05-24-2010, 04:39 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Northern California, USA
Re: What materials are a must to begin tying trout flies
, and buy a cheap pair as well so you aren't tempted to cut wire or oversized items with your good pair. You can also look at Gingher Embroidery scissors at a fabric store- periodically Joann Fabric and Crafts have 40-50% off coupons and these are nice scissors. Whatever you do, make sure they're comfortable on your hand.
I'm sure the misspelling wasn't intentional, but "vice" is what it's going to become! =)
Spend a little time making your decision on your vise... don't jump into one. Lots of tyers like a rotary vise, others don't. If I could recommend one vise only, it would be the Regal Inex
, unless you can justify the cost of the Medallion with the bronze base
. This vise is foolproof. If you don't want to spend that much right off the bat, the Griffin Montana Pro II
You'll also need a high quality pair of scissors
Next is a bobbin... and as mentioned by someone else, BUY A GOOD ONE. The
is nice, and do yourself a favor- buy two. They will groove over time, and it's nice to have two threaded because as you begin tying, it isn't uncommon to nick your thread on the tip of the hook and pop it, and then you have to spend time re-threading your one bobbin.
While they aren't mandatory, a decent paid of hackle pliers are a good investment as well. Again, some folks like the rotary models, others perfer the fixed. I like
myself... but similar to scissors, see what feels confortable in your hand
Unless you're planning to buy all barbless hooks, but a nice pair of fine tipped needle nose pliers for smashing barbs, and smash them BEFORE you tie the fly. This keeps you from snapping the hook at the bend if you do this after you tie them!
Then materials... you mentioned nymphs, but not what sizes so... thread (3/0, 6/0 and 8/0, black and gray) pheasant tail, peacock tail or strung herl, a selection of dubbing (natural or synthetic, or blends) in the colors of the flies you plan to tie (black grey, brown, tan, rust, olive?), a hare's mask, some form of soft/wet hackles, metal beads (make sure they fit on the hooks you plan to use), wire for ribbing (if you have some dead Xmas lights around, strip the coating and you'll have enough wire for decades!)
This is enough stuff to get you started. Make sure you bag all of your materials independent of each other and ALWAYS close them up when you're done to avoid bugs. Avoid the temptation to buy large quantities of anything but hooks and hackles- I have a 50 gal. container of furs and fur patches that I'll probably never use that I've collected from a variety of sources, which is another story for another time =)
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This is another excellent source of tutorials. Harry Mason is a great guy, and the level of detail on these freebies is AWESOME!!! In additiojn to the patterns, there's some great info on materials (biots, hare's mask) and techniques (excellent whip finish animation). As you go through them, pay careful attention to the position of his hands and how he holds and releases materials as he applies them.
He also offers a disc that includes more patterns, but there's enough free stuff here to choke a horse!