The Pleasure of Fly Tying

Ever think of new ways to make the fishing session more fun? Well believe it or not, it involves making a fly tie. Basically, fly tying is securing some materials onto a hook which when it’s finished represent an insect or similar food item that is attractive to select fish that are caught from fly fishing.

These materials used for fly tying include feathers and furs that are hand tied with special threads onto the fishhook itself. The appearance of fly tying doesn’t have to be perfectly shaped similar to the real one, but as long as the fly tying look slightly like the real insect is enough. But why using a fly as a bait? Since a very long time ago, people have noticed a fish jumped out of the water just to catch a fly which happened to hover above the water, since then, we figure out that making fly as the bait for fishing is a genius idea. Chris Ogborne, the master of fly tying, tells us why and how. Ogborne loves to sit by his chair to wait for its bait weight up as it catches a fish. He slowly made an idea to make his own tied fly. Making your own fly tie can be a good achievement and your result doesn’t have to be perfect, yes it may arguable but it is true. According to Ogborne, his experience has proven that the fish doesn’t actually care how many similarities our fly tying to the real ones. He also shared that he just put any things of insect patterns and attach them on the hook of his baitfish, you may have your own style to tie them, as long as it represents the insects or food shape.

materials used for fly tying 2And what’s more interesting is that if we have skilled hand to create a fancy fish flying, we can sell it to the fishermen. However, for some of you, fly tying creation may look complicated as it seems, but it is actually easy to make, just secure any insect materials on the fishhook just like what Chris Ogborne did before he became the master of it. To get this piece, all supplies you need are vise, scissors, dubbing needle, bobbin, hackle pliers, fly tying cement, fly tying wax, and various materials such as feathers, fur, silks, tinsels and hooks. But please remember to never purchase any feather or fur form endanger species or hunt those feather from endangered animals. Place those materials on the hook together and secure with glue until it is ready to be used to catch your fish. However, when it comes to making fly tying thing, actually there is no specific thing we need to remember to custom the kind of fish we will catch. One other way to think is by knowing what our fish target wants, especially about its food, ‘what do target species (example: Bass) eat most of?’, for example, they eat Sand Eel. Think about the size of the normal Sand Eel then make a Sand Eel representation, don’t forget mind about its color as well. By using this parameter, we will be easier to make our own fly tying to collect bucks of fish that we want. If you are scrupulous enough, take more time to think about the variations and other details of your fish’s food. For example, Sand Eel may have some variations in color and size depend on the season. For further action, look closer to water temperature, because it will dictate you what to put at the end of your hook.