Sara Golden has recently written a comprehensive article on the subject. I’ll let Sara take it away and then link over to the WadingLab to read her article. I think Sara did a great job of covering a lot of information for beginners in this article, so give it a read.
“If you enjoy fly fishing, there are more than enough reasons to start tying your own flies. It’s an awesome hobby and can bring your fishing game to the next level. While beginners in this sport might want to start with flies out of the store, there are many reasons why a lot of fly fisherman start to tie their own flies eventually. While basic flies might be fairly easy to tie, the tools you need to get started can be quite confusing for the novice. There are too many people falling for the average cheap pre-packed kit, that seems like a great deal at first, but usually turns out to be a waste of money. Therefore I wrote a comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to get started, no matter if you go for a kit or choose to pick every tool separately. Combine this guide with all the great information on tying itself found on FrankenFly and you are up for a great start into a new and amazing hobby!”
In case you didn’t get a chance to catch it, here is episode 1 and 2 of Loon Outdoors Fly Tying 101. This is a live event that is produced by Loon Outdoors and it covers fly patterns for beginners. This has ran through the entire month of January. Matt Callies of Loon Outdoors shows you how to tie several fly patterns that are just right for beginners.
LOON OUTDOORS TO HOST FLY TYING 101 LIVE STREAMING EVENTS IN JANUARY 2017
Loon Live, hosted by Loon Outdoors, is a free, live streaming fly tying demonstration enjoyed by fly tyers from around the world. While the patterns cover a breadth of styles, materials, and species of fish in which they’d target, each episode trends toward the intermediate or advanced tyer. For the month of January 2017, Loon will be replacing Loon Live with a brand new series geared specifically for the beginning tyer called Fly Tying 101.
Episodes will air every Thursday night at 6 pm (PST) through January at loonoutdoors.com/flytying-101 and will cover 5 patterns that demonstrate techniques that are foundational to tying. Once episodes conclude, they’ll be available to re-watch on the Fly Tying 101 webpage.
Loon Live is structured so that viewers can comment and ask questions during the live stream. The attendance for these events commonly consists of tyers from 20+ countries and Fly Tying 101 was developed in response to viewer requests for patterns and tutorials that are geared to the less advanced tyer.
Each Fly Tying 101 episode will feature an assortment of Loon Outdoors products and feature patterns and materials from Hareline Dubbin’s Fly Tying Material’s Kit (for a list of available retailers to purchase this kit, visit hareline.com/info). Material lists are also available to download on the Loon Fly Tying 101 web page (loonoutdoors.com/fly-tying-101). Participants are encouraged to acquire the materials ahead of time so that they can follow along, but there is no purchase or sign up necessary.