Tying flies, pouring jigs, snelling hooks, or even building mackerel rigs: anglers do these things for relaxation, and the pride of catching a fish with that handmade fly, jig & plastic, or leader. My most memorable catches come from those flies and leaders I have made while relaxing on those days that I can’t get on the water to fish.
This is the second in a three part series of articles centered on getting set up to begin fly tying.
A new fly tier faces a dizzying array of tools and materials when he or she walks into a fly shop...
This is the first in a three-part series of articles centered around getting set up to begin tying flies. This topic comes up pretty frequently. Fly tying seems confusing - there are all sorts of materials, tools, and hooks that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. I'm going to do what I can to de-mystify fly tying, and help you understand what you're looking at if you want to get into it.
I regularly get asked about what my favorite lures are. I normally come up with a response like “It depends on the situation,” or “The one that they are biting on…”. Now I know these answers aren’t terribly helpful to people, and I normally expand on them. However, I have made it a point to not try to tie myself to one lure or technique over the years.
More and more we hear about possible legislation prohibiting lead in certain waters.Usually these talks are focusing on waterfowl protection, and sportsmen are quick to push against the lawmakers and organizations hopeful for their causes. While the politics about lead use in fishing and hunting will make your head spin, there is no argument that lead is a toxic substance, period. Here are some great alternatives to lead that work excellently, and deserve a place in your tackle box.
If you fish from a kayak, then your gear is going to get wet. It's just the way it is. The mere fact that we are just inches above the water makes it near impossible for our gear not to get wet. Whether it's simply the drip from your paddle, to your hands, on to your reel, or from the splash and/or handling of a fish, to even dunking your reel by accident.... it is inevitable.
So you want to pour your own soft plastics, huh? Then this is where you need stay for the duration. So start off lets go over what you will need, (ya, I am jumping right into it so hold on yall)
Fishing knots allow you to properly tie your line to your hook, lure and other tackle. These knots have been developed and tested thoroughly to assure tying ease and strength. Each knot has a specific purpose. Before you learn any new knot, consider the following: