Friday, March 20, 2009

Learning To Tye Flies

Do you ever think, "I wish I could tye my own flies," or have you been overwhelmed with all the books, tools and materials? Too many fly patterns to know where to begin or what to tye first?Don't know where to begin?

Glenn and Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten make it a little easier to get started in fly tying and fishing too for that matter. A must for beginners is their book, Ten Flies Simple Ties.
The Van Benschotens are an energetic and fun husband and wife team who bring fly tying and angling to everyone who is interested. Amidst a dizzying array of information they bring simplicity back to the sport.

The ten flies are tyed using a small, manageable number of materials. Most flies are tyed with foam and yarn, while others employ basic materials like dubbing, bucktail and hackle. The flies provide a nice range of flies from the Simple Dubbed Ant, Simple Bucktail Streamer and the Simple Wooly Worm to foam caddis, beetles, ladybugs and spiders. The book is illustrated with quality color photos and clearly written step-by-step instruction. The flies are easy to tye and fun to fish. No need to run out and fish for Atlantic Salmon when there are some nice trout, panfish and bass near you.

So, if you are not in the mood to buy $200 worth of mysterious tying tools and materials, $90 dry fly necks and $50-$75 books, check out what Adrea Lyn and Glenn have to tell you about learning to tye flies. Start simple and expand from there.

Check out their website at where you can also order their book.

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