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.