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Old 09-24-2013, 09:52 AM
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Default New to fly tying. I need some help.

Hello all.
I am new to fly fishing. I have been at it for about a year. I decided that I want to tie my own flies. I met a lady whose husband tied flies and unfortunatly he passed away. I have purchased most of his stuff. I got 2 vises and a threader, bobbins and few other tools that I do not know what they are. I have about 100 containers of necks and feathers and buck tails. The problem is I don't have any thread. I have been doing some reshearch and what does it mean 0/3 or 0/6 for the thread? I am thinking that it is the diameter. I also would like to purchase thread and wire and a whip finisher and hair stacker. I will be tying flies mostly for trout, so can you make any suggestions as to where I can purchase these items online and what brands are good ones. As for the hair stacker, do I get all three sizes or is there a size for trout flies? Any help you can provide will be greatly apperciated. Thanks Glen.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:28 AM
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Here is a (dated) basic primer on threads that has been posted before:

Frontrangeanglers.com - Choosing the Right Thread

I have a number of different hair stackers, but generally use the adjustable stacker from Griffin most often:

Hair Stackers

for wire, I use UTC from Wapsi and Lagartun (Hareline)

My whip finisher is my fingers or this ancient goodie from Thompson:

http://renegadefishers.com/tool/finisher/thompson.jpg


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If you haven't already bought a whip finisher, give this knot a try. I've been using it for the past several years, it ties fast and easy, and holds well -

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Default Re: New to fly tying. I need some help.

You are going to have many questions, I can say that with certainty because I still do. Instead of putting yourself through the years of self taught fly tying like many of us have done; is there anywhere that you could attend a class. Fly shops and high schools are 2 places I can think to inquire or contact your regional TU chapter and ask them.

Having someone to show you the way will beat breaking trail yourself.

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+1 for what Ard mentioned about getting a few lessons, you will be miles ahead in the long run.

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Default Re: New to fly tying. I need some help.

follow on the Ard's advice. If you don't live in trout country you may not have an active local TU chapter close. but there may possibly be an FFF. My locall FFF gang holds fly monthly tying sessions, and also teaches at local libraries etc.
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Search You Tube. There are many great videos. I self taught myself from these videos.
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Search You Tube. There are many great videos. I self taught myself from these videos.
Glen,

This is great advice. I've learned a bunch of different patterns and techniques from Youtube. Once I got rolling, the experimentation was on, but to get comfortable with the basics, Youtube has been an excellent tutor.

There are tons of step-by-step videos on there.

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Default Re: New to fly tying. I need some help.

Thanks guys. You tube does indeed have some great videos. I am also trying to get in touch with a gentlemen by the name of Claudel Dery. He is from Montreal. I read an article on him in Eastern Fly Fishing. He fishes the same waters I do and has some great fly patterns.


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Default Re: New to fly tying. I need some help.

+1 to what Ard said about taking lessons. You'll learn how to do things the right way the first time, instead of doing it by guess and by gosh and repeating the same mistakes over and over again. I couldn't take any lessons where I live, but was fortunate enough to have an "old guy" friend who I salmon fish with who got me started and showed me the basics. Extremely helpful.

Another tip i have is to pick up a copy of Helen Shaw's "Fly Tying". It's a bit dated, has b & w photographs, but is a great fly-tying primer. Instead of containing the patterns and SBS instructions for specific flies, she shows you how to handle and tie on all the various materials you will ever use. Incredibly helpful.

Final tip: your first few flies won't look as good as the commercially tied ones you see in the shops. This matters not a bit. The fish can't tell the difference, and believe me you will catch fish with them. The important thing is that you learn to tie the flies you want to fish with, and fish them with confidence. When you catch that first fish with a fly you've tied yourself it's very satisfying.

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