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Five Easy Flies to Tie

By January 14, 2012

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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.


January 16, 2012 at 10:55 am
(1) Jake says:

Wooly Bugger. Easy to tie in a variety of sizes and colors and highly effective on a wide number of fish species.

January 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm
(2) mike moreno says:

A gold ribbed hares ear nymph would be a good first “dubbed” fly. My suggestion woul be to tie the first flies on some of the larger hooks. Grappling with a size 22 hook will only be frustrating for the first timer!

Tight lines,


July 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm
(3) Chad says:

Black Beauties are great flies for beginners, and are heavy producers just about anywhere, especially tailwaters. They are tied much like the blood midge/bloodworm. Start out tying them in larger sizes like 10 or 12 using 70 denier or 6/0 thread and ‘brassie’ size wire rib. When you are comfortable with those sizes start tying them on 16 and smaller hooks with finer wire ribs and 8/0 thread for flies smaller than 20.

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