Veteran tying tips and tricks to help novices create better flies
#2 PLAN OUT YOUR TYING AREA
To tie in volume, lay out your materials ahead of time, ready to go. If you’re tying a dozen Adams dry flies, for example, count out the hooks, get a big clump of body material ready, and pluck out all the hackle feathers you’ll need (this is especially helpful with sizing feathers, which I always find tricky). It would be pretty hypocritical for me to tell anyone to be tidy, but at least try to organize your work area so you always know exactly where everything is. That way, you’re not constantly fumbling for tools and materials.