fly tying

Fly tying

What could be better than catching a fish on a fly you made yourself?

Adams Dry Fly being tied

Why have a go at Fly Tying?

Fly tying can give you the thrill of catching a fish on the fly- this is great, but it is even better when using a fly you made. Imagine catching a record fish on a fly you designed and made yourself.

The art of fly tying can be engrossing, you can forget about time and just get carried away thinking about what you saw from the river bank and how you can replicate it.

Fly Tying The Equipment

This is straight forward, what you need to get started are – a vise, at least one pair of Scissors, a couple of bobbin holders, a whip finishing tool, a pair of hackle pliers and a dubbing needle.

These items will cover you for almost all the flies you need to tie. If you get into fly tying, and believe me if you catch a fish on a fly you made yourself you will get into it, there are other items you can get to help you, but don’t run out and buy a big set with “everything you need when tying flies” wrote on the side. You can get a fly tying kit to get started, have a look here for help on what to get.

This pass time can take up as much time as fishing, if not more, so you better have an understanding wife!

The materials

There are many different materials you can use to make up the flies. This includes items such as threads, yarns, furs, feathers, hair, tinsels, cork, balsa, wire, all sorts of natural and dyed furs, hair, pheasant, turkey, duck, goose and partridge feathers plus lots of synthetic materials.

The hooks

The size and shape of each fly is controlled by the hook. The hook must be selected to complement the pattern, so careful consideration must be given to the size, shape, length, and weight so the fly does what it is supposed to do.

The Flies

Look in any serious fly fisherman’s, who�s quarry is Trout, fly box and there are one or two flies that you are sure to find, even these flies you may find several different variations of it.

The flies I am talking about are the Pheasant Tail Nymph, The Black Pennell and the Adams. Of course you will find May flies and buzzers and Czech Nymphs but the first three are sure to be there.

These flies may be used for different conditions but we all feel a need to have them in our box, these flies may be simple in their look and design but they WORK and that is the thing that means we have them.

What’s their story?

The Adams

This is a fly that comes in many guises, for a lot of beginners to put the wings on is too difficult so they don�t, but it still works, it can be done in blue, brown or gray, and yes it still works. It is amusing to think that when this fly arrived in the UK from America that the established fly fishing community would not accept it.

The Pheasant Tail Nymph

There are loads of variations of this fly, and they all work. The variations are wide everything from some having legs, others being tied on long shanks, and others are done in fluorescent colours. Many fishermen will have a lot of variations in their box and they can all work at the same time of the year.

The Black Pennell

This simple yet effective fly is good for early season Trout that are feeding on midges. This fly is an easy one to tie and yet time after time it works well on the water.