Neeeed Heeeeeelp...! - Spey Pages
  • 1 Post By SteveD53
  • 3 Post By Yooper-Fly
  • 4 Post By Rifflehitch
  • 1 Post By steelguy
  • 1 Post By DLD
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-12-2020, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: West Coast
Posts: 13
Neeeed Heeeeeelp...!

So, I've been gear fishing all my life. Finally started fly fishing about 2 yrs ago (only took 64 yrs to decide). Anyway, all the fishing I do now is either trout, steelhead or salmon, mostly trout & steelies. Just started Spey fishing a couple months ago (total greenhorn).
Now I have decided it's time to learn to start tying my own. Here's where I need the help..... I just bought a Regal Medallion vice and after looking at the mind boggling array of hooks, fur, threads, tools, and lets not forget this, that, those, and the other things, I have no idea where to start . I want a good set of tools, not sure of what I actually need tho. Also if I can get any info on all of the other things I'll need to get rolling here. My fishing is No. Calif. to B.C. to Mont. and anywhere in between that I might find myself. This is definitely a serious addiction!!! Any help very much appreciated, thank you in advance.


Skol Bandit likes this.

Have Rod, Will Travel...
SteveD53 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-12-2020, 09:53 PM
Registered User
Yooper-Fly's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Upper Peninsula Michigan
Posts: 1,295
Hey Steve! Thanks for post, you’ll have fun. I’ll give this a go, but you are going to get a myriad of answers I’m sure! I’ll lay out a little list and you can go from there my friend. Now keep in mind, skies the limit but this will get you going buddy.

•let’s get some Gamakatsu B10s hooks in there! Size#6- #2

•some stinger hooks for intruder style #4 & #2

•get a pack or 2 of aqua flies 35mm return eye shanks

•veevus 8/0 is pretty solid
•maybe a Veevus 6/0
(Stick with a couple spools of black, it’ll go with anything)

•get a ceramic bobbin (no need to spend a bunch on fancy stuff)

•get a pair of dr slick razor scissors (only use on material and hackle!)

•grab a couple pair of cheap fiskars from local hardware store (use on thread and hair and anything other than your fine detail work.

•whip finish tool (although learning to do it by hand is way way better and easier)

•eye lash extension tweezers .....the double kind (best tool for picking anything me)

•OPST dubbing loop spinner (you might not need this right away, but very soon you will be thankful for it)

•hackle pliers (don’t spend too much)

•get some brass beads that will fit on your Hooks

•a pack or 2 of aquaflies intruder eyes (Chartruese will go with almost anything ....Black 100% with anything)

•get a couple packs of fish hunter spey marabou or hardline bloodquill (black, KF Blue, Purple will do well, but buy what you like)

•get some schlappen in same colors

•some arctic fox in corresponding colors to the feathers is great!!!!! Don’t skip this one

•rabbit strips (do 1/8”) black is tough to beat, but whatever else tickles your fancy


•seriously, go on ‘fly tyers dungeon’ and stick up!!! It’s ultra ultra cheap and awesome!!!!!! H2O is same as flashabou, and the arctic wind and starburst dubbing is all you need!!!!

NOW, get to tying!! Sorry if I forgot anything but this will get you in the game and probably all someone would ever need..........but what’s the fun in that??! 😉🤣

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

PSALM 16:11
Yooper-Fly is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-12-2020, 10:11 PM
Registered User
Rifflehitch's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: all s rivers, but Sky is home.
Posts: 1,803
Your local fly shop will have beginner classes and get you going in the right direction on everything you need and will be time well spent learning the right way of doing things.

Tight lines! B K Paige
"Occupy Skagit"
Wishin I was fishin the Sauk!!!
Rifflehitch is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-12-2020, 10:59 PM
Registered User
steelguy's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Wrangell, Southeast Alaska
Posts: 278
What Rifflehitch said X 4! And, I can tell you from personal experience that there is always something new to learn. Don't rush it, make a lot mistakes and ask for criticism, especially here, it will always be constructive and keep trying to improve. Keep in mind some of the simplest patterns catch the most fish!
SteveD53 likes this.
steelguy is online now  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-12-2020, 11:13 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bc interior, kootenay
Posts: 226
Welcome to the journey Steve. Think you,ll find it great to catch fish on flys you tyed. You Got a good vise so good start. I,m a Scot so take this with from that prescriptive but I,d say think about the fishing you want to do and the patterns you will be using and get Those materials first.As for tools you need a bokkin (think large needle),I use a gun cleaning brass brush for a dubbing brush,a whip finisher if you want to use one,never found a hackle plier any better than my fingers but that s me. A couple of bobbins to hold the thread, some thread I use Uni but lots of different opinions there so try some brands and see what you like. A hair stacker is nice to get the tips even for deer and elk hair. Good scissors are a must and as Yooper said keep the good ones special and use cheaper pair for cutting stuff that doesn,t need good ones.I use clear nail polish for lacquer as head cement on trout flys and Zap a gap for steelhead flys but again its personal opinion and lots of different ways to skin the cat. If you start with a few patterns you want to use and materials for those you will soon want to do others and before you know it will have a trunk full of various feathers and fur and tinsel and so it goes . Just remember its more the tradesman than the tools and when you do buy stuff try and get best you can afford but don,t buy a lot till you know what you want and need.there are hundreds of hours of you tube videos so thats a great resource that wasn,t invented when I started and the best tip I can think of is to use a small section of a drink straw slit length ways on your bobbin and used when your tying the head in, just slide it up over eye and use it to hold hackle back out of you way. Hope you enjoy tying for many years,its a great pass time. Daryl
SteveD53 likes this.
DLD is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: West Coast
Posts: 13
Thank you guys for the responses. This is a great site!!

Tight Lines to you all!


Have Rod, Will Travel...
SteveD53 is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 01:47 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Southern Oregon and western Wyoming
Posts: 17
A good light, a comfy work space, and ten times more tupperware and storage than you think you will need. Watch some tying videos online and get/use what they use.

Keep our rivers clean
uo_p is online now  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 02:33 PM
Registered User
CSFT's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 1,398
Of all the words already offered...the suggestion of getting into a beginners class is A#1. Nothing will do you more good.

To be brutally honest...I am NOT a Regal fan, but that is strictly a personal observation. I would have held off buying a vise or anything else until working with whoever and whatever class gets you started. Unless you've already begun spending your hard earned cash, wait until you get steered in the right direction by good and knowledgeable people one on one...nothing better.

Petri Heil,
The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits - Albert Einstein
CSFT is online now  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 03:39 PM
Registered User
Uncle Stu's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 81
I love tying flies. Start with a classic: the woolly bugger.


I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
Uncle Stu is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Spey Pages forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome