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Fly Tying the Woolly Bugger For Steelhead

How to fly fish. Fly tying a woolly bugger.

To tie one of the most popular flies for steelhead follow the below steps:

1)      Take a 2x long 1x strong nymph hook and place in a fly vise.

2)      Lay down on the shank of the hook a base of thread with your bobbin.

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How To Tie A Stonefly Nymph / Steelhead Fly Fishing

How to tie flies. You need the following to tie a Stonefly nymph for steelhead fly fishing:

Size 10-1530 hook

UTC 40 black thread, lead fly tying wire, Chenille , black dubbing, black pheasant tail , black hackle, Rubber legs for fly tying.

0)Take the hook place in the vise.

1)) Take lead fly tying wire and wind around the shank of the hook. Trim the wire ends when done. 

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How to tie Flies. Get ready for those August and September grasshopper hatches by tying your own grasshopper flies.


The foam hopper is really not a difficult fly to tie. Steps to tie one are as follows:

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One of the most basic flys to tie is called the rabbit hare nymph. It is a nymph that will catch alot of fish. This nymph is my favorite nymph to fish and my favorite nymph to tie. The hare nymph simulates a may fly nymph. The steps needed to tie a hares ear nymph are below.

1) First put your hook in the vise and use your bobbin to start your thread around the shank of the hook.

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In beginner fly tying there are basic things you will need to do when ever you tie a fly. 1) You need to attach the thread

to the shank of the hook. 2) You will need to attach material to the shank of the hook (such as a feather).

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Many fly fisherman tie there own flys. It is an enjoyable hobby  in itself and will save you a lot of money if you are a serious fly fisherman. To get started with fly tying equipment is really not that expensive.

To get started Tying flys you will need the following equipment:

1) A fly tying vise is the most needed tool for fly tying. The vise will hold the hook of the fly you are tying. 2) Bobbin (whip tool) will hold the thread you are tying flys with. it will wind the thread around the fly (applying tention). 3) Hackle pliers clamp around feathers and allow you to wrap a feather around the base of a hook. 4) Whip Finisher or  Half Hitch tool is used to finish off the knot of your thread. 5) Small scissors. 6) Serrated scissors (good for cutting feathers).

Nice to have equipement once you get started

1) Half Stacker used to even up the feathers on a fly 2) Wire Cutters for cutting lead weight, wire etc. 3) All purpose scissors 4) Bobkin is used to apply cement on your threads after you finished tying 5) Hackle gad pliers holds back the feathers so you can finish tying the thread to hold the feathers. 6) Razor blades for cutting material. 7) Bench or table for your fly tying. 8) How to tie fly books 9) An led reading light works well for fly tying 10) Plastic Containers of different sizes for storing items such as feathers , hooks, thread yard etc. Fly boxes for storing finished flys.

See How to Fly Fish for more information on fly fishing