The winter is a great time to learn how to tie your own flies.
So what are the easiest flies to tie?
Well, when you're just starting out, you definitely want to stay away from advanced flies like Dave's Hopper.
Instead, try tying some of these simple flies when you're just getting started fly tying:
- Griffith's Gnat: A great all-purpose fly, it's tied with a peacock herl body and short-fibered grizzle cock hackle.
- Brassie: An odd-looking fly, the Brassie is made with a thorax of dark rabbit fur and a copper wire body.
- F Fly: A pretty simple fly, with an olive pheasant tail fiber body and wings made of gray cul-de-canard.
- Egg Fly: Made to look like a salmon egg, the fly's main feature is the round, pink Glo-bug yarn body.
- Bloodworm: Like the Egg Fly, the bloodworm is a fly converted spinning reel anglers might want to start with. It's pretty easy to tie, with a Marabou dyed red tail and a threaded, red nymph glass body.
That should get you started. If you need some additional information on fly tying, be sure to check out our rundown of the top tools for fly tying.
What flies would you recommend for rookie fly tiers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.