Here are some carefully selected links to sites which I have found to be useful for DIY fly fishing. I hope that they will be useful to you, too.
Repairing fishing rods I recommend Ralph O’Quinn’s articles on repairing fly fishing rods. This is an excellent guide, which I used to repair my snapped-in-half rod top, two years ago. The repair is intact, with no noticeable difference in casting action. http://flyanglersonline.com/features/rodrepair/
Free online books Using the online Internet archive’s search facility, you will find a load of antiquarian and out-of-print books on fly fishing. The search engine is quite specific, so try fly fishing and flyfishing, for example. Search terms I have used (in addition to these two) are fly angling, fly tying, fly tyer, fishing flies, trout flies. http://www.archive.org/
Free online magazine and information I enjoy reading, and find valuable, Midcurrent. MidCurrent is an independent provider of fly fishing news, literature and advice. It is run by experienced anglers and guides who enjoy helping others learn. http://midcurrent.com/
Kindred spirit online forum The Frugal Fly Fisherman has useful information on DIY contributed by readers. Now dead. http://ultralightflyfishing.yuku.com/forums/90/Frugal-Fly-Fishing-Tips
Generally valuable site http://flyanglersonline.com
New Zealand fishing guide This is here partly because I lived in NZ for a time, partly because I long to fish there again, partly because this is the best guide to fishing in a country anywhere. Besides, if you want to fish New Zealand sans guide you will need this to create your own itinerary. http://www.nzfishing.com/
Tasmanian fishing guide I live here now. If you want a DIY fishing trip here, you will need these resources:
- Inland Fisheries site (licences, regulations and maps for the major waters) http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/ifs/home
- Lake levels (most of the major waters are used for hydro-electricity and therefore subject to fluctuation which seriously affects the fishing) http://www.hydro.com.au/water/lake-levels
- Weather (critical for fishing the highland) http://www.weatherzone.com.au/tas
- THE definitive (& recent) guide to every Tasmanian water (how, when, where to fish), which is ESSENTIAL if you are new to the State and damned near essential even if you live here, is Trout Waters of Tasmania by Greg French. You can buy it online from the Launceston-based Flyshop 1864 http://flyshop1864.com.au/shop/books-and-magazines/
Make your own wooden landing net : While I haven’t made my own net, both of these sites provide good guidance, based on my experience with woodworking generally.
Tenkara the Zen-like simplicity and freedom of tenkara is well introduced by Jason Klass at http://www.tenkaratalk.com/ Even if you don’t take up the method, the means of achieving simplicity are a goldmine for the simply self-reliant fly fisher.