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Old 05-28-2005, 02:55 PM
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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
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Old 05-28-2005, 05:50 PM
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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?
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I do not have a shop around me that I know of. Is there any way I can find out besides the phone book?
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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
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Well, I bought the book Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple by Skip Morris. I heard he has some good books.
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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 ...

I love that one ...

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FlyFishZak,
Try looking at 1106 Government Street in your town. I think you will find answers to a
lot of questions.
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