Best handmade flys

Anyone know of a good starting place for someone new at tying their own flies?


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,697 Moderator

    Not sure what you are asking. Are you wanting help in tying flies or a specific pattern, or are you wanting feedback on how your flies look and fish.

  • twirptwirp Posts: 1,128 Officer

    If you're wanting to get started, buy an inexpensive vice and starter set of basic tools; bobbin, scissors and bodkin, will get you started. Obviously you'll need thread, hooks and maybe some head chain and hackle. Give it a go and see if you like it. Watch videos on "In The Riffle" (YouTube) and see if it something you'll stick with. You may hate and decide to sell your equipment...the less money you're in, the less you're out.

    Try a clouser, or some simple shrimp pattern. Don't get all carried away. A Kwan can be simple enough, too.

    Good luck!

  • mro1mro1 Posts: 77 Greenhorn

    You might see if there is a local fly tying club.
    Pretty cool to get immediate answers to questions, see what and how local tiers are tying.

    Lurk or join an internet tying site. SBS (step by step) for tying flies.
    Check the site to be sure it’s members are active enough to give answers to posted questions in a reasonable time frame. Youtube videos are OK too.

    Good luck,
    BTW, the best hand made flies are the ones that catch fish and fishermen.

  • waldnerrwaldnerr Posts: 1,024 Officer

    I don't know where you're located, but the West Palm Beach Fishing Club has regular fly tying classes, and they're free for visitors. Call the Club at 561 832-6780 to find out the schedule.

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