We will be adding some great fly tying content starting at the end of 2020. We will have Fly Tying 101 blogs up weekly that will help guide you through things you need to know to start tying, including the basic info about materials, tools, techniques, and we will give you some step by step instructions and/or videos on how to tie a wide variety of Flies that are proven fish-catching flies!!!

Stay tuned, we hope to begin posting in December of this year!!!

Getting Started

What do you need to get started tying? 

You really don't need that much and you don't need to spend a fortune on equipment to begin tying your own flies. First you have to figure out what species of fish you want to catch with your flies, as this will help determine the materials, tools, and vise you will need.


If you are tying flies for saltwater, large freshwater fish, or big streamers you will need a vise that can handle bigger hooks and ideally one that is a rotary style.

If you are tying flies for trout, panfish, or small midge type flies, you will need a vise that can handle the small hooks and not necessarily need the rotary feature, although it is helpful on some flies.


Like the vise, materials depends on the flies you will be tying. There are kits that can give you a very broad range of materials for many flies, but often they can contain materials that you are just not going to use. Our advice is to figure out some flies you want to start tying and then visit your local fly shop for a list of materials you will need. You may spend less or more than you would on a kit, but you will be able to utilize and use all the materials and that is a better investment, no waste. If you don't have a local fly shop, contact us via the contact page and let us know you want to start tying and what flies or fish you want to target and we will help you get it figured out.


Basic tools are as follows: Scissors (sharp and only used for fly tying), thread of different thickness, bodkin (a small sharp tool), bobbin (what holds the thread), threader (to get the thread through your bobbin), whip finish tool (this is a toll that will help you tie off the fly when finished), hackle pliers (the name is a little misleading as these look nothing like pliers at at all, but are used to hold the hackle feathers and other materials to assist in wrapping or paltering them around the hook), finally you will need some sort of super glue or liquid adhesive such as Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Nail Polish.

Fly Patterns:

Search youtube or message us with what kind of flies you want to tie and we will get you on the right track


This is the most important tool you need. No one ties perfect flies their first attempt, we all start with flies that don't quite look like the picture or video that is in front of us. Practice is needed and a lot of it to get better. One important thing to remember is that even ugly flies can catch fish. Your flies do not have to be perfect to go tie them on your leader or tippet and give it a toss at a hungry fish. 

Doube Barrel Popper

Double Barrel Popper from Flymen Fishing Company. This is tied on a size 8 surface seducer hook, size extra small double barrel popper head, UV red marabou, grizzly hackle, UV red hackle, barred rubber legs, and white eyes. 

This is a great size for bream, sunfish, bluegill, perch, crappie, small bass, freshwater trout, speckled sea trout, small redfish, and more.

Visit flymenfishingcompany.com to learn more about their products. 

Handmade spoon flies

These spoon flies are handmade with easy to find materials. An intermediate level of tying that can cause even seasoned tiers to practice their patience and concentration skills.

You start with a pattern on a piece of paper, glue it to a piece of mylar or sheet protector (like you may use to cover a report). You then cut out the shape of the pattern. Shape your hook to proper shape. Tie in the tail section of bucktail or whatever material you like, then tie in the tab of the hook eye end of the spoon, fold it over and tie down to the front (eye) of the hook. Tie in some barbell eyes and the easy part is over. The hard part is applying the epoxy in an even manner and not allowing it to build too much in any one area. 

I finish with some hard as nails from Sally Hanson to give it a tough outer shell. 

Please see the link to learn more. 

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