Must read articles for beginner fly tiers

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by silvercreek, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. silvercreek

    silvercreek Active Member

    May 19, 2012
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    Invariably, a major problem a beginner fly tier has is fly proportion. Fly proportion = the amount of and length of materials and where they are placed on hook to form a fly where the individual parts have the correct relationship to each other.

    Here is a must read article by Charlie Craven on dry fly and nymph proportions.

    Here's a related article on tying hair wings.

    I suggest saving these articles as PDFs that you can refer to as needed. FF often takes done the articles after they have been up for a while. The above URLS may not work in a few months.
  2. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

    Nov 16, 2012
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    Willamette Valley, OR
    The proportions give you a starting point but really, the trout are not out there with a caliper checking the proportions.

    In reality, an artificial fly tied in the traditional, Catskill style looks absolutely nothing like a real bug and the proportions certainly are nothing close to that of a genuine dun.

    But, when you're starting, it certainly is worth attempting to keep the traditional proportions in mind.

    When I was writing my fly tying column I relied heavily on using proportion references.... the hook barb, the length of the shank, the hook gap, the distance of the hook eye are all reference points.

    However, now that the hook companies have come up with 15,342 different styles of hooks, it makes it a tad difficult to use a bare hook for reference points.

    Regardless, traditional proportions are a good place for beginning fly tiers to start so the link is an extremely useful tool.

    Thanks for posting, silvercreek.

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