Fly Tying Tips & Techniques

  • hook in the vice

    Proper fixing hook in vice


    Proper fixing hook in vice’s jaws, is what we begin with when we tie a new fly. Wrongly fixed hook may damage the jaws (break off or deform their tip under very strong pressure).

  • How to use a finisher (a whip finish tool)


    Despite appearances, many beginners ask me about this basic skill. After years of tying and thousends of flies tying knots with the finisher becomes instinctive. Below you can see on video clip how simple, quick and easy is it.

  • How to use a Half Hitch Tool


    A half hitch tool is very simple to use – it’s even easier in use than the finisher (a whip finish tool). We use it to tie knots for flies which heads are made from fur – so-called Muddlers – and also for flies rich in hackles.

  • How to use a dubbing twister


    It’s a very useful and extremely simple-to-use tool for tying durable dubbings, but not only. To make it short, you only need to make a loop of thread (that’s why it’s often called a dubbing loop), and then you put the dubbing in it and twist it.

  • How to use a Hair Stacker


    A Hair Stacker is a tool used to smooth out fur (of a deer, squirrel, etc.) before attaching it. It’s extremely useful when we’d like to tie tails, wings or heads of our flies. It’s as simple as putting the fur to the stacker, gently hitting a tabletop...

  • How to tie a hackle

    The hackle is a basic element of many fly patterns, from dry, throughout wet, nymphs, streamers and for full dress flies ending.

  • How to put dubbing on thread


    Dubbing is one of the most often used materials among fly-tiers; therefore it is advisable to learn some techniques on how to use it, in the early stage of fly-tying. It’s very helpful to apply some wax or glue to the thread while adding the dubbing.

  • How to tie dry fly wings


    Dry fly fishing is the best kind of fly fishing, the most beautiful and this is not only my opinion, but most of us. Precisely because we should possess the ability of tying dry flies.


  • Peacock eye and quill

    How to prepare a peacock quill


    To prepare a so-called quill we need a peacock’s eye and some tool, can be a rubber (soft or semi-soft; using a hard rubber may result in breaking the herl) or a scalpel, or a razor.

  • extended body

    How to tie an extended body


    Extended bodies we are tying using mainly foams, but sometimes from other materials. To tie the extended body fast we have to use needle, can be straight sewing needle or special models made for fly tying like from the J:son Detached Body set.

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