We all have to being somewhere, and all of your flies will more than likely begin, with thread. The first thing you want to do is make sure your hook is secured in your vise before tying on your thread. Once your hook is secured in the vise and your bobbin is loaded with thread,… Continue reading “Fly Tying 101” Starting the thread
When it comes to tailing material, its all dependent on what you will be tying as your tailing material will be totally different. Some patterns call for a soft hackle like seen here, others use stiff barbules from a dry fly feather and others may call for microfibetts. In this post we will Here I… Continue reading “Fly tying 101” – Measuring and securing soft tailing material
Jalapeño Cornbread: I don’t know where this recipe originally came from it was given to me by a friend but it is a really great cornbread recipe. Especially if you’re making tacos,quesadillas or even just some pork ribs. It doesn’t dry out like some cornbread recipes do and The green chiles give it a smokier… Continue reading In the Kitchen: Jalapeño Cornbread
If you are new to fly tying you will soon be finding out just how much “stuff” you can acquire. Over the years you may find yourself with bins of material that you hardy use, along with doubles and triples of other things because you forgot that so-called list when you went to the fly shop. Ah yes – that never ending and never around ‘list’.
If you are starting out bare bones, I would highly recommend running out and grabbing a fly tying kit. They are readily available in fly shops, online and in some outdoor supply stores. A fly tying kit will give you the majority of the tools needed and a good variety of starting materials (plus some of them also include an instruction book and DVD with patterns full of step-by-step tutorials) The only downside to a kit is that you will more than likely have a stationary vise and that may make tying some patterns difficult as you will have to remove the hook, turn it over and reinsert it into your vise. It’s not terrible, as its how many of us began; but an upgrade to a rotating vise will do wonders for your tying.
Fly patterns such as the Partridge and Orange, Starling and Herl or Isonychia soft hackle, are soft hackled patterns. They can be deadly flies when swung through the water column and are highly effective fish catchers, even through rising fish. While soft hackled flies considered to be “simple flies” and “staples” that demand a spot… Continue reading “Fly Tying 101″How to wrap a soft hackle