Guy Turck Fly Tying

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Pedestal vs. C-clamp Fly Tying Vise

Pedestal fly tying viseI prefer a pedestal vise to the c-clamp models, especially when on the road. Too many cheap motels donít have a good place to clamp your tying vise.

While there are tyers on a higher plane who can tie flies by holding the hook in their hands, for most of us it is a critical tool. The primary job of the vise, which amazingly some vises fail to accomplish, is to hold the hook firmly in place without movement of any kind. The hook should bend before it is allowed to shift in the vise.

My current vise is a Dyna King Squire, a very well machined vise. Previously I have also used a Regal and liked it very much. The Regal is especially suited to production fly tying.

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Use the Lightest Thread You Can Get Away With

8/0 Uni-Thread8/0 Uni-Thread is very strong and easy to use. It has all but replaced the use of 6/0 (and even 3/0) thread on flies I tie.

By using the lightest thread you can, you actually increase the durability of the flies you tie. Lighter threads not only reduce bulk, but allows for more turns of thread to be applied without adding undue weight which is, of course, of paramount importance on dry flies.

Regardless of the type of fly you are tying, adding more wraps of thread will increase the durability of the fly.

Reverse Engineer Flies You Want to Learn to Tie

If you canít figure out how to tie a particular fly, reverse engineer it. Unwind the thread starting at the head and pay close attention to its construction. Lots of great fly tyers learned their trade this way.

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