Tying your own Flies

Congratulations on making the decision to tie your own flies. You will quickly find out how easy and rewarding fly tying can be. By the time you are finished, you will have a fly box full of the hottest fly patterns and the ultimate gratification of catching fish on flies you have tied yourself. Here are the basic items you need to get started.

Vise picture The Vise is the tool which holds the hook stationary during tying.
Fine tipped scissors are a must. Use the tips to trim fine materials and the base of the blades to trim coarse materials. Scissors picture
Bobbin picture A bobbin holds the tying thread. Two tensioning arms pinch the spool and allow you to adjust the thread tension. Ideally you want just enough tension that the thread does not break when tying.
A bodkin (aka dubbing needle) is useful for picking out the fur on a fly and most importantly for applying cement to the head of your flies. Bodkin picture
Hackle Pliers picture Hackle pliers allow you to easily grasp small feathers and other materials to wrap around the hook.
A tiny drop of fly head cement to the head of the fly will add durability and keep the thread from unwrapping. Head Cement picture