“I cant thank you enough for offering your fly tying class! I had no idea that I would enjoy learning to tie flies as much as I did, and assuring everyone that you are there to answer any questions made me very comfortable” -Lisa…
I also want to say a few works to those of you who may get frustrated with your tying. The bottom line is that “We all began as beginners” and fly tying should be fun. I have also posted some of my first flies here for you to take a look at as well if you begin to feel discouraged.
This is by no means a complete list, and I will continue to add to it but the pages will cover some of the basic techniques that you will need to get started tying your own flies. If you are looking for the Fly Pattern Library or the Tips and Tricks pages; they can be found by clicking the highlighted names in this sentence.
Click on any highlighted link to be taken to the page.
Fly Tying 101
The basic tools to get you started
How to load a bobbin
Starting your thread
Creating a slide loop
Split thread dubbing loop
Tying off your materials
Measuring and securing soft tailing
How to wrap a soft hackle
As fly patterns and general discussions are posted throughout the blog site, the pages will be updated, including the separate section for what we taught during each of our P.H.W.F.F. New City New York group; in case you want to go over something that you missed, or just to learn a new pattern.
These pages are open to anyone who is looking to learn
How to get the most out of my step-by-steps
Oh each page you will also find a clickable link. For example:
There are many small adjustments you can make while tying that will allow you to handle your materials much easier. On the other hand, at some point you will come to realize that there are certain materials that will give you a great deal of problems at first. Some may even take you to the breaking point and you will find yourself shoving that package of material in a tying bin somewhere, cursing yourself for wasting the money and wishing you never bought it. With these fly tying tips and tricks, I hope to help you change your thought process when it comes to those materials you have trouble with. Many of the problems tyers have are not that they are using the material wrong, it may be that they have a different technique than someone else.
Many of my tutorials also have trouble shooting photos included and I hope that utilizing the information within these pages, will help you to give some of those materials another chance.
I have yet to meet a fly tyer that doesn’t enjoy reading in some way or another. On the other hand, I HAVE met tyers who hated to read until they started tying. Which is something that I tell many people will happen. People who absolutely detest the idea of sitting down with book and “wasting time”see an immediate change when the subject is relevant to their life.
“Find something that interests you and get a book on the subject. It will change your outlook in more ways than one.”
In a world which is on “internet auto pilot” when it comes to finding out information in the blink of an eye; many of us are still old enough to remember when you had to go to the library to find out what you wanted to know. And you sure as hell didn’t use the computer to locate that book! You went to the card catalog, did a search and flipped through those index cards by hand; wrote down that call number and off you went! From there you wandered down the aisles of knowledge that rose up on either side of you, and if you were a book worm like me; there was no better feeling. To know that you were on a quest for knowledge. I still get like this, and its something that will never change. I read a vast array of topics and some of which I found interesting I would like to share with you here. Click on the link in the photo to be taken to the book review.