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Old 12-02-2009, 07:54 AM
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Have you ever tried to make your own flies? I'm thinking of giving it a bash, any tips on starting? Not sure how to go about it.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:46 AM
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I've never tried, something that I would image requires a lot of patience and practice, as well as a good eye and some quality tools. There are starter kits you can buy, and I'd follow example step-by-step guides (e.g. tying a black spider).

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Old 12-04-2009, 12:39 AM
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There are some really good kits out there but if you're canny you can set yourself up for a fraction of the cost. Check out the article on tying on a budget in the main site. The main piece of kit you will need is a solid vice, one with a rotary head is a bonus, but don't pay more than 30 for it, a good lever vice will last for a lifetime - like the Exacta from Caimore. Think about where you will use it - its no use trying to tie flies in a dark corner somewhere, you need light and lots of it. So pedestal or clamp? the most versatile being the pedestal, you can use that anywhere. A selection of basic tools - bobbin holders, good scissors with fine points, hackle pliers that will not break the delicate stems of some feathers and a whip finishing tool. If you become serious about your tying, add to your toolkit. Storage of materials is the biggest headache, keeping the "wildlife" out of your stuff is a pain but acheivable if you use sealable plastic boxes and strips of insect killer in with the organic materials - see the article.
Once you are set up it costs pennies to make your own flies and you have a lifetime of satisfaction from catching on something you tied yourself!
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:15 PM
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You sound as if you've done this before, Speymed. Have you? My grandpa used to do it, but I've never given it a go. It sounds fairly simple from your explanation.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:22 AM
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You sound as if you've done this before, Speymed. Have you? My grandpa used to do it, but I've never given it a go. It sounds fairly simple from your explanation.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:17 PM
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Thanks Khalid - my cover is now blown! Seriously though I have been tying for more years than I care to remember, so yes you could say that I have done it before!
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:16 PM
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The local fly fishing store has held fly tying classes in the past. I took the course with my mother-in-law, who sews, and she made better looking flies than mine.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:33 PM
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I guess that kind of job would require a lot of patience and effort for someone new like me. And some nimble fingers too.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:55 AM
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I've tried tying my own flies but I don't have the paitence nor do I have nimble fingers. LOL Not surprised that LoveToFish's mother-in-law was able to creat a good looking fly since she sews.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:05 PM
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I've thought about signing up for classes on how to tie also. I would love to learn and it would save a lot of money I'm sure. I think I'll start with a starter kit and give it a try.
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