Fly Tying Lessons

In the world of fly fishing what is the biggest cost to fly fishermen? One could say it is his/her rod, reel, line, or tippet… hell they could even say it is their waders and boots… others could say it is their boat. All of these people would be wrong, dead wrong. Fact: fly fishermen will spend thousands of dollars every year filling up their fly boxes on flies made by other people. So why would fly fishermen claim that they spend more money on other things, well this has got to do with the simple fact that fly fishermen don’t realize how much money flies cost and how often you replace them. On average most flies cost at the very least .99 cent, and for those larger flies or more detailed flies, the sky is the limit. Another fact: a fly fishermen will lose at least three flies every time they go out and fish. So if a fly fishermen fishes at least two times a week, that person will lose 312 flies per year. This is why your local fly shops stay in business, they love selling you flies, they make it a point to know their product to sell you flies that catch fish so you keep coming back. But the next time you are in a fly shop look at the prices of these flies, I bet they are never on sell, why? Well these flies are the local shops bread and butter.

So what makes the flies different than any other fly that the shops sell, aren’t they just thread, fur, feathers, synthetic materials, a bead, and a hook? Well yes and no, Fly Tyers design flies to attract fish, some painstakingly try to mimic the quarry of the fish they are trying to catch, while others just try new things that shouldn’t work but do (aka “The Mop Fly”). Every shop owner and employee fishes, they test out flies every week, they know what works and what doesn’t. This is the reason why they sell you certain flies and why you will see some flies sold out and others not so much, why some will always be full price and others will be in the discount pin.

Now I love a good fly shop, they are always good people. They are full of knowledge that you will need in order to be a successful fly fishermen, especially if you are new to fly fishing or new to an area. They will treat you with respect and eventually they will become like family to you. But here is a secret, they do not care if you buy flies, as long as you are there to purchase something that helps them stay in business (ie fly tying materials, tools, and what not).

My goal is not to take money away from the shops, because you will still be going there for gear and materials, but instead my goal is to educate you in the Art of Fly Tying. It is an art that has taken me many years to learn, but I will never claim to be a Master at it. A Fly Tyers should always be humble, like an artist you will mess up and have to start a new. You will think up an idea of a fly and once it hits the water it will just not perform. So I will teach you what I know to help you create a fly that will catch fish, because that is our end goal and I will help you lessen the cost of filling up your fly boxes.

Honestly I am not trying to fool you into letting me teach how to fly tie, what I am trying to do is teach you fly tying so that it will save you money. Take a Zebra Midge, on average they cost .99 cent, do you know how much they cost to make? Roughly .10 cent, yep, that is the mark up on most flies. And it will stay that way as long as you fish because Zebra Midge’s catch fish like crazy.

For this reason alone is why I want to help you learn how to tie flies, I want to help you save money in the long run, but more importantly I want you to experience the true joy of catching a fish on a fly that you tied.

Now for the fun part; so I will be teaching several different classes, from beginners classes to advance levels (also i will teach how to make custom brushes). However we will talk and see what you know and what you want to know, from there I will evaluate and customize a class to suit your needs. There is no need for you to learn how to tie flies for trout if you are never going to fish for trout, the same as with bass and musky. I want you to be successful at catching the fish you are going for. Once we are done for the day I will take a couple photos of your flies and then we will test them in my fly testing tank so that you can see how your fly will work in a realistic stream simulation.

Prices will range from $25-$40 dollars per session and they will last for roughly an hour and a half. The reason why some classes are more expensive than others will be the cost of materials, and how complex the fly is. Once every month I will host a fly tying tie off just to test your skills, it will be like an iron fly challenge. This will be free of charge, but it will be a very good test of abilities.

Just send me an email at and we will set up a date to talk about what you want to learn and what dates you are available.