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Till next time …

 tight lines and wet landing nets!

Author: Marina Kropec


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Author: Marina Kropec


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Fish prefer to hide (especially the largest ones) under trees and various submerged obstacles, which poses a significant risk of losing flies to fly angler. However, the vast majority of fishermen, despite the possible loss of a fly, decide to try to catch a beautiful large brown trout (or any other species of fish) hiding under a branch or near a large tree trunk. Usually these fly throws don’t end well (at least for the most part not), as usually the fly lands and stays where we least wanted it. We usually try several more times until we find out that we no longer have these types of flies in our box.

No big deal, as they have others in the fishing shops. But they really have them? Usually the flies we want to buy are sold out or are different colors than we want or tied to an oversized hook or too expensive postage or …. .

The answer to how to get to these flies we love is to tie them ourselves. Starting to tie flies to yourself is not as challenging as it seems. You only need to buy a few basic fly tying tools and then some fly tying material. In this blog post I will describe the fly tying tools for beginners.



Fly tying tools

To make it easier to decide which tools to buy at the beginning of tying flies I have described below the most important tools that in my experience you need to have in order to start tying your own flies.


Bobbin threader

My bobbin threader is already a bit twisted (countless times use) but still doing its job.

A simple tool for threading of the bobbin. It saves us time, to put the thread with your fingers through the bobbin tube usually does not go very smoothly and it is necessary to try several times to succeed. Without it we can tie flies but with it it is much easier and less stressful. I highly recommend this tool.


Bodkin needle

With this universal tool you can precisely applying varnish or glue, teasing out trapped materials, clear out excessive cement from hook eyes, pick out dubbing, separate fibers, coating and securing flies and many more possibilities of use.

Important: caution is required when working with bodkin needle due to the sharp point.


Bobbin holder

The cheapest version of the bobbin.
A more expensive version of the bobbin.

In my opinion a tool without which we cannot tie flies (it is possible to tie flies but I do not recommend). Its basic function is to precisely wind the thread and take care of the tension of the thread. In fly fishing shops you can find different types of bobbins, which differ in price, size, material, quality of workmanship and much more. I don’t recommend the cheapest because they often tear threads. If you already have the cheapest bobbin use it to hold a spool of wire.

Although the purpose of the post is to present basic beginner tools for making flies, I would still recommend beginners to buy a medium quality bobbin. You won’t regret it as you will avoid unnecessary tearing of threads and a bad mood when learning to tie flies. I experienced this myself, so very quickly (when I started tying the flies) I replaced the cheapest bobbin with a better quality bobbin and it was worth every cent 👍.


Scissors

Another very important tool without which I can’t imagine tying flies. I advise you to buy a double pair of scissors at the beginning of the fly tying. One pair of cheap scissors (probably you have some older ones at home and you won’t need to buy these) for cutting harder materials such as wire, lead wire, larger pieces of material (foam, feathers, rubber, …). The second pair of scissors should be with a super fine and very sharp point due to cutting smaller pieces of material, cutting threads on smaller flies and the like. These precision scissors are found in different price range, but to start tying flies, cheaper scissors will do the job.


Whip Finisher

To keep the fly as it was, it is necessary to fix it with a slip knot (noose knot) at the end of tying. I don’t use this tool because i finish the knot by hand (hand whip finish – both small and large flies). To me personally since I tying the flies this accessory doesn’t suit me and that’s why I always finish the slip knot with my hand. Because I have thinner fingers this is not a problem for me but for people with thicker fingers I recommend using whip finish (especially for tying a smaller flies).

At the beginning of tying flies I recommend that you try both techniques of tying the final slip knot (with whip finish and by hand) and then decide which one suits you best.


Hair Stacker

If you want to have the same length and even hair wings and tails, the use of this tool is practically necessary. It can be used to align the length of various fur materials such as nutria, deer, bucktail, elk, caribou, calf and so on. It’s not the most necessary tool but it’s fine if you have it.


Hackle Plier

This useful tool is used to hold the stem of the feather while wrapping it around the hook. Make it easier to work with delicate feathers and prevent the fibers from being damaged. hackle plier can also be used to hold wires and other materials.


Dubbing twister

Its basic function is to create a dubbing loop with a thread. In addition to dubbing, other materials can also be used (flash, feathers – cdc, …).


Fly tying vise

A tool without which I can’t imagine tying flies and that’s a fly tying vise. Which one to buy only depends on the budget of the individual and also how much time he or she will spend tying the flies.

The most important part of the vise are quality jaws (clamp mechanism). With cheaper vices, rotating flies and streamers is an impossible task, as the vices unwinds after a few rotations around (the rest you can imagine 🤬).

If you tie only a few flies to the season, a cheaper clamp will be quite enough.

But when tying flies becomes more than just tying a few flies or steamers per season (a few boxes of flies), you should buy a more expensive fly tying holder (as much as your wallet allows), as it will last for years and provide more pleasure in tying flies.


Fly tying kits

The best decision (my opinion) for a beginner fly tiyer is to buy a cheap kit in which you get basically everything you need to get started. When your technique of tying flies progresses and you find that it is necessary to change certain fly tying tools, you buy better and higher quality tools that will last longer.


With this post I have briefly introduced which tools you need to start tying flies. It is important to buy only the necessary tools at the beginning, as too many different techniques can lead to a loss of will to tie the flies.

As I mentioned before, starting to fly flies is pretty much related to cost. The investment in a quality fly tying tool can be quite high and therefore does not mean that your fly tying will be better. When tying flies, all that matters is how many hours you invest in tying flies. It is of no use if you have the best fly tying tool in the world if dust accumulates on them. So think carefully about how much time you plan to invest in tying flies and only then decide what to buy.

Practice makes perfect.

Till next time …

…… tight lines and wet nets!

Author: Marina Kropec


THANK YOU for all of your support, for visiting my blog, commenting, and sharing my posts with your friends and social media. I am SO thankful for you!

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The river is waiting for me 😎

Spring came, and so did all the fish from the deep pools of the river, where they survived the winter (at least most fish). The water level of the river was excellent and I could already start fly fishing.

Barbed hook (I later squeezed barb with pliers).


So let’s try to catch chub on a freshly tied squirmy wormy fly.

When I was here two days ago without fishing gear there were a lot of chub and other fish, now no fish activity (as usual). When I was back here a few days later there were a lot of chubs (as if they knew I didn’t have fishing gear with me) 🙄.



Small chub attacked the squirmy wormy 3 times before being caught on the hook.

In addition to fish in the river ((which are good signs that clean water is in the river), there are other aquatic creatures that are also food for the fish.

To some fishing spots I had to crawl and climb through nettles and thorns but it was worth it.

Amazing what a jump of a chub out of the water.

Natural wild fish


These chubs in the river are amazing acrobats.

Pink Squirmy Wormy

Using the barbless hook is very useful as it is quickly released from the mouth of the fish.

Catch and release

Goodbye, see you another time.

Despite the fact that the chubs and of course other fish species were not in the mood for flies it was a very nice day by the river. Nevertheless, I am more than happy with fly fishing as I have caught quite a few chubs (they are still happily swimming in the river).

Where to go for a one-day afternoon trip?

We decided to go to Logar Valley. We went to see the Savinja river, which has long been on my wishlist. This time without fishing gear. We took our camera as part of the mandatory equipment.

We visited the part of Savinja that is managed by Fishing Family Ljubno.

I am attaching a link to their website: http://www.rd-ljubno.si/en

We visited their fishing district Savinja 3 + Catch and Release. I am attaching a link to this district (unfortunately only in Slovenian language) : http://www.rd-ljubno.si/revirji/savinja_3

  • The path leads to the river Savinja.

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  • Even without fishing gear, it was a pleasure to watch trophy trout.


  • Beautiful nature.
  • They enjoy duck life.


  • Large number of trout.


  • Clean river and big trout. The true beauty of nature.
  • A huge shadow of a large trout.


  • I found these fly between the stone. How a fly angler lost it is probably the fault of one of the giants in this river.
  • Waiting for lunch…
  • Amazing how many trophy trout are in one place.


They have a very nice fly fishing pond, designed especially for beginner fishermen to train their fly casting.

In the pond, we can mainly catch brown trout and rainbow trout. We can also catch danube salmon, chub, carp, common nase, grayling and pike during fly fishing.

Larger fish are also stocking in the pond, therefore, trophy specimens are also found in the pond.

Next to the pond is a fishing lodge with great food.

  • A pier where we can observe nature and aquatic life.
  • The nature around the pond is wonderful….
  • They are hiding under the pier.
  • The pike is waiting for its prey.

Final words

Clean river, big trout, unspoiled nature, mountains, friendly locals and much more that Logar Valley has to offer. I made many pleasant impressions during the short time that I have been here.

The only thing I really want to do is fly on this beautiful river. This wish will be fulfilled once in the future (maybe next year) when I will be financially able enough to visit this river with a fly rod in my hand. Until then, with the camera in my hand, I will be photographing and filming this beautiful river with big fish in it.


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In the summer time we often see carp moving under the surface of the water. Sometimes carp move very slowly or just stand still so it is very important not to scare them. Anything that splashes loudly into the water would easily scare them away.

Fly fishing for carp in the summer when carp not eating much can be successful in the hot part of the day. I advise using Polaroid glasses because the carp can be seen more easily at the water surface.

Hmmm which fly to use?



Anyone who does not have a fly fishing rod can use a surface float for cast fly.

I tied all the flies by myself, so I was especially happy for every carp I caught.

I use 5/6 weight fly fishing rod.

Average weight of carp in this lake is 7 pound.

It was a great pleasure to catch a carp on a fly rod.

The thin monofilament was invisible to the careful carp.

A gentle cast and a carp picked up the fly. Catching this carp was also the last catch of this wonderful fly fishing day.


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