Questions tagged [fly-tying]

Questions about making flies for fly fishing.

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If you are starting to tie your own fly fishing flies, what types would be the easiest to start with?

The are two main types of fly fishing flies, wet (sink underneath) and dry (float on top). If one were trying to learn how to how tie the flies yourself instead of buying them, would one type be ...
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What are the feathers under the hackle in the rooster saddle?

I just bought my first whole rooster saddle for hackle and found out that there are some soft webby feathers under the usable hackle: I reckon that they are some sort of soft hackle, but some of them ...
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Buzzer / chironomid hook size for still water fly fishing

I'm tying buzzer/chironomid flies to use when fishing under a slow retrieve in lakes. I thought that by chironomid we meant midges, and expected flies in sizes 18 to 26, but a lot of the patterns that ...
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Can elk hair be replaced by deer hair when tying a dry fly?

I'm planning on tying some stimulators and I have a ton of deer hair in the colours that I want my flies to be. The recipes that I have read so far ask for yearling elk hair. I wonder if I can ...
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Slotted bead head on non-jig hook

I'm ordering beadheads for fly tying, and am thinking about getting slotted beadheads to use on jig hooks. The main application will be nymphs to be used as the point fly in a two or three nymph setup....
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Can I reuse the soft fibres from hackle feathers in some other fly tying application?

Every time I use something like a partridge feather for a hackle, I have to remove part of the feather fibres (the fluffy soft part) and that usually goes to waste. I wonder if that can be used for ...