Beginner at fly tying

James McKenna

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Hi everyone,
I have recently began tying flies and have started on trout flies. I made a video for beginners on how to tie a very effective, yet simple trout fly.
Is there anything I could do better to improve my ties and what type of fly would you recommend me to tie next?
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Tangled

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It depends what you want to achieve really.

I regard fly tying as a means to an end and don't spend a lot of time trying to make perfect copies of fly patterns that look catwalk ready.

I make rough and simple flies that I think look fishy with as few materials as I can get away with.

I think most fly patterns are fashion and convention and that by-and-large only a few patterns are actually necessary to catch trout, so my goal is to find a few patterns that I can have a lot of confidence in for the circumstances I fish in.

But fly tying is a hobby of itself so it's legit to pursue the perfectly tied fly - to the human eye at least ;-)
 

iainmortimer

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I agree with tangled but if you want to work on technique then pick a wet fly or nymph with a collar hackle. A Cruncher would be a good fly.
 
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