’t invent the fly. It is a fly from the Orvis Company and was listed in Forgotten Flies by Paul Schmookler & Ingrid Sils. You may have not seen the writeup in a TBT post. Just search my RiverKeeper Flies website and you’ll find it.

      You might not have read the About Me page which states I am part of PHW as well. I teach fly tying to our Vets in Central Oregon.

      I’ll send an email with more info.

      Lastly, thanks for your service!


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