Fly fishing was called “the contemplative man’s recreation” by writer Izaak Walton, combining the art of fishing with peaceful time in nature. You could say that preparing for a fly fishing adventure is also the art of contemplation, since the time spent making the lures is an important part of the process. If you want to go fly fishing, you should learn fly tying, or creating artificial flies to attach to your hooks.
It may seem like a complicated process, but this guide tells you all the materials you need to start creating your own flies.
The Reasons for Fly Tying
The basic purpose of the “fly” in fly fishing is to imitate the prey that fish search for. Think about it as creating your own bait. By designing a small, intricate version of a fly and tying it to your hook, you stand a better chance of making a great catch with the added satisfaction of having crafted your own lure. We know how satisfying it can be to be the master of your own adventure, so why not learn how?
The Materials for Fly Tying
To start your own tying kit, you need a few basic materials. Once you have the essentials, you can add your own flair and be creative. To get started, grab the following items from your local fishing store:
The vise is perhaps the most important part of your kit since it holds your hook and materials firmly in place while you construct your fly. Don’t skimp on this tool because it can make or break your fly tying success.
The Bobbin & Thread
Thread is an obvious component of your kit since it ties the fly together. The bobbin holds the thread you need to bind everything together on the hook. Most importantly, it holds your thread tight so you can work on your fly without needing to keep the thread taut at all times.
At least one pair of scissors is essential, not only for cutting thread but also for trimming any other materials you might use. Whether you are working with feathers to wires, make sure you have reliable scissors on hand at all times.
The hook is why we’re all here, right? Don’t skimp on your hooks, and make sure you buy the right ones for the kind of fly you are tying. Do your research and find out which kind of hook is best for your fishing conditions.
Other Helpful Materials for Fly Tying
Once you have the basic materials, you can get creative with your flies. From feathers to beads, the world is your oyster once you acquire the key materials and methods. Practice with some simple flies and then start to research and put a creative spin on your flies by expanding your kit.
Start Tying for Your Next Adventure
Now that you know the basic materials you’ll need for fly tying, you can take a crack at your first fly. Find more advice for your next big adventure, land or water, over at the Rugged Standard.