One of the most enjoyable parts of fly fishing could be tying your own flies. Sure, you can go buy them already pre-made in many stores that offer fishing gear, but when you can tie your own, they look much more realistic. It’s not quite as difficult as it seems. There’s probably nothing more satisfying than being able to brag to your friends that you caught a 20 pound fish using a fly you made yourself.
Tools needed could be a fly vice, scissors, pliers, and thread. Whatever the equipment you use will make a difference in whether its quality work or not. Your goal should be to make your flies look like the fish’s food source.
A fly vice holds your hook while you are tying it together. You’ll want a vice that can hold all sizes and shapes of hooks and that is easily adjustable.
One pair of scissors is enough to get you started, but as you get better at fly tying, you’ll want a variety of shapes and sizes and the loops should fit your fingers comfortably. Get a sharpener because you will want to keep your scissors sharp.
Hackle pliers are small pliers with enough constant tension designed to wrap hackle feathers around the hook. You could buy multiple sizes and shapes of pliers but they all do the same thing. It’s better to keep them small.
You’ll definitely need the thread. Your best bet is to get a bobbin that will hold your thread. The bobbin will keep your thread tight and organized while you are tying your fly.
Don’t forget to get some sharp stronger needles. You can use it to tie the fly and for helping attach the feathers and fur and separating the pieces easier.
Its best to acquire some Mink fur and pheasant feathers or peacock feathers. These work better than most others.
The items listed above are necessities but you will want to consider a few more items:
- Hooks of various shapes and sizes
- Different colors and gauges of thread, and
- Craft cement
Find a picture of the fly you want to create. Just start with a simple google search on flies and you will find more than you bargained for. Then start by wrapping the thread around your hook and add fur and feathers as you tie them to the hook. Keep adding materials until you achieve the look you want. Be warned that the first couple times you do this, they may not turn out the exact way you think they will. Just remember that even if you don’t like them, someone else might. Keep them around. Grab a new hook and start over.
To learn better ways to tie your own flies, go to YouTube and search for some videos. YouTube is a great source.
When first getting started with fly fishing, it’s best to stick with the store bought flies. Once you get the experience of using them, you will want to try your own. Tying your own flies takes a lot of patience. Once you learn the basics and make a few you like, you will enjoy it as a new hobby and find more joy when you catch that big fish with your own creations.
Here’s a great video for you.