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.
We are Skip Morris, the down-to-earth author of twenty-one 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 Fisherman, 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 five 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.
We are excited to announce that Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple—the original iconic beginner's fly tying manual, with a new cover, from a new publisher—will be back in print April 2022 from Stackpole Books. Over 150,000 copies sold through over 25 reprints.
"I learned so many useful new techniques and ways to use my words more effectively and efficiently, as well as artistically. Thank you so much, Skip; you are an excellent teacher. I highly recommend this class!"
— Deb P.
— Katherine P.
"Skip's course is a great opportunity to learn what it takes to become a fly-fishing author from one of the best! The half day I spent in this class is one of the most valuable experiences I've had as a developing writer."
During this four– (possibly five–) hour class, Skip Morris (the author of nineteen fly–fishing books and over 300 fly–magazine articles) will teach you how to make your writing strong and vivid and clear, show you how the publishing world works, and a great deal more.
Part I is about the essentials of good writing—making crisp sentences, using variety in sentence structure, how to use specifics to sharpen images and ideas, and far too many more important concepts to list here.
Part II covers the current publishing scene specifically as it regards fly fishing (books, ebooks, articles in magazines and on websites). Also, the practical stuff (composing a book or article proposal, figuring out editors, photos, payments, deadlines . . .).
In Part III, Skip welcomes you into the world of writing as art—sentence constructions that emphasize key words and images, eliminating unnecessary words that dilute meaning and vitality, the mechanics of punctuation that tighten and clarify your prose, prose rhythm, when and when not to use repetition, how to choose words that work as a team to create a mood or meaning, and, again, more than makes sense to even mention here.
In Part IV, you and Skip (and the rest of the small class) write some original prose together, crafting and reworking the words and sentences from a rough draft into something lean and polished.
Skip holds a degree in English from Central Washington University, and has published books with Stackpole Books, Nick Lyons Books (now Skyhorse), and Frank Amato Publications. He has published hundreds of magazine articles in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, MidCurrent (online), Fly Tyer, Fly Fusion, Just Jazz Guitar, Cowboys & Indians, and twelve other magazines.
Four (up to five) pleasant, fascinating hours that will vastly improve your writing and help you get your work published, all in the company of other aspiring writers—sign up and join us!
To sign up, simply send us a message through our contact form on this page (the link is also directly below this box), and we'll tell you how to make your payment of $75.00, and you’re in. You’ll be mailed the class handout to peruse; it contains the points you and Skip will explore during the class.
If you cancel a week or more out, you’ll be refunded your full $75.00. If you cancel after that, you’ll be refunded $40.00 unless your place in the class can be filled. If your place is filled, you’ll be refunded your entire $75.00.
If for some unforeseeable, weird reason Skip is unable to teach the class (he’s been abducted by extraterrestrials, taken a vow of silence, etc.), you will of course get your full $75.00 back.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Would you like to contact Skip or Carol to do a talk for your
club meeting, conference, banquet, conclave, or sportsman's show?
For a list of Skip's Programs, click here:
For a list of Skip's fly tying clinics, click here:
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.
Check out Carol's Etsy store, CarolAMorrisFlyFish for original gifts for the fly fisher:
Skip's ultra-popular Predator—a hit fly for bluegills and other panfishes and largemouth bass (also catches smallmouth bass and trout)—is being tied commercially by the Solitude Fly Company.