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“Fly Tying 101”: Creating a Split Thread Dubbing Loop

The Split thread dubbing technique is mainly used when you don’t want to add extra bulk to your fly. It works well when you are applying material to the head of a fly such as a hackle collar. Keep in mind that all threads are not good for splitting. Here I am using Danville thread which works just fine. This technique can be used for many different patterns, large or small, and the way you put the dubbing on will also have a different effect.

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Fly Tying 101: “How to palmer a full body hackle that has been tied in by the stem”

During our December 14th, 2016 PHWFF meeting we tied a Wooly Bugger that works great in low water, but if you missed it or you just need to brush up on some skills in regards to how to palmer a hackle back and bring the thread through the front, then this is the place for you!

Start by grabbing your favorite wooly bugger hackle.

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“Fly tying 101”-Loading/threading your Bobbin

Bobbins. They weren’t always around. Before bobbins were used tyers simply used a length of thread in between their hands to tie flies. I myself have tied without a bobbin as well, but it was only because I had broken it and didn’t feel like leaving to buy a new one. While it wasn’t the most… Continue reading “Fly tying 101”-Loading/threading your Bobbin

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“Fly Tying 101” Tying off your material 

When you begin tying flies there are plenty of phrases you will hear repeatedly and after a while they will become automatic. Your tools will become an extension of your arm and you won’t have to second guess. But right now if you are beginning, this may not be automatic yet and some of this… Continue reading “Fly Tying 101” Tying off your material 

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“Fly Tying 101” Starting the thread

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

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“Fly tying 101” – Measuring and securing soft tailing material

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

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“Fly Tying 101”-Basic tools to get you started

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.

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“Fly Tying 101″How to wrap a soft hackle

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