Fly tying is a new hobby of mine that was inspired by my father and my grandpa. I come from a long line of small water fishermen who liked to tie their own flies. Fly fishing is different from bait fishing where you have a worm on the end of your hook because instead, you use beautifully crafted flies meant to imitate what the fish are eating. Tying these flies can be an art and a creative outlet.

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

I was recently looking for ways to be creative that kept my hands moving. Most of what I do now is digital and pulls me away from the movement my hands seem to crave. I started practicing lettering, taught myself how to cross-stitch and signed up for a fly tying class just help satisfy the need my hands had to be creating.


I wanted to take a subject that can seem daunting at first, and make manageable and understandable, even for a beginner to fly tying. To do that, I set out to create a booklet, created in an infographic style, to help break down the process and be an easy reference to refer back to.

The booklet would use photography and illustration to help break down the process and the final result. It would include information about the tools and the materials that are used and would outline how to try a couple of simple fly tying patterns.


  1. Create a clearly laid out booklet about fly tying.
  2. Practice taking macro-photography.
  3. Learn to self-direct a project over a period of time.


One of the greatest challenges I always face is overestimating the amount of time I have to complete a project. As a result, I tend to over promise and then struggle more with the delivery.

Time management for a longer project was a little new to me. I got off schedule in the beginning due to unforeseen obstacles to accomplishing those steps that week. After that, it became a game of catch up. I think it would have been better if I had re-evaluated my schedule and set new benchmarks, rather than basically working a week behind.

Equipment became a bit of a challenge when it came to getting the macro shots. I did not have the access I thought I would to macro lens for my camera for this project. I have a 67mm lens and the macro filters I had only fit a 72mm lens. As a result, for all of the macro shots, I had to hold the macro filter up to my lens while trying to focus the camera. This proved extra tricky when I was trying to work around my tying assistant as they tied the flies to capture each step.


Front Cover
Table of Contents and Start of Tools
Finish Tools and Start Materials
Back Cover

Over the course of this project, I have learned how important it is to plan quickly and then make a “shot list” of sorts of all the things you need for the project. There were several occasions where I thought I had everything I needed and then had forgotten to get a shot of one material or another. Having a clear plan from the beginning would have been highly beneficial to the overall success of the project.

I look forward to continuing to add to the booklet as I learn more about this new hobby of mine. Hopeful it will help others discover a new passion as well.

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