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Fly tying book

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Hey Guys,

I would like to start tying my own flies this winter. Do you have any recommendations on any good books? I've been messing around on youtube and found great videos, but I want to learn as much of the basics and terminology from a legitimate source.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 12:48


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My first and favorite:

http://www.amazon.com/Orvis-Fly-Tying-Guide/dp/1592281214

It will walk you through something like a half dozen basic patterns, such as a hare's ear, bugger, adams, and a few other basics. From there, you apply the skills taught in them to tie any of the hundreds of patterns listed in the final section. I think they have the recipes for the entire orvis fly catalog from the year it was published.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 13:04


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Thanks Jay! So what am I getting myself into?!? I've been thinking about tying for a couple of years but wanted to learn how to fly fish first before tying (duh!). To be honest I am a little intimitated about the whole tying thing.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 15:26


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It is what you make of it. I kind of fell out of the tying thing since I've had no time, but I used to do it weekly. I got really intricate and complicated for a while, but now I just tie tried and true patterns, and pay for tougher patterns at local fly shops.

That book will get you started with a bunch of the main fly types: catskill dries, elk hair dries, dubbed nymphs, pheasant tails, and buggers, to name a few. I think there are detailed instructions for some other stuff, as well.

If you learn to tie your green weenies, pheasant tails, caddis, foam ants, san juans, and globugs, you'll be covering 85% of the trout fishing on the eastern side of the state. Throw in easy to tie thread midges, al's rats, and tricos, and you'll be in good shape for the nearby little lehigh.

Anything beyond that, and it becomes a consuming hobby which is pretty rewarding. I anxiously await the coming months, where hopefully I'll start tying again.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 16:01


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Thanks again Jay...hopefully Santa will be good to me and get me the tying kit I asked for :) if not I will have to go out and spend some $ on it. Looking forward to getting the book and trying out a few patterns.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 16:17


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The materials kits aren't that great. I use a tool kit that I got from cabela's years ago, and found that it's usable. It's not great, but it gets the job done.

As far as materials, I'd buy them separately. Half of the stuff in the kits isn't even usable.

If you're going to take that path, I'd start another one of the "what stuff to buy" threads in fly tying forum. I did it years ago, and it helped me to build a decent kit.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 16:32


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I have a book by Randall Kaufman called "Tying Dry Flies"
It's excellent. It starts off by explaining about hooks and fly tying materiels. Then gets into the tying aspect, with many common patterns shown step by step. I wish this book was around when I started tying. I highly recommend it.

I believe he also has a book about tying nymphs

Posted on: 2008/12/2 22:58


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I would recomend The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying by Lesson and Schollmeyer. It is the best entry tying book out in my opinion. It has a neat construction, with split pages, the top being patterns (@50) while the bottom is techniques. This way you can see the methods for tying each pattern step by step. I have found this book to be very helpful. This book goes for bout $45, don't get confused with their Benchside Reference which is more advanced and goes for bout $100.

Posted on: 2008/12/3 18:20


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i also recommend the tying books by randall kaufman i have both "tying dry flies "and " tying nymphs" excellent books

Posted on: 2008/12/3 20:34
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Please don't yell at me for not recommending a book in the readers' corner. If you have a TU chapter near you, you might find that it offers fly tying classes for free or for a minimal charge. Here in Blair County, the John Kennedy Chapter will be offering classes beginning the 1st Sat. in January and will host them for 7 weeks, every other week. The basic class is free. Check out your local TU chapter to find out.

(Sorry not recommending a book.)

Posted on: 2008/12/3 22:55


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Thanks for the heads up on the kit...I've been lurking on a couple different threads that talk about vices and starter kits and they all seem to say what you are saying Jay. Thanks for all the other leads guys...looks like I will be doing a lot of reading this winter!

rrt- How dare you not recommend a book?!?! J\K I've been trying to find a local chapter near Bethlehem, but I also heard that the L.L.Beam store in the Prominade offers weekly classes either for free or for $10 not sure though.

Thanks again

Posted on: 2008/12/8 14:52


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The Hokendaquia TU (sorry guys, I always spell that wrong and I've lived here for 19 years) has a great class on Saturday mornings starting in Jan. Or the Monocacy TU often has tying instruction at their monthly meetings, although I don't know the schedule for this year. Come on down anyway.

Posted on: 2008/12/8 15:29


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Quote:

flyfisher101 wrote:
Thanks Jay! So what am I getting myself into?!? I've been thinking about tying for a couple of years but wanted to learn how to fly fish first before tying (duh!). To be honest I am a little intimidated about the whole tying thing.


I'll second the Orvis fly tying book. Almost any book Orvis puts out is quality.

Fortunately the fish are often less discriminating on how well the fly is tied than we humans are. I sometimes fish with my brother who is just learning to FF. He has no interest in learning insects, fly selection, or tying. He just asks my to select a fly for him and that's what he fishes. He's also a terrible caster so he looses many of my flies. I keep a collection of my poorly tied flies for him (he doesn't know it). Many times he ends up out fishing me with my "reject" flies. I think those "imperfections" often make the fly more "buggy" to the fish.

Posted on: 2008/12/9 8:49


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If you are only going to buy one book. IMO start with one of the best "The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference". Also as stated above, buy only the material to tie a pattern and stay away from the bargin bins (unless you need the material for a patern).



Joe E

Posted on: 2008/12/10 7:15


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AK Best's book called Fly box is pretty awesome if you're big on matching the hatch w/mayflies, and tying nymphs.

I guess they don't print much of them anymore.

Posted on: 2008/12/10 20:11



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