FLY TYING 101

Welcome to Superfly’s Fly Tying 101. Take your fly fishing to the next level and tie your own flies. Here are some basic patterns with step-by-step instructions to get you started.


Step 1

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Step 1: Begin by winding the tying thread onto the hook shank about one eye width behind the hook eye. Form a thread base covering the hook shank with tying thread back to the bend. Leave the tying thread hanging at the hook bend.

Step 2

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Step 2:Take a Brown Saddle Hackle feather and grip it by the tip. Stroke the feather down towards the butt so that the individual hackle fibres stand out perpendicular to the stem. Strip away a 1/4 inch section of fibres from both sides of the butt end of the Hackle. Tie the Brown Saddle Hackle in by the stripped butt at the bend of the hook with the dull side facing the tyer.

Step 3

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Step 3: Take a small pinch of the Rabbit Fur Dubbing and using the index finger and thumb twist the dubbing onto the thread in a counter clockwise manner. Continue twisting the Rabbit Fur Dubbing onto the tying thread until approximately 2½ inches of thread are covered. The Rabbit Fur Dubbing will be used to create a neat slender body. Avoid using too much dubbing.

Step 4

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Step 4: Wrap the Rabbit Fur Dubbing covered thread (dubbing noodle) forward in close touching turns to form the body. Tie off the dubbing noodle one hook eye width back from the hook eye. With the body complete, use the thumb and forefinger to strip away any excess Rabbit Fur Dubbing from the tying thread. Leave the tying thread hanging at the hook eye.

Step 5

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Step 5: Spiral the Brown Saddle Hackle forward over the body 5-7 times to the hook eye. Tie off the hackle in front of the dubbed body. Trim the remaining Brown Saddle Hackle feather.

Step 6

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Step 6: Cut a clump of Elk Hair off the Elk Hair patch about the diameter of a wooden match stick. Grasp the Elk Hair clump by the tips using the thumb and forefinger and remove any short hairs and under-fur using your other thumb and forefinger. Even the tips of the Elk Hair by hand or using a hair stacker. Place the stacked Elk Hair on top of the hook shank with the butts protruding out over the hook eye and with the tips extending no further than the bend of the hook. Bind the Elk Hair in place using firm thread wraps on top of the hook in front of the dubbed body.

Step 7

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Step 7: Sweep the Elk Hair butts up exposing the hook eye. Wind the tying thread under the Elk Hair butts (wing) to further secure the Elk Hair and form a neat tapered thread head. Use a half hitch or whip finish knot and tie off the tying thread. Trim the remaining Elk Hair butts, protruding over the front of the fly, even with the eye. Apply head cement to the tapered thread head and the thread wraps used to tie the Elk Hair wing in place. Avoid placing head cement in the hook eye.

Step 1

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Step 1: Begin by winding the tying thread onto the hook shank just back from the hook eye, about one eye width is fine. Create a firm thread base by covering the hook shank with tying thread back to the bend.

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Step 2: Select a clump of Purple Marabou for the tail. Tie in the marabou tail material and secure it in place along the top of the hook shank. Trim any excess Marabou ahead of the tie in point. The finished Purple Marabou tail should be the same length as the hook shank. Once finished the tying thread should be hanging at the rear of the hook.

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Step 3: Take a single Purple Hackle feather. Grip it by the tip in the thumb and forefinger. Stroke the feather from tip to base so that the hackle fibers stand out. Tie in the now prepared Purple Hackle by the tip at the base of the tail with the shiny side of the feather facing the fly tyer.

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Step 4: Take a 3 to 4 inch length of Purple Chenille and tie it in place securely at the base of the tail. With the Purple Chenille body material securely in place, use open spiral wraps to advance the tying thread forward so it is hanging approximately ¾ of the way up the hook shank.

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Step 5: Wind the Purple Chenille body material forward in close touching
turns to the ¾ point where the tying thread is hanging. Tie off and trim any excess Purple Chenille.

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Step 6: Wind the Purple Hackle forward in open wraps over the body 5 to 7 times. Tie off the Purple Hackle at the ¾ point on the hook shank and trim the excess material. This procedure is called “Palmering.”

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Step 7: Tie in a small length of Fl. Fire Orange Chenille directly in front of the body at the ¾ point on the hook shank. Wind the Fl. Fire Orange Chenille forward to the hook eye. The goal is to form a small ball of Fl. Fire Orange Chenille that resembles an egg. Be careful not to crowd the head area. Tie off and trim the excess Chenille.

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Step 8:Build a neat tapered head to cover all material. Use either a half hitch or whip finish knot to tie off the tying thread. Trim the tying thread close to the head of the fly and apply head cement* to the tapered thread head. Avoid placing any head cement in the hook eye.

Step 1

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Step 1: Begin by winding the tying thread onto the hook shank just back from the hook eye, about one eye width is fine. Create a firm thread base by covering the hook shank with tying thread back to the bend. Using open spiral wraps, move the tying thread back up to the hook eye.

Step 2

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Step 2: Select a clump of Black Marabou for the tail. Tie in the Marabou tail material just back from the hook eye and secure it in place along the top of the hook shank back to the bend. Trim any waste material protruding out over the hook eye. The finished Black Marabou tail should be the same length as the hook shank. Once finished the tying thread should be hanging at the rear of the hook.

Step 3

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Step 3: Take a single Black Hackle feather. Grip it by the tip in the thumb and forefinger of the right hand for right-handed tyers. Prepare the feather for tie in by using the thumb and forefinger of the left hand to stroke the feather down towards the butt so that the individual hackle fibres stand out perpendicular to the feather stem. Tie the now prepared Black Hackle by the tip at the base of the tail with the shiney side of the Black Hackle feather facing the tyer.

Step 4

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Step 4: Take a 3 to 4 inch length of Black Chenille and tie it in place securely at the base of the tail. With the Black Chenille body material securely in place, use open spiral wraps to advance the tying thread forward so it is hanging about one hook eye width back from the hook eye. Be careful not to crowd the head area.

Step 5

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Step 5: Wind the Black Chenille body material forward using close touching turns to the hook eye where the tying thread is hanging. Be careful not to crowd the eye of the hook. Tie off and trim any excess Black Chenille.

Step 6

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Step 6: Wind the Black Hackle forward in open wraps over the body 5 to 7 times. Tie off the Black Hackle and trim the excess material. This procedure is called “Palmering”.

Step 7

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Step 7: Use the thumb and forefinger to sweep back any material and expose the hook eye. Build a neat tapered thread head to cover all material. Use either a half hitch or whip finish knot to tie off the tying thread. Trim the tying thread close to the head of the fly and apply head cement* to the tapered thread head. Avoid placing any head cement in the hook eye.
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