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Re: To tie one on or not?

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I've been tying for over 30 years. I really enjoy it but I still definitely would rather be fishing than tying. I have gained so much knowledge about tying from this site within the past couple of years in regards to new patterns and techniques. I always have a fly tying "to do" list of different patterns and techniques that I want to try (but I don't always get to them all). The knowledge that can be gained from just watching youtube videos these days is simply amazing. I can definitely understand with our technology today that it could be a bit overwhelming for the folks who are just starting out in it. My advice would be - don't get hung up on having to have the exact materials to tie a particular fly. Use your imagination and the materials you have on hand and you may just come up with a real winner of a pattern on your own.

Posted on: 2013/9/18 22:31


Re: To tie one on or not?

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I was lucky enough to have a fly fishing club in Junior High. I learned to tie flies before I ever fished them. That was 34 years ago. Tying for me has been a wonderful past time. I have even tied some for profit ( If you can call it that). I"ve had the pleasure of tying flies that have caught many species in many places. The art of tying has many twists and I enjoy them all. The classic streamers, wet flies winged and wingless. Ken Abrames school of thought on flat wings fascinated me enough to buy all those hackles. I should have left them go during the hair craze that Steven Taylor caused on American Idle. I have a hard time with anything other than spot tying unless it's winter. Which, by the way, one of the finer things for me, is hours of inspired tying when the snow is falling and a warm fire in the fireplace with thoughts of the coming season. Inspired tying leads to inspired fishing. Can't wait to try out that new pattern dreamed up. But I also have spent way too much money for materials that I only used for one pattern that has long since gone out of favor. Does fly tying really save money today? Tying when I was young was necessary. The commercial ties were not up to the standards of today. I also did not have a fly shop convenient. Mail order and internet has changed a lot. One could with a clear conscience advise a new fly fisherman to save money and time by buying a thousand dollars of flies and calling it a day.

Posted on: 2013/9/18 22:56
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Re: To tie one on or not?

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Buying to start with... not that much time to tie right now. Though I can see it starting to happen that I will not be satisfied with the flies i can buy, and want to tie my own for certain things.
Must say i have bought a lot of stuff that is useless

Posted on: 2013/9/18 23:19


Re: To tie one on or not?

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Like i've said b4 , you folks r great!!!!! It's not a chore 4 me though , it's therapy. There is such a great feel to give a few to someone and then meet them later and have them tell u how well they worked and if you want it in English = Halford.

Posted on: 2013/9/19 7:02


Re: To tie one on or not?

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like many of the others here I tie some and buy some. I am not a great at it and pretty much self taught. The only thing better then catching a trout on a fly I tied is watching my boys catch a trout on one of my fies... :)

Bill A

Posted on: 2013/9/19 7:29


Re: To tie one on or not?

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I have been tying almost 30 years. I find it very relaxing after a stressful day. I'm long past the idea that tying your own is cheaper than buying but it allows me to try different materials and ideas. I like to take my tying kit with me when I travel. I went a couple times out to Montana and was able to whip out a whole bunch of flies and that did save me money. I will buy flies if I am at a new spot at the local fly shop. The people in the shop are more likely to give you info if you drop some coin. We have tying nights twice a month at our TU chapter which are a lot of fun and a great way to share information.

Posted on: 2013/9/19 8:03


Re: To tie one on or not?

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i tye saltwater salmon and streamers.

i've tried tying for trout but my eyes are not really good enough :o( so i buy em online on ebay.


Posted on: 2013/9/19 11:32
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Re: To tie one on or not?

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I tie 90% and buy 10%. Like others have stated there is nothing liking catching a fish with your own creation! I have taking it a few steps further by catching fish on a fly I tied attached to a leader I furled on a rod I built. That is a fish I will never forget.

Don

Posted on: 2013/9/19 12:31


Re: To tie one on or not?

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Just started to tie my own in the last 12 months. Big thrill came from catching my biggest wild from the Lackawanna on my own tie. Next biggest was watching a friend hook up on a fish using one of my ties.

Still purchase some, and suspect that I will continue to do so.

This thread reminds me that I need to sit down at the bench and get back to learning how to tie better flies!

Posted on: 2013/9/19 21:13
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Re: To tie one on or not?

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i tye,and so does my wife.

Posted on: 2013/9/19 21:45


Re: To tie one on or not?

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I prefer to tie my own flies, but I will buy flies as needed. I typically buy flies when I don’t have time to tie what I need and also when I want local patterns. I always stop into a local fly shop to ask a few questions and buy a bunch of flies when I travel. I like to support local fly shops and I like to buy locally tied flies. Bugs vary from stream to stream in size, color, and species. The local knowledge and patterns are helpful. This always makes for a more successful day on water I’ve never fished or don’t fish often. I’ve also come across some great new that I began tying. Sadly, I’ve been buying more flies than I used to since I’ve gone back in school. Time is precious. Fish or tie flies… it’s an easy choice.

Posted on: 2013/9/19 22:36


Re: To tie one on or not?

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Maybe it's the way I was taught but I have a tough time buying flies.

When I was taught to fly fish I was also taught to tie flies. For me it goes hand in hand. When I first started fly fishing I didn't know anyone that fly fished that didn't tie their own flies, truth be told, at that time I didn't know you could buy flies.


Posted on: 2013/9/20 0:45
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Re: To tie one on or not?

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Quote:

JackM wrote:
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Chaz wrote:
Can we have it in English?


The English tye BWOs in size 12, why would you want anything "in English?"


That's because their natural BWO's are that size. They're related to Hendricksons, not to the bugs we mis-named BWOs.

The English have been fly fishing for brown trout for the better part of a millennium, and pretty much know what they're doing.

To answer the original question, I've been tying for almost 50 years, although I still buy maybe 5% of what I fish.

Posted on: 2013/9/20 6:30


Re: To tie one on or not?

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The last time i bought a fly was in the 70's at Baldacinnos (sp?) it was a Mickey Finn streamer and i caught a beaut brook trout right at the bridge on 144 at Bunnell Pines in Potter County on Kettle Creek. Gonna have to tie a couple just to see.

Posted on: 2013/9/22 7:48


Re: To tie one on or not?

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I buy and bum! Hi everyone I'm still hangin around, I haven't been fishing for a long time but I'm thinking about going over to the Run next week, I'll let everyone know how I do.

One of the things I missed out on is tying my own flies, just never had the time in my younger days. If I had it to do over again I would
tie, it's a big part of flyfishing IMO.

I will say I had some friends that where very good at tying !

PaulG





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