Many anglers purchase flies through their local fly shop or retailer. Other anglers tie their own flies. Fly tying has been around since fly fishing was invented, and while it may be time-consuming, it’s a real art form and provides the angler freedom to create patterns specific to different fisheries. Fly tying requires a basic set of tools, materials, and accessories. To start, a tyer needs a vice, a bobbin, a hook, thread, and materials. Different materials are used to tie different patterns and materials come in a wide range of sizes, colors, categories, and diversities. From Dubbing to Brushes to Feathers and Flash, we have one of the largest selection of fly tying materials in fly fishing. If you’re interested in fly tying or you’re a seasoned pro, chances are you can find what you’re looking for right here.
A vise is one of the most essential pieces of equipment in fly tying. A vise holds your hook while you’re tying and allows you to wrap thread, position your hook, and tie in materials. Vises come in a variety of sizes, styles, and models. While some vises can get quite expensive, it’s not necessary to have a vise with all the bells and whistles. If you’re new to fly tying, choose a simple, basic vise design. The more expensive vises do provide more features, however, so experienced tyers who know what they’re looking for should upgrade to vises that can do more. Our Vises and Accessories category carries a variety of vises plus accessories to make sure you have all the tools you need to tie the best flies.
Hooks are another important part of fly tying. Choosing the correct hook is paramount in tying any pattern. You wouldn’t want to tie a saltwater fly on a freshwater hook and vice versa. You also wouldn’t want to tie a streamer on a dry fly hook. We have a complete category exclusively for hooks and we carry hundreds of different sizes, styles, and colors. If you’re not sure which hook you should tie your next wooly bugger on, just give us a call and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.
After you have your vise and your hook, you’ll need thread and materials. We have a huge selection of Thread/Tinsel/Wire for nymphs, streamers, dry flies, and more. We also carry different kinds of wire for ribbing and wrapping. We also have a huge selection of materials broken down into subcategories. If you’re looking for dubbing, we’ve got a category for that. If you’re looking for synthetics or hair & fur or feathers & hackle we’ve got you covered. Plus, we have a catch-all category for miscellaneous fly tying materials like markers and more. Regardless of what you’re looking for, if it has to do with fly tying, chances are we have it in stock and on our website.
Fly tying can be loads of fun and a great way to stay occupied during the offseason. If you’re an avid angler whose bored at home and needs a pastime, fly tying may be for you. If you need advice on where to start, we’ve got blog posts and other materials to help point you in the right direction. You can also always call the shop and ask for our advice.
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