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.
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.
They weren’t always around. And before bobbins were used, tyers simply used their hands with a length of thread in between them. I myself have tied without a bobbin as well, but it was only because I had broken it and didn’t feel like leaving in the middle to buy a new one. 😂 while it… Continue reading “Fly tying 101”-Loading/threading your Bobbin
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, some of this may… Continue reading “Fly Tying 101” Tying off your material
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, you can begin. Positioning your hands T0 position your hands, hold the bobbin in your tying hand, then… Continue reading “Fly Tying 101” Starting the thread
Depending on what pattern you will be tying, your tailing material will be 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 microfibbets..Z-Lon… floss.. bucktail! (I will have a separate page added here on how to tie in-specifically- dry… Continue reading “Fly tying 101” – Measuring and securing tailing material
Your Vise is One of the most important tools you will need, so try to find a sturdy one that will hold your hooks securely.
Fly patterns such as the Partridge and Orange, Starling and Herl or Isonychia soft hackle, are soft hackle 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