LOADING THREAD ON A BOBBIN
A BOBBIN TUBE THREADER
Loading a spool of thread on the bobbin is
very basic and this article for persons tying
flies for the first time.
FLATTEN OR TIGHTEN THE THREAD
Thread manipulation will help in making a
smoother and more elegant fly. When tying
a fly for artistic purposes it will be even more
critical in the construction process.
STACKING DEER HAIR
If you have never used a hair stacker it
looks kind of mysterious, but it is really
quite simple. There are a few tips that will
make it easier...
STACKING FEATHER BARBS
Stacking the barbs from a feather is very
similar to stacking hair and fur.
TYING TINSEL TAGS
Ideas and suggestions when tying the
tag on a fly.
TYING A FLOSS TAG
Tying a floss tag on a fly is fairly straight
TYING A COMPLEX TAG
Complex tags are not that difficult to
construct and will add pizazz, especially
with steelhead and salmon flies.
TYING PEACOCK HERL BUTTS
Tips when tying a peacock herl butt on
a fly. Most of the techniques used when
tying peacock herl butts can be applied
when tying peacock herl bodies, heads,
TYING AN OSTRICH HERL BUTT
Used with modern day patterns as well
as with the classics. Much the same
techniques as tying with peacock herl
USING A DUBBING TOOL
It is very easy to learn how to use
Dubbing loops might look complicated,
but are very simple
DUBBING ON THE THREAD
This is how we learned and still
use this method
MAKE YOUR OWN DUBBING
There are many dubbing variations
and methods that can be used to make
dubbing. There is also certain satisfaction
when making your own dubbing.
MAKE YOUR OWN DUBBING WAX
Recipes and instructions to make your
own dubbing wax. Also see "How To
make Fly Tying Wax" listed below
PEACOCK HERL FLY BODY
There are a couple methods of making
a fly body using peacock herl.
MATARELLI WHIP FINISH
The first time using a whip finish tool
it seems complicated, but after a couple
attempts you should be able to master the
technical details. It really is very easy once
you figure it out.
THOMPSON WHIP FINISH
Similar to using a Matarelli Whip Finish.
HAND WHIP FINISH
Even if you employ the use a
whip finish tool, it is good to know
how to make a whip finish knot by hand.
TYING A TRAILER HOOK
Tying a trailer hook is not difficult
and will add movement to a fly
USING A WADDINGTON SHANK
FLY TYING VISES
PLACEMENT OF THE HOOK IN A VISE
Proper placement of the hook in a fly
tying vise is important. The hook is
under a lot of pressure and can fly out
of the jaws like a speeding bullet. In some cases it
could also break the vise jaws if
the hook accidentally disengages.
VARNISH, HEAD CEMENT AND GLUE
TIPS AND SOLUTIONS
Tips on how to apply varnish and includes
alternatives such as using fingernail polish
or polyurethane, ect....
AND THREAD PENETRATION
Tested different brands and formulations
GLUE TIPS FROM CLOGGING
Preventing glue nozzle tips from getting
USING LEAD WIRE
To add weight and build a profile
DEBARBING A HOOK
There are several reason you might
want to debarb a fly tying hook,
possibly for catch and release
purposes or tying bead flies.
LOST HOOK RETRIEVAL
Everybody has dropped a box of hooks
at one time or another. A simple solution
dropped hooks is with the use
FLY TYING WAX
MAKE YOUR OWN FLY TYING WAX
Different recipes for making fly tying wax.
Modify the recipes to suit your preferences
and there is certain satisfaction when making your own dubbing wax, not
to mention it will
cost less than store bought waxes.
In most cases the use of matched feathers
will improve the appearance and structure
of a fly and this is especially true when
tying feather wings.
TYING FEATHER WINGS
Most fly tyers have never attempted tying
a set of feather wings on a fly, but it is fun
and not that difficult to learn. Mostly it
requires that you have confidence and
some basic directions.
TYING TIPPET FEATHERS
Tying tippet feathers looks simple enough
and usually they are easy enough, but there
are a couple procedures that will help improve
construction of the fly
TYING JUNGLE COCK NAILS
Tying jungle cock nail feathers is fairly
simple, but they don't always cooperate
and here is some advice and tips
to make the job easier.
GOLDEN PHEASANT CREST
Using matched golden pheasant crests
when tying a Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly
or Art Fly.
Wedded Feather Wings
Instruction and descriptions involved in
the construction of wedded feather wings
for fly tying. Building a set of wedded feather
wings is much easier than you might expect.
TIPS OF WEDDED WINGS
How to taper the tips of wedded feather
wings. When constructing a set of wedded
feather wings one of the toughest challenges
BARBS FROM FEATHER WINGS
After building a set of wedded feather wings
and when you notice there is an extra barb on
one of the wings, it is a simple process to
remove the offending barb.
BARBS TO FEATHER WINGS
The above article describes how to remove
a barb from a wedded wing and this article
explains how to insert an extra barb into
wedded feather wings.
SILK WORM GUT EYE
TYING IN A SILK WORM GUT EYE
Includes instructions on how to twist
strands of silk and different tips and tricks
to tying o silk gut eye on a hook.
ALTERNATIVES TO SILK WORM GUT
Silk worm gut can be difficult to find and
there are several alternatives available. If
planning to fish with blind eye hooks, then
you might use modern day materials that
FEATHERS AND MATERIALS
Includes advice on cleaningfly tying feathers.
Precautions to prevent feathers from being
infested with bugs and advice in case of your
feathers have been infested.
What to look for when buying feathers.
As a beginner we bought a lot of worthless
and damaged feathers. This page will help
in the selection of good quality feathers.
POLYMER CLAY BEADS
Polymer Clay Beads used for
Freestyle Bead Flies