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 cover relatively simple patterns and techniques and move slowly, with step-by-step instruction and lots of explanation. 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 Basic class. No charge for Intermediate/Advanced.
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 by signing up and paying the materials fee.

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 intermediate/advanced class. A materials list will be available two weeks before the class.

Our next tying combined Basic and Intermediate/Advanced tying session is scheduled for Tuesday,  July 30th. Time: 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm.

Basic Class:

The basic class will be tying a Crystal Schminnow. Summer is beach snook time in Florida and the Schminnow is an ideal fly to slide in front of snook cruising the shore. It is also an effective pattern, in a variety of colors, for trout, redfish, small tarpon and largemouth bass. This is one of the easier flies we teach and is a perfect one for new fly tyers. 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.

Intermediate/Advanced Class:

Silver salmon with fly.Capt. Scott MacCalla will be tying a saltwater diver as well as demonstrating some of the many uses of Solarez UV resin. Scott is a 5th generation Floridian and has been guiding local waters for years. In addition to the Mosquito Lagoon Indian River, he fishes nearshore waters for jacks, bonito, cobia and whatever other species decide to show up. Check out his website for more information or to get in touch with him to book a trip.  

Those participating in the intermediate/advanced class 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.

Foam Head Diver
This fly makes a great surface running minnow pattern that will entice strikes from a wide variety of gamefish. It's a great early morning searching pattern for trout and redfish on the flats and works well in the backcountry for snook, tarpon and redfish. The angle of the head will force the fly underwater when stripped hard while a slow strip will slide it along the surface. 

  • We will have a full materials list available as soon as possible.
    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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