STOP PRESS: this article tells all about essential what fly-tying materials.
When it comes to the right fly fishing materials for the right fishing experience, sometimes you’ve just got to listen to the experts. Luckily you don’t have to surf the internet spending hours on researching… this article covers all the angling angles you’ll need to know.
Fly tying materials: The brilliant basics uncovered.
Here’s your perfect starter fly tying materials pack. The secret to being the perfect hunter gatherer is to avoid building a stock of very expensive unneeded materials and hooks. Plus you need to remember that fly tying materials do not last forever and must be cared for.
Ease yourself into the following tool set of fly-tying materials:
• A jar of head cement
• A container of dubbing wax
• Gold wire
• Lead wire medium to start
• Flat reversible tinsels-Fine, medium and wide
• Standard chenille-best to start with medium in black, yellow, olive and brown
• A package of gold bead heads in a variety of sizes
• A buck tail piece assortment
• Calf tail – white
• Grey Squirrel tail
• A rabbit fur dubbing box
• A dry fly dubbing box
• A piece of natural deer hair
• A piece of light elk hair
• A piece of moose body hair
Get fly fishing combos set here, we have a great collection of choices available for you.
TOP TIP: Seek help with your hackle!
Hackle hair is another area of fly fishing kit where it’s easy to end up spending hundreds of bucks and regretting it quickly. It can be bought in capes, saddles or packages, either domestic or imported. If you only want to dry fly only, begin with either 1/2 no. 3 genetic hackle capes or no. 1 imported capes… or if you’re going to tie flies primarily in sizes 10, 12 and 14, choose a genetic hackle saddle in grades 1 or 2 (these will give two or more flies per feather).
Packaged dry fly hackle costs a bomb and should only be bought by very experienced tiers who can make do with just a few hackles of a specific size and colour.
Fly tying tools
With the right knowledge across fly tying tools, comes enhanced expertise.
Take a look through the following section to get to grips with all the important fly tying tools… the more you know, the better fly fisher you’ll be, it’s that simple. There are many fly tying tools you could get by without, but some items are essential for optimum performance.
Fly tying tools – the essentials
• Bobbin Hackle
Fly tying tools – the desirables
• Whip Finish Knot… is the strongest and knot, you even need to apply head cement after you tie the knot.
• Bobbin.. is the single most important fly tying tool that you absolutely cannot get along without, it’s the device that holds the thread while you wrap it around the hook.
• Bodkin… is the device you’ll need to apply head cement to flies. The sharp pointy end can be dipped into the cement to easily put small amounts of glue onto tricky smaller areas of flies.
• Bobbin Threader… a simple but beautiful tool which has a thin wire which you place the fly tying thread into, comes in handy when using thin threads.
• Hackle Pliers… a crucial bit of kit used in tying most flies. Using pliers you can get a good grip on the tip of very small hackles and easily maintain grip when wrapping hackle.
• Half Hitch Tool… a simple widget used in tying a basic overhand knot onto the head of your fly. This is one device that you can certainly live without, but it helps.
• Scissors… arguably the most crucial tool of all, a good pair of scissors will keep your flies looking tidy and will ensure a true cut from your valuable fly tying materials.
• Fly Tying Vise… is among one of the most essential bits of kit in your gear, a good vise will enable you to keep a great grip on a hook and make tying flies easier altogether.
Fur & feather
Why fly-fishing with fur & feather is fantastic.
In the conventional fly-fishing method, artificial flies are tied using materials including feather and fur onto a hook to imitate naturally occurring fish fodder. When doing so the rods and lines are pretty light weight, together providing the perfect weight and momentum for great casting.
Fur is used to make dubbing and also for wing and tail in both salt and freshwater flies. Again the type of fur you use is only limited by your imagination. It is important however to source your animal products from reputable and ethical suppliers, the days of using roadkill are over as the risk of spreading bacteria and other pathogens are a serious issue considering the amount of international travel fishermen do these days. So do the right thing.
Glues & epoxy
Flexible fly tying cements are usually used to strengthen a fly during the tying process, such as coating the wingcase of a Hare’s Ear Nymph to keep it from coming apart while fishing. Fly tying cements often begin to thicken over time so it is also common to see thinners offered for thinning down the cement to your desired thickness.
Use of Glue: Superglue (Cyanoacrylate adhesive) and glues designed explicitly for foam are very useful in fly tying. Superglue works well for fusing pieces of foam together and setting various components of the fly in place. Both thin liquid types of glue and gels have their uses when fly tying with foam.
UV adhesives are ideal for encasing flies such as midge larva patterns. The end result is a fly that has a sheen and appearance that closely mimics the natural. UV adhesives are ideal for use on bass bugs. The head and collar of this Dahlberg diver were coated prior to trimming to shape.
Your essential guide to fly-fishing glues & epoxy.
If you’ve spent any time tying flies, chances are you’ve used a synthetic. Synthetic fly tying materials are made to allow anglers to tie patterns that can’t be tied with natural feathers and hair alone. From Tapered Synthetic Quill to Metallic Barred Predator Wrap and everything in between. Synthetic materials are used in all fly tying especially in saltwater flies for wings, body materials and tails they are often used to replace natural fibres in popular patterns as synthetics are considered stronger and more durable.
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