Have you ever been fishing and thought "I wish I could make a hook that would be better than the one I'm using."? That thought is exactly why I have been tying flies for the last 20 years. I am an avid fly fisherman which has made me an avid fly tyer. I learned to tie flies through trial and error as a teenager. This trial and error method helped me develop into a teacher that knows the pitfalls and errors that a beginning tyer can make as I have made them all. This course will help you to avoid the errors and mis-steps which will allow you to start tying quality flies quickly.
If you are interested in learning the basics of tying flies for fly fishing then this course is for you. Whether you are interested in tying flies to save money, creating custom patterns, or selling flies, this course will set you on a path to knowing the fundamentals to tying most basic patterns and eliminate the many errors and questions that accompany being a beginning fly tyer.
After completing this section a you will know and understand the various types and sizes of hooks, beads, & threads that can be used when tying flies.
Students will be able to identify types of synthetic fly tying materials such as chenille, wire, foam, tinsel, etc.
After completing this section you will learn and understand the different methods about how to fasten tying materials to the hook.
After completing this section you will be able to understand and practice using a whip finish tool.
After completing this section, you will be able to identify a streamer fly and understand the differences between a streamer and other types of flies. You will also be able to tie a simple Wooley Bugger which is a type of streamer fly.
After completing this section you will be able to identify nymph flies and understand the differences between nymph flies and other types of flies. You will also be able to tie a simple Prince Nymph which is a type of nymph fly.
After completing this section you will be able to identify dry flies and understand the differences between dry flies and other types of flies. You will also be able to tie a simple Elk Hair Caddis which is a type of dry fly.
This section wraps up the Fly Tying 101 course. You should feel comfortable enough to begin tying flies on your own and experimenting with your own tying methods and materials.
My name is Kevin Meredith. I am a public school educator and have spent my entire professional career teaching and instructing students. It is an enjoyable profession and one that I hope to combine with my favorite personal past-time of fly fishing. I have been fly fishing the waters of Montana for over 30 years. While in college, I was a member of the Montana State University fly fishing club where I honed my fly tying skills and increased my knowledge of most of the western fisheries. Many of my friends have encouraged me to sell the flies that I tie as they have become locally known favorites. I prefer to teach someone how to tie the flies rather than tie for them. A large part of the thrill of fly fishing comes from catching fish with a fly that you created. I find enjoyment in seeing others create and build their skills. For the past ten years, I have been instructing students in fly tying and fly fishing for our local after school programs. I am also a National Fly Fishing in Schools Certified Instructor.