Welcome to Orlando Outfitters!

2814 Corrine Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
407-896-8220

Fly Tying Instruction

Deep Silhouette

Catching a fish on a fly is fun. Catching fish on a fly you tied is even better. Tying your own flies adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Aside from being fun and relaxing, tying your own flies gives you a never-ending supply of the flies you like to fish with and allows you to design a specific fly for a specific application.

Fly tying is a skill that can be learned by almost anyone. All it takes is the right equipment and materials, a moderate level of dexterity and some proper instruction. We offer beginner through advanced fly tying focusing on saltwater and warmwater flies. Our tying instruction is intended to teach the correct use of fly tying tools, material behavior, and tying techniques required to produce effective, durable flies. You'll develop the skills, techniques and knowledge that will enable you to tie countless patterns, and you'll have a lot of fun doing it!

We offer a number of options for getting started tying flies and improving your skills.

Orlando Outfitters Evening Fly Tying Sessions

We offer evening tying sessions throughout the year with both introductory and intermediate/advanced instruction offered at most sessions. Details for upcoming classes will be posted on this page.

Date/Time: Fly tying is usually scheduled for weekday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Cost: $10 materials fee for beginner class. No charge for intermediate/advanced.
Reserving a spot: We limit beginner classes to 5 tyers and intermediate/advanced to 10. Please reserve your spot by the Friday before a class. If you are a beginner your materials fee is required to reserve a spot.

For the introductory class all you need to do is show up. The materials fee covers materials as well as the use of all necessary tools during the class. You will need to supply your own tools and materials for the intermediate/advanced class. A materials list will be available two weeks before the class.

Our next tying session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th. Time: 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm.



Introductory Class:

The Introductory class will be tying a Clouser Minnow. This pattern, along with its many variations, is quite likely responsible for more species caught across the world than any other fly in existence. The materials fee is $10 and is required to reserve a spot. We will supply all necessary tools and materials. The February session is full but we are planning another class for late March.

Clouser Minnow


Intermediate/Advanced Class:

We will be tying a synthetic baitfish with a UV cured hard head. We will be tying with Steve Farrar’s Flash Blend. The techniques used will work with many other synthetic fibers.  Mono thread allows the underlying color to show through but can be more difficult to tie with. We will be going over techniques to simplify tying with mono thread. The Loon UV resin we will be using for the head also works well for forming crab and shrimp carapaces, making your own eyes and many other uses.  Please bring your own UV resin if you have it. If not, we will have some available for use. You're welcome to come watch but if you plan to tie make sure you bring your vise and tools as well the following materials or their equivalent.

SF Baitfish

Materials List:

  • Hook: #2/0 wide gap saltwater hook. Some good options are Mustad C68NP, Gamakatsu SL12S, or SC15, Tiemco 600SP, or Grip 21571.
  • Thread: Mono Thread
  • Body: Steve Farrar Blend
  • Throat: Fluoro Fibre, Red or other red synthetic fiber
  • Eyes: 5/16” dome eyes
  • Head: UV Resin, Thick and Thin
  • Zap-a-Gap

Specialized Tools/Materials:
(we will have some available for use but if you have your own please bring it)

  • UV Resin, Thick
  • UV Resin, Thin
  • UV Light for curing resin

Individual Fly Tying Instruction

Private one-on-one instruction is available as well.

Date/Time: Set up individually with the instructor typically during store hours.
Cost: $60 per hour.
Materials and tools are provided for introductory classes. For intermediate/advanced instruction, what is provided will depend on the techniques and materials being used.

Help with Patterns and Techniques

We're always happy to answer your fly tying questions and help you work through techniques and patterns you are having trouble with. Stop by whenever the shop is open and we will do our best to help. There’s no charge but if the day is busy or we are short on staff we may have to take a break to help other customers or ask you to come back when we are less busy. It works best if you get in touch with us before coming in.

More Information and Sign-Up

Stop by the shop, give us a call, or fill out our contact form to sign up for fly tying instruction.