Fly Tying - Start of a new hobby

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Fly Tying - Start of a new hobby

#1 Post by mjsurfing » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:17 am

Hi all hope this is in the right area.

Starting a new hobby. I have just purchased a second hand fly tying vice and never seen a fly being tied in real life.

What are the basic tools I will need?

What is the easiest fly to tie and the materials I will need?

This will allow me to do some research on the net before I pick up the vice on Monday.

Thanks all.

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Re: Fly Tying - Start of a new hobby

#2 Post by arpie » Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:12 pm

Hi ya

There is a wealth of material on the Web re Fly Tying - google is your friend :wink:

This site sets out the basics that you will need to get started. As you decide to do 'specific flies' you may need to buy some more specific product.

There are some top Fly Fishing shops in Canberra ..... go & peruse what they have - they would probably have a 'beginners' kit available to buy

If doing Salt water flies - don't use Fresh Water hooks - they will rust.

Have a chat with Freewilly - he is a prolific fly tyer!


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Re: Fly Tying - Start of a new hobby

#3 Post by Freewily » Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:52 pm

Man! I just replied in detail & lost everything. :grr: Very sorry for the late reply. :roll:
Basic tools are Very sharp small scissors, thread holder (bobbin), Bodkin & hackle pliers. And small pliers to cut wire.
Then basic natural colour threads, furs & feathers & beads for making fly bodies.
Then fly varnish or nail varnish. Clear is a must. You can use colours later. This helps to seal your thread after tying to stop it undoing or perishing & adds to shine.
And that is it! :gu: Keep it simple & non expensive to start. I started catching flatehead with just red artificial fur tied to a hook. :lol: Then added to this creation with white hair & eyes to increase my catch rate. :grin:
Just check this link to help explaining.
YAK P.B. Salmon 60cm, Flathead 60cm, Trevally 42cm, Carp 38cm, Bream 40cm, Luderick 42cm, Tarwhine 30cm,
Blue Morwong 48cm, Mullet 38cm, Bass 39cm, Garfish 34cm, Leatherjacket 27cm, Flounder 28cm, Snapper 50cm, Bonito 60cm, Whiting 38cm, Tailor 52cm, LongTom 66cm.

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Re: Fly Tying - Start of a new hobby

#4 Post by cwsco » Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:35 pm

Mate check out Australian saltwater flyfishing forum
Pbs flathead 73cm bream 42cm whiting 40cm grunter 48cm mulloway 80cm spotty mack 80cm cod 45 cm

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Re: Fly Tying - Start of a new hobby

#5 Post by NathanG » Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:26 pm

youtube is your best friend for flys
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Re: Fly Tying - Start of a new hobby

#6 Post by oldyakker » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:53 pm

Hi arpi your best place for tying hook and materials is Ali express in China.


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