What Do I Need to Tie My Own Flies?

What Do I Need to Tie My Own Flies?

To start tying your own flies, you will need a few basic tools. One of these is a fly vise, which holds the hook tight in place as you tie. You will also need some tying materials, like thread, bobbins, and hackles. The vise may also have a rotary feature, which allows it to rotate 360 degrees. While this feature isn’t essential, it can help you save time when it comes to tying.

First, you’ll need a fly hook. The type of hook you choose will depend on the type of fly you’re going to tie. For example, streamers use long shank hooks, while smaller midges and nymphs are tied with smaller barbless hooks. If you’re tying a saltwater streamer, the Gamakatsu C12BM Large Eye Barbless Midge Hook is a great choice.

You don’t need to tie every type of fly known to man, but you should learn how to tie Clousers, Adams’, and Prince Nymphs. Tying your own flies will help you become a better angler and you’ll become more familiar with the food chain and the type of insects and prey that are prevalent in your local water.

Another great tip is to have a few friends around to help you. It doesn’t have to be a full-day thing, but it will allow you to work on a few flies at a time. In addition to letting your friends help, you’ll also gain some skills by tying with others.