t.z. | Friday, 11 March 2016
Teaching - or better said sharing is a good way to learn. Really. One really has to think very simple when one wants to ensure that the other really understands what one tries to convey. This helps the own process very much.
Teaching fly tying to me is more sharing the basics of fly fishing. What is this about trying to trick a fish into believing this strange concoction of fur & feathers on a hook could be a food item.
I can´t stress enough how important it is to work on thread control. Like rice fo sushi. I heard that a good sushi chef must wash rice for a year before they let him move on to more complicated tasks. My "sushi rice" is the black gnat. It is amazing what you can learn from that simple fly. All mistakes show very clearly. So please go back to chapter one and practice that fly until you start to hate it ... and a bit more. You will benefit tremendeously form that excercise.
It doesn´t hurt to read the first chapters before either --- so I hope.
and than ... - after having tied at least three dozen black gnats - than move on to the other chapters
keep praticing the flies above while you read these :
and than continue with the next section
splitting thread (not hair)
and some more relaxing easy, but very efficient pattern
if you need a fly to impress the other fishermen go for these
the emerger section
extended body flies
Another really good way of learning fly tying is to take macro pictures. A smaart phon or small digital camera is sufficient. Than upload the pics to the sexylloops forum and have them discuss by others.
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