Fly tying is a distinct craft with definite skills that many fly fisherman enjoy. In effect, it’s also a completely separate hobby from fly fishing, and there are even fly tyers who never fish with their flies because the creation is all the achievement they require!
Fly tying isn’t for everyone but if you...
- want a specific fly to match a hatch
- are looking for an enjoyable extra hobby
- begrudge paying £1 per fly at a shop
- are frustrated by shop bought flies falling apart
...then fly tying is for you.
From the very basics of joining your thread to the hook to the dreaded whip finish, these skills can be learnt with a few simple Fly Tying Lessons. Once you've got the skills required, many flies are easy to tie and the more complicated ones are not that challenging.
Fly Tying Lessons: £20 per hour with a minimum of 4 hours
Generally most people take a full day to learn but I find by the end of a day they’re charging ahead, trying new things full of enthusiasm and confidence.
Fly Tying Lessons include how to:
- Join your thread to the hook
- Binding down materials
- Spinning deer hair
- Binding down wings
- Whip finish
I’ll provide all the required material such as tools, hooks etc plus lighting if required. After the lesson I can advise accordingly and you’ll be in a much better position to gauge what you need before you buy. I wouldn’t advise buying a ‘beginners’ outfit before the fly tying lesson as they generally contain poor quality materials, materials you’d never use, and a cheap vice that is nothing short of a frustration for a beginner!
I can travel to you if required but travelling costs may apply and you would also need a good sized work area that two people could sit at with good lighting.
Please do not hesitate to contact Darren for further details.