Several people start Fly Fishing never intending to practice the Fly Tying aspect of the Sport.
Soon they discover that they are buying all sorts of Flies.
Sometimes it is because they are losing so many of these Flies casting into the Trees or Brush.
Sometimes it is just because they didn’t tie these Flies onto their line good enough and lose it when they cast or hook into a Fish.
Suddenly you are realizing that it is costing you a pretty good penny with Flies ranging anywhere from 79 cents to 5 dollars and more!
Fly Tying Classes
Eventually you start to think that I ought to take a Fly Tying Class or two to try to cut down on my expenses.
You go home and get onto the wonderful world of web (internet) and look up some Fly Tying Classes.
These can be found at several Fly Shops now-a-days.
You finally decide on one and sign up for it.
What you should learn
In these classes you should learn the proper way of Fly Tying, the differences in patterns and the proper way to fish them.
Tools needed to get started
Fly Tying requires a few basic Tools to get started and they are as follows:
Tying Vise: This is needed to hold the hook you will be using in the Fly Pattern that you will be tying.
Thread Bobbin: This will hold the spool of thread that you will be using to tie the materials onto the hook.
Scissors: You need these to cut the Thread and other Materials you will be using in your Fly Pattern
Usually the same materials are used when Fly Tying. These Materials are:
Feathers: these are used for Tails, Wings and Hackle
Animal Hair: the Hair is used for Tails, Dubbing a Body and sometimes Wings.
Glue: This is for the Heads of the Flies also for finishing.
DVD’S, Magazines and Books
After taking a Fly Tying Class you may want to invest in a
few DVD’S, Books and Magazines on Fly Tying.
These will show you pictures of what the Fly should look like when finished.
They will also give you the supplies needed for the Pattern that you are tying.
It will also give you the step by step instructions on how to do this, and any Tips if there are any.
Easy Flies for the Beginner
When you start out Fly Tying always start with the Easiest Fly out there. That Fly is what they call the Wooly Bugger.
This particular Fly, (although very easy to tie) will also help you accomplish a couple important rules. You will discover the proper dimensions along with teaching you how to wrap the Body and Hackle.
A few simple Flies to start out with would be:
- Wooly Bugger
- Bead Head Wooly Bugger
- Pheasant Tail Nymph
- Peacock Caddis
- Griffith Gnat
These a just a few Easy Flies to start out with. Once you accomplish these you will not only learn how to place the Hackle, but you will learn about Dimensions too!!
A Little Warning
While Fly Tying can be very rewarding, especially when you catch your first Trout on a Fly you Tied, it can also turn out to be an obsession.
You will (most likely) find that you want to tie even more Flies and eventually even develop your own Patterns!
Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, you may find yourself putting more and more money into it.
Although I don’t find myself saving much money (if any), I do find that I am not packing up and heading for the Fly Shop to buy more Flies when I lose what I had!
I also find Fly Tying a way of staying “In the Game” over the long Winter months when I am not out Fly Fishing. I can also build up my supply for the following season.
Go ahead and give Fly Tying a try. You may be surprised at how “in tune” you will become in the Fly Fishing World. You will even find it extremely exciting when you catch your first Trout on a Fly that you yourself had tied!