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Re: Good starter patterns

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If you want to try a dry fly get some snowshoe hare and whip out some Usuals. There are a bunch of videos online of how to tie the Usual. Very easy and can be tied in different shades.
I use the shoeshoe on many of my dries as the wing. It really floats the fly well and I'm of the opinion the fish don't see the wing well from under the water unless it's a spinner fall, but that is just my opinion. I've had very good success with them and think the snowshoe hare is a very versitile material.

Posted on: 2012/1/23 7:03


Re: Good starter patterns

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Tweelo wrote:
I should have mentioned that I have tied a couple pheasant tails. They've held together, but they're not pretty. I can't trim it down right.



What are you trimming on your pheasant tail? Check out the video above. It should help in getting the steps down. Pheasant tail material is pretty fragile. Make sure you take your copper wire and wrap it the opposite way you wrap your pheasant tail. It will keep the fly together a bit longer.

Walts worm = dubbing on a hook. Add lead if necessary.

Get your basic nymphs down before you try dries. Pheasant tails, hares ears, zug bugs. Then try a prince (the biots can get hard to place correctly).

It's a progression. KISS at first, and then gradually try harder patterns.

Posted on: 2012/1/23 9:28
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Re: Good starter patterns

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+ 1 for pheasant tails and hairs ears!

Posted on: 2012/1/23 12:10


Re: Good starter patterns

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You need to get the basic techniques down, wrapping, ribbing, dubbing, etc. Tie one fly until its perfect, you'll be surprised how easy and how fast to tie the next pattern you attempt perfectly. It is all about the basics and learning to control the material.

Posted on: 2012/1/23 12:11


Re: Good starter patterns

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You need to get the basic techniques down, wrapping, ribbing, dubbing, etc. Tie one fly until its perfect, you'll be surprised how easy and how fast to tie the next pattern you attempt perfectly. It is all about the basics and learning to control the material.


Completely agree here. That said starting with a pattern such as a pheasant tail which essentially only has a few materials would be smart. Soft Hackles would be another way to go. But all in all BMarx makes a great point.

Posted on: 2012/1/23 12:20


Re: Good starter patterns

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I just started tying a couple of months ago and I think the easiest pattern to tie is the SCUD!! All kinds of scuds. Well, scuds and the old fuzzy egg.

Posted on: 2012/1/23 17:21


Re: Good starter patterns

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I've been tying (or trying) for about a year now. I pretty much have added a pattern every month or two and tie it till I'm sick of it. Nymphs, buggers and zebra midges are probably a good start. Learn the basic techniques (dubbing, palmering, hackle, and wings (mine suck))....

Posted on: 2012/1/23 17:35
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Re: Good starter patterns

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I agree with Unforgiven. These guys were my top producers this year. basically bead, reddish-brown thread, hare's ear dubbing and thin gold wire ribbing (probably not necessary). They get taken for scuds, and the black ones get taken for ants I believe although I fooled a few nice browns twitching them like a scud. These had more dubbing when I tied them but a couple dozen trout thinned it out pretty well. sizes 14-18

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Re: Good starter patterns

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Tweelo, I had to get home to make sure I was correct. There is a very good book which I used when I started tying that with each chapter the author (Dick Talleur) takes you through another technique. The book is called Mastering the Art of Fly Tying. If you can get a copy, I think you will be happy.

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http://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Art-F ... TF8&qid=1327531884&sr=8-5

Posted on: 2012/1/25 17:49


Re: Good starter patterns

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Not sure I'd care a whole lot about "pretty". I've tied for more than 50 years. I used to go for "pretty" until I figured out that "fishiness" is more important than "pretty", at least for nymphs and wet flies, and catch more fish because of it. I think "pretty" has a place in the dry fly world but I don't often fish dry flies anymore so I'm not really concerned about it. Having now achieved codgerdom, all of this could well be simply a result of becoming far more of a curmudgeon than I ever was before.

Posted on: 2012/1/26 8:51
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Re: Good starter patterns

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for books Dick talleur's Basic Fly Tying is the best one to learn on in my opion...Then there is the course Jack Mickivitz and I teach.. Its a progression from one material to lots of materials usally around 60 flies can be learned. Its all about the material and method, no so much about the fly..

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Re: Good starter patterns

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Talleur's book is the first fly tying book I owned. I got it as part of an intro to tying class I took. I highly recommend it for a beginning tier.

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Re: Good starter patterns

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I have always loved this video. It is a PT Nymph, tied in about 90 seconds. Speed in fly tying is the last thing you should strive to attain, but this video does show how simple this tie can be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD0uIga8-kc

Posted on: 2012/1/27 8:08
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Re: Good starter patterns

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I started tying last year (addicting!). Woolly buggers, peasant tails, hares ear, prince nymphs, stone fly nymph (basically I tie an all black prince that looks good enough ha), caddis larvae, Clouser minnows and various streamers are all I tie for sub surface right now. For dries, I do elk hair caddis, Adams, ants, beetles (really cool beetle pattern that's just some folded over bucktail, but works awesome) and BWO's.

The real fun with tying is coming up with your own variations. Work with what material you have and see what you come up with. If trout won't eat it, bluegills will :)

Posted on: 2012/1/29 22:19


Re: Good starter patterns

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Marabou streamers are pretty simple thats how i started out. Basic Caddis nymphs are super easy. Sucker spawn is another easy one simple midges as well.

Posted on: 2012/1/31 13:40



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