Making Fishing Flies

Making Fishing Flies
Fly anglers use fishing flies to attract and catch a variety of fish including bass, pan fish and trout. Flies are designed to imitate natural insects and other natural food that fish eat. Underwater hatching insects, minnows and insects that land or fall onto the water are all represented by flies. Tying flies, such as a dry fly, can be a good way to save money as well as make an interesting hobby for anglers.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly tying vise
  • Fly hook
  • Thread bobbin and fly thread
  • Animal hairs
  • Chenille or yarn
  • Head cement
  • Scissors
Step 1
Place a fly hook in the jaws of a fly-tying vise. Position the hook so the bend of the hook is held in place between the jaws with the barb and point on the bottom.
Step 2
Attach a spool of fly thread in a thread bobbin. Feed the thread through the front of the bobbin and pull several inches out. Wrap the thread around the shank of the hook, beginning just below the hook eye and work down to the bend and back up to the eye. Repeat the process to build two or three layers of thread on the hook.
Step 3
Place long animal hairs on the shank of the hook with the ends next to the hook eye. Secure the hairs in place with several turns of thread.
Step 4
Place chenille or yarn on the shank of the hook on top of the hairs. Secure one end below the hook eye and make wide wraps along the shank to hold the chenille or yarn in place.
Step 5
Cut shorter pieces of animal hairs and secure them to the shank of the hook with thread. Pull the free end of the chenille back up the shank and across the hairs. Wrap the thread down and back up the shank, making wide wraps to secure the chenille or yarn in place over the hairs. Arrange the hairs so they extend out at an angle from the fly body through the wraps of thread.
Step 6
Wrap several turns of the thread around the shank just below the hook eye to form a head. Tie the thread off and cut it free from the bobbin with scissors. Coat the threads with head cement or clear nail polish.

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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