Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fly Fishing: How to Tie a Fly

In the sport of fly fishing there are many levels of participation. The entry level of fishing is using fly fishing rods and reels. The next level is having a box of flies and knowing how to decide which one to use. The top level involves learning how to tie your own flies. Here are helpful hints on how to tie flies.

Tying flies, like everything else requires the right equipment. The basic fly tying equipment includes a vice, a thread feeder and scissors. The vice should have a full rotating arm so you can work at the fly from every angle.

The thread feeder is very simple. It holds a spool of thread and feeds it out though a tube so you can control exactly where the thread is laid out. This sounds simple and it is, but it’s extremely important. Most people begin with the thread feeder and then change the spool every time you change color. After you’ve tied flies for a while you’ll learn there are about 4 or 5 primary colors that you will use constantly. It is much easier to buy the extra thread feeders so you have one for each color.

There are hundreds of different materials that may be used to tie a fly. These many be natural or synthetic materials but what ever material you use, you should just buy the material necessary for the specific fly you're going to tie.

The easiest way to begin is to buy a pattern for directions. These flies are tried and true, and a good pattern has easy to follow directions. After your proficient at tying these flies you can move into the next level. The next level involves taking a fly you bought and take it apart to see the colors. After dissecting the fly, retie it using your own materials. After some practice you’ll be able to tie a fly and watch the Bassmasters classic at the same time.

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