Over the years, I’ve made a few DIY fly tying tools to improve my fly tying experience. There aren’t many of us anglers that enjoy spending a lot of money on gear, but there are always new tools to make your life easier. One of the simplest ways to add a little something extra to your tying is to make a small velcro tool to rough up the dubbing on your flies. It’s a quick way to add a little bugginess to your flies that look a little too Pinterest worthy.
I have flies that don’t look like anything special, but catch more trout than any other fly in my box. If you’ve ever scooped up a few bugs from the water when out fishing, you know that a lot of trout food looks like it has been eaten and regurgitated 50 times on a good day. They’re soggy and often formless. Don’t be afraid to get ugly. You’ll get less instagram likes on the flies, but you’ll wind up with more fish in your net.
Anyways, on to the tool that I use! I had a few velco stickers lying around in my office, so I decided to start with those. You can find these at any office supply store or online for a few bucks. They’re small and circular, so they work well to fit into the small crevices between your fly and vise. The next step was to find a thin and long tool to reach the underside of the fly body. I wanted to use a tongue depressor, but settled for the next best thing, which is a nail file. The velcro I have actually fits perfectly on the end of the file, which is always a nice outcome. Here’s the final product!
Here’s a scud that I often tie and rough up the body. My hope is that it will trap air bubbles and achieve a more natural drift.
And here is the final product: