Eleven Basic Flies That Will Teach You to

The following eleven flies will give you a basic education in fly tying, and will teach you techniques that can be used on thousands of patterns. Unlike many of the basic fly tying instructions you'll read, they include up-to-date flies that are popular today, like the Woolly Bugger and Parachute Hare's Ear dry and the Crazy Charlie bonefish fly. If you're just beginning, we suggest that you start with the first fly we've listed and tie the flies the order they appear. Tie at least six flies of a single pattern before moving on, so you'll develop the techniques you'll use on successive patterns. All good fly tiers work this way for efficiency, setting up for one pattern at a time. Your sixth fly will look a lot better than your first — but they'll all

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