The Essential Fly's tying store. Huge supplies of materials, tools and vices shipped world-wide. Quality fly tying supplies and competitive prices for the discerning fly tyer.
Tying flies is the art of using materials like natural furs and feathers and turning them into fishing flies using specialist tying tools and vices. We have everything required with stunning ranges from major manufacturers like Semperfli and Veniard. Stunning tools kits, the best in scissors and bobbin holders for the fly tyer for sale delivered world-wide.
Flies have been "tied" by fly tyers using materials including fur and feather to imitate flies & insects over the last centuries. People credit Isaac Walton and his 1676 edition of The Compleat Angler as documenting start of fly fishing and tying flies. However primative tying existed as early the 3rd Century AD when the writer Aelianus described catching fish with artificial flies. The tying was "..... they fasten crimson wool around the hook and fix onto the wool two feathers". In 1496 Dame Juliana Berners wrote the Treatise of Fishing with an Angle which described tying using similar materials to the Macedoneans.
In 1800 's to 1950's tying used exotic fly tying materials from rare bird species. Today when tying flies there is a vast range of materials that can be used. Ranging from traditional fly tying furs like hare and fly tying feathers like pheasant tail. Synthetic materials like mylar tinsels, silks or threads. Modern fly tying threads like Semperfli Nano silk now exist in 12/0 size (50 denier) but they are virtually unbreakable.