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Fly tying is a crucial step in fly fishing. It is basically easy and fun to do it if the right step is implemented. It is fundamental not only to choose the ideal knot but also to tie it well. A poorly tied knot will lead to loss of fish. So, if you are so determined in catching bigger fish, then fly tying becomes a passion.
Experts develop their special pattern and methods that work for them for a long time. Some have gone to the extent of making it a hobby and trying to make flies that look exactly like the real ones. With that in mind, fly tying is an art that should be learned by fly fishing enthusiasts starting with the basic techniques.
How to fly tying: have the right fly tying tools
The first thing you need to know is the right tools required. A good fly tying vise is the first thing you need because you will not be able to tie well if your hook is not strongly held.
The next thing is a nice, bright lamp. This helps to light up the working area.
Other required tools can be bobbin threads, needles, hackle pliers, bobbins, scissors, half hitch tool, needle-nosed pliers, and round toothpicks. Due to proficiency development, you can include other necessary tools to the list like whip finishers that assist in tying off the fly.
Have the fly tying materials
The materials required for fly tying will include some basics and specific items to the type of fly being tied. It does not matter the type of fly tying you are doing but you will be required to have size 10 and size 8 hooks, fine vinyl rib, head cement, size 6/0 black thread, and copper wire.
Other necessary materials used in fly tying include medium chenille in olive, black, and brown, Grizzly hackle, medium silver tinsel, red wool yarn, pheasant feathers of the type of hackles used on wet flies, peacock herl, and bead eyes.
The two best techniques for fly tying
One of the best techniques to master in fly tying is bobbin control. You don't allow it to flop around but you want to help keep tension on the thread. Bobbin control is, therefore, the best way to do this with your ring and small finger of the hand you are using to tie. The first two fingers and the thumb of your free hand should work on the material. A successful fly tying will depend on how you control the thread and if you keep it tight when working.
Another commonly used technique is wrapping the hackle. This method should be practiced as often as possible. A good basic way is to take a feather about 4-inches long and strip the fluff off the quill until 2/3 of the quill is bare. You can make the tying easier by trimming the thicker end of the quill. With your thumb and forefinger, rub the feather against the grain until it is spiky. Tie the end of the quill to the shaft, fold and wrap the spiked feathers around the shaft half-length.
These are two basic techniques on how to fly tying. There are other techniques to do the same. Focus on different ways and use different flies. Happy fishing!
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