Fly Tying Forum Help and Guidelines


Staff member
Jun 8, 2009
Brighton, UK
Welcome to the Fly Tying section. We think you'll agree that here at FFF we have a wonderfully rich and varied resource and a lively, dynamic fly tying community. To help us keep it that way, please take the time to read the following information, which we hope you'll find useful and ultimately of benefit to all.

Posting Images of Your Flies

If you're new to the forum, you may require a little help with posting images of your flies. It's really quite simple, and you can find all you need to know to get started here: *****'s Guide to Posting Photos

Need help taking images of your flies? Rather than ask the question in the tying section, why not visit our Photography Forum where our many resident photography enthusiasts are on hand, and will be glad to give you help and advice.


* If you're a novice tyer, please don't be shy. Everyone was a novice once. Relax, take the plunge and post pictures of your flies. Rest assured, you will receive friendly, helpful advice and constructive criticism. There's a wealth of tyers of all experience levels who are only too happy to help.

* When you do post flies of your own tying, it would be helpful if you could add the dressing - you'll only get asked for it anyway! Background information and tips on fishing your flies - where, when, how etc are always helpful too.

* If at any time you intend to post images of several flies on the same day, please do try to contain all your fly images and information within the same single post. Multiple, separate posts of flies posted within minutes of each other is an unnecessary waste of time and space, and serves only to knock other current threads of interest off the front page. Do feel free to post as many flies as often as you like - that's what it's all about - but please observe the above for the benefit of all.

* Do feel free to discuss the tactics/venues etc associated with your flies once you have posted them. However, if you have a question is purely related to tactics and venues, for example, ''Which Flies for Loch Leven?'' or ''How to fish Diawl Bachs?'', you may find that your question will receive more attention and get more response in the General Fly Fishing Discussion section right at the top of the main forum. Likewise, it would be appreciated if you don't post fly tying related questions in the general discussion sections - post them here, and you'll get much more response!

* As with all the discussion sections here on Fly Fishing Forums, please respect the sanctity of the tying section - it is a place for showcasing your flies and discussing techniques, materials, fly tying history etc. It is not a market place. If you have materials/tools/flies for sale, please use the appropriate classifieds sections.

* While genuine questions like ''Where can I buy hen capes?'' are perfectly valid and acceptable here in the tying section, as are the responses, blatant and unsolicited plugging of products and suppliers is not acceptable. If you wish to market yourself, your products or suppliers other than our Trade Members, please contact admin.

Fly Swaps

From time to time you will see 'Fly Swap' threads here in the tying section. A 'Fly Swap' is when group of members arrange to swap flies of their own tying with each other.

* The swaps are hosted by a 'swap master' who is responsible for setting the rules for the swap, collecting the flies and then distributing them.

* The swap master will define the rules for each swap, such as:

- Type of fly to be tied ('Nymph' swap or 'Dry Fly'. swap etc)
- Maximum number of tyers for the swap.
- Sign up deadline.
- Closing date for flies to be posted to 'swap master'.

* Each participant will then choose a pattern to tie for the swap. Each participant will tie something different - usually arranged on the swap thread by the swap master. If you enter a nymph swap, you may decide to tie a Hare's Ear nymph. You will then tie one fly for each participant. If the swap has 10 participants, you must therefore tie 9 Hare's Ear nymphs and send them to the swap master together with a stamped, self addressed envelope. The swap master will collect the flies from each participant and then return 9 flies (one from each of the other participants) to everyone involved.

* Rules for each swap may vary slightly and will be outlined by the swap master.

* Any member of FFF is welcome to organise a swap.

Fly Swaps are a great way to improve your tying, to try other tyers flies, and of course, to build a network of friends here on FFF.