Fly Tying Instruction

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Catching a fish on a fly is fun. Catching fish on a fly you tied is even better. Tying your own flies adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Aside from being fun and relaxing, tying your own flies gives you a never-ending supply of the flies you like to fish with and allows you to design a specific fly for a specific application.

Fly tying is a skill that can be learned by almost anyone. All it takes is the right equipment and materials, a moderate level of dexterity and some proper instruction. We offer beginner through advanced fly tying focusing on saltwater and warmwater flies. Our tying instruction is intended to teach the correct use of fly tying tools, material behavior, and tying techniques required to produce effective, durable flies. You'll develop the skills, techniques and knowledge that will enable you to tie countless patterns, and you'll have a lot of fun doing it!

We offer a number of options for getting started tying flies and improving your skills.

Orlando Outfitters Evening Fly Tying Sessions

We offer evening tying sessions throughout the year. Basic classes are usually taught by Orlando Outfitters staff. Theycover relatively simple patterns and techniques and move slowly, with step-by-step instruction and lots of explanation. Guest tyers often move along much more quickly, with the expectation that tyers already understand the basics. Details for upcoming classes will be posted on this page.

Date/Time: Fly tying is usually scheduled for weekday evenings from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm. 
Cost: $10 materials fee for the Basic class. No charge for for the guest tyer class.
Reserving a spot: We limit basic classes to 5 tyers and intermediate/advanced to 10. Please reserve your spot by the Friday before a class. You can stop by the shop, give us a call or send us a message in Facebook or Instagram to reserve a spot.

For the basic classes all you need to do (other than sign up ahead of time) is show up. The materials fee covers materials as well as the use of all necessary tools during the class. You will need to supply your own tools and materials for the guest tyerclass. A materials list will be available at least a week before the class.

Our next tying session is scheduled for Wednesday,  Sept. 18th. Time: 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm.

Basic Class:

The basic class will be tying a Bonefish Gotcha. The Gotcha is one of the most effective patterns for bonefish and is also relatively easy to tie. It can be easily modified to work for redfish and other flats species. The materials fee is $10. We will supply all necessary tools and materials but feel free to bring your own vise and other tools if you have them. Space is limited and the class does fill up so please reserve a spot ahead.

Guest Tyer:

Marsh Slider redfish fly Capt. Jesse Register will be tying a Marsh Slider and, if there's time, will also be demonstrating a simple Louisiana Popper that he likes to throw a big redfish in the Louisiana marsh. Capt. Jesse grew up in the Orlando area, spending as much time as possible on the water. Eventually fishing took a back seat to the rest of life, but the change apparently didn't sit well. Several years ago Jesse quit his secure corporate job with great pay and benefits to became a full time fly fishing guide. He is the owner of Flyin' High Charters and now splits his time between Florida and Louisiana. Visit his website for more information or to get in touch with him to book a trip.  

Those tying along with the guest tyer should be proficient with basic techniques and comfortable with a variety of tying materials. You're welcome to come watch but if you plan to tie make sure you bring your vise, tools and the required materials.  Please let us know if you will be coming and whether or not you will be tying so we can plan accordingly.

Marsh Slider
This is a large profile slider ideal for throwing in front of oversized marsh reds in Louisiana and elsewhere. The colors noted below work well for Louisiana marsh redfish. You might want to adjust the colors to match what you find effective in the water you fish.

  • Hook: Size 2 Grip 21571BN (or another heavy wire short shank hook)
  • Thread: Flat Waxed 210 or Veevus 140. Fl. Green or other bright color.
  • Weed Guard: Hard Mason in 20#
  • Eyes: Small lead eyes in chartreuse or another bright color
  • Tail:
    • Flashabou Accent, Purple
    • EP Fiber, Purple
  • Body:
    • Sili Legs Firetip Orange/Clear
    • EP Anadromous Brush, Orange
    • EP Tarantula Brush, Tan
We will have the required materials available for purchase but bring your own materials if you have them. One of the advantages of tying your own flies is that you can change colors and substitute materials as you wish. Please feel free to use different colors or substitute a material that is functionally equivalent.

Individual Fly Tying Instruction

Private one-on-one instruction is available as well.

Date/Time: Set up individually with the instructor typically during store hours.
Cost: $60 per hour.
Materials and tools are provided for introductory classes. For intermediate/advanced instruction, what is provided will depend on the techniques and materials being used.

Help with Patterns and Techniques

We're always happy to answer your fly tying questions and help you work through techniques and patterns you are having trouble with. Stop by whenever the shop is open and we will do our best to help. There’s no charge but if the day is busy or we are short on staff we may have to take a break to help other customers or ask you to come back when we are less busy. It works best if you get in touch with us before coming in.

More Information and Sign-Up

Stop by the shop, give us a call, or fill out our contact form to sign up for fly tying instruction.

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