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There are thousands of different flies for fly fishing, all of which are tied approximately around the hook to look exactly like the natural fly. While in many cases people tie flies for fishing, others do fly tying as a hobby. For whichever reason, fly tiers need to have a steady hand, a critical eye, and the patience to work on replicating insects with tiny, finicky materials.
What fly tying hopes to achieve You need quite a good variety of flies that tempt the imagination of fish. A good knowledge of fish, what attracts them to a lure, and their behavior is equally important. In fact, some fly tying experts believe that what catches a fish during fly fishing is a having a lure that mimics the exact natural movement of its prey. Some experts also believe that it's about the actual looks of the fly used for the lure. From the two experiences, fly tying hopes to incorporate both natural movement and actual looks of the fish prey.
Tying a fly First, tying flies require some small tools to facilitate the process. You'll find all types of specialized tools as well as books and courses offered by experts to help you learn how to tie flies. Like most activities though, fly tying can be done using simple and less expensive tools. Some of the materials you might need include scissors, vice, needle-nosed pliers, line, fish hooks, and the fly (natural or synthetic).
You'll purchase the line, the hook, and materials based on the temperament of the fish species you'll be out to catch. You'll also need to consider the insects that are natural to your area of fishing before you purchase the materials.
Once you have all the right equipment, its' time to start to fly tying. Note however that the following process can produce excellent results but going against it and experimenting your own way can also give similar results. 1. Secure a hook in the vice. Only cover the part of the hook that bends so that the shaft of the hook is left exposed. 2. Get the line and secure it to the hook. You should wrap the line backwards over itself. Start at the bottom of the hook's eye and then you can wrap the rest of the shaft till when the line is back at the bottom of the eye of the hook. 3. After you've added the line base to the hook, it's now time to make it look like a fly. Here you add tail material and then wrap it until it is secure. You then need to wrap one-third of the hook's shaft, from the part that is closest to the eye of the hook until you get the shape of a slender insect body. 4. Add material to stimulate wings and/or legs and ensure that it is attached firmly. 5. By now you have something that resembles a proper fly. Tie off the line and remove the excess one that you see hanging. 6. Now it's a matter of attaching the fly to the fly rod's line and see what happens.
Conclusion Whether doing it as a hobby or tying for fishing, anyone can do fly tying. If you are serious about fly tying, you can learn the skill with time. One sure thing is that fly tying is a challenging yet rewarding activity.
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