Have you ever looked at a fly and wonder "How did they tie that" or want to learn to tie flies but never had anyone to teach you or what you need to buy to get started? Then these videos are for you. Scott Cesari did an amazing 12 part video series and posted it on YouTube. He startes with what you need and the proper use of each of the tools and works his way from simple flies to the most complex flies all the while teaching the solid techniues you need to tie any fly. By doing it in a step by step process, he allows you to spend a minimum amount of money to get started and shows you how to ties really useful flies that most fly fisherman keep in their "Go To" fly boxes.
Even as an experienced fly tyer, I found the videos very interesting and learned a few new tricks that have worked great when tying. As you tie for longer times, you develop your own style and short-cuts when tying. But these videos go back to the basic techniques and step by step show how to tie a fly, what tools to use and why certain materials are used for wet vs dry flies.
I hope you enjoy them and if you have any questions please contact me directly and I'll try and help you out.
Lesson 1: Tools Primer - Part one in a series of video segments designed to teach the beginning fly tier the skills needed to tie basic flies. This segment introduces the tools needed to tie flies and how they work. It is geared toward the angler who has never tied flies before.
Lesson 2: Three Essential Techniques - There are three fly tying skills that you will use with every fly you tie - the jam knot, the pinch wrap, and the whip finish knot. They correspond to the three essential operations needed to complete all flies - attaching the thread to the hook (the jam knot), attaching material to the hook (the pinch wrap), and securing and removing the thread from the hook upon completion of the fly (the whip finish.) This video teaches you how to perform these three essential techniques.
Lesson 3: The Woolley Worm - This segment demonstrates how to tie a woolley worm and illustrates how to apply a body to a fly (specifically a chenille body) and how to hackle a fly (specifically how to palmer wrap a wet hackle.)
Lesson 4: The Woolley Bugger - This segment demonstrates how to tie a woolley bugger and illustrates how to apply a tail to a fly and how to weight a fly.
Lesson 5: The Peacock and Partridge - This segment demonstrates how to tie a peacock and partridge soft hackle wet fly and illustrates how to apply a peacock herl body and how to apply a soft hackle collar.
Lesson 6: The Soft Hackle Wet Fly - This segment demonstrates how to tie a soft hackle wet fly and illustrates how to apply a floss body and how to apply a rib to a fly.
Lesson 7: The Hare's Ear Nymph - This segment demonstrates how to tie a hare's ear nymph and illustrates how to create an underbody, how to dub a fly, and how to create a wing case.
Lesson 8: The Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph - This segment demonstrates how to tie a bead head pheasant tail nymph and illustrates how to apply a bead head to a fly. It also illustrates the concept of counterwrapping material.
Lesson 9: The Mickey Finn - This segment demonstrates how to tie a mickey finn streamer and illustrates how to create a mylar tinsel body and how to create a hair wing, specifically a striped hair wing.
Lesson 10: The Elk Hair Caddis - This segment demonstrates how to tie an elk hair caddis dry fly and illustrates how to stack and apply hair. It also illustrates the differences between dry fly materials and wet fly materials, specifically the differences in hackle and dubbing.
Lesson 11: The Adams - This segment demonstrates how to tie an adams dry fly and illustrates how to apply an upright wing and apply a dry fly hackle collar. It also illustrates the variations among different types of feathers and their specific properties.
Lesson 12: The Rusty Spinner - This segment demonstrates how to tie a rusty spinner dry fly and illustrates how to make a split tail and a spent wing.
I hope you find these helpful and enjoy them. Scott also has more videos on YouTube showing a wide variety of flies and tying techniques.
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