Fly Tying Materials Advice

With so many materials available to the fly tyer we hope to offer advice inspiration and techniques to further your ideas, skills and ambition.


Monday, 10 July 2017  |  Andy

Foam has been used for many years in fly tying. Fly tying foams come in many forms, as flat sheets which can be trimmed to size and used for bodies for example as bodies of grasshoppers or floating terrestrials and lures, it can be shaped as poppers used for many lures or as cylinders which can be used for bodies for exampleas a detached mayfly body or used for its buoyancy in a Foam Arsed Blob . Foam comes as open or closed cell in closed cell, in closed cell foam bubbes of air are trapped unline open cell foam which has broken adjoining cells. Open cell foam means water can flow into the foam giving it limited floating capability whereas in closed cell foam the bubbles as all closed trapping gas which is gives buoyancy. Normally for the fly tyer is that we usually use closed cell foams

Monday, 3 July 2017  |  Andy

What should a new fly tyer look for in a kit or should they purchase to start fly tying? There are ready made kits in the market produced by companies like Veniard ranging from tools kits to kits with tools and some feathers to ultimate fly tyers staters kits containing a vast variety of tools and materials.

So What does a person starting fly tying really need to purchase to start fly tying?
Saturday, 1 July 2017  |  Admin

Fisker / Tubeology Plastic system is a tube syste with a difference. Plastic and metal tubes that can be cut to length to make any tube fly with interchangeable heads, clear, fluoro red, black or depth diving tungsten.

Created in Denmark the sytem is ideal for small summer salmon flies through to large predator and saltwater tube fly patterns.

Monday, 26 June 2017  |  Admin
Friday, 9 June 2017  |  Admin

As Hans said on his Facebook page "Now the peacock bird get on the red list of endangered species Straggle String suddenly becomes indispensable as synthetic substitute. It is an awesome material. Here replacing natural peacock herl for synthetic and the results are amazing."

Monday, 13 March 2017  |  Admin
Thursday, 22 September 2016  |  Simon
Tie It Or Buy It! Sandys's Straggle Pheasant Tail! Free Tying Guide or Flies To Go!

Free tying guide!

1 CommentMonday, 19 September 2016  |  Simon
Deadly Mohican Flies!

Hans Van Klinken, Barbless Mohicans, & Straggle String

Sunday, 4 September 2016  |  Simon
Our hottest fly! Tie or Buy - you choose Inferno Bugs

Materials, instruction, background - we present to you, the Inferno Bug.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016  |  Andy
Introduction To Fly Tying Wires

Wires have have 3 primary uses in fly tying as:

  1. bodies in flies like the Copper John
  2. to add weight to a fly to help it sink or
  3. as ribbing on both dry flies and lures, nymphs and streamers.

Wires come in different guages or sizes 0.1mm, 0.2mm and 0.3mm the most common in fly tying and in a range of colours.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015  |  Admin

Celebrity adventurer Ben Fogle has praised the skills of all those who spend their time in the water with their fly fishing rods after he attempted to learn the art for his new television show.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015  |  Admin

Family Friendly Fishing Platforms Installed

Wednesday, 2 September 2015  |  Simon
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Sunday, 30 August 2015  |  Simon
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