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Beginner Fly Tying Course

Online intro to fly tying course!

Dec. 8 and 10

Each session starts at 7 p.m. Eastern
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 three-session online fly tying workshop! 

     The course begins Tuesday, Dec. 8 and wraps up on Thursday, Dec. 10. Each session begins at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Zoom. Login details will be provided closer to the first session.

     Each class will last about two hours, and the second session picks 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. The online course is absolutely free.

     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 (but not tying vise or tying tools) that we will use in the course. 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. 

    If you'd like to be a part of this class, please let us know using the form below. In the "Message" field, please indicate that you're interested in the online intro to fly tying class. Please specify the course dates in your submission. Thank 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 3XL (Woolly Bugger-style) hooks

* Size 12 or size 14 hook standard length or 1XL


* Black standard chenille

* Green standard chenille

* "Ultra Chenille" (suitable for San Juan Worms) in red, pink, burgundy, or chartreuse


* Red yarn (blanket-type yarn)

* Pink yarn (blanket-type yarn)


* Black marabou

* Green marabou

* Woolly Bugger hackle feathers (various colors)


Straight-cut rabbit, olive or black


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

* Glass beads (large)

* Bead chain (gold or silver color)

Other materials:

* Flash material (silver or pearl)

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

* Foam sheet

* Stranded rubber leg material

In addition, you’ll also need…

1) A tying vise

2) Fly tying scissors

3) A fly tying bobbin

4) A bobbin threader tool

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

6) A spool of black tying thread (3/0 nylon or 6/0 Veevus)

7) A spool of olive tying thread (3/0 nylon or 6/0 Veevus)

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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Order the materials kit (including a copy of Steve Hudson's book Fly Tying 101) on our webstore.

Materials can also be purchased individually at your local fly shop.