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.


Tuesday, 14 September 2021  |  Sarah

Come the dying days of the season, a number of river insects can be expected, but one of the most prevalent will be Large Dark Olives.

Sunday, 29 August 2021  |  Sarah

There are some questions that we all ask. Here are the ones that Loon Outdoors often get asked about their Resins.

Saturday, 28 August 2021  |  Sarah

Here is how to remove the tip cap from the lid and to attach the applicator needles.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021  |  Sarah

There are many hook manufacturers who each name their hooks something different to be unique. How are you supposed to know what hooks are a suitable alternative?

We have combined traditional companies that we all know and love with some of the newer modern companies so you know which hooks are suitable for your flies.

Friday, 13 August 2021  |  Sarah

Rio Products have some great tips and advise on fly fishing and we have their latest video links here

Thursday, 24 September 2020  |  Sarah

Semperfli Fly Paint in Fluorescent solid and metallic enhanced colours give the ability to enhance flies like never before.

Friday, 14 February 2020  |  Sarah

New catalogue, new materials and plenty of hits, tips and advise from Semperfli and their Pro Team. The photos of the flies are astounding real works of art! Even if you are not into tying flies yourself looking at the 'magazine' style catalogue can inspire you.

Thursday, 22 August 2019  |  Sarah

Have you fallen foul to the rumers that Picric Acid is unsafe and want to learn the truth? Look no further as we teamed up with Semperfli to help clear things up for you.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019  |  Sarah

Do you know what hackle you need or what grade to tie your fly?

      No? ... Not a problem, we didn't either when we started and we felt silly for asking, like everyone should know these things!

Help is at hand in our easy guide for you to understand hackles and the Metz grading system a bit better to make your tying easier and knowledge greater!

Tuesday, 25 June 2019  |  blogmanager
Semperfli Synthetic Quills Released

Amazing new synthetic quills released by Semperfli available now

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  |  Admin
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  |  Admin
Deadly Mohican Flies!

Hans Van Klinken, Barbless Mohicans, & Straggle String

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

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

1 CommentTuesday, 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.


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