Instructions for Trout Fly Tying

Instructions for Trout Fly Tying
For many people, fly fishing is much more than a means of catching fish or even a hobby. Fly fishing is a way of becoming one with nature for many anglers as the hunt for wary trout and other game fish species unfolds. The equipment, clothing, rod, reel, line and flies combine with the knowledge and skill of a fly fisherman to present a fly that may entice a fish. Many fly anglers create their own fishing flies as they fine-tune their craft. Fly tying can be an enjoyable and rewarding activity.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly tying vise
  • Fly hooks
  • Fly tying thread
  • Thread bobbin
  • Knot tying tool
  • Small scissors
Step 1
Attach a fly tying vise to a sturdy work surface. Place a long shank fly hook in the jaws of the vise just below the bend. Position the hook so that the shank is on top with the barb and point below.
Step 2
Place the fly tying thread in the bobbin and wrap the shank of the hook. Begin near the eye and wrap down the shank and back up.
Step 3
Attach yarn, fur, foam or other material to the shank of the hook to form a body. Make wide wraps with the thread around the body so that the material and fibers extend out.
Step 4
Place feathers or animal hairs on the shank near the eye of the hook. Feathers are typically used for streamers and animal hairs for dry flies. Allow the feathers to sweep back and tie them in place with thread. Tie hairs down with several turns of thread, then fold forward and tie again so they will extend outward.
Step 5
Form the head of the lure with several wraps of line just below the eye. This will also serve to reinforce the wrap ends around the body material, feathers and hairs. Finish the thread with a double overhand knot. Use a knot tying tool to assist with forming the knot. Cut the thread with scissors when finished.

Tips & Warnings

Refer to fly tying patterns for details on the exact materials needed to tie various insect imitations.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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