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Fly tying instructions for Nymphs and Dry Flies

Eaasy fly tying of nymphs and flies

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How to tie different patterns, instructions by Wolfgang Fabisch

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Tying Flies - an Art?

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Yes, of course, tying flies for fishing is an artform. This art, however, can be learned. Not everyone getting started at tying will reach the level of tying classic salmon flies, but anyone can learn enough to tie flies to fish with.

Producing flies is not just about dry flies, but about any kind of imitations of insects we offer to fish we wish to catch. It also includes nymphs, wet flies, and streamers. Streamers imitate rather small bait fish - streamers for pike or salmon may imitate even quite chunky ones.

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To me, gluing a ready-made plastic body onto a hook and maybe finish it off with a few dabs of varnish is not producing flies. It takes feathers, threads of several colors and diameters, tinsels, and furs. Some beginners try to make use of their wife's or girlfriend's sewing kit until they realize that the materials found therein will not suffice to imitate just the bodies or wings they are trying to achieve.

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Especially dry flies depend on a good selection of materials, because those materials will make your pattern float - more or less! Materials tending to easily absorb water are to be avoided. Using the wrong technique may also lead to insufficient buoyancy. Beginners frequently wish to secure every one of the materials they add to their flies by a half hitch or a whip finish. Once the sample is completed, it carries up to a dozen knots which add unnecessary weight and thus reduce buoyancy.

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The tying techniques shown below are supposed to help you use several materials to tie a number of patterns. One rule of thumb to remember: a good dry pattern usually has only one knot - the whip finish.

Now get started, and enjoy!

p.s. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to help you out. Just use the link on my contact page.

Dry Flies

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Nymphs

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Parachute Flies

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The Dendif

fly tying instructions how to tie a parachute dry fly

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fly tying instruction how to tie a dendif nymph

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Deer Hair Caddis

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Universal Mayfly Nymph

fly tying how to tie deer hair caddis flies

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fly tying how to tie an universal mayfly

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Yery Simple Dry Fly

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Pheasanttail

fly tying how to tie a simple dry

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fly tying how to tie a pheasant tail

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the Red Tag

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Scud

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fly tying how to tie a scud

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