Skills Blog

Here is a sample of some skills you may like to use. They are generic and so could apply to many flies you may tie. Of course there are exceptions; the purpose of this is to provide beginners with some tips & tricks that may make their Fly Dressing easier. If you have any one liners please email them for consideration of inclusion (the committee’s decision will be final)!

Dry Fly Hackles

Cock / Rooster Saddles & Capes can tie better if the lower first bit is stripped.

Normally tie straight up (see Wet Fly Hackles below).

When At top (tying on & off point); sweep away from Eye to make a curtain.

Tie each circle infront.

Length is often one and a half the GAPE.

Wet Fly Hackles

Hen feathers are soft and very delicate go slow.

Normally tie sweeping back (see Dry Fly Hackle above).

Length is to the point normally.

Tying Bodies

Touching Turns without twisting if feathers e.g. Pheasant Tails.

Twist Chenille and pull gently taut but not tight.

Carrot Shape is more normal than cigar shape, and can be achieved often by going back 4 forward 3 (etc)

Tying Ribs

Ensure at the back of the hook; the same angle is maintained.

One circle around rear (provided it doesn’t disturb a tail) is good.

Gaps should increase tying to eye.

Rib can be tied in underneath so it starts from below.