Fly tying equipment enables the fly tyer to efficiently and effectively assemble and secure the materials on the hook. Fly tying requires some basic equipment, the appropriate materials for the fly pattern being tied and a fly pattern to follow or replicate. Today there are many different types of natural and synthetic materials used to tie flies. Fly patterns represent the “recipe” required to create the fly – what hook size(s) – type and brand to use. Materials are to use, what colours, in what sequence and by what methods are they assembled on the hook.
Flying materials were originally limited to various furs, feathers, threads and hooks. I use a ceramic bobbin tube from Dr Slick. The ceramic tip prevents grooves being worn in to the sleeve with no more tearing and breaking of thread. Delrin plastic feet where the thread bobbin sits provides a smooth rotation for the spool and a long neck makes this great for tying large flies. Dr Slick scissors are another great product from there range, super sharp and a smooth action when cutting.
Partridge Universal Predator X CS86X hook is a wide gaped micro barbed heavy weight X-Strong with straight eye in black nickel – #8/0. The wide gap is perfect for big mouth fish, as it pass by the hard lips of the Murray cod and makes for an easier hook up.
Owner 5320 wide gap 5/0 has a round bend and super heavy-duty, forged XXX strong shank, these hooks are ideal for tying large flies on to them. Features include straight eye Cutting Point® and nickel finish super tough for leveraging big fish from there haunts.