Fly Angles: Stephen Myers – Three Flies, Three Steps, Three Materials

I met Stephen Myers last year at the 2016 Tenkara Jam in Cherokee North Carolina. Turns out he’s a Pennsylvania guy so I knew he was alright. Stephen is lucky enough to be living out in Colorado now (I’m a little jealous). Stephen is the guy behind 303 Flyworks – check out the Etsy shop at

Stephen is a Three Rivers Tenkara customer and the happy owner of the Nissin ONI 395 Honryu, which I’m pretty sure he likes cause he posted on Instagram saying  “It fishes so darn good it’s hard to put down.”

I’ve posted other Fly Angles posts featuring a few other tenkara pals over at my Casting Around blog.

Without further ado

Three Flies, Three Steps, Three Materials – Varying Color, Weight, and Size to Fit Your Waters.
by Stephen Myers

To keep to the theme of three’s, I’ve decided to write a post about three very different flies for the Three Rivers Tenkara Blog.

Tenkara has brought a slew of new, eager folks into the fly fishing world. Many of them are excited about fly selection, but are intimidated by the number of very different patterns. A lot of them are also excited about fly tying, but unsure about selecting materials and choosing patterns to start tying. Below you’ll find three extremely simple patterns that can be varied to match the conditions and insects found in your home waters. Green Caddis hatching near you? Change the thread color. Water running high? Add a bead. Smaller flies on the menu during the winter? Size down. All of these flies are very easy to make work for you, and are simple enough that only a few materials are required in a couple of different colors. Not having luck with these colors?…Adjust any of the three variables (color, weight, size) to better suit your conditions.

Simple Elk Hair Caddis

Stiff Hackle Kebari


E-Z Tungsten Nymph


Stephen Meyers’ Bio

Stephen Myers, founder of 303 Flyworks, is a biologist and fly fishing guide based out of Arvada, Colorado. He was born and raised in central Pennsylvania and grew up fly fishing most of the famous Centre County, PA rivers and creeks. He currently works as an environmental project manager, while guiding the front range and tying flies for 303 Flyworks on weekends. Pay him a visit on Instagram (@303flyworks) or stop by the etsy store at .