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    Default Best type of fly for beginners

    What would be a good fly to tie for my first fly? I will primarily be going after trout.

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    Default Re: Best type of fly for beginners

    We start all of our newbie students on a Woolly Bugger.. It's big enough for you to see what your doing & practice hand positions & swapping stuff from hand to hand. It's an easy fly to tie & a real fish catcher & confidence builder..Try it in a few sizes & colors....

    Neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by FISHN50 View Post
    We start all of our newbie students on a Woolly Bugger.. It's big enough for you to see what your doing & practice hand positions & swapping stuff from hand to hand. It's an easy fly to tie & a real fish catcher & confidence builder..Try it in a few sizes & colors....

    Neil
    HAHA I read the ? and started to answer a wolly, but seen ya bet me to it.
    Good advice, the nest one I would go to is a mickyfin, you learn to ty those and it opens a whole world of bucktail streamers.

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    Wholly Buggers, I have to agree with that and the Mickey finn is another excellent fly Pheasant tail is another easy fly and is great for trout as well
    tying flies is incredible but just wait till you catch a fish on a fly you tied...............you'll never buy flies again .................................








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    a clouser minnow or wooley bugger no doubt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FISHN50 View Post
    We start all of our newbie students on a Woolly Bugger.. It's big enough for you to see what your doing & practice hand positions & swapping stuff from hand to hand. It's an easy fly to tie & a real fish catcher & confidence builder..Try it in a few sizes & colors....

    Neil
    +1
    I love wooly Buggers because they don't have to look like a pro tied it. You can't really mess it up. It will catch fish no matter what it looks like

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    Default Re: Best type of fly for beginners

    How about the 'Hares Ear Nymph' in sizes 14-20, colors would be olive, tan, black, rust. Some with beads and some without.

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    Default Re: Best type of fly for beginners

    For a first fly, I agree with the other posters; the wooly bugger is the place to start. Wrapping thread, tailing, simple body and simple hackling; all in the same fly.

    Having said that, if you don't have the materials to tie a bugger, then tie what you have the materials for. A simple soft hackle; like a partridge and orange; tied with a brown hen feather instead of partridge, is also a good place to start. The important thing is to start tying something.

    Truthfully, most first flies, if fished, will catch fish. The mutilated naturals that come sweeping down the stream bed of a freestone creek don't look like much, but the trout don't seem to mind. And when most insects fall into the water, they take on a look that doesn't look much like the natural. Again, the trout don't seem to mind.

    There's no doubt that getting better at tying pays real dividends, but I'm not convinced at this point that those dividends show up in terms of the number or type of fish caught. It think that they're more apt to show up in how you feel about fishing and the fish that you catch.

    Have fun!

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    Thank you everyone. Next question is where do you get the patterns? Do you get them from the internet or books?

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    You can find them in books or on the internet. Google "fly patterns" or "wooly bugger"
    Charlie's FlyBox - Colorado's Best FlyShop and online Fly Tying Tutorials Here is one I like

    I would also recomend soft hackles. An easy one to tie is the soft hackle peacock. Just a peacock body and a partidge feather wrapped infront of it.

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