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.

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#1 Partridge skin natural - $29.00

Partridge is not the traditional hackle for tenkara flies, but it works very nicely. It is a traditional feathers for the North Country soft hackle flies tied in England and Scotland for hundreds of years, and North Country wets work quite nicely with a tenkara rod. These skins are a bit smaller and much nicer than any of the ones I've ever bought on eBay.

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Partridge Feathers - $3.25

Everyone recommends buying a whole partridge skin instead of a package of partridge feathers. With the skin, you do get more feathers and you get the smaller feathers around the head that people like for tiny flies. Most tenkara anglers don't tie really tiny flies, though.

I'd rather you actually try them, and if it takes buying a package or two before jumping in with a whole skin, so be it. Partridge is a very nice choice for tenkara flies. Had the original tenkara anglers had access to partridge, I am sure they would have used it. If anything, it wraps better, and more of the feathers are the right size.

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Woolly Bugger Marabou (black) - $2.50

I've heard it said that you can catch any fish that swims with a black woolly bugger. I don't think that's true (but almost). Use with the Black Killer Bugger Yarn yarn to tie Killer Buggers.


Persimmon Dyed Silk Cord - $2.50

By now, everyone has probably seen the video of Amano-san tying kebari in hand. He ties flies on eyeless hooks, first tying on a loop of silk cord treated with persimmon. The persimmon does two things, it stiffens the cord and it also dyes it a reddish brown color. People here in the US have generally used silk bead cord dyed a bright red, but now actual persimmon treated cord is available. It is slightly stiffer so it won't be so likely to collapse or twist.

(The current batch of cord is lighter than that shown in the photo.)

UNI-Thread - $2.75
Black, gray and tan, etc. are natural and expected colors for trout flies, but of course you'll want pink for tying the Utah Killer Bug and the Pink Chenille Worm.


Black Killer Bugger Yarn - $9.00

Not quite jet black. The black Killer Bugger caught 54 species of fish in the TenkaraBum Challenge a couple years ago.

Utah Killer Bug Yarn - $9.00

As effective as the Killer Bug Yarn, and doesn't require a marker to darken it.

Ultra Chenille Micro, Fl. Pink - $2.00

Shortly after I started fishing with a tenkara rod I also started fishing a  pink chenille worm. I caught a lot of fish, but I also missed a lot of strikes and stopped fishing it. Recently I've experimented with a pink chenille worm again, but this time using much smaller hooks - size 20 and smaller. My hook up percentage improved. When I tied the worms with two size 26 hooks, my hook up percentage improved again. The micro sized Ultra Chenille is very well suited to the smaller hooks.

Given that one package will tie well over 100 flies, and that all you need for a pink chenille worm is the chenille, a hook and some thread, this is one of the biggest bargains in fly tying.

For the Overhand Worm, you have to use larger hooks so the chenille doesn't take up the whole hook gape. The Wide Eyed hook and Gamakatsu R10B both work well. For the Overhand Worm, you don't need thread (or even a vise) and it is without question the simplest fly you can tie!


Squirmito - $4.00

I have been waiting for some time to get this material. Soft and stretchy, it looks quite a lot like a real worm and fish hit it readily. They also seem to hold onto it a bit longer than they do a nymph. There are a number of methods of attaching it to a hook, but you have to be aware that tight thread wraps can cut it and some head cements will melt it. My solution? The Overhand Worm! Cut the worms into thirds and tie them on the hook with an overhand knot. Pull it tight. The material does not break easily and the worm does not slide down the hook.

Of course, you could just hook it as shown, but then it isn't a "fly," which needs to be "tied" on the hook. If you are fishing a stream that is "artificials only" but not "fly fishing only" it would be legal.

Need weight? Put a split shot 8-10" above the worm.

Squirmito material comes in more colors than you need. I carry the Blood Worm color. It works.

Ultra Wire, Small, Copper - $1.75
The killer bug is tied with copper wire instead of tying thread. It provides a bit of extra non-toxic weight and holds up well to trout teeth.

Ultra Wire, Small, Red - $1.75
I tie the Utah Killer Bug and the white Killer Bugger with red copper wire. 

Bailey's Fly Tyer's Wax - $5

Bill Bailey has been working on the formula for this wax for years. While most dubbing waxes are quite soft and come in a tube, this one is formulated so that pulling your thread through the wax softens it just enough to coat the thread. Unlike the soft tube waxes, Bailey's Fly Tyer's Wax will make your fly more durable in addition to making it easier to dub tricky materials. It is effective for touch dubbing as well as for use with dubbing noodles. Siliconized paper keeps the wax from sticking to the tin. This wax does not require refrigeration between uses.

1.5mm Gold Tungsten Beads - $5.75.

Ideal for micro buggers tied on the Daiichi 1110 #26.


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