List and Description of Downloads & Class Handouts
The list of links below gives the name and description of downloads available for your use either for class handouts or reference information to help you in your instruction and/or design of your beginning fly tying course.
- Bead Head Chart - This is a pdf file giving the recommended hook brand styles and sizes and for various sized beads. The hook brands include Dai-Riki, Mustad, Tiemco, and Daiichi.
- Beginnin Fly Tying Sample Instructors Guide. Sample guide written and contributed by James H. Ferguson for the FTG Fly Tying Instructor Resource.
- Feather Anatomy - Diagram showing the anatomy of a typical feather covering the terms; quill, shaft, barb, barbules, and barbicels. This is a pdf file contributed by Wayne Luallen.
- Feather Anatomy - The Nature of Feather Construction. A must read if you need to increase your knowledge of feather materials to make you a better tyer. Contibuted and written by Wayne Luallen, this article discusses proper use of terms in describing feathers, how feather characteristics effect fly appearance, and relates the feather parts to the process involved in a tying technique. This is a pdf file.
- Henry's Fly Fly Tying Tips - Henry Hoffman of Hoffman's Hackle Farm provides a list of 32 fly tying tips. Some of these tips are appropriate for a student handout, some of them couild be included in your teaching lessons. There are some descriptions of devices useful for a tying station you may want to set up for your students.
- Hook Style Chart - This is a pdf file describing hook styles in a cross reference table with some hook manufacture's identity codes. The hook brands include Dai-Riki, Mustad, Tiemco, & Daiichi.
- Materials - Hair: Hair Stacking And Other Applicable Stuff is an article written and contributed by Wayne Luallen. It contains topics such as need to clean hair to aid fiber management, how to clean hair, prepare hair for tying, selecting hair for the pattern, different types of hiar, role of hair scales in fly tying, types of hair stackers, how to use stackers, and how to hand stack hair. This is a pdf file.
- Technique - Parachute Wings. This article gives the directions and shows diagrams for constructing parachute wings for dry flies. Wayne Luallen contributed and wrote this pdf file.
- Technique - Reverse Jam Hitch. Article describes how to attach thread using the reverse jam hitch. Written and contributed by Wayne Luallen. This is a pdf file.
- Technique - Reverse Jam Hitch Diagram.A pdf file containing a pictorial process of tying the reverse jam hitch.
- Technique - Thread Trap. The thread trap method of attaching materials to the hook shank is described and diagramed. This article is written and contributed by Wayne Luallen and is a pdf file.
- Thread Control 1 - A Method For Locking Deer/Elk Hair Wings written and contributed by Wayne Luallen suggests a method to securely atttach hair wings to flies using various thread control techniques. This is a pdf file.
- Thread Control 2 - Some Considerations To Ponder Before Dubbing A Fly written and contributed by Wayne Luallen. Article contains suggestions on dubbing material choices, making your own dubbing, use of synthetics, controlling dubbings reaction to water, use of wax with dubbing, what techniques can be used when applying dubbing, and thread control while dubbing. This is a pdf file.
- Thread Control 3 - A Thread Control Method Of Forking Tails On A Dry Fly. Wayne Luallen discusses how to use thread contol techniques to construct consistent forked tails on dry fly patterns. This is a pdf file.
- Thread Use - Forking Tails With Scrap Thread. Written and contributed by Wayne Luallen, this article describes and diagrams a quick simple method of forking tails using thread scraps.
- Suggestions for Development of a Superior Intro Fly Tying Course. Written by Dick Nelson. Permission to use given by Lillian Nelson. Article gives some suggestions to incorporate into your course.