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Deer Hair Fly Tying Tips and Tricks

13 tips to help you tie better flies.

Deer Hair Fly Tying Tips and Tricks

The more time you spend practicing, the quicker the entire process will become second nature to you. (Charlie Craven photo)

Based on the number of phone calls I receive and conversations at fly-fishing shows, many fly tiers trying to make the transition from tying trout flies to hair bugs get frustrated with their poor results. Typically they aren't aware of a few tips that can make the transition easy. Of course, there's also no substitute for practice.

1. Use Good Scissors

After teaching workshops for many years, I notice that many tiers lack a pair of both straight and curved serrated hair scissors. The typical 1-inch-long bladed scissors used to tie trout flies are not adequate. I recommend the Anvil Ultimate Model 70 (right handed) or 71 (left handed), which cost around $20...

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