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Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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Personally I think tying your own flies is cost effective if you fish a lot in waters where you're going to loose flies and you limit yourself to fishing a small variety of flies.

If you go once a week and fish open waters where you won't loose flies, it probably isn't cost effective.

One thing, however, there is much more satisfaction when you land a fish on a fly you tied yourself even if it is something as simple as a san juan worm or green weenie or bucktail streamer.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 8:49


Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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I don't think it is cost effective, especially if you are like me and buy tons of materials.
Fly tying is a seperate hobby from fly fishing.

All I know is I never would want to pay $2 for something that cost a comercial fly tyer 7 cents.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 11:12
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Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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Don't look at it as saving money. For me it is having what I need when I need it. It is not always easy for me to get to the fly shop. However, I do think over the long run you do save money. Keep it simple at first and build your kit as needed.


I will use a whooly bugger as an example on cost savings

Saddle Hackle = 2.99
Chenille = 2.50
100 Hooks = 6.99
Vice = 10 bucks
Bobbin = 2.99
Whip Finisher = 2.99
Nail polish .99 or free if ya steal it from your gal
Bead Heads = 4.00
Thread = .99

Total = 33.19 bucks


Now even if you can find the flies for .50 you are still saving money.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 11:15
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Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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I figure I will be fishing mostly on Saturday mornings and occasionally on Sundays maybe 15-20 weekends a year at most. For about $150 I was able to buy 5-10 of every conceivable fly I would need on the Yough. With some minor replacements those flies will last me several years. From what I read $150 won't even by me a nice vise.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 11:17


Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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I have a vise that works wonderfully and I got it for $12.
My $150 vise was bought because I wanted it.

Vice - $15
Bobbin - $10
Scissors - $10
Other odds and ends - $25
Total - $60 (and this collection of tools is way better than any kit would provide)

In fly tying the materials is where you save you money. A bag of dubbing is @ $2, but it last for a couple hundred flies.
Micro chenelle is @ $3 for 5 yards, but for san juans you only need and inch; so that's 180 flies worth (for the price of 2 store bought flies).

But hey, if it's not your thing, it's not your thing. I know guys who fish a few times per week and don't tie their own, and I know guys who fish a couple times per year, but tie every night.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 11:26
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Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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Another reason I hesitate to tie is I remember constructing some bucktail jigs (for bass) back in the early 90's and using various "furry" animal parts like squirrel's tails and feathers and I remember how attracted my wife's cats were to some of these objects if you left them laying around. Those 3 cats are now dead but she's got 2 new ones just like them.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 11:29


Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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I guess my next question is, if I am going to buy my flies at least for the time being is there any fly-tying outfit that I should stay away from? Please PM me or email me privately so we're not giving somone a public thrashing.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 11:38


Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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If you're talking about quality flies, as long as you buy from a fly shop you should get quality flies. if you're talking about customer service, that's another issue.

Check out the PA Fly Fishing Shops link.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 12:24


Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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You will do yourself justice if you go to a Specialty Fly Fishing Shop. They are experts at setting you up with the right stuff.
Don't waist time at Cabelas!

Posted on: 2008/12/25 13:30


Re: Fly Tying Classes/Learning the Basics?

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Is that because they steal business from your "specialty fly fishing shop" Evening Rise?

Posted on: 2008/12/26 12:26



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