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Old 12-20-2009, 02:07 PM
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Default The easiest fly?

I'm going to give it a try, tying my own flies. So what I need to know is, which is the easiest fly to start with? Like I said, I'm a beginner so it needs to be easy.

I will work up to a challenging one after I master the easy.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:33 AM
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You'll want to start off with something relatively simple like an adams with no wings. Practice working on the body and the hackle. Once you have that down you can start working on wings.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:39 PM
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What good is a fly without wings? ok a small joke! Thanks for the idea. I wonder if I can find the directions on how to tie the Adams on the internet?
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:12 PM
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What good is a fly without wings? ok a small joke! Thanks for the idea. I wonder if I can find the directions on how to tie the Adams on the internet?
LOL. I know it sounds weird but the wings can really mess up a beginner. If you first focus on making a great looking body and hackle the next step in progression would be to add wings.
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:32 PM
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As much as I have fished in the past, fly fishing is still fairly new to me and I need more practice but I do have friends willing to help me who I am thankful for. My biggest issue to overcome is patience.
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:53 PM
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LOL. I know it sounds weird but the wings can really mess up a beginner. If you first focus on making a great looking body and hackle the next step in progression would be to add wings.
It sounds a good strategy of fly tying. I just wonder did you really use the wingless adams to fly fish? Did you get many trout with it?
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:20 PM
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I was wondering the same? How did the flies without wings cast out? I'm thinking that you start without wings and then add the wings when you get better at tying.
I'm going to give it a try anyway!
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:23 PM
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Default Wings or No Wings

Wings on a dry fly actually have no use whatever, they were originally added to many american patterns as an affectation, to please the eye of the angler, problem is that wings found their way onto many british patterns so that the yanks would buy them while over here fishing.
A correctly proportioned body and a correctly proportioned hackle will catch every time. Winged wet flies however have been the norm in Scotland since god was a lad. They do have a purpose, keeping the fly upright under water!

Adding feather slips as they are called is an art unto its self, matching and manipulating them to the shape you need takes endless patience and even I need to be in the right frame of mind to tie winged wets!
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:14 AM
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I'm going to give it a try, tying my own flies. So what I need to know is, which is the easiest fly to start with? Like I said, I'm a beginner so it needs to be easy.
Hey, why don't you start with a golden head bloodworm fly? I just find this article here. It looks simple and easy to tie, suitable for beginners. Moreover, it is one of the favorite food of the trout.

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Old 01-11-2010, 05:38 PM
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Alfon- thanks a ton for the link. I think I can do this, it looks pretty simple. I will let you know how I make out.

Thanks for all the information about the wings too. That was great information and now I understand it a bit more.
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:49 PM
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How exciting this post was for me to read. I have never tied a fly before but I know now that I could if I tried. There is so much information on the internet and here in this forum.

I'm going to start with a fly without wings!
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