How to Tie: The Grinch

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, North 40 Fly Shop ties a holiday pattern that should put everyone in the holiday spirit, the Grinch.

Difficulty: Intermediate

The Grinch is a fly pattern that purists will snub their noses at. Considered by many to be the king of “greasy” flies, this pattern certainly will dirty up any fly box. The Grinch is best fished with pure hatred and bitterness. At absolutely no point should anyone have fun tying this pattern or fishing it.

Hopefully this weeks “How to Tie” feature sparked some holiday cheer. Nearing the end of a stressful year, I think it is important to remember that fly fishing and tying is made to bring people happiness and laughter. Additionally, tying the Grinch will also give great practice for spinning and shaping deer hair. This fly will make a great ornament on any Christmas tree, or a fun decoration for the holiday season.


  • Hook: Umpqua Trout Shank (25 pk.)
  • Eyes: Flymen’s Surface Seducer® Dragon Eyes – Green
  • Body: Dyed Deer Belly Hair – Green
  • Thread: Veevus GSP Thread – Green
  • Face: Wapsi Peacock Herl Strung
  • Hair: 1/4″ Magnum Rabbit Strips – Green

Now you know how to tie The Grinch.

Video and ingredients courtesy of North 40 Fly Shop.


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