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Instructions for monthly fly tying workshops and other material

Fly Tying 26 Jul – Marabou Muddler

Please be patient with Bill with his first time out front.  He has jumped in here to fill a void – JQ was horrified to hear that recently he’s only been tying simple nymphs – especially as Bill hasn’t tied this one in years!

To follow on from Lyall’s lesson introducing us to use of deer hair (via the Elk Hair Caddis we tied in May) Bill will help people take the next step of spinning deer hair heads.


Hook size can vary but let’s start with #6 – longish please

Deer Hair for head and top wing – Bill likes black

Marabou for tail and inner wing – purple used to be a hot colour.  Bill suggests Spotlight or Lincraft sourced dyed turkey feathers provide a cheaper alternative

Chenille or dubbing for body – your choice but size it to suit your hook size.

Saltwater Weed Flies – Flytying 28 Jun 2017

Evan hosted fly tying on 28 June tying the salt water Weed Flies in advance of the July salt water weekend.

Materials you will need:

– a tube (like a pen with the middle out)
– size 10-8 extra strong grub hooks ( TMC 105, black magic G8)
– tiewell ice dub in olive or bright green
– super glue
– 140d or 6/0 thread olive or chartreuse

Fly Tying 24 May 2017 – The Simple Elk Hair Caddis

Notes from our instructor  (Lyall)

This month, we kicked off at 7:00 pm with a few basic techniques for beginning fly tiers then at 7:30 we began tying a simple Elk Hair Caddis.  No matter what style of fly fishing I am doing in Canberra or it’s surrounds, I always have an Elk Hair Caddis in my fly box.

Materials list:

Hook: size 10 , 2 x long, light weight hook (doesn’t have to be dry fly but must not be heavy)

Thread: tan 8/0 or 6/0

Body: polyester yarn (hard to find in fly shops). Substitute Sullivan’s Nylon Knitting Ribbon available at Lincraft sewing shops.  I paid $5 for ninety metres so have enough to tie 1,800 Caddis so everyone is welcome to a metre!!!

Hackle: palmered brown and/or black hackle (preferably cock hackle which will retain its structure rather than hen which will pulse while stripping)

Wing: elk body hair, natural brown colour

Squirmy Wormy – Fly Tying 26 Apr 2017

Notes from our lead, Jaime, below:

We are going to tie the SQUIRMY WORMY. It’s a heavy fly (weird to call it “fly” cause it doesn’t have a single feather or hairy material). It’s one of the flies mentioned in the video we watched during our April meeting, about European Nymphing and is becoming more and more in this style of fly fishing.

One of my rainbows in Tumut’s outing was caught with one of these flies in fast water.

I think this fly was created and inspired on the San Juan worm but it’s heavier than that and has a special action given by the material. We are going to tie the original (version 1: squirmy wormy, properly) and a lighter version (version 2).

The Spectra Nymph – Fly Tying 22 Mar 2017

Instructions from instructor (Nathan)

This month’s fly is an experimental one.


There’s a fly called ‘The Spectra Nymph’.


Now there are many variations of this pattern, so I thought we’d get members to see what weird and wonderful creations they can come up with.


I will guide on how to tie, and give the list of materials, but colours I’ll leave up to the individual.


Hook: Hanak H450BL or Basic Nymph Hook. Size #12, #14 or #16

Body: Spectra or Diamond Brite Dubbing. (Any Colour)

Tail: Hackle Fibres.

Thorax: Spectra or Diamond Brite Dubbing (Any Colour), or Peacock Herl.

Rib: Copper, Gold, Silver or Coloured wire.

Bead: Gold, Copper, Silver, Black or Coloured.

Hotspot: Fluorescent Thread. Hot Pink or Orange.


With the spawning run approaching, the fish will be quite aggressive and not as selective, so it’s a great time to experiment and try something different, and out of the ordinary.

Should be a bit of fun, and we can compare patterns and have a laugh at the end.


See you There,




Some examples of the flies tied on the night below

Spork (carp fly) 22 Feb 2017

Hook: Tiemco TMC 105 #6, wet fly, straight eye, 1 x short, wide gape
Tail: Grizzly Chickabou
Rib: Copper wire
Hackle: Saddle hackle
Legs: Rubber legs
Eyes: Bead chain
Body: Dubbing, dyed hares ear
Head: Synthetic Dubbing like Hends Spectra Dubbing

Note: These materials can be substituted to suit the colour combination. The tail can be substituted with marabou or rabbit fur and the head can be a natural dubbing similar to the body, but slightly darker.

Have a good look at the photos for some colour combination ideas

Fly Tying 23 Nov 2016 The Roy and The Humungous

Wednesday 23 November was tying the killer fly of 2016 with Nathan: the Roy and The Humungous. Never heard of them? Neither had Lyall until Nathan showed him the photos below!!! They sound like a very effective addition to any fly box, especially if you are fishing deep for trout in lakes or streams in our region.

Nathan advises that the following materials will tie both flies:

  • Marabou, Olive and Black
    Gold Metallic dubbing (longer stranded)
  • Grizzly Hackle
  • Krystal Flash
  • Gold Tungsten beads
  • Standard barbless wet fly hook #10 or #12

      Some photos of flies produced on the night

      Palmered Red Tag

      Wed 26 Oct 2016. Flies were dry and wet versions of the palmered red tag:

      Dry fly version:

      • Dry fly hook 12-14
      • Red wool
      • Peacock herl
      • Dry fly hackle

      Wet fly version:

      Replace the hackle with saddle hackle (palmered) and optional soft hackle collar. Plus copper wire.

      Instructor was Evan.

      Will add more material/instructions in due course.