How To Make Your Own Homemade Fly Fishing Lure

Whether you are an avid angler, or you just enjoy creating the colorful lures for fun or profit, fly fishing lures are easy to make.

Making your own fly fishing lure is an art that can quickly become habit forming. Whether you are an avid angler, or you just enjoy creating the colorful lures for fun or profit, fly fishing lures are not difficult to make. The key to creating the lures is to try and recreate bait that fish would actually want to pursue. With so many paint colors and other supplies on the market, you might start to feel overwhelmed concerning where to begin. Just remember, however, that different fish have different preferences regarding baits. There are so many factors that go into choosing the right bait. Some fish like contrasting colors. Others are attracted to shiny objects. Different waters, alternating weather conditions, and changing seasons can all affect the type of bait that is needed.

Keeping that in mind, you will probably want to make a variety of lures, but the first thing you need to do is purchase a few items that will make fly tying a little easier. One of the best investments you can make is to buy a good vise that will be used to hold your fly as you work. These are not expensive, and you will be glad you purchased one. You might also buy a bobbin holder to keep the line tension tight. You will definitely need a small pair of scissors, and you can also buy a pair of pliers; hackle pliers generally work the best. There are a variety of knots that can be used to tie flies. These include the Domhof knot, the blood knot, and the common clinch knot. The Domhof knot is created by passing the fishing line through the eye of the hook and forming a large loop. You will then wrap the free end of the line around the hook and the upper part of the loop, pulling the knot tight.

The blood knot is formed by passing the end of the line through the eye and bringing the end around the line into the shape of a loop. You will need to continue forming loops around the line until you have four or five loops. You will now bring the end of the line through the loop that is closest to the eye and pull the knot tight. The clinch knot is a very simple knot to tie. Basically, you pull the end of the line through the eye of the hook two times, wrap the end three times around the line, and bring the line back through the two loops that are in the eye. Now, pull the knot tight. Always trim any excess line that sticks out from the tie.



There are so many popular flies out today, that they are too numerous to list. There are a few popular ones, however, and you can take these flies and adjust them to your needs. You can also take the above knots and adapt them to almost any fly. Even though certain flies may call for a specific color, keep in mind that you can change the colors of the flies while keeping the basic pattern.

One popular dry fly is the blue wing olive. This fly is created by using a #14 up to a #24 hook and an 8/0 olive thread. The body is made of light olive dubbing; the wing uses a white polywing, and the tail consists of white hackle fibers. Pull your line through the eye of the hook and attach the tail fibers. Next, attach the white polywing about two-thirds up the shank of the hook. You will need to wrap the hook with the line several times right in front of the wing so that the wing is in a standing position and push the body forward till it meets the wing. Be sure and tie off your line so that there isn't any excess thread.

A common and simple wet fly to tie is the San Juan worm. You will need stonefly nymph hooks in a size #8 up to a #12 and a 6/0 red thread. The body of this fly is made from red chenille. Using one of the above knots, tie on the thread and wrap the thread until it completely covers the hook. Cut a piece of chenille about two times as long as the hook, and be sure to leave about a quarter of it for the tail. You will need to wrap the thread around the chenille to hold it to the hook. Since you don't want to cover up the chenille, only wrap in three or four places along the hook, and then tie off your thread close to the eye. It is very important to always match the color of your thread to the color of your body.

Tying fly fishing lures can be a lot of fun. With practice, you can become quite adept at it. Remember-it is perfectly alright to experiment with colors and materials. If the fish bite the lure you create, then you can't go wrong.

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