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Hooks, Beads, Materials, Etc. #13818202 12/24/20 03:41 PM
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I just started fly fishing in September, and the bug has bitten me bad! My Christmas presents are all to do with fly tying - needless to say, I'm new to this as well.
I realized yesterday, that I only bought myself tools and a vise.

I'm mostly interested in panfish and trout (may eventually fly fish for bass).
Can someone provide a list of materials? Dubbing, feathers, hooks, beads, wire, blahblahblahblah. I'm not afraid of a long list! If it's easier, PM me.

What's the best source to purchase these?

TIA


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Re: Hooks, Beads, Materials, Etc. [Re: TexasZman] #13818513 12/24/20 08:02 PM
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Welcome to your new obsession.

Looks like you are in McKinney, the Dallas Fly Fishers and the Collin County Fly Fishers are great resources to help you learn. Both of them normally have regular fly tying sessions at multiple locations including the Allen Cabela's. Most of these are currently on hold, but will restart later this year.

Locally in addition to the major retailers, Barlow's on 75 in Richardson and Kekoa in Melissa both have good selections of materials.

A cost effective hook for warm water use is the Mustard 3366 hook. It's a general purpose design that can be used for a variety of patterns.

A quick word of caution, dry fly hackle is discussed often and gives the impression that it is a must have, but they are expensive and I would delay buying them until you decide to get serious about tying dry fly trout patterns. Delaying their purchase can help stretch your budget. If you want some, get one of the "100" packs as a start.

A source of synthetic materials is Fly Tiers Dungeon. They have some gift boxes that can be a good deal for a variety of materials.

Good luck!


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Re: Hooks, Beads, Materials, Etc. [Re: TexasZman] #13818970 12/25/20 02:32 AM
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The easier way to do this is start with a couple of patterns you think you'll fish a lot, or have success with. Buy the materials for those in a couple colors and sizes, then branch out from there into new patterns, colors, sizes, etc...

For panfish (or bass) it's hard to go wrong with a wooly bugger or a clouser minnow in sizes 6-12. If you want to get into trout flies as well, a pheasant tail in 14-18 and an X-caddis in 12-16 are good places to start and use cheap, versatile materials that will be useful later on.

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Good stuff, I'm open to hearing more opinions! Thanks, Rex, Thanks Glitchmo!!


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Re: Hooks, Beads, Materials, Etc. [Re: TexasZman] #13819926 12/26/20 03:33 AM
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My advice is whatever material you get then buy about 4 or 5 different colours of it. As many times I am tying something and I have the correct material but no variety in colour shocked
Definitely invest in good hooks and threads! I like daiichi hooks, also found some decent tungsten bead heads on Amazon for pretty cheap and they work well.

Good luck!!

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Originally Posted by Glitchmo
The easier way to do this is start with a couple of patterns you think you'll fish a lot, or have success with. Buy the materials for those in a couple colors and sizes, then branch out from there into new patterns, colors, sizes, etc...

For panfish (or bass) it's hard to go wrong with a wooly bugger or a clouser minnow in sizes 6-12. If you want to get into trout flies as well, a pheasant tail in 14-18 and an X-caddis in 12-16 are good places to start and use cheap, versatile materials that will be useful later on.


This is solid advice. I’ve got tons of materials i thought i had to have and a bunch are collecting dust.


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Re: Hooks, Beads, Materials, Etc. [Re: TexasZman] #13827402 01/01/21 05:14 AM
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Be careful when you are buying fly tieing material. You will think the prices for everything are really pretty reasonable. You’ll start picking the things you need, 2.99 + 5.99 + 3.99 + 4.99 ... you’ll stop with a half full basket and it will total out about $500.


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Woolly buggers will catch about anything in the panfish realm and even work on cold water trout. Very simple to tie. Bead head to sink and do a few without beads. Don’t have to have the grizzly hackle either, dyed hackle like chartreuse is fine too.

A one ounce pack of olive and one ounce of black marabou will tie a lot of them. Someone already mentioned the mustad hook. I like sizes 6-10. Some woolly bugger chenille in olive and black. 140 or 210 thread, black, olive and red. You really don’t have to put any flash if you want. Wild turkey marabou is great if you have a source for that.

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All woolly bugger fish. They even work on redfish, but they won’t last long in the saltwater.

Of course, you will likely want to tie and fish more than just the woolly buggers, but it’s a good pattern to start with. Marabou, chennile, some sort of hackle to wrap around the chenille. The one ounce packs are much better than packs labeled “woolly bugger” marabou. Seriously, find a turkey hunter and scrounge off a pile of marabou from a wild turkey. Best stuff around. Two of the flies above are wild turkey marabou. All those flies are size 6 mustad 3X streamer hooks. Inexpensive and great. Chenille is inexpensive.

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