Tying Classic Wet Flies DVD

Tying Classic Wet Flies DVD disc

Tying Classic Wet Flies DVD - back cover

Tying Classic Wet Flies DVD

Don Bastian – author

Ø       Traditional wet flies ruled the waters for most of fly fishing history. For over 100 years the sale of wet flies dominated the commercial market for trout flies. In early America these patterns were used exclusively for Brook Trout, Atlantic Salmon, and Grayling. Wet flies were later used with great success to catch browns, rainbows, and steelhead trout. Classic wet fly patterns are still very effective, yet tying and fishing these flies had begun falling out of fashion in the 1960’s.

Ø       Tying Classic Wet Flies by Don Bastian is the first DVD exclusively devoted to these historic patterns and fly tying techniques.

Ø       During one-hour and 52 minutes running time, Don demonstrates and thoroughly explains detailed techniques for tying quill, waterfowl flank, married, and mixed-wing wet flies with a variety of body materials, multiple hackling techniques, and material-specific tips on the following eight patterns:

o         Gray Hackle Peacock, Cahill, Yellow Sally, Rich Widow, Cupsuptic, Trout Fin, Parmachene Belle, and Professor

Ø       The first seven flies are shown start to finish; the Professor begins with a completed body (components review of patterns previously instructed), and focuses on the selection, preparation, and placement of the wing, giving a very lucid explanation of working with gray mallard flank.

Ø       Instruction in this DVD begins at a basic level with the Gray Hackle Peacock. Technique and difficulty gradually progress through a sequence of patterns increasing the skill level while simultaneously incorporating a broadening range of tying procedures.

Ø       Married-wing techniques are vividly demonstrated with the Trout Fin and Parmachene Belle.

Ø       Don Bastian has 48 years of fly tying experience, including 27 years of fly tying instruction.

Ø       The book Forgotten Flies (2000) by Complete Sportsman features Don’s meticulous reproductions of 499 wet fly patterns from the traditional recipes of Trout (1938 & 1952 – new wet fly patterns), Just Fishing (1932), and With Fly, Plug, and Bait (1947) by the famous fishing author Ray Bergman.

Ø       This DVD was recorded in April 2004 at Triple L Productions in Lambertville, Michigan, through cooperation with Chris Helm, owner of Whitetail Fly Tieing Supplies of Toledo, Ohio.

Ø      Signed copes are available; normally both cover and disc are signed.

To place your order for a signed copy of Tying Classic Wet Flies, please visit this link at MyFlies.com:


Tying Classic Wet Flies DVD - Front Cover

Here are three printed reviews of Tying Classic Wet Flies posted on Amazon.com from people who bought this DVD:

R. E. Dietz:

This is probably the best tying video I’ve ever seen. It’s certainly the only one that I watched repeatedly. Even if you never intend to this style of fly, there’s a lot of technique that’s good to know for other styles. He explains every step along the way, and makes no assumption about what you may or may not already know. He’s an awesome tyer, to boot.

John McCoy: (33 year fly tying veteran)

I’ve owned Don Bastian’s DVD for nearly a year now, and I’ve also had the privilege of attending one of his weekend-long fly tying seminars. I can honestly say that I learned almost as much from the DVD as I did from an entire weekend of sitting and tying flies with him — there’s THAT much good material in the DVD!

Terry Chapman:

Don Bastian’s DVD shows you in clear, easy to follow steps, how to create beautiful wet flies, period! No fancy talk, no assumptions that you know how to do any of the steps beforehand. Don adds plenty of extra tips about effective fly tying and delivers it all in plain English–no hype!

I recommend this DVD for anyone who really wants to learn how to tie wet flies. The skills demonstrated to tie these flies will help you tie thousands of other patterns as well. Bravo!!

This link is to a recent – March 2012 – discussion on my Tying Classic Wet Flies DVD:


Includes several recommendations. Your MyFlies.com orders for my DVD’s and flies come directly to me and will receive your personal attention. Thank you for your support and interest!


One comment on “Tying Classic Wet Flies DVD

  1. George Meessmann says:

    Thanks again for introducing me to the Bergman Flies. I tried fishing them in the smaller sizes (twelve, ten, and eight) and they DO catch fish! They are fun to tie, but tend to be addictive. I am now on my 321st pattern. I tie them, photograph them, and then put them in a slide show on a CD. I have made bench books with all the recipes and scanned photos of the original first 9 plates so that I could have all I need right at the bench. The gathering of materials in a logistic nightmare. The retail suppliers leave much to be desired. I admire your persistence. The hunt for the proper material is an adventure in itself. Thanks again.

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