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  1. #11

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    Learn by doing.

    Youtube works great. There's a guy named Dave Camiss, a Brit who ties good flies in an easy going, learners format. I highly recommend him.

    The kit I bought had a booklet for some simple flies. It worked well enough.

    Don't get too worried if your flies don't look perfect. Mine still don't, yet they catch fish. In nature, the deformed, misshapen, crippled, etc. tend to get eaten first. If your flies are catching, you've done fine. Let the fish critique your flies.

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  3. #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfisher for men View Post
    Learn by doing.

    Youtube works great. ....... Don't get too worried if your flies don't look perfect.
    Start with this video and do the opposite

    I learned something today


    "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy

  4. #13

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    Davie McPhail & David Strawhawn are also good to watch on you-Tube Tying Flies.

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    If I were you, I would pay special heed to what "mcnerney" says.

    He recommends a good book for you, and one of things to look for in a book, is that it give specific Recipes for flies.

    Here are some basic Flies that you can start tying that are easy for beginners too. They don't require all kinds of tools.

    (a) Wooly Bugger (b) Griffiths Gnat

    (c) Rio Grande Worm or a very similar... Leech Pattern

    (d) Sawyer's Killer Bug (e) Glow-Bug (an egg pattern)

    Rather than look for a great many tools to use I would suggest you look into a very basic skill, like learning to apply Dubbing. All it takes is your fingers.
    Welcome to the world of Fly Crying

  6. #15
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    Feb 2013
    metro atlanta

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    thank you all for the input, i do appologize for having a kinda repeated thread, i must have overlooked them. that being said, thanks for the links to those threads and book suggestion, it is a mjor help. i am really excited about this!

  7. #16
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Norwich, CT
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    charlie cravens book is an excellent book for beginners, you tube tyers show you how to tie fly patterns but most of them do not explain the how what when and why a certain technique is used but a good tying instructor will teach you all of that and more when you take fly tying lessons at your local fly shop. lessons will also shorten the learning curve.

    i cannot recommend a fly tying kit as i do not have the financial resources to buy every brand out there, work with each and every kit and provide a proper evaluation. i don't think a lot of tyers can do that either. i would agree that there may be kits that are better than other kits but i have no knowledge of which ones.

    do you pick a tying tools only kit?

    do you pick a materials only kit?

    do you pick a tools and materials kit?

    (GOOGLE "fly tying kit" and you'll see what i mean)

    i still believe your local fly shop is the best source for fly tying equipment and materials. most shops have a price point to meet everybody's needs.

    thanks for looking

    Poor quality materials and tools are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.


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  9. #17
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    Mar 2010
    Middle, Tennessee

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    Donít do it!....bad addiction
    Just kidding, you will have fun!
    Popperfly >-<(((((*>

    Born to Fish...Forced to Work !

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    i just started not too long ago. i had $100 gift card to LL Bean. i bought their starter kit. it's made in india and it's called waspi or something like that. don't buy it. i'm a carpenter, and i appreciate quality, name brand tools. this vice just felt cheap. i'm not a fan of clamp on vices either.

  12. #19

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    I would say get a kit with basics. Try it out and see if you get hooked. Then start to upgrade. piece at a time. Don't forget about your workspace...clean and tidy, well lit and comfortable, you may be spending more time there than you think.Check out Charlie's FlyBox - Metro Denver, Colorado's Best Fly Fishing Retailer (flyshop) with online Fly Tying Tutorials for some great patterns. Basic midges and buggers are where i started. Moved to nymphs and more complex streamers. Now I'm working on trying to perfect the dry flies. Find Patterns that work for you at your local shop, buy a few and go home and try to replicate them, maybe even dabble with different colors and see how it all goes. The feeling of hooking a beauty on your own homebrew is awesome! Best of luck and Tight Lines!!

  13. #20
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    A Scot in Sherman Connecticut

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    I have nothing against kits, I'm sure there are some very good ones out there. Best advice I had when I started was to concentrate on a half dozen patterns only. Get the materials for them and build from there.
    As has been said already, Davie McPhail is a fantastic fly dresser, his videos are some of the best.
    "We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation."

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