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. "Orientation" classes are for absolute beginners who do not yet know how to start and finish a fly. Basic classes cover relatively simple patterns and techniques and move slowly, with step-by-step instruction and lots of explanation. Tyers signing up for a Basic class should be able to tie a simple fly on their own from start to finish. Intermediate/advanced classes move along much more quickly, with the expectation that tiers 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 Orientation and Beginner class. No charge for Intermediate/Advanced.
Reserving a spot: We limit beginner classes to 5 tyers and intermediate/advanced to 10. Please reserve your spot by the Friday before a class. If you are a beginner your materials fee is required to reserve a spot.

For the introductory class all you need to do 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 intermediate/advanced class. A materials list will be available two weeks before the class.

Our next tying session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th. Time: 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm.

Basic Class:

The basic class will be tying a Fleeing Crab. This is a great basic crab pattern that works as well as many more complicated options.  The materials fee is $10 and is required to reserve a spot. We will supply all necessary tools and materials. The March session is currently full. 

Intermediate/Advanced Class:

Capt. Justin PriceCaptain Justin Price will be tying a variation on a Borski Slider. This pattern can be tied in a variety of colors. Justin prefers natural colors to imitate the shrimp in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River where he is a full time guide. You can visit his site here: Right In Sight Charters.

SF Baitfish

Materials List:

  • Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 size 1
  • Thread: 210 denier Flat Waxed Nylon
  • Tail: Craft Fur, tan or preferred color
  • Legs: Sili-Legs, your choice of color
  • Flash: Wing-n-Flash in copper or gold
  • Body: Medium Palmer Chenille, orange
  • Eyes: Large beadchain, medium brass or medium lead. Justin prefers brass.
  • Collar: deer belly or body
  • Head: EP Tarantula Brush, 1"

Fly Tying Orientation - Tuesday,  April 10th. Time: 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm.

Our Fly Tying Orientation class is intended for those who do not yet know how to start and finish a fly. We will cover the basics, from how to put a hook in a vice to finishing up a fly with a whip finish. While you will likely leave with a fishable fly, the emphasis will be on terminology, tools and techniques.  

After this class, and some practice at home, you will be able to take part in our regular basic classes. If after taking the class you feel that you need more help with any of the techniques learned, especially starting the thread or the whip finish, set up a time to come by the shop for some extra instruction. There is no charge for this but please be prepared for interruptions in case we have to take a break to help other customers.

Space is limited to 5 students and sign-up is required to hold a space. The materials fee of $10. We will supply all necessary tools and materials. 

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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