Basic Fly Tying

Like tenkara, tying tenkara flies is simple. Basic fly tying skills, tools and materials are all you need. The Tenkara Flies pages show the step by step instructions for tying nearly all the flies I use. I have decided to offer fly tying kits for new and experienced tyers who would like to try out a new pattern without having to buy a lot of new materials that may not get used. For fly tyers who know they will be tying a lot of flies for a given pattern, I also offer the fly tying materials required to tie most of the flies offered on the site.

If you do not have a vise, you can still tie flies. Please see the Fly Tying with Clamps and Nippers article. Having a vise and some fly tying tools does make it easier and quicker, though. I have decided to carry the HMH SX vise. I used to use a Peak vise but have switched to the HMH SX vise. It fits right in with simple theme of tenkara. It is a simpler design than the top of the line HMH vises, but it is of the very same high quality.

"One Fly" Tying Kits™

The "One Fly" Tying Kits™ come with everything you need to tie 25 flies of one pattern. Included in each kit is a package of 25 Daiichi hooks, the materials required to tie 25 flies and a pattern sheet that provides easy to follow step-by-step instructions. There will be very little waste and you won't have to buy a whole rooster neck or partridge skin, or enough yarn for a whole sweater, just to try out few flies.

Fly Tying Materials

Offering fly tying materials is a natural extension of the "One Fly" Tying Kits™, which are great for people who want to try out a new pattern without having to buy a large supply of new materials. If you know you are going to be tying a lot of the same flies, though, it does make sense to buy your fly tying materials in larger quantities.

Fly Tying Hooks

In addition to Daiichi hooks, I have tenkara hooks that to my knowledge are unavailable anywhere else in the US.

For quite some time I have been interested in micro fishing and in fly fishing for micros. For small fish you need small flies so I now carry a selection of hooks ranging from size a Daiichi size 20 to a Varivas size 30. Whether you are interested in midge hooks for micros or for sipping tailwater trout, you can find there here.

Fly Tying Vise and Tools

A fly tying vise and tools, along with a few materials, allow you to tie your own flies. You might or might not save money, but you will have a hobby to take you through the long, cold winter. And the satisfaction you get from catching fish on flies you tied yourself just can't be beat.

There are dozens of fly tying vises, and hundreds of different tools. In the spirit of tenkara, I've tried to simplify things a bit and will only offer a few choices that I think will serve you well.

Fly Tying With Clamps and Nippers

Although you will probably want to use a vise when tying at home, if you tie during a fishing trip or even at streamside, you probably will not have a vise with you. You can tie flies that are very effective (although perhaps not very neat) with just a pair of Dr. Slick Spring Creek Clamps and a pair of nippers.

It is not at all hard to do and takes only a little practice. Click here for the details and a few step-by-step instructions.

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Ever since I started fly fishing, I've wanted to fish beautiful flies. I respect and understand the bait and lure fishermen and even those who purchase flies, but it's not for me. I get more happiness when the catch starts at the tying bench with a piece of artistic creativity.

Phillip D, Montana