NEBRASKAland October 2017

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contain an amount of tying material that can easily make enough flies to offset the cost of the kit. However, keep in mind that in order to keep the price low, the tools included in kits are often lower quality than if you bought them individually. If you know fly-tying is something you will take a continued interest in, you may want to consider assembling your own collection of tools and materials. Regardless of whether you are buying a kit or assembling everything yourself, you will need a fly-tying vise to hold your hook, a bobbin to hold your thread, a bobbin threader, a pair of scissors, a set of hackle pliers, a bodkin and a whip finish tool. With these tools you will have everything you need to get started. The instructions and photographs on pages 50-51 give you a good start into the world of fly-tying. While it makes sense to start at the beginning, I recommend working backwards for a moment. The No. 1 obstacle beginners struggle with is finishing their flies. Nothing is more frustrating than spending the time to tie a perfect fly and having it ruined at the last moment by an unsure hand with the whip finish tool, or worse, making a few casts with your fly and watching it come apart. It is important to develop your skills with the whip finish tool (see pages 50-51) before attempting your first fly. Start with a bare hook and begin your thread at the eye of the hook by making a series of overlapping turns with the thread. Now, practice by making a series of whip finishes. You can practice the whip finish hundreds Hunching over a fly-tying desk, reflecting on the year's fishing, and dreaming of the fishing to come is a pleasant way to spend a cold winter night. inners OCTOBER 2017 • NEBRASKAland 47

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