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: Flytying Tips

01-31-2004, 07:42 AM
Perhaps we could start a thread of flytying tips.
Here is mine. Whenever you need an extra pair of hands to hold materials I use what are called BullDog Clips. You can find them in an office supply store. There are two styles of this type of clip.
One is silver and the other is black with folding handles.


Dble Haul
01-31-2004, 04:40 PM
Here's mine...

If you will be tying for extended periods of time, take breaks at regular intervals to avoid fatigue in the eyes, neck, back, etc. In that same vein, make your tying station as ergonomically correct as possible to avoid repetitive motion injuries. They don't occur just in cubicles!

01-31-2004, 05:05 PM
I sharpen my hook real well with it in the vise before I start tying. With the light and my strong glasses on I can get started with a real good point.

01-31-2004, 05:18 PM
DRINK and TYE! :tsk_tsk:

01-31-2004, 06:01 PM
Always wear you new Striblue invented Tying gloves... comming soon to a fly shop near you.... only $79.99

01-31-2004, 06:23 PM
I never drink and tie except when I am with Fred. My hooks are too sharp and I might get hurt:hehe:

Doc Duprey
01-31-2004, 08:01 PM

Are those the kevlar gloves (to prevent getting stuck) with the NFL-tested true-grip skinz to allow for "proper" holding of materials and tools?Only available in certain exclusive shoppes?

Just the thing to impress the gang at the local fly tying get-together at the local shoppe.

Lovedyour list for 2004...I only have a few of the items THIS year.

Best regards,


01-31-2004, 09:34 PM
If you're really interested in tying...
Quality tools are a good investment...if you start off with junque, you'll get frustrated...if you don't quit, you'll spend some good cash after bad for what you should have started off with in the first place...Ask someone you trust for suggestions...Meet the local shop guru and tell him your plan and ask for advice...
I digress.
If you can team up with an accomplished tyer and do some Basic Tying 101 until your foundation is firm and you're comfortable with the will be off to a great start! Do your HOMEWORK! Sparse is good. Minimum thread wraps is good. ETC
Beginner Group demo lessons at a local shop can be very helpful?
...once you get the basics down, go back to your mentor for some Fly Tying 202...try some more advanced stuff. Experiment!
ENJOY the learning curve! This is supposed to be PHUN!

Just like the Donald..
Striblue will be starting his seasonal "Apprentice" program soon...
Once the house keeping is done and the yard is put in order, you might even get to see his BIG VISE!
Screw up and...You're FIRED!!! :hehe:

02-01-2004, 06:42 AM
With the Strblue glove you can tie the CrabApple in your sleep. I'll order one right away.:devil: Some days I could use a drink.Where is Fred when you need him.:hehe:

02-01-2004, 07:10 AM
When out of flies (damn bluefish) and on the way to fishing, avoid tying while driving. But if completely necessary, Always pack a clamp and a stand vise. The clamp is more likely to hold onto the steering wheel where you can keep your eyes on the road while tying, the stand is tempting to put onto the armrest or lap which will result in disaster or even death. Once at the parking lot if your guys are late you pop the vise into the stand and whip out as many as you can on the tailgate until they arrive. :devil:

Kidding, never tie while driving :rolleyes: ;)

02-01-2004, 08:45 AM
...Snip off the "SECRET" fly that's been working and slip it into your tippet pocket...
Say something "profound" like....."Those #*@%# bluefish!!!"

...Bring it home to recreate more copies...
Make a minor design change...
Claim the design as your own...
Come up with a catchy name...
Sell them on e-bay...
Write a few books...
Become famous/wealthy...
Move to Key West...
Open a raw bar on Duval Street...
Do rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic...

02-01-2004, 08:47 AM

I'd settle for a simple 'make a reasonable living doing what I have a real passion for'. What a dreamer, eh?

02-01-2004, 09:42 AM
When tying in quantity -- Get Organized!

Decide what you're going to tie and prep. the materials in advance -- a bit like the cooking shows where they measure everything out in advance so it's there when you need it.

02-01-2004, 12:00 PM
Have one or two good books on hand that show the pattern as well as the recipe and tying steps. Also, whenever possible, purchase an example of the pattern to use as a template; this doesn't have to be the exact pattern, but could be one that's similar in many respects. Try to remove as much of the background clutter as possible from the tying area and keep it well-illuminated; I use a pair of 20-watt halogen lamps to give me light from the left and right of the vise.

02-03-2004, 10:17 PM
1. Don't super glue your finger to the hook.

2. Don't super glue your finger to your finger.

3. This is the most important tip I have. Never ever go to the bathroom right after you use super glue.:whoa: