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Beginning Fly Tying Course

Online "intro to fly tying" course live via Zoom!

Tuesday, July 27
and Thursday, July 29 

This is a two-session course, and you'll want to attend both sessions. Please note that each session starts at 7 p.m. EDT and lasts about two hours.

Have you ever wanted to explore the fascinating world of tying your own flies? Here's your chance to learn the basics of fly tying with author and teacher Steve Hudson in a live two-session online fly tying workshop presented on Zoom! 

     The course begins Tuesday, July 27 and wraps up on Thursday, July 29. Zoom login details will be provided closer to the first session.

     Each class will last about two hours, with the second session picking up where the first session left off. Emphasis will be on learning key tying skills, and by the end of the course you'll be set to begin a lifelong journey through the fascinating world of tying your own flies!

     There is no cost to take this course. 

     This course is based on the book Fly Tying 101 by Steve Hudson. If you would like a copy of this book, you can get one from our webstore, from Amazon or from many fly shops. 

     There is also a special student kit available which includes not only the textbook but also the tying materials that we will use in the course (but not a tying vise or tying tools). This student kit is available from our webstore or, in the Atlanta area, from Alpharetta Outfitters. 

     What about tying tools? See the list at right. I suggest that you visit your local fly shop to check out the many tool options that are available and to pick the tools which best suit your needs. 

    Please note that you should plan to attend both sessions in order to get the most from this course. 

    Here is the Zoom login info for the class. The login will be the same for both sessions:

Dates: July 27 and 29

Time: 7 p.m. Atlanta time (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Zoom meeting number: 829 3239 3206

Meeting access code: FlyTying [no spaces, two capital letters]

    Also: If you plan to be a part of this class, please let us know using the form below. In the "Message" field, please put "Fly Tying 101." Be sure to include your email. Thank you!

    I look forward to exploring the world of fly tying with you!

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Beginner Fly Tying Course

Q: Is there a charge for this course?

A: There is no charge for the course.

Q: Do I need any prior fly tying experience to take this course?

A: No prior experience required!

Q: I've done some tying already. Will this course be helpful to me?

A; The Intro to Fly Tying course is a great refresher for any fly tyer!


Q: Do I have to have a copy of the Fly Tying 101 book to take this course?

A: No, you do not have to have a copy of the book. However, folks who have taken the course in the past have found the book to be very helpful. You can purchase the book through our webstore (, from Amazon, or from many local fly shops.

Q: Where can I get the needed tying materials?

A: You can order a set of materials for this class from our webstore ( or in the Atlanta area from Alpharetta Outfitters. You can also purchase tying materials ala carte from your local fly shop. Please see the "materials" list below for an inventory of what we'll be using. 

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Here is a list of the materials that will be used in the class:.


* Size 8 2XL or 3XL (Woolly Bugger-style) hooks

* Size 12 or size 14 nymph or dry fly hook, standard length 


* Black standard chenille (not Ultra Chenille)

* Green standard chenille (not Ultra Chenille)

* "Ultra Chenille" (a special bonded type of chenille used to tie San Juan Worms) in red, pink, burgundy, or chartreuse


* Red yarn (blanket-type yarn)

* Pink yarn (blanket-type yarn)


* Black marabou

* Green or olive marabou

* Woolly Bugger hackle feathers (various colors can be used)


* Brass fly tying beads (to fit the size 8 Woolly Bugger hook)

* Glass beads (large - red or pink)

* Bead chain (gold or silver color)


* Black fly tying thread. I recommend 3/0 thread as you start out because it's stronger and more durable than smaller threads

* Red fly tying thread (optional but helpful)

Other materials:

* Flash material (silver or pearl)

* Ribbing wire, medium, copper or gold or silver color

* Foam sheet - 2mm, brown or tan or black

* Foam sheet - 2mm, yellow

* Stranded rubber leg material

In addition, you’ll also need…

1) A tying vise

2) Fly tying scissors

3) A fly tying bobbin (the tool which holds your spool of tying thread)

4) A bobbin threader tool

5) A half hitch tool (often sold as a set of three – a great deal!)

8) Some Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails clear nail polish (to use as head cement)

9) Optional but recommended: A fine-tip bottle for dispensing the head cement

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Please note: A compete kit of materials (not including fly tying vise or tools) is available from the webstore. This kit includes a copy of Steve Hudson's book Fly Tying 101), which we will be using as the text in this course. Order this materials kit on our webstore

The materials-and-book kit is also available from Alpharetta Outfitters if you happen to be in the area.

Of course, materials can also be purchased individually at your local fly shop.