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Old 05-30-2012, 12:03 PM
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I've got a couple questions about my decision to tie my own flies rather than rely on others. For tools, what would you recommend that I need to start with (brands, and essentials)? Also, the majority of fishing I will be doing will be smaller streams for brookies, rainbows, and browns, so what would you recommend for patterns to start with? Are there any materials that are used a lot more than others? Thank you all for any information

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no brands are essential, but more expensive USUALLY means better quality, but not always.
Tools - bobbin or 2, whip finish tool, bodkin, hackle pliers, sharp scissors, fine point and general use.
For materials all depends on what you are going to be tying, but genearally a good start would be Pheasant tail, dubbing (awesome possum give great buggy flies), some flash material either loose or spooled, wires, silver and gold to start, peacock herl

I'm sure some others will chime in too.
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Issak: For tying for freshwater fishing, get yourself a copy of Charlie Craven's book, it is one of the best that I have ever read and he will go through the tools you need and each tie has a materials listing.
Amazon.com: Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish (9780979346026): Charlie Craven: Books Amazon.com: Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish (9780979346026): Charlie Craven: Books
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I've got a couple questions about my decision to tie my own flies rather than rely on others. For tools, what would you recommend that I need to start with (brands, and essentials)?
Here is a link to a thread in the FAQ section. Read it.

Hopefully you have a well stocked shop with fly tying gear and someone who knows what he is talking about. Don't be afraid to ask what that person uses.

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Also, the majority of fishing I will be doing will be smaller streams for brookies, rainbows, and browns, so what would you recommend for patterns to start with?
First tie a San Juan Worm. You will learn thread control.

Next tie a Woolly Bugger. That will give you the foundation for a lot of flies.

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Are there any materials that are used a lot more than others?
Yes. I use thread and hooks more than any other material.

Seriously, you will figure this out as you tie more and more. It depends on what you will be tying.

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Isaak,

I like Larry's approach with the recommendation of the reference book. The author has put a great deal of time and effort in providing a book that will be the foundation for years of tying to come.

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"For materials all depends on what you are going to be tying, but genearally a good start would be Pheasant tail, dubbing (awesome possum give great buggy flies), some flash material either loose or spooled, wires, silver and gold to start, peacock herl."

This is a great starting trout list. A variety of possum dubbing, some #14 scud hooks, and some lead wire can catch fish for a long time. This to me would be the absolute cheapest and most efficient way to start. My next suggestions would be a hare's mask, some dyed mallard flank, and black marabou in addition to the earlier mentioned materials.
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