Introduction to Fly Tying
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Introduction to Fly Tying

What is Fly Tying?

Helen Shaw, an American professional fly tyer, defined it as the "simple process of binding various materials to a hook with thread".  Want to learn how to do it?  Read on or download our lesson on Introduction to Fly Tying to learn more. Our Learning Center is the place for fly fishing education, and FFI members get tips from our experts in casting, tying, and more. Not a member? Join Now to get access to our full Learning Center lesson library.

Why do we tie flies?

There are some very simple reasons.  

  • To save money on purchasing flies!
  • The satisfaction of catching a fish using a fly you tied.
  • The ability to tie the fly to match the prey that your quarry is feeding upon.


What tools do I need and what are they?

  • Tying Vise - its main purpose is to hold the hook.
  • Bobbin - used to hold your thread while tying the fly.
  • Whip Finisher Tool - used to finish off a fly and tie a knot at the head.
  • And so much more!


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Beginning Fly Tying Video - Jerry Coviello

PASSCODE FOR VIDEO IS LC2018

Beginner Fly Tying Workshop Video from Fly Fishers International on Vimeo.



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