Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fly Tying on the cheap

I got into making my own flies lately.  I have only tied a few up, but it is addicting.  I can easily see myself making hundreds of these things.  The only problem is, I want to fish every single one of them.  It is hard to choose which one to fish when I hit the water.  I have the greatest hopes of each creation being a fish magnet. 

I am kinda cheap, so I have been finding materials and making them work.  Here are some things I use:

Dubbing - Dryer Lint (free)
Feathers - I find them in the park (goose, duck, common birds)
Silly Legs - Cut up an old bungee cord and use the rubber strands.
Craft Stores - My wife loves to do fabric crafts.  I hit up the stores with her to find cheap marabou, beads and other random stuff.
Popper Bodies - I have been using ear plugs.  Bright Orange foam ones that I had laying around.

I haven't tied a fly yet that a fish hasn't gone for.  No perfect fish magnets yet, but I am still working at it.

I will have to say my favorite commercial fly so far is a size 10 Betts Frugal Frog.  I always catch fish with that one.  It is my go to.


  1. cheap is okay but catch fish and enjoy

  2. Your blog is awesome! I mentioned it in my post. Happy Fishing, Friend!