Recently, I’ve embarked on a brand new journey, tying my own flies. Who’d have thought, those little pieces of fluff tied to a hook could be so addictive to tie, yet sometimes so complicated as they are.
Speaking to a number of long time fly tying veterans, us young wipper snappers have it so easy these days. Youtube is a brilliant resource, with some fantastic instructional content for any fly that takes your fancy. Detailed “how to” videos for the beginner explaining the basic techniques, through to even more detailed content showing you exactly how to tie that fly.
As with any research you do on the internet, there is almost as much information out there that is SOOOOOO not worth wasting your time to look at, and sifting through the hours of instructional fly tying video is no different.
Fortunately for you beginners out there that might be starting the journey with me, I’ve managed to find a great site worthy of a bookmark…
www.intheriffle.com is an online Fly Fishing resource and store. I can’t say I’ve used the store, but I’ve certainly scoured the videos, watching several of them over and over again, as I learn tie.
In addition to the visual instruction of the video, the site also provides a detailed recipe for each fly with links to their online store to purchase the ingredients. You may decide not to purchase from the store, but notably, the benefit for myself, and the other newbies out there, is it provides a visual reference when you may not be 100% sure what the ingredients are.
The video quality is excellent and clear, unlike many of the other available resources in Youtube land, and the instruction and explanations are clear and precise. The vast majority of the videos on the site are for freshwater flies, and although I’ve found that some other video sources have a tendency to drag on, the ones from intheriffle.com aren’t gratuitously long for the sake of it.
So which ones have I tied successfully? Or at least which ones have I watched and modified successfully?
My first successful tie, the Adams
My second, the Woolley Bugger
The latest, a variant of the Epoxy Shrimp (without the epoxy…)
Not to say that there aren’t other great options out there, but this is certainly a useful website with an extensive catalogue of tying videos in one place.