What is Fly Tying?
If you are into fishing, you would know how rewarding it is to catch one. So everyone looks out for new innovative techniques on catching fish. Out of the many, fly tying is very popular and generally used by most fishermen. So let us find out what it is and how it can be used.
What Is It About?
Fly Tying is basically the craft of creating an artificial fly with some basic materials like wool, fly tying fur and certain other tools. This is done mainly with the aim of creating something which resembles a fly with the aim of capturing fish. So in order to begin the process, you would need some essential tools. You could buy them ready-made as offered by certain companies. However, the following are some of the basic ones to get started with:
The Basic Tools Needed
A pair of Scissors – It is essential that the pair of scissors you use is very sharp and must be suitable for fine cutting. The scissors should be smaller than the ones used for craft or domestic purposes. The blades could be straight as well as curved or serrated depending on the cutting needs. It is best that you have at least two pairs of Fly Tying scissors. One should be used for cutting some tough materials while the other might be utilized for fine cutting.
Bobbin Holders – Bobbin Holders perform multifold tasks in the entire process. It holds the spool of the thread or silk you tie and also help to maintain the tension of the fly you are to create so that the furs or feather do not become loose. The ones used could be anything made from brass, ceramic tubes, plastic, etc.
Hair Stackers – Hair Stackers come in different sizes and is used here mainly for the alignment of the different types of fibers.
Dubbing Needles or Bodkins – The dubbing needles come in handy for combining of underfur and dividing ting tips and also to free trapped hackle fibers.
Others – There are certain basic tools too which you could use. These include things like Whip finish Tools, Dubbing twister, Hackle Pliers, and so on.
What Is Actually Done?
The main aim of using the basic equipment as mentioned above is to create a fly pattern selected with the appropriate materials.
They are used to assemble and secure the chosen materials on the hook. In the past furs, threads, feathers, and hooks were what was used, but it is now getting replaced with more natural and synthetic materials.
How To Go About With The Actual Process
To Know about exactly how to about the entire process, you can visit the following Video Link:
If you look keenly, the tools used in the video are the ones which have been mentioned above and would be needed. Thus, you must keep them ready before you get started.
It is true that the job is complicated. But with practice, you can surely improve if you attempt to do it yourself. In the end, the results could indeed be phenomenal. The following are some images which would help you to get an idea what the end result would look like:
This is an image of creating the Deer Hair-Fry Still Water-Trout Fly
The above is an image of the Sparkle-Tube Still-Water Fly created through Fly Tying.