Clear and Simple Fly Tying
Fly Fishing Instruction

If you'd like to take that first step and learn how to fly fish, Skip will show you how in this class at The Fly Fishing Show in Lynnwood, Washington:

The Fly Fishing Show

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street Southwest
Lynnwood, WA 98036

February 18 & 19, 2017

(the show is Saturday and Sunday; Skip's class is held only on Saturday morning)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:30-11:00am

Fly Fishing 101 with Skip Morris

Though it’s a deeply rewarding sport, fly fishing can get confusing, even overwhelming, when you first take it up. When do I want to fish that river? Where should I expect to find the fish in all that water? How should I present my fly, and which fly should I choose? There are lots of good questions. This class will provide the critical answers.

Your instructor will be Skip Morris, the author of 18 books and over 300 magazine articles on fly-fishing topics, including a book specifically for the new fly fisher: Survival Guide for Beginning Fly Anglers. During the class you’ll see slides that illustrate important points but also Skip will bring the actual flies, rods, reels, leaders and other items he recommends. Here are some of the topics Skip will cover:

  • Casting
  • “Reading water” (identifying where the fish lie) in rivers and lakes
  • How to catch the four most popular fly-fisher’s fish species (trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and pan-fishes)
  • Knots—how to tie them, when to use each
  • Selecting tackle
  • Flies—gathering a starting collection and how, when, and where to use each
  • And more...

To sign up for Skip's class, click on the link below...

Click here to sign up for Skip's class, Fly Fishing 101,

at The Fly Fishing Show in Lynnwood, Washington...

Seminar Schedule for The Fly Fishing Show
Lynnwood, Washington

The following is a list of seminars, featured fly tiers, and casting demos for the Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show:

Seminars for Saturday, February 18, 2017:

    Catch Room

  • 10:30 Dave McCoy – Fly Fishing Western Washington
  • 12:00 Skip Morris – Make Dry-Fly And Emerger Fishing Work
  • 1:30 Phillip Rowley – Ten Stillwater Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
  • 3:00 David Paul Williams – Saltwater Beach Fishing: Puget Sound Style

  • Release Room

  • 10:00 Denny Rickards – Stillwater Presentation
  • 11:30 Gary Borger – Fishing the Film
  • 1:00 Ed Engle – Catching Difficult Trout
  • 2:30 Marc Willimason – Fishing Moving Water
  • 4:00 Tom Boyd – Rainbow Trout And Steelhead – How, Where, And When

Seminars for Sunday, February 19, 2017:

    Catch Room

  • 10:30 Tom Boyd – Pacific Salmon, Trout, Char, and Bull Trout
  • 12:00 Jack Mitchell – Trout & Steelhead -The Best of Washington
  • 1:30 Ed Engle – Offbeat Tactics That Catch Trout
  • 3:00 David Paul Williams – Pinks On The Fly

  • Release Room

  • 10:00 Denny Rickards – Stillwater Presentation
  • 11:30 Gary Borger – Reading Waters
  • 1:00 Phillip Rowley – Tactics for Tough Days
  • 2:30 Skip Morris – Sea-Runs and Salmon on the Beaches

  • Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers and tying demos:

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • 10:00 Jay Murakoshi – A No Brainer Crease Fly
  • 11:30 Phillip Rowley – Essential Stillwater Patterns
  • 1:00 Skip Morris – Tying Dry Flies
  • 2:30 Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies
  • 4:00 Gary Borger – Down and Dirty Steelhead and Salmon Flies

  • Sunday, February 19, 2017

  • 10:00 Skip Morris – Flies for Sea-Run Cutthroat and Salmon
  • 11:30 Phillip Rowley – Balanced Flies
  • 1:00 Denny Rickards – Tying Stillwater Patterns for Trophy Trout
  • 2:30 Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies

  • Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations:

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • 10:15 Brian O’Keefe – Adding Distance in Fishing Situations
  • 12:15 Carl Zarelli – The Basics of Single and Double Hand Spey Casting
  • 2:00 Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
  • 3:45 Skip Morris – Basic Fly Casting for Beginners

  • Sunday, February 19, 2017

  • 9:45 Brian O’Keefe – Adding Distance in Fishing Situations
  • 11:15 Skip Morris – Basic Fly Casting for Beginners
  • 1:15 Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
  • 2:45 Phillip Rowley – Stillwater Casting and Presentation Techniques

  • Talks subject to change and additions.

Welcome! We're glad you're here...

Fly tying and fly fishing are equal parts fun, art, information, and fascination. Whatever tips and lessons Skip has learned at the vise or by the stream, you'll find them here.

So...Who are We?

We are Skip Morris, the down-to-earth author of eighteen books on tying flies and fly fishing (including the best-selling beginner's book, Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple), and Carol Ann Morris, whose artful photography and detailed watercolors have been published in major fly fishing magazines (ie, Gray's Sporting Journal, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, Yale Angler's Journal, and others), and also in Skip's books and articles.

We're a husband-and-wife team who've been fishing together for over twenty years, and we love sharing our passion for fly fishing. We'll provide you with clear and simple instruction to make your journey into this sport fun and informative.

The Creative Art of Tying Flies

If you want to learn how to tie the Turck Tarantula, you'll find instructions here. The Miracle Midge? It's here too. So are the Articulated Leech and the Hackled Skip Nymph.

All are effective, intriguing flies, and there are many more.

Every tying step is explained with clear and simple instruction through detailed text and up-close-and-personal photographs, and that makes tying these flies easy to learn.

An Insider's Tips for Taking Fish on a Fly

There is also instruction on how to use big attractor flies to motivate large trout to strike, how to catch salmon off of Washington's wild coast, and how to work chironomid-pupa imitations deep in a lake where big trout live.

There are many other techniques we'll share based on our experience on the water, and these tips will help you hook more fish and have more fun doing it.

Get an inside look at the secrets of this amazing sport, and find out more about the intriguing world of fly tying and fly fishing.

The information offered here gives you the chance to learn new skills and
enjoy yourself as you go.

Fly Fishing and Tying Article Libraries

The fly fishing and tying article links below (and in the left-hand navigation column) will take you to previously-published magazine articles (most of them written by Skip, and a few written by Carol).

These informational pieces span 25 years.

Some are filled with the fundamentals of tying and fishing techniques that remain vital to this day. Others contain cutting-edge fishing strategies or outline clear and simple tying instructions for many of today's most popular flies.

Skip's books, flies, lessons, ezine (now published in a
two-book volume), and more....

Other links take you to information about Skip's books, fly designs, fly tying lessons, talks and presentations, and the on-line magazine HookedNow (now published as two books by Stackpole, November 2014), that he contributed to (along with fellow fly-fishing writers Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele).

So...are you ready to get started?

Find a quiet corner, settle into your favorite chair, and join us...

Do You Need a Speaker for
Your Club Meeting, Banquet, or Show?

Would you like to contact Skip or Carol to do a talk for your

club meeting, conference, banquet, conclave, or sportsman's show?

Contact us here...

For a list of Skip's Programs, click here:

Skip's PowerPoint Programs...

For a list of Skip's fly tying clinics, click here:

Skip's Fly Tying Clinics...

Carol gives a 50-minute presentation on photography called

"Fly Fishing Photography 101: How to Capture What You See."

She'll provide more details on request.

Use the "Contact Us" form, or the "Contact us here" link above to get in touch with
Carol about her talk.

Table of Contents

Fly Tying Articles by Skip Morris
A diverse collection of fly tying articles written by fly fishing author and speaker, Skip Morris.
Skip Morris Fly Tying Blog
Skip Morris Fly Tying Blog keeps you up-to-date with all the additions and changes to the website. Subscribe here.
Fly Fishing Articles by Skip Morris
A collection of fly fishing articles that author Skip Morris has published with the major fly-fishing magazines over the past 20-some years.
Skip Morris Presentations: Fly-Fishing & Tying Talks and Clinics
Skip Morris Presentations: Master tier Skip Morris offers a variety of talks and clinics on fly fishing and fly tying that have been popular at fly fishing clubs and shows around the world.
Skip Morris, Fly Fishing Author and Speaker
Who is Skip Morris? He is a fly fishing author and expert fly tier who has published over 250 articles and eighteen books on fly tying and fly fishing.
Personal Appearances and Speaking Engagements
Skip Morris, fly fishing author and speaker, makes personal appearances to perform fly tying clinics, fly tying demonstrations, and fly fishing slide shows throughout the year. Here's his current schedule.
Contact Us
Contact us if you are interested in having noted fly fishing authority Skip Morris speak at your club, fly shop, or fly fishing event.
Skip Morris Flies
Skip Morris flies are designed by master fly tier and author, Skip Morris. After rigorous testing, each of his finished fly designs are tough, swim/shimmy or float as designed, and fish love them.
Fly Tying Lessons with Skip Morris
Fly tying lessons with master fly tier and instructor, Skip Morris. Skip is offering one-on-one one-hour fly tying lessons with individuals up to groups of four.
Fly Fishing ENewsletter called HookedNow is now Two Books!
Dave Hughes, Skip Morris, and Rick Hafele have put together a fly fishing enewletter (called HookedNow) designed to help you improve your fly fishing skills whether you are new to fly fishing or an old timer. As of November 2014, Stackpole Books has published this collection of articles as two books...Tactics for Trout and Seasons for Trout.
Fly Fishing Photo Essays
Fly fishing photo essays by professional fly fisher and author Skip Morris and his wife, photographer Carol Ann Morris. These essays document fly fishing adventures these two avid fly fishers have taken over the last twenty years.
Skip Morris DVDs
Skip Morris DVDs...master fly tier and fly fishing author Skip Morris has a variety of DVDs available that explore the world of fly tying and fly fishing. For both the beginner and experienced angler and fly tier.
Skip Morris Blarticles
Skip Morris Blarticles. Written by well-known fly fishing author Skip Morris, he has put into prose his reflections, off-the-cuff impressions, thoughts, experiences, and suggestions for fly-fishing success based on his fifty-plus years of experience chasing trout, bass, and many other species with a fly.

Check out Carol's Etsy store, CarolAMorrisFlyFish for original gifts for the fly fisher: