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. They cover 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: $5 materials fee for the Basic class. If you bring your own materials, there is no charge for for the Guest Tyer class. There is a $5 materials fee if you would like us to provide you with materials. 
What is included: 
Basic Class - The materials fee for the basic class covers all materials as well as the use of our vise and tools, if needed. Feel free to bring your own vise and tools if you have them.
Guest Tyer Class - The materials fee covers all materials other than thread. You will need to bring your own tools and thread. If those participating in the Basic class don't use all the available vises, we will have a couple loaner vises available.
Reserving a spot: Space at the tying table is limited and we need to know how many to set up for, so please reserve your spot at least 24 hours before the 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 tyer class. A materials list will be available at least a week before the class.

We are taking a break from fly tying until we have a better idea of what to expect regarding the Coronavirus. We will post the date of the next class here when it has been scheduled.

What to Bring?

If you are participating in the basic class, all you need to bring is your tools, if you have them. Materials will be provided. If you will be tying with the guest tyer, please bring your tools and thread. You can either choose to bring materials as well or, for a materials fee of $5, we will provide materials (excluding thread). If you would like us to provide materials please let us know at least a day before the class so we can be prepared. 

If you have a vise and tools, please bring them. We have several vise/tool sets available for use that go first those in the basic class. Whatever is left over will be available the evening of the class on a first come, first served basis.

Basic Class:

The basic class will be tying a simpler version of the guest tyer fly. We will first listen to a short presentation and watch the guest tyer tie a fly,  then move to a different table where step-by-step instruction will be provided.

Guest Tyer:

The Quetzalcoatl fly.Michael Fridfertig will be tying the Quetzalcoatl (look it up. I had to.). This is a great pattern for spooky fish that still want a mouthful. It is lightweight and easy to cast , lands softly on the water, gets down a few inches below the surface and swims amazingly. The dubbing head will push some water and create some turbulence, which help the ostrich really move around. It is equally useful in fresh and salt water.

Those tying along with Michael should be proficient with basic techniques and comfortable with a variety of tying materials.  We offer the basic class for those who would like more detailed instruction and a slower pace.

Materials List:
  • Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S 2/0
  • Thread: Veevus 140 denier, White
  • Tail:
    • Bucktail, Natural 
    • Dubbing Loop with White and Gray Ostrich Plumes
  • Collar: Marabou, Fl. Chartreuse
  • Legs: Sili-Legs, orange or orange / black barred
  • Head: Senyo's Laser Dub, Gray and White
  • Eyes: Oval Pupil Eyes, 5/16"
  • Bobbin with thread
  • Scissors
  • Bodkin
  • Dubbing Spinner
  • Dubbing Teaser
  • Hair Stacker
  • Loon D Loop Tweezers
  • Hareline Dubbing Loop Prep Pad
  • Zap A Gap Brush On
  • Solarez, Bone Dry

Please bring you own basic tools, such as a bobbin, scissors, and a bodkin. If you have the more specific tools, bring those as well. If not, we will have one or two extras of the essential tools to share.

When selecting materials, don't be overly concerned with color, or with matching all the materials exactly. 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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