Chances are, if you’re into fly fishing, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about flies: what to use, when to use them, where to get them, and even how to make them. Let’s talk about that last one for a minute. Tying your own flies can be the most rewarding and most frustrating thing about fly fishing for you. Frustrating; because your fat fingers just can’t seem to convince the materials to do what you want them to, no matter how much you try. Rewarding; because you just watched your personal best striped bass inhale a fly that was yours from the moment you came up with the concept, all the way to the moment that fish ate it. Fly tying requires creativity and a lot of trial and error, but let’s be real...you’re probably pretty good at that if you’re into fly fishing in the first place. Here are a few key ideas and concepts to keep in mind when you’re looking to improve both the quality and consistency of your tying!
Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to organization, but I’ve found that getting organized at the vise makes a world of difference. Personally, I’m lucky enough to have a dedicated tying desk where I can keep everything neat and in order, but this does not have to be anything extravagant. There are a few things that I utilize that allow me to keep everything at my fingertips when I sit down to crank out some bugs: