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: Fly Tying

05-28-2005, 02:55 PM
I have searched through the site for information on tying flies. I still have a few questoins. I am planning on fishing for largemouth bass and bream. Which tools do I need to begin tying? What materials should I buy. I will be shopping at Bass Pro for my equipment. Are there any good fly tying books that you would recommend? Thanks

05-28-2005, 05:50 PM
FlyfishZak -

If I may be so bold I would point out that the reason you're a bit under-informed could have something to do with buying from a mondo-mega-sports store. My experience has been that by working with my friendly neighborhood fly shop instead the staff might have already walked you through everything including the how, what, why and when.

I would first try to establish a relationship with a flyshop in your area. This will lead to many answers even to questions you didn't know you had :)

Do you have a fly shop nearby?

05-28-2005, 10:12 PM
I do not have a shop around me that I know of. Is there any way I can find out besides the phone book?

05-28-2005, 11:02 PM
I hope you can find a shop, but in the mean time...

you might be able to find a starter kit for tying freshwater flies for bass and panfish. These kits are the highest quality but they will get you started at a decent price with a vise, scissors, bodkin, hackle pliers, thread and feathers.

The types of flies I prefer are poppers, rabbit strip flies and minnow imitations for bass. For panfish a smaller popper or just about anything will do as they are not picky.

An easy fly that will catch both is the wooly worm. You should be able to find the pattern easily via google. If you can't maybe someone will post the pattern for you.

But watch out - tying is habit forming :)

05-30-2005, 02:34 AM
Well, I bought the book Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple by Skip Morris. I heard he has some good books.

05-30-2005, 10:07 AM
I agree with Juro ... a local fly shop is the best source of information and help. Most will offer some kind of class.

Contact your local chapter of TU or FFF and asked them for some help too.

The Bass Pro Shop near me (in SE Michigan) teaches fly tying on Saturday morning so you might ask.

Video tapes are OK, but when you are first learning there is nothing like hands on help from a pro.

Remember that you will save lot of money tying your own flies ... :chuckle:

I love that one ...


05-31-2005, 03:23 PM
Echo those thoughts.........take a class. Not only will you learn, but you will also have a load of fun. I took a class at a local flyshop in the evening. I got the basics, shared lots of stories, got some fishing advice and met some nice people.

If your interest in fly tying holds (and I'm sure it will), I would also suggest "The Fly Tyer's Benchside Reference". It's expensive, but it has absolutely everything you'll need to reference and is loaded with step by step instructions and colored photos. Great book!!! will not regret getting started.

06-01-2005, 07:48 AM
I agree on taking a class, or at least buying a video. These are helpful.

Also, make sure to get a good set of scissors and a quality bobbin. Using good ones will make your tying much more enjoyable, and you'll tie better flies.

And don't waste your money buying high-end hooks right off the bat. You're going to make lots of mistakes and throw away lots of sorry-looking flies. Best to stick with inexpensive hooks while you learn. Then, after you've learned how to tie a good fly, and how to properly sharpen these inexpensive hooks so that you can catch fish on them, then go out and treat yourself to high quality hooks to tie on. Then you'll be able to truly appreciate them.

Good luck,


06-01-2005, 07:49 AM
Find a buddy who already knows how to tie flies and ask them to show you. A couple of my dad's friends showed me how to tie flys when I was a kid. (About 30 years ago.)

There are 2 ways to approach bass fishing with a fly rod. One is with an 8 weight rod and big flies. The other is with a 3 or 4 weight rod and small flies.

I chose to go the lightweight path. Mainly because I thought it would be more fun to catch bass on light tackle than dragging them in on tackle more suited for saltwater than freshwater. :D I use a 9' 4wt rod with size 8 and 10 streamers. (My favorites at the moment are a Waterman's Silver Outcast and a picket pin. Both will catch bass, sunfish, pickerel, yellow perch, crappies, etc.) I can cast bigger bugs and poppers but it takes some effort and they are not going to go a long way.

Like others have mentioned, try your local shop. Make an effort to find one and develop a relationship with them. They will help you out with gear and may even show you how to tie a fly or two. They will also get you past a lot of possibly expensive mistakes.

06-04-2005, 02:42 AM
Try looking at 1106 Government Street in your town. I think you will find answers to a
lot of questions.