starting out tying

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing' started by Smijen, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Smijen

    Smijen New Member

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    Well I am trying a new hobby. I bought a jig tying kit at BPS the other day. I am going to BPS Saturday, the local flyfishing club is putting on a demonstration.

    Any tips or suggestions on how to start learning would be helpful.

    Thanks!
     
  2. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    Their is numerous books and videos available, also check your local library. I have in the past caught some shows on the weekend about tying flies and what not. There definately is an art to it. I have tied some of my own, looked ok and actualy worked, kind of a trial and error thing for me.
     

  3. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    Be carefull, it can become addictive.In a very short time you will find yourself immersed in a world of yarn, hooks, thread, bobbins, vice's, hooks,feathers, fur and things you have never imagined with no hope of return to the so called real world. The reward of catching a fish on something you have created is well worth the time and effort spent.
     
  4. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    I'm also thinking about tying flies. I NEED something else to do besides sitting on my a$$. For the pat two years I thought about fly fishing so I might as well start tying them first.
     
  5. alpal16

    alpal16 New Member

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    There are also a bunch of websites out there---some of which show instructions on tying. Try this one out:
    www.troutflies.com/tutorials/

    THey have some patterns with step by step instructions for tying. I just started tying myself. Seems like the hardest part is getting all the right materials together.

    Good luck
     
  6. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    I've been tying for years. The best advice I could give you would be to get a good vise and tie nymphs, like the gold ribbed hares ear, and tie at least 25 or 50 of the same kind. I would stay away from tying difficult dry flies.
    A good pattern for a midge is some peacock herl wrapped around a small hook size 18-22. then just wrap a grizzly hackle around that.
     
  7. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    wooly boogers are fairly easy to tie too.
     
  8. psdisme

    psdisme New Member

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    I agree. Wolly Buggers are and excellent place to start. They're a very versatile fly as well.

    Skip Morris has as pretty good book for beginners called :
    "Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple"

    Hope this helps!
     
  9. River Hobo

    River Hobo New Member

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    I've tried a few different books but could never really get the hang of it from reading them. If you can get some one to actually show you a few basic flies and then just get creative yourself from there. When seeing it done it is so much easier to learn ( I feel) than trying to look at a picture in a book.
    But I can tell you one thing for sure. You'll never forget the first fish you catch on a fly you tied yourself.
    Good Luck