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Old 01-16-2008, 07:02 PM
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I'm warning you guys - assume that I know nothing.

I am attempting to start my first fly. I'm using the flyanglersonline beginners section as my resource.

I have this thread right now on my bobbin - Danville's Heavy Flat Floss, 10 yds 4 Strand Rayon. How do I work with the 4 strands? I'm assuming they all go through the bobbin together, but as I attempt to affix the thread to the hook, I am having a hard time believing that this is how it is supposed to look.

Any help would be much, much obliged. Like I say, I know nothing about this stuff but am ready and willing to listen and learn.

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Old 01-16-2008, 07:27 PM
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Eric,
What fly are you trying to tie? and what size hook?

I think you should try a different thread, something like Danville size "A", or maybe "Monocord" typically when you start tying your not going to start with a floss, using floss can be a pain in the rear.
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The previous question regarding which fly you are trying to tie is important. For most flies the tying thread would be something on the order of 70 danier, 6/0, etc.--you normally wouldn't be tying with floss. For the most part the floss would normally be attached to the fly with the tying thread, wrapped around the hook, etc., then tied off with the tying thread. If you post what fly you are trying to tie the help can be more specific.
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Default Re: Thread help for a total beginner

I am trying to tie this one, the EZ Nymph The EZ-Nymph Beginning Fly Tying, Part 7 - FAOL

At this point I'm more trying to learn the mechanics of putting a fly together than making anything especially nice or useful.

Thanks for the help so far.
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OK, that is easy enough, and you definately need some of the other types of thread that have been mentioned....
The thread will be much easier to work with, will build up less and will bind down materials better.
Try not to use too much tension on the thread, And don't get discouraged if you break your thread a few times, as this is part of the learning curve.
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I just started tying my own fly's too! I use 6/0 UNI-Thread most of the time. It's not to thin and it's not to thick. The higher the number of thread the thinner it is. Have fun. That website that you are using to learn how to tie different flys is a great site. I use that site alot also. I also learned many things on YouTube.com There is tons of videos on tying flys there.
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Well Eric,
Did you get some new thread? and how goes the battle?
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Once you get some normal tying thread, i'd recommed testing it by wrapping the hook shank to see how much tension it takes to break it. Its much better to break thread when you're not 80% done with a fly.
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Once you get some normal tying thread, i'd recommed testing it by wrapping the hook shank to see how much tension it takes to break it. Its much better to break thread when you're not 80% done with a fly.
As a beginner I would drop a half-hitch after every tie-in, tie-off, covering wrap, etc. Yes, all those extra half-hitches slowed down my tying speed, but being able to restart at the last half-hitch made it possible to complete one fly now and then versus having every fly lost to broken thread.
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Sounds like you're already in the habit of planning ahead to the next steps. That will help alot with your tying.
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