Beginner Fly Tying Class

Welcome to the beginner fly tying class!  This section of the site was developed as a supplemental resource to the beginner fly tying class I teach through  my home chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Brodheads chapter in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.  It is structured, however, to allow anyone completing the segments to be able to learn fly tying, whether the class was physically attended or not.  The goal of the class is not to teach the participant to tie flies.  Rather, the goal is to teach the participant how to TIE a fly.  That is to say, after completing the segments, I don't want you to merely be able to reproduce the 10 flies presented in the segments.  By the end of the course, I want you to be able to take any fly pattern and be able to tie it.  If the pattern calls for ribbing a fly, you'll know how to do that.  If you need to weight the fly, you'll know how to do that.  So, again, you won't learn how to tie flies, you'll learn how to TIE a fly, upon completion of the course.


The course is presented in a series of 12 video segments.  As the course is geared toward the angler who has never tied flies before, I would suggest starting with segment one and proceeding in order, practicing each technique/fly before proceeding to the next segment.  Of course, if you do have some experience tying, I'm hopeful that you will still benefit from the segments.  In this case, it is not necessary that you complete the segments in order.  You may simply choose which segment(s) you feel would be of benefit to you and focus on them to reinforce your skills with those particular techniques or flies.


In response to the feedback I've received thus far, I've now included the recipes for each of the flies presented in the segments under the recipes tab located on the left side of this page.  There you will find the lists of materials needed to tie the flies in the corresponding segments.  Use it to help develop a checklist of materials needed for the course.

I hope you enjoy and benefit from the course.  As always, feedback is always appreciated, and I will endeavor to make changes or additions to the course in response to the feedback you provide.  Let me know if you have any suggestions, please contact me with any questions.  Most of all, have fun tying, and thanks for your interest in the course!


Happy tying -




Now on to the class. Click the links at the left to view the segments.




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