Recently on the podcast, I was joined by special guest Tim Cammisa. Tim is a fly fishing guide and professional fly tyer, and he's here to talk about fly tying for everyone. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler, Tim has some great tips and tricks to help you tie the perfect fly. So grab your gear and join us for a fun episode of the podcast!
Tim Cammisa is a fly fishing instructor and author of Fly Tying for Everyone
Tim Cammisa is an established fly fishing instructor and author of Trout and Feather, the “definitive source for everything trout,” as well as Fly Tying for Everyone. He has traveled extensively to places like Iceland chasing Brown Trout and continues to teach fly fishing classes around the world. As a leading authority on the sport, Tim has taken his enthusiasm to other platforms, including YouTube and the Fly Fishing Insider Podcast with host Christian Bacasa – where he imparts valuable fly fishing knowledge in engaging conversations. With over 10 years of experience teaching all levels of anglers, Tim is helping bring awareness to the thrill of catching Trout through excellence in instruction.
In this episode, Tim discusses the different types of flies and how to tie them.
Join Tim as he offers a general overview of the different types of flies and the materials needed to tie them. Nymphs, Dry Flys, Streamers, and Wetflys are some of the categories he will delve into, discussing topics like the importance of hackles and dubbing, where best to source feathers, mastering thread wrapping techniques, and much more! The episode is perfect for those looking to get a better understanding of these essential fly tying materials and techniques.
He also talks about the importance of choosing the right materials and tools for each fly.
For any fly angler, it is essential to choose the right feathers and hackles for their flies. Knowing the difference between natural and dyed feathers, as well as the softness or stiffness of feathers or hackles can make a huge difference when tying flies. Other materials that are also important to consider when selecting classic feathers, dubbing, and thread. Of course, a proper hook, bead, and tube all play a part too. Amateur and experienced fly tyers alike can learn more about choosing materials through extensive resources like "Fly Tying for Everyone" by David Klausmeyer or Trout and Feather's Youtube channel. Through these sources, fly tyers can explore complex patterns with confidence knowing they have chosen the right materials for each particular fly.
Tim shares some of his favorite tips and tricks for tying flies that work well in all kinds of fishing conditions.
Fishing enthusiasts, listen up! Tim has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to tying flies that work well in rivers and streams, stillwaters, and lakes. He's experienced in both nymphing techniques, including European nymphing and tightline nymphing taught by Joe Humphrey's and George Daniel. He takes pride in knowing his approaches are successful for any angler with just about any skill level. With the expertise he shares, you'll be sure to increase your chances of getting into those tight spots and casting with precision.
Finally, he gives some advice on how to get started in fly fishing if you're a beginner.
If you're a beginner or novice angler interested in transitioning to fly fishing, there are several tricks and tips you can use to make the most of your day on the water. Choose a moderately-sized river or lake that is known for plentiful trout or other species, and research any local regulations before getting started. If possible, bring along an experienced friend as well, who can provide guidance and help you better understand the sport. You'll need different setups for dry flies, wet flies, and streamers—make sure to have each on hand. As you settle into a spot with your rods and tackle ready, take bursts of casts between sections of bankside vegetation or other niches where fish may be hiding. Finally, stay relaxed throughout the day and be patient: fly fishing requires practice and skill to become proficient at catching fish!
If you're looking to get into fly fishing, or just want to learn more about the different types of flies and how to tie them, then this episode is definitely for you. Tim Cammisa provides a wealth of information on all things fly tying, and he does it in a way that's easy to understand and engaging. So if you're ready to start catching fish with flies that you tied yourself, be sure to check out Episode 133 of the Fly Fishing Insider Podcast. And don't forget to visit ffipodcast.com for more great content like this.