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Rangeley Region Sports Shop

Fly Tying Materials

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Rangeley's Historic Fly Tying Legacy 

Rangeley Region Sports Shop is your one stop shop for fly tying materials. Not only do we supply our customers with the best selection of hooks, beads, feathers, and other materials but we have the knowledge to give you the right advice on what fly tying materials to use on what fly. We are here for all of our customers fly tying material needs. This is also where Carrie Stevens tied the infamous Grey Ghost Streamer and others. Rangeley has a rich history of fly tying and arguably the greatest fly tying history in the US. 

Fly tying vises work by clamping the hook of the fly securely in place so that the tiers can work on it. The vise typically has a jaws that can be adjusted to hold hooks of different sizes and shapes. The jaws are usually connected to a base or pedestal, which can be mounted on a table or bench. Some vises also have additional features such as rotary capabilities, allowing the tiers to rotate the hook while they work on it, or a bobbin cradle, which holds the thread spool in place. Overall, the vise is designed to hold the hook securely while allowing the tiers to work on it with both hands, so they can easily add materials and make precise tying movements.


Fly tying materials are the various natural and synthetic materials that anglers use to create realistic and effective fishing flies. These materials can be broadly divided into two categories: natural materials and synthetic materials.Natural materials include things like feathers from birds, fur from animals, and various types of yarns and threads. Common examples of natural materials include:Feathers from birds such as roosters, chickens, ducks, and pheasants, which are used to create the wings, hackles, and tail of a fly.Fur from animals such as deer, elk, and muskrat, which are used to create the body of a fly.Yarns and threads made from natural materials such as silk, wool, and hair, which are used to create the body and legs of a fly.Synthetic materials include things like various types of plastic and rubber. Common examples of synthetic materials include:Plastic and rubber tubing and worms, which are used to create the body of a flySynthetic fibers such as mylar and flashabou which are used to create the wing and tail of a flySynthetic Chenille which are used to create the body of a flyThe choice of materials used in a fly tying depends on the type of fly, the fish species, and the fishing conditions.

Fly tying thread is important for several reasons:Strength: Fly tying thread is used to bind and secure various materials to the hook, and it needs to be strong enough to hold everything in place while fishing.Tying: Fly tying thread is used to create the body of the fly, and to tie various materials onto the hook. It needs to be thin and pliable to allow the fly tier to make fine and precise movements while tying.Durability: Fly tying thread needs to be durable enough to withstand the stresses of casting and fishing, as well as exposure to water and other elements.Appearance: The thread's color should match the fly's design and mimic the natural materials used.Versatility: Fly tying thread can be used for a variety of different tying techniques and materials, making it an essential tool for creating a wide range of flies.Overall, fly tying thread is an essential tool for creating realistic and effective fishing flies, and it plays a critical role in the overall performance and durability of the fly.


Many fishermen buy their flies from their neighborhood fly shop or merchant. Some fishermen make their own flies. Since the inception of fly fishing, fly tying has existed. Though time-consuming, it is a true art form that gives the angler the ability to develop designs unique to various fisheries. A fundamental set of equipment, supplies, and accessories are needed for fly tying. A vice, a bobbin, a hook, thread, and materials are required to get started for a tyer. Materials occur in a broad variety of sizes, colors, classifications, and diversities, and different materials are utilized to tie different patterns. We have one of the broadest selections of fly-tying supplies in the fly-fishing industry, including dubbing, brushes, feathers, and flash. If you have a passion for fly tying or if you're an experienced professional, there's a good chance you can discover what you need right here. One of the most important tools for fly tying is a vise. When tying, a vise supports your hook while you position it, wrap thread around it, and attach materials. Vises are available in numerous shapes, sizes, and models. Although some vises might be rather pricey, having a vise with all the bells and whistles is not necessary. Pick a straightforward, straightforward vise design if you're new to fly tying. However, the more expensive vises do offer more functionality, so skilled tyers who are aware of what they want should upgrade to vises that can do more. 

To ensure you have all the equipment necessary to tie the greatest flies, we have a selection of vises and accessories in our Vises & Accessories category. Hooks are yet another crucial component of fly tying. The right hook must be selected before beginning to tie any pattern. A freshwater hook and a saltwater fly should not be tied together. Additionally, tying a streamer to a dry fly hook is not a good idea. We carry hundreds of different sizes, styles, and colors of hooks in a whole category all to ourselves. Give us a call and we'll be pleased to put you in the correct path if you're unsure of which hook to tie your next wooly bugger on. 

You will need thread and supplies once you have your vise and hook. For nymphs, streamers, dry flies, and more, we offer a substantial range of thread, tinsel, and wire. We also stock many types of wire for wrapping and ribbing. Additionally, we offer a big assortment of materials divided into subcategories. We have a category just for dubbing, if that's what you're searching for. We have what you need, whether you're seeking for synthetics, hair, fur, feathers, or hackle. Additionally, we offer a general category for other fly-tying supplies like markers and other things. Whatever you're looking for, if it has anything to do with fly tying, there's a good chance we have it in stock or online. 

It can be a ton of fun and a terrific way to pass the time during the off-season to tie flies. Fly tying might be for you if you're a serious angler who needs a hobby since you're bored at home. We have blog posts and other materials to help guide you in the correct way if you need suggestions on where to begin. You can always give us a call and ask for our opinion. 

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