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5 Strange Fly Tying Materials that Really Work

A common misconception amongst inexperienced fly tiers is that prepped materials are the only ones worthy of a place by the vice. Veteran tiers eventually learn that being creative and using unlikely materials can save money and create some truly eye popping patterns.

How to Select the Perfect Scissors for Fly Tying

With many different types of scissors available to the avid fly tier, trying to pick out a quality pair is not as easy as it might sound. Different sizes, styles and lengths can all effect how scissors perform.  Understanding the basics will help you choose the perfect pair.

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Think Thread Doesn’t Matter When Tying Flies? Learn How to Pick the Right Thread for the Job

Many fly tiers won’t skimp when it comes to purchasing fly tying materials such as hackles or dubbing for fly tying but never pay any thought to the thread they’ll be using.  Other than the hook, fly tying thread is the most important item used in flies because it is what holds all the materials in place.

3 Factors You Should Consider When Buying a Fly Tying Bobbin

Over my years in fly tying, I have been lucky enough to test nearly all fly tying bobbins. There are so many different varieties and styles of bobbins on the market today, it amazes me that fly tiers can actually find what they need. From cheap to expensive, automatic to manual tensioning; bobbins have come a long way. What do you actually need in a bobbin to tie flies?

How to Pick the Best Deer Hair for Tying Flies

The uses for deer hair in fly tying are almost endless. Spinning, stacking and layering deer hair are just a few instances where the quality of the hair can spell the difference between good flies and bad art projects.  Following are three factors to consider when buying a patch of deer hair that will make learning to tie with deer hair easier and help you create flies that fish can’t resist.

3 Tips for Tying Hexagenia Fly Patterns

Seeing as the Hex Hatch is just a few weeks away, I thought it would be good time to share the three most useful tips I have learned over the years about tying Hexagenia patterns. These patterns should, above all else, be fun to tie for fly fisherman. They are not complex and really no one is going to get a good look at them since flies hatch in the dark and the fishing of these flies occurs at night.