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Started an account because I almost threw my vice through a window
Ive only tied midges so far and attempted to tie a a sparkle wing RS2 and ran into issues with pretty much every step.   1. Dubbing slides down the thread when I wrap 2. Dubbing seemed to get flu
Feather Thief
This is still a subject in the classic tying material world, between museum / natural science world people keep eye balling the fly tying world calling the dreaded feather and hair police. I have been
simple bass attempts
These are from pre-formed heads. Also tried some streamers. Photographed with my tablet. Got a lot to learn about posting (and tying)
Hooks for Dummies?
One of the most confusing aspects for me as a novice fly tier is hooks. Not just brands, and the equivalent hooks across brands, but even more basic than that is what makes a dry hook a dry hook, and
Hooks for Dummies?
One of the most confusing aspects for me as a novice fly tier is hooks. Not just brands, and the equivalent hooks across brands, but even more basic than that is what makes a dry hook a dry hook, and
automatic fly reels
I have 2, one was my grandfathers and the other mine both Heddon mark IV model 11's, from the late 60's early 70's? prior to my military career.  Yes I fish them on glass rods about once or twice
Homemade Tying Tools
I thought it would be interesting to see what homemade fly tying tools people have come up with over their years of experience. Things like dubbing brushes/spinners, packers, holders, etc. Or even oth
Fully Back, Flash Back, Bead Head, Pheasant Tail
The full back, flash back, bead head, Pheasant Tail (wow thats a mouthful)...  Is a great fly!  Everyone fishes the flash back pheasant tail, and there are many videos on youtube about how t
Caddis for Christmas VI
Caught up on everything now except sorting for Santa swap so look forward to doing some tying soon.
traveling tying kit
I have the Cabela's fy-tying bag. It was inexpensive ($30) and works okay, but is a bit small for larger items like full capes/saddles, "primo strips" of deer hair, etc. I like Utyer's system bet
My Cheap Tying Bench
I had a bunch of scrap oak laying around. I decided to make a simple tying bench. So here it is, nothing special, but less than $15.00 in material
First Clouser's
First, the critique ... "a couple" is two.  If one of those is a model you copied ... you tied "a few".      Second, the praise ... those look as good as any I've tied.  The
How not to: Fly tying videos
The only long videos I usually end up watching are Kelly Galloup. His videos are full of tips as well as info pertinent to the fly he's tying. 
New to the forum - from Austin Texas
Good Afternoon, All, I signed up a few weeks and have been lurking for a bit.  I like the forum and the members seems polite and well mannered and very willing to help.   More about me. I ac
How often do you use Glue?
I've just used head cement on the finishing wraps, but I'm not tying anything too complicated either.   I've heard Phil Rowley talk about this in a podcast recently and he said the smell is reall
nymphs that sink fast and are easy to tye
yup,  are known in France like ceramic nymphs. Just  tied only with painted lead wire, the small flies are  effective on trout and grayling from Alps.  Despite the fact that the ty
Fly Tying Station Build
Hi Guys,   I finally decided to build a tying station. I used left over wood from other project.   I have a Stonfo Transformer vise I will be mounting to the thick piece of Walnut at the fro
Jock Scott & Green Highlander
Lovely. You're getting good at this tying lark.
Secret Santa Swap in swap section
This thread is a notice to all that the Secret Santa Swap is open to all.  There's no set pattern, you can join with what ever you're comfortable tying.  You'll get a box of flies from your
Secret Santa Swap in swap section
This thread is a notice to all that the Secret Santa Swap is open to all.  There's no set pattern, you can join with what ever you're comfortable tying.  You'll get a box of flies from your
"Q & A" Video on fly tying and fly fishing
Here's my second "Q & A" video on fly tying and fly fishing.  I'd love to hear your answers to some of the questions I received, as we've all had different experiences and can absolutely gain
Quick Tie - Simple Midge
Here is a quick tie fishing fly pattern that uses minimal material; for ease of reference, we call it the Simple Midge. Works well on Bluegill, Sunfish, and fingerling Bass. Hope to try it on trout th
Still very new to tying
Only been tying for a month or so. Just trying to do easy patterns that I have materials for. Here is a Mickey Finn and a few jigs I tied over the last couple of days.   Comments and critique are
Anyone has a cavapoo? (Dog breed)
cavapoo smavapoo! lock your tying room door  
Tapering scissors.
Yep but the Teeth on my new ones are M shaped. The previous pair were more like your photo Norman. I don't think I'm going to persist with them. I'll just go back to old way of tapering material bef
New from Kentucky
Fairly new fly at fly tying. Been fly fishing for a few years, but recently got into tying. Live in Louisville
tying station suggestions
Hey all. I'm new to fly tying (got a Renzetti Traveler vise last week for my birthday). I'm already obsessed with tying and starting designing a little fly tying station to keep all my tools organized
Howdy from Kansas City.
Howdy, ya'll. I have been lurking on this site for a couple of years and finally decided to make an account to help others as well as receive help and insight on this addictive hobby. I have been fly
Dubbing application direction?
So it never crossed my mind until the other day about what direction I spin my dubbing on the thread until I read a post about winding it a certain direction made it 'get tighter' as you wind the dubb
What do folk use.
Ill give them a try. Plenty of webby feathers in stock. Nights have drawn in quick so plan to get back to tying this winter.
Pacific King
  pacific king   hook - salmon/steelhead style thread - black tail - black hackle fibers body - insect green floss with a strip of brown floss laid over the  top and secured with 4 tur
Hares Ear
The hares ear is a fly that has been around for ages, however its still as effective today as it was many many years ago when it was created.  The simplicity is really what makes this fly so popu
Early season buck, first archery harvest!
Lots of tying material.   Rick
Vladan's Ephemera Emerger SBS
Vladan's Ephemerela Emerger (Spundun variation) Not a huge fan of sparkle duns, mainly because I don't like tying them; Spunduns are easier and provide a bit more positive buoyancy. hook Dai Riki 300
Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Books & DVD's
(All plus postage)   The Art of Fly Tying, by John Van Vliet (a good beginner's book) - $5 This book guides you through all the tying basics with easy to follow instructions and great color pictu
Assorted Fly Tying Feathers, Hairs, and Furs
FTF BEGINNERS' PACKAGE DEAL:   - Thompson Pro vise on other thread ($35) - a great beginner's vise. Vintage quality, lightly used. - Art of Fly Tying book on other thread ($5) - covers all the ba
LaFontaine Bonanza
This is a good price. If anyone wants only one of each type of fly, as a model for tying, for instance, I'll sell a set of all 7 different flies for $10 plus postage. I can do that twice, and then the
Micro Fishing Fly Pattern... Simple Quick Tie
Had fun the other day fishing for little Bluegill and Sunfish using midge patterns and nymphs with the Micro Fly Rod. Was trying for the smallest of fishes but hooks were too large to catch the little
Humpy Flymph SBS
A Flumpy; found this on a Serbian site. Tied with materials on the bench; change colors to suit your needs. hook Dai Riki 125 #14 thread - Danville 6/0 olive tail - wood duck flank body - Tying thr
SE FL noob
Hello all... Brushing the dust off my fly equipment after 15 years or so.......also need to go through my old tying stuff. Mainly saltwater down here, a little fresh in some ponds, used to hit ponds o
Are trout really that picky?
Trout feeding habits are pretty much a mystery as there are two many randoms in the fish, the activity,  and the observers.   Fish of different types, sizes; origins -- stock tank, or native
Time for Secret Santa Christmas Swap Planning
Cut off for sign up is Nov. 17th to have flies here by Nov. 24th.  Welcome to the Secret Santa Swap 2018! The object of this swap is that you send me your flie
Old fly tying vise videos?
I was searching YouTube for videos of old tying vises I had seen in the past from a guy with the handle of classic fly tyer or something similar but cannot find them now. I recently bought an old Thom
The Adams Dry Fly
The Adams dry fly is one of the most popular dry flies ever created for good reason.  It mimics a mayfly perfectly and has proven itself throughout many years of fishing.  It is widely effec
CHAMOIS
Hi,   another fly tying video from my YT channel: the Chamois Nymph.  subscribe to my channel!   https://youtu.be/5L6L-Skra0Y
what does your fly photography and or video setup look like?
i am curious on what your tying photography and or video setups look like   please show some photos and list your equipment   please no negative comments of tyers setups   thanks  
Family Dollar Store Find
Those places always have interesting n useful stuff for fly tying. Try the fake eyelashes for dry fly tails.
Can I use a Scott 9' Med/Fast rod for nymphing?
Veering off topic.  But I use a short piece of the red amnesia to connect leader to fly line.  It's more flexible than the leader butt for tying knots and it can save your butt section when
Ribbing material on Hare's Ear nymph?
For large nymphs I use flat tinsel, and for smaller flies I use gold wire of various sizes. Actually funny this was brought up cause I have a tying video discussing the same thing coming out on the 1
October Flies from the Vise
This pic was posted elsewhere on the www coutesy of Jim Slattery... I find the story of how his pattern got hijacked really compelling. Thanks ft for posting and tying the original. To me it imitates
Gawdy frogs
Main problem I've found with real rubber bands ... they deteriorate much faster than synthetic materials.  Not a problem if your using your flies within a week or two of tying them.  I used
New Tying Bench
Hi all  This is my attempt at a making a Tying Bench. I have been doing my research & cant wait to lean & start tying. Please tell me what ya think
Nalle Puh (Winnie the Pooh) SBS
Considered the national fly of Finland, created by Simo Lumme; a caddis imitation. Original is tied with a bear hair wing; smoke 'em if you've got 'em, I guess. hook - Dai Riki 300 #10 thread - UTC
Favorite hackle colors
I have heard of guys who only use a parachute Adams or a Royal Wuff, period. I know other guys who carry a bunch of fly boxes. I am a bit of a hoarder of feathers, myself, and get bored tying the sa
Losing posts because of Facebook...
Now this of course sounds stupid, and it is. I've only gotten to get into FB in the last year or so because others push me on it. So I'm doing a lot of quick posts on FB and all you have to do after y
Re-newed fly tyer
Hi folks!   I'm new to this forum (looks great, by the way), but not new to tying flies. When I was younger I tied mostly panfish and bass flies and bugs using a series of really poorly-made vice
Experiments from area 55
Making flies this way is a fly tying thing.  I like to keep it interesting.  I don't claim they work any better than a Parachute Adams.  
Quick Question - SBS Acronym?
Step by step   Notice the steps in tying in Scott's posts
Use of jig hooks for ALL nymphs?
no reason at all. be creative. experiment   however, nymphs like a prince nymph or with a wing case should be tied up side down and even then its tyers preference     copper john  
Easy Pheasant Tail Nymph
I am not sure what you are tying, "Easy..." doesn't ring a beel or me as the name of a pattern, but generally you can go as big or small as suits you and as the materials can be adapted to. some PTNs
Misc bird skins
Does anyone use domestic bird feathers. such as mourning dove, urban pigeon, rail, or ??.  Just did an internet search for them as used in fly tying and found virtually nothing.  
Damaged fly in the Box... what to do?
I use just blades from the sheetrock knife, seem to last longer and rust less than razor blades and as a carpenter I've always had 50 or 100 handy. Sometimes strip a fly right after tying it, if I dec
Roadkill question
It doesn't get changed, you can either blow off the excess with air or give it a cold water rinse . On furs I would only borax the hard to dry areas of ears and armpits, normally, and on the skin side
Hey from the "A"
Hey yall, my name's Tanner and I live in Atlanta. Picked up fly fishing this past March and am lovin it. Decided to take the deeper plunge and start tying as well! Looking forward to learning from yal
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