By Bob Reece
All journeys do begin with a single step.
Yet, the quality and direction of that step sets the tone for the rest that follow. This holds true for those people that are just entering the domain of fly tying.
Overwhelming is the word that I hear the most when talking to new tiers about them attempts to “get started”. The growth of this art form and the explosion of online outlets has created a labyrinth for those who are just starting out. Sound advice on how to begin can make a huge difference in the enjoyment level of this venture.
When my dad sat me down at his old oak desk to tie my first fly, he kept it simple. During those first few weeks he helped me focus on a modest selection of tools and techniques. Once I was introduced to these humble beginnings, he made a point to help me master them before moving on to anything else. This lesson will forever stay with me and has had a huge impact on my journey as a tier.
Among the aspects of this first lesson was an introduction to the basic tools that I would be using, attaching the thread to the hook and tying a half hitch. I’ve used these same starting points with the numerous new tiers that I’ve taught over the past decade. They still work as well as they did for me.
If you’re just moving forward into the world of fly tying, take a simple first step. Introduce yourself to and master these fundamental concepts. This sound start to your journey will result in an arrival at a long term destination of higher quality.
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