Don Bastian DVD’s and flies are for sale…

On May 2, 2011 I announced that I officially joined the internet site MyFlies is a site conceived, owned, operated, and managed by Sharon Butterfield. It is essentially an internet storefront for fly tiers, guides, lodges, authors, speakers, etc., all sharing the commonality of fly tying, fly fishing, and ordering flies tied by local and regional fly tiers.

Wet flies for fishing (or collecting – signature cards provided with orders on request) – tied by me, framed reproductions of the wet fly color plates in Ray Bergman’s book, Trout, and my three instructional fly tying DVD’s are for sale there. With time I will be expanding my pattern selection on to facilitate quick and easy on-line ordering. This is a great aid to me since I do not have my own internet ordering / selling web site.

On the right side of this site under Favorite Site Links I have placed a tab that will take you directly to where my instructional fly tying DVD’s and flies can be viewed, and purchased.

Purchasing arrangements with credit cards or Paypal can easily be made on the site. And the first single fly pattern I have placed there is the RSP; a great little streamer / baitfish pattern. For information on ordering the RSP please see the post on this site titled, Magalloway River Brook Trout Trio. Customer reviews and ratings of my work are also available.

Custom orders for Collector’s Edition wet flies, framed flies, and also fishing flies, whether nymphs, drys, terrestrials, soft-hackles, wet flies, streamers, bucktails – may be custom-ordered by contacting me directly via e-mail or phone. Thank you all for your support!

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

Tying Classic Wet Flies DVD - Front Cover

Here are three printed reviews of Tying Classic Wet Flies posted on 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 orders for my DVD’s and flies come directly to me and will receive your personal attention. Thank you for your support and interest!


Wet Flies in Riker Mount

Royal Coachman, Marlow Buzz, Rich Widow, Sassy Cat, Captain, & Fiery Brown

These traditional wet fly patterns are placed in a Riker Mount display box. This photo was taken through the glass top of the case. The pattern recipes are:

Royal Coachman

Tip: Gold tinsel (if desired). I always add the tinsel tip.

Tail: Golden pheasant tippet

Ribbing: None

Body: Peacock herl, scarlet floss center

Hackle: Brown. This hackle is tied as a collar after the wing. Many of the wet fly patterns in the book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories, 1892, by Mary Orvis Marbury, were hackled in this manner.

Wing: White

Marlow Buzz

Tip: Gold tinsel

Tail: None

Ribbing: None

Body: Peacock herl

Hackle: Brown furnace

Wing: None

Rich Widow

Tip: Gold tinsel

Tail: Yellow quill sections

Hackle: Yellow tied palmer

Ribbing: Gold tinsel

Body: Light blue floss

Wing: Black

The Rich Widow is one of the patterns demonstrated in my first DVD, Tying Classic Wet Flies.

Sassy Cat

Tip: None

Tail: Scarlet quill sections

Ribbing: None

Body: Peacock herl

Hackle: Yellow

Wing: Yellow with scarlet cheek


Tip: None

Tail:  Scarlet and yellow married

Ribbing: None

Butt: Peacock herl

Body: White floss

Hackle: Brown

Wing: Slate

Fiery Brown

Tip: Gold tinsel

Tail: Crimson quill sections

Ribbing: None

Body: Fiery brown wool

Hackle: Brown

Wing: Brown