Tag: Fly Tying Patterns

CFFCM Summerfest 2016.. and the mystery box!

Another summer, another year at Summerfest! Every year the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum holds their annual Summerfest. This is a fun celebration for the whole family where they hold a Hardy Cup Bamboo Rod Casting Competition along with fiberglass and graphite which…

On My Vise: There’s just something about a soft hackle..

What is it about soft hackle patterns that makes them such great fish catchers? The other night I was sitting at my vise trying to figure out what to tie, and once again I found myself migrating over to soft hackles. I love them….

On My Vise: The Beadhead Lafontaine Deep Sparkle Pupa

The LaFontaine Deep Sparkle Pupa is such a great pattern that it doesn’t really need too much change. Like te old saying goes “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” but doesn’t mean you can just add a bead head 😂 .. And a…

On My Vise: Isonychia Soft Hackle

The Isonychia soft hackle is an excellent pattern to fish during an Iso hatch, and for me it’s a pattern that I will swing, even through rising fish.For those of you in our New City group, This was one of the patterns that we…

“Fly Tying 101”-Basic tools to get you started

If you are new to fly tying you will soon be finding out just how much “stuff” you can acquire. Over the years you may find yourself with bins of material that you hardy use, along with doubles and triples of other things because you forgot that so-called list when you went to the fly shop. Ah yes – that never ending and never around ‘list’.

If you are starting out bare bones, I would highly recommend running out and grabbing a fly tying kit. They are readily available in fly shops, online and in some outdoor supply stores. A fly tying kit will give you the majority of the tools needed and a good variety of starting materials (plus some of them also include an instruction book and DVD with patterns full of step-by-step tutorials) The only downside to a kit is that you will more than likely have a stationary vise and that may make tying some patterns difficult as you will have to remove the hook, turn it over and reinsert it into your vise. It’s not terrible, as its how many of us began; but an upgrade to a rotating vise will do wonders for your tying.

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