The North American Fly Fishing Forum

The North American Fly Fishing Forum (
-   General Fly Tying Discussions (
-   -   Your First Fly You Tied (

jclampwork88 12-19-2008 10:42 AM

Your First Fly You Tied
Here is an interesting question. What was the first fly that you ever tied? Do you still have it? Do you tie that same pattern now and fish with it?

My first fly was a Mickey Finn Streamer with peacock herl tied over the top (i'll post a picture later). I still display in a case in our front room. People comment and ask about it once and awhile. It was the first fly that a beginner tying kit told me to tie.


jclampwork88 12-19-2008 10:52 AM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
Post a picture if you have one.

Greenwood 12-19-2008 11:14 AM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
Ha! I remember it well. It was a TU beginners fly tying class. First fly was a weighted muskrat nymph. About a size 12; wrapped with some non-lead wire; muskrat fur dubbed onto black thread and a really poor thread head. It was supposed to represent a sowbug and now that I think back, I'm sure it did and I'm sure it would have worked, although I can guarantee I would have thought it too simplified, pretty early on and quit tying it. (I just might try one today!). I don't have a picture of it but if you look under your desk and see a size 12 dust-bunny, you'd get the general idea!

jclampwork88 12-19-2008 11:23 AM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
I've been trying to find a good pattern to use some muskrat I received in a swap. I think I will try a couple and see how they work.

Thanks for the story.


FrankB2 12-19-2008 12:24 PM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
My first go at tying was around 30 years ago. Being short on funds, I tied
mostly Mickey Finns: $7 vise, no other tools to mention, and a handful of
hooks. I took an old fly box out about 5 years ago to show my son, and they
weren't as bad as I remembered. When we pulled the fly from the spring clips,
9 out of 10 hooks broke...LOL!

Rip Tide 12-19-2008 12:30 PM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
When I was 7, I 'tied' a fly from my mother's olive colored wool knitting yarn.
It really wasn't anything more than a tail and a wrapped body, but I caught a fish on it

swirlchaser 12-19-2008 01:04 PM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
It was 2 years ago and it was a Chart/White Clouser. I'm happy to say I fished it til it fell apart...

Frank Whiton 12-19-2008 02:50 PM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
Hi to all,

My first year in Alaska my wife and I took a fly tying class from the Anchorage Parks and Recreation. So there were practice (make believe) flies that were tied to learn techniques. My first real fly for fishing was a size 14 gray Woolly Worm with a red butt and a herl back. The hackle was Palmered Grizzly. I tied it for Grayling. I fished with the first one I tied on a sink tip line. On the first cast I caught a fish from a nice hole. So if one is good two is better, right. On my second cast I hung up and lost the fly. So much for saving your first fly. That gray Woolly Worm became one of my most successful flies for Grayling.


Snaggy 12-19-2008 03:31 PM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
Egg pattern on a size 8 hook. LOL it was huge! Now I can tie 14's no problem. I'm pretty sure that was my first attempt. As far as feathers and hackle go, I tied some real ugly wooly buggers. Some fell apart in the river but I think I saved my first one. I'll have to go dig it up. It's olive and black and ugly all over.

Great thread and Happy Holidays!


jclampwork88 12-19-2008 03:39 PM

Re: Your First Fly You Tied
I wanted to bring some cheer to everyone this holiday season by bring up some good memories.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:39 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.40 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2005-2017 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.