Fly Tie-Alongs for Beginners
Following up on Dave’s (Webrx) excellent suggestion, here are just some ideas for virtual tie-alongs for beginning tyers.
The concept of the virtual Tie –Along was launched here by Allan (Pocono) in his Salmon Fly Tie-Along
and his wet fly/Streamer Tie-along Wet / Streamer Tie-Along?
Basically the idea is that a new pattern with detailed step by step instructions is posted and folks then just tie it up and post pics of their ties. A detailed list of recommended materials is posted in advance (and appropriate substitute materials can be discussed). Its a good opportunity to ask questions, share tips or alternate ways of tying the pattern, get constructive feedback, and learn to work with a variety of basic materials and techniques.
Since we have folks that chase warm water and saltwater stuff as well as trout, I though we might consider doing a couple, different tie-alongs each emphasizing simple patterns that introduce a variety of tying techniques and build up an inventory of basic ( and hopefully inexpensive) materials that can be used on many additional patterns down the road .
I thought I’d throw out a few patterns for each Tie-Along just a s a starting point and to get suggestions form all—once we get a consensus on patterns we can draw up a suggested shopping list of basic materials.
Feel free to pick these lists apart, If we can get this off the ground and get enough interest perhaps we could follow up with another series for each using “intermediate” tying skills ….
Beginning Trout Fly Tie-Along
1. Pheasant Tail Nymph
2. Gold Ribbed Hares Ear
3. Woolly Bugger
4. Soft Hackle
5. Lead Wing Coachman
6. Sparkle Duns and X Caddis (dries without hackle)
7. Elk Hair Caddis (hackle)
8. Rusty Spinner
9. Parachute Adams
10. Light Cahill
11. Royal Wulff
12. Muddler Minnow or Marabou Muddler
Any you’d omit or other stuff you’d include? Should a Prince or Copper John be in there? Stimulator, caddis pupa, midge larva? Ideas?
Beginning Bass and Panfish Fly Tie-Along
1. Rubber Leg Foam Spider
2. Woolly Bugger
3. Rubber leg/Chenille Panfish fly like a Pole Cat?
4. Clouser Minnow
5. Zonker or Rabbit strip something?
7. Hard Foam Popper
8. Deer Hair Bass bug
9. Dahlberg Diver
What else? Crayfish? Leech? What patterns using basic materials would you add of subtract?
Beginning Salt Water Fly Tie-Along
1. Glass Minnow (just a simple Bucktail Wing)
4. Bucktail Deceiver and Lefty’s Deceiver
5. Hi Tie
6. Sea Ducer and Keys Style Tarpon Fly
7. Gotcha and Crazy Charlie
8. Merkin (Crab fly)
9. Hard Foam Popper
11. Snake Fly (something spun deer hair head)
12. Something with Epoxy or UV/Blue Light cured resin like a Surf Candy etc.
“Saltwater” covers a lot of different species from bonefish redfish specs stripers and bluefish and possible patterns, if this list doesn’t do it for you, what would you leave out or add that folks could build on to be dangerous near saltwater?
For those of you that have some tying experience, please feel free to add your thoughts and for folks that are just getting into tying let us know if this is something that might interest you.
If there is enough interest we can get these going, and once we zoom in on a final list of patterns, any volunteers that want to do one or more of the step by steps are welcome to jump in.