Fly Tying Tips and Tricks

Fly tying is the process of producing an artificial fly, starting with a bare hook, then adding various materials, wires and feathers, and binding them all together with some kind of thread. There are all kinds of fly design - some so beautiful they never actually see the water, but end up mounted on somebody's wall (I know from experience... I've got some here!).
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But the purpose of this section is not to explain what fly tying is, or to wax lyrical about beautiful fly designs. No, it's to give fishers like you the best ideas, tips and insights into what flies work, where, why and when. We'll introduce you to our favourites, we'll show you how to tie them, and we'll ask you to return the favour by sharing your own patterns and ideas. Read on!

The 10 Best Fly Patterns of All Time

Woolly Bugger

My picks for the 10 most outstanding flies ever tied. If you have never used them, give them a try. Your success rate will increase significantly, I’m certain!

Are these the best fly patterns ever created?

Wasp fly pattern for fishing

For a fly to be successful, it needs to catch the eye of the fisherman, not just the fish. These stunning examples are the best fly patterns we’ve ever seen.

How To Tie A Pike Fly

Perch Pattern Pike Fly 10

As I have said many times before, I really don’t think that pike fly patterns, or quality, make a huge difference to the chance of success when pike fishing. In fact I believe it’s nearly 100% down to the mood of the fish. We have all had pike strike at bubble-floats, swim-feeders, spods etc. when […]