Choosing Fly Tying Thread

Choosing the right thread will make tying easier and produce more durable and attractive flies. Modern fly tying threads are usually constructed of either nylon or polyester and have been waxed for ease of tying.
Ultra Thread is an extra strong waxed nylon thread with a slight twist that helps in securing materials to the hook. It wraps flat with minimal thread build up and comes off the bobbin very smoothly. It is an excellent thread for tyers of all skill levels and is available in 4 sizes to meet all fly tying needs.
Size – The textile industry standard for measuring thread is referred to as a denier. Denier is the measured mass in grams of 9,000 meters of thread. For example, if the mass of thread is 70 grams, it is considered a 70 denier thread. A 140 denier thread has twice the mass of the 70 and, therefore, is larger and stronger.
Color – Most color choice is a personal preference. Since the thread usually only shows up on the head of a finished fly, all you need to do is determine the color you would like the head to be. On thinly dressed flies, the thread color influences the color of the fly when wet. Use this to your advantage by choosing thread colors that give you the color hue you desire for the fly. When in doubt, stick to one of the 6 most popular colors: Black, White, Olive, Gray, Tan, and Red.

Ultra Thread is available in 4 sizes and and a wide range of colors.
70 Denier
Ideal for dry flies, nymphs and midges. Best on size 14 – 32 hooks. Breaking strength is approximately 1 lb.

140 Denier
The ideal size for all but the smallest trout flies as well as small streamers and bass flies. Best on size 6 – 14 hooks. Breaking strength is approximately 2 lbs.

210 Denier
Designed specifically for the largest trout flies as well as bass and saltwater flies. Best on size 1/0 – 8 hooks. Breaking strength is approximately 3 lbs. Excellent for spinning deer hair.

280 Denier
Made for the largest bass and saltwater flies and any fly where you need to quicky build up a thread body. Best on size 6/0 – 2 hooks. Breaking strength is approximately 4 lbs.

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Vises
Your complete guide to picking the very best Fly Tying Vise.
As you’ve landed on this page, that means you’re very interested in taking the next step on your journey as an ever-improving fly fisher. Tying flies correctly is a step into really knowing what fish are eating and matching your expertise to imitate it. And the place to begin there is a good vise.
So, what type of Fly Tying Vises to choose: Stationary, Rotating or Turning?

When to choose a Stationary Vise…
As the name suggests, this vise holds the hook in a stationary position – with no turning. We strongly advise a rotary vise, but as rotaries have only been in existence for 30 years or so, there are literally millions of flies tied on stationary fly tying vises. Look for a nice heavy custom base to ensure it holds things steady.

When to choose Rotary Fly Tying Vise…
This vice allows the hook to turn using a lever, or just by twisting the vise jaw. The hook and jaw turn will quicken up tying, especially when applying hackle. The difference between a rotary vise and other turning tying vises is that it turns in a very helpful way that assists the application of hackle and other wraps.

When to choose a Turning Vise…
Many fly fisher tiers dislike the rotary function and prefer to turn manually to inspect the fly, which therefore ensures they develop great skills in the application of even pressure all around the hook. For example, with Regal tying vises the fly is held with a spring clamp which will turn, but this turning is mainly just to inspect the fly – spring clamps enable super- fast hook changes.

What to look for when picking a Fly Tying Vise…
Look for hardened jaws… it’s what keeps the point sharp. The jaws of the tying vise should be harder so they will clamp onto the hook better.
Look for replaceable Jaws… and for a vise where the manufacture produces replacement jaws. Remember most standard tying vises won’t hold larger kinds of hook.
PRO TIP: You can break a vise jaw by leaving a hook clamped under tension over night.

Fly tackle
A variety of fly reels on display at a fly fishing show
Fly fishing tackle comprises the fishing tackle or equipment typically used by fly anglers. Fly fishing tackle includes:
• A wide variety of Fly rods of different weights, lengths and material are used to present artificial flies to target species of fish as well as fight and land fish being caught.
• A wide variety of Fly reels are used to store fly line and provide a braking mechanism (drag) for fighting heavy or fast moving fish.
• A wide variety of general use and specialized fly lines are used to cast artificial flies under a wide variety of fresh and saltwater conditions.
• Terminal tackle is used to connect the artificial fly to the fly line and allow the appropriate presentation of the fly to the fish.
• There are a wide variety of accessories—tools, gadgets, clothing and apparel used by the fly angler for maintenance and preparation of tackle, dealing with the fish being caught as well as personal comfort and safety while fly fishing. Includes fly boxes used to store and carry artificial flies. More details on our website