The worlds of fly tying and fly fishing can be difficult for those new to each.  Through this page, I want to offer some general advice and recommendations first, then highlight some of my videos that are perfect for those new to tying.


Initial Purchase - If new to fly tying, I believe that there are some "absolutes" that are needed, including a quality vise, bobbin, scissors, and a whip finish tool.  I discuss the vise further below, and recommend talking to your local fly shop when purchasing the other components.

Fly Tying Kits for Beginners - I typically do not recommend purchasing these, mainly because the kits include few quality materials, and a vise that has weak holding power.

Vise - This is a difficult decision because of the options that exist.  There are a two types that I recommend, rotary and tension-style vises.  The cost is really a starting guide, because there are many in the $100 range, with the next tier falling around the $300 price point.  For beginners, I suggest starting closer the lower price, and moving up (as needed) once you are committed to tying on a regular basis.  As I love to say, if you ask 20 people about their favorite vise, you may get 20 different vise recommendations!  Please contact me for more specific recommendations, as I know this can be overwhelming initially.

Tying Materials - Versus going out and buying random materials, instead I suggest selecting five to ten patterns that you will use on a regular basis fly fishing.  Next, purchase materials to tie those patterns specifically, thus ensuring that you have the correct materials (which can be later used on new fly patterns as needed).  When selecting the patterns, talk to your local fly shop so they can recommend effective flies that a beginner or intermediate tyer can handle; from there, start tying!

First Fly - No matter what, keep the first fly you tie!  Label the fly with the date, and put it away...it's a lot of fun to look back on that pattern in the future, comparing the progress you've made.

Resources - In today's world, you have lots of ways to learn about fly tying and fly fishing.  If you can take a class for either, that is where I would recommend starting, as the direct contact makes an impact when learning.  On my resource page, you can find more specific recommendations for books, videos, online resources, etc.


Recommended Videos: The following videos are perfect for beginners, giving practical advice in terms of buying the correct materials, selecting easy-to-tie flies (that are effective to fish), and making that transition to the water with some tips.  New content is added to this page regularly, though if there are other videos that you would find helpful, please reach out to me via the "Contact" page.  Good luck in this sport; it's a lot of fun once you get past the "overwhelming" stage!