Once an angler begins going fishing the next logical step is to tie flies. Fly tying involves several different skills because it is both an art and a science. For some angers tying their own fly is one of the greatest fishing games, wining the fishing contest using your own fly is the greatest of all fishing games. Here are some suggestions on how to get started tying your own flies.
First thing that must be determined is what type of fly you tie. This depends on what you needed last time you went fishing and what type of fly you think you’ll need the next time you go fishgig. After determining what type of fly you need you must acquire a pattern for the fly. If you are very artistic you may be able to create your own pattern. Some patterns are extremely simple. A San Juan worm is just a piece of red yarn tied to the hook. A salmon egg pattern is merely an orange pompom glued to a hook. As simple as these patterns are, they are extremely effective.
Once you have your pattern you must collect your materials and hooks. The size of hook will be determined by the size of the bug as it occurs where you are fishing. You should try to make flies as comparable as possible. Sometimes you will need two or three sizes of the same fly so you will have the exact size you need.
The next item necessary are vice and thread feeder. The vice holds the hook so you can work on it. A good vice will turn in all directions and then clamp solid so you can make every type of fly you can imagine. The thread feeder holds the spool of thread and allows you to bring it out on the hook and wrap it tightly.
The other two important tools are scissors and tweezers or hemostats. The scissors should be very small and fine with a very sharp blade. You will need them to cut the smallest piece of thread and material. The tweezers or hemostats also need to be small and fine, but with a fairly big handle.