Effective fly tying is the key to fantastic fly fishing
Fly tying is a hugely popular technique where fly fishers use an artificial fly to catch their fish. You'll need some basic kit, like a fly pattern to imitate and the right materials to match that specific fly pattern. All you need then, is our awesome top 10 tips!
Here's your awesome 'top 10' tips to ensure terrific fly tying.
Make sure you get as much information as possible about hatches, baits, fish, tying techniques, materials and fly design. Know-how is critical to becoming an accomplished fly designer and tier.
Keep your tools clean & sharp!
Bucktail and synthetic kit blunts your scissor blades super-fast. And dull scissors will lead to an annoying tying effort. A small ceramic sharpening stick works wonders for sharpening your scissors.
Mix your epoxy on small, white paper pads!
A small white pad will fit nicely in your tying space, try cutting a 4x6 scratch pad in half. Each pad is big enough to make two batches of epoxy. This is a tidy, fast and effective system.
Grab a small thread rack from a sewing shop!
Head down to your local sewing showing buy a small thread rack. You'll find it a fast, simple way to store thread adjacent to your tying area. Thank us later!
Empty 35mm film cans make excellent storage bins!
Empty 35mm film cans are excellent for open storage to chuck stuff into as you work. They are two inches deep and stop mess making its way all over your house. Your other half will love it.
Store your fly-tying tools in a tool box!
It's radical idea, but you'll like it. Tool boxes can store any kind of tools, including fishing tackle. It will hugely enhance the storage efficiency, and protects against wear and tear damage, and loss.
Flatten your hackle quills before tying!
A hackle quill is an oval shape, which means when tied in place it can often slip sideways under the thread torque instead of lying flat against the fly. Flattening the quill first stops this problem.
Learn to whip lash by hand!
A hand whip-finish is more flexible, faster and enables much more control than a whip-finish tool. Make sure you whip-finish from the back of the wrap to the front.
Rejuvenate your kit with steam!
Steam your equipment and flies to rejuvenate them. Hackles, bucktails, and many other bits of kit warp when in storage. Run them through a column of steam from a kettle to straighten them.
Cut dear hair with a double-edged razor blade!
When cutting spun deer hair, exact your first cut with a double-edged razor blade, then keep the trimmed area over steam - this makes fibre erect so your second cut will be super clean.