What Tools Do I Need to Tie Flies?

What Tools Do I Need to Tie Flies?

If you are starting to tie flies, you will need a variety of tools to tie your flies properly. First, you need a hook. Hooks come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. You can purchase one designed specifically for fly tying.

Then, you’ll need materials to attach eyes to your flies. These materials can range from simple plastic eyes to beads chains. Some fly tying materials are found at craft stores, hobby stores, and beauty shops. These materials can cost between $50 and $100 depending on the materials you choose.

Bodkins: Bodkins are needles with a handle. They are versatile and are very useful on the fly tying bench. Bodkins are also good for mixing epoxy and applying head cement. Bodkins should be a bit thin because most store-bought ones are too thick.

Bobbins: Bobbins are one of the most basic fly-tying tools. They hold the thread spool and provide constant tension on the thread. Bobbins come in several models and features, including a tension wheel for adjusting the thread size. Some bobbins also feature a fray-resistant ceramic tube to make thread changes quick and easy.