Beginners Fly Tying

Instructions to get started in Fly Tying

The Basic Fly
These instructions were developed as part of a fly tying course that the author taught at the Rochester Museum and Science Center for several years. He has graciously offered to have them published on the web site of the Seth Green Chapter of Trout Unlimited as a means of demonstrating how easy it is to get started tying your own flies. Out of respect for the owner’s copyright, it is requested that copies of the following materials be made solely for personal use. Copyright © Alan Uthman, 1997-2007

For the beginner fly tier, these instructions go into specific detail to show you the aspects of each individual step. However, there are only 3 principal steps in tying a wet fly, everything else is fine detail; so don’t let the length of these instructions put off your tying efforts. This set of instructions is written to provide you with a guide to help you remember all the steps that demonstrate how to tie a wet fly. You can conclude the general steps required to building a fly by reading the fly pattern recipe. Fly Tying classes are a good start to learning the tricks and techniques of fly tying. The best way to become proficient is to practice at home and tie the same fly several times. You will know that you’ve got it down when you can tie one fly after another and have them come out similar.

The 3 principal steps to the Basic Wet Fly are:
(a) attaching the tail
(b) creating the body
(c) attaching the hackle

Pattern Recipe – Basic Wet Fly:
Hook: Mustad 3906B wet/nymph hook, size 12
Thread: 6/0 waxed fly tying thread, black
Tail: red saddle hackle
Body: peacock herl
Hackle: brown or tan hen hackle

Now let’s get started, and prepare to have some fun!

The links below are in sequence to the tying order. Choose tying tools to get a basic understanding of the tools of tying. After you are familier with the tools, move on to the next area; Parts of a hook; and so on, and you will have a finished fly in no time.

Tying tools
Parts of a hook
Attaching to the vise
Attaching the thread
Attaching the tail
Attaching the body
Attaching the wet hackle
Finishing the fly

Once you have gotten the hang of it, and you are searching for more patterns, visit Andy Coopers The Fly Bench.