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Old 03-08-2018, 06:27 PM
kad1979 kad1979 is offline
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I love the patterns on Charlie’s flybox and used them quite a bit when I was first starting out. Step by step with a picture of each step.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:19 PM
aztightlines aztightlines is offline
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Originally Posted by BigPoppa View Post
Most beginners struggle with the whip finish which is an essential ending to tying most flies. Buy a whip finish tool and just practice with it over and over until you have it down solid. Using bigger hooks in the beginning will help.
Good advice...even if you eventually choose to whip finish without a tool, a Matarelli-style whip finish tool is essential to start out.

Umpqua, Wapsi companies make good beginning tying kits...the Eric Leiser tying book that came with one of them is a pretty good manual as well.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:56 AM
AzMandella AzMandella is offline
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Although it is a little pricey but can be found used on Amazon . I highly advise getting The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference by [Ted Leeson, Jim Schollmeyer] . It has everything you want to know about how to properly attach materials and why .
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:59 AM
Bucksnort Bucksnort is offline
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If you live in the east side of the valley, Desert Fly Casters also offers free tying lessons.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:47 AM
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I started at the tender age of 9, using some books. Still going strong 37 years later! Luckily I had a father who supported my obsession
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