Christmas Wet Flies

Last year, a good friend of mine who is a fly tier and lives in Fergus, Ontario, sent me a Christmas card with two original classic style wet fly patterns in it, themed to the holiday season in traditional and festive Christmas colors. Since today is Christmas Day I though it appropriate to share them with my readers and friends.

The St. Nick and The Yuletide

The St. Nick and Yuletide, Christmas wet flies originated and tied by John Hoffmann of Fergus Ontario.

This was a great idea (still is!) and I have kept this card taped to my refrigerator all year, since this was sent to me for Christmas 2012. I added the pattern recipes below in case anyone wants to download them and maybe tie them up for next year’s Christmas cards. Or perhaps these fine dressings will inspire you to create your own Christmas fly patterns for next year!

St. Nick:

Thread: Red

Tag: Flat gold tinsel

Butt: Black chenille

Ribbing: Fine flat gold tinsel

Body: Red floss

Hackle: White

Wing: Red married to white

Head: Red


Thread: Red

Tag: Red floss

Butt: Peacock herl

Ribbing: Fine oval gold tinsel

Body: Red floss

Hackle: Green and red mixed

Wing: Green

Head: Red

A few old classic patterns come to mind if one were to tie some standard patterns for Christmas: Scarlet Ibis, Ibis and White, Katydid, Alexandra, and the Split Ibis, that one especially with its married wing of red and white striping, like a candy cane!

Thanks John, for your friendship, kindness, and creativity! Merry Christmas to all! And to all a Good Night!

6 comments on “Christmas Wet Flies

  1. Larry says:

    Merry Christmas to you Don and Thanks for the Christmas Flies.
    BTW, I fished the Grand River one afternoon and morning in October but I did not see a fish?
    Did you have any success when you visited the area?

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Larry;
      Thanks for your comment and enjoyment of the Christmas Flies!
      Yes, I have fished the Grand River. A number of times back in the 1990’s; a couple in the early 2000’s. There’s a few more posts here in my blog about it; if you type “Grand River” in the search tab and hit “enter” they should come up.
      I started fishing it about 1993. I wrote the 1995 article in Fly Fisherman magazine titled, Ontario’s Grand River that basically introduced and publicized that fishery.
      It can be fickle, but I have to quickly say, the best 45 minutes of trout fishing of my entire life took place there one morning back about 2003. A Sunday morning in June, only had a couple hours to fish. In 45 minutes I caught and landed two nineteen inch browns, and two twenty-three-inch browns. The kicker was: the first two trout were taken on consecutive casts, saw them surface feeding. Got them both on the same fly, a caddis emerger, the 19″ first and next cast the 23″. Then 45 minutes later I got the second 23″ fish on a beadhead, and the next cast, took the second 19″. Four trout, two sets of twins, each taken on back-to-back pairs of four casts less than an hour apart. All in the same pool, they were all different fish – and it was above the second line bridge – in open catch-’em-and-kill-’em water. I have some glossy photos of two of those trout, I need to scan them and do a post on that one of these days.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

      • Larry says:

        Thanks for your reply Don. Yes, I guess she is a fickle lass. I love the Fergus area and work in Canada a lot so, I guess I will give her another try in future.
        Happy Holidays,

      • Don Bastian says:

        My friend John, that tied the Christmas flies, is retired but works part-time for Wilson’s Fly Shop right there in Fergus, and he also guides. He kinda knows the river. It’s definitely worth your repeated efforts to hit it right. Thanks for following my blog and for your comments!
        Happy New Year!

  2. Mary Kuss says:

    Merry Christmas, Don, and thanks for a very topical post! I’ll be tying some of these for my DVWFFA friends next Christmas. MK

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