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Re: When did you begin fly tying?
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About 1975?

Not exactly sure of the specific year but I taught myself as a young kid by reading outdoor magazines and books from the library (my favorite at the time was Art Flick's Master Fly Tying Guide).

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1964. I was 12. I started with a Herter's kit, which was roughly equivalent to trying to learn to play the mandolin while wearing oven mittens on both hands.

So, 50 years next year, although a lot of my flies still look like I started tying a week ago this coming Thursday...

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I lived next door to knoll's fly tying buisness. (knoll's fly tying kits, books, etc) they made the kits for other companys as well. might have made the herters along with others.

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I started tying in the late 60s while I was living in north Central PA. Moved to Ohio in 1973 and did not pick up a flyrod or tie until 2001 when I moved to WV and didn't keep up with the newer patterns materials.

When I started tying again, it was like I never tied before. I felt like Roborto Duran (hands of stone). New materials and patterns, CDC, snowshoe, antron, comparaduns, pharachutes and the list goes on, had my head spinning. When I started to tie again, I had a few good mentors who helped me. These mentors got me to tying small flies and to spend no more than 4-5 minutes to tie one. Concentrate on shape and color and that should do it they said.

I continue to be a minimalist when tying, using as few of materials as I can and tying small midges, nymphs and caddis. This strategy has worked well for me and at this point I don't feel I'll change what I do.

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I went, with my Dad, to the Carlisle Fish & Game Association / TU meetings way back in the mid '70s. I built fly rods and began tying then...I still use rods / flies made from back then! If I could only remember how to do that stuff...

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I think it was 1979. Took a class @ "The Fishing Post" in Greensburg.

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Just about 3 years ago.

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Maurice wrote;

"Curious to see if there are any over 50 year veterans."

I started tying flies in 1957 when I was 12 years old. I'm now 69 years old- so maybe I've got the record at 57 years??

I've tied over well over 20,000 flies.

All of my fly tying material was in that round cookie tin and a little wooden box on the table. The book on my lap is "Matching the Hatch". I remember I was trying to tie what Marinaro has mstakenly called a Caenis when in fact it was later determined to be a Trico.

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Look at you all young and tying. I'll bet your tying stuff doesn't fit in that cookie tin now. Love seeing pics of that time line. Thanks, sounds like you've been tying just longer than I've been on the earth

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All of us 50 somethings bow to your stamina.

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1976

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I think I got my first kit on Christmas of 2005. Back in 1966 when Ed started tying, I was -17. (figured I'd throw a jab in there)

All self taught, and have taught a few people along the way. I started tying about 6 months after getting into fly fishing. Probably fished for 6 months after that with a few bought flies, but can't remember the last fly I fished that I didn't tie or someone tied for me (swap mainly).

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Re: When did you begin fly tying?

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delta_dog wrote:
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Heritage-Angler wrote: 1966.



Ed your as old as dirt. . It was 1986 for me.
Hey, wait a minute, I resemble that remark. Ed and I are the same age. We both share the same first name too. Like Ed said to me yesterday "two Ed's are better than none" LOL. I started tying flies 9 years ago but caught my first trout when I was six. Yes you guessed it, 1966!

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In the summer of 1982 I began fly fishing with some purchased flies. As soon as I encountered the Trico hatch in the Lehigh Valley the next season, I looked at the spinner pattern and couldn't fathom paying the going price. So I bought a vise and started tying my own.

Jeff

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Re: When did you begin fly tying?

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lv2nymph wrote;

"Thanks, sounds like you've been tying just longer than I've been on the earth"

Now that's a little scary. Luckily for me I have perfect vision when I tie and actually take my glasses off!

The picture of the two rainbows was taken when I was in my early 20's.

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