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Old 12-22-2009, 10:46 AM
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Default Buy or tie your own flies?

How many of you buy flies compared to those who tie your own flies? Never really developed the skill or patience to tie my own so I end up buying flies.
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:13 PM
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As much as I would love to tie my own flies, I just don't have the space for all of the equipment. Because of that, I just run down to my local fly shop and get what I need.
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:59 PM
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I wish I could tie my own flies. It is a sort of art, and I have neither skill nor time to do it. So I usually buy ready made flies.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:22 PM
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I'm trying to learn how to tie simple flies. I buy most of them now but I'm going to be a master of fly tying soon! I can't wait because I'm sure it will save me a ton of money!
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:29 AM
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Yeah, that's true indeed. To get better results, it is advised to either tie your own flies or buy top quality patterns, and don't go for poor quality tied flies. Good quality tied flies take a lot of money. I should learn to tie flies.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:09 PM
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Default Tie or Buy

As a novice the prospect of "tying your own" is quite daunting, but ask yourself this - how do you feel when you have hooked and played a decent Trout to the net? Now imagine you had tied the fly that had caught that fish, now how do you feel?
Basic fly tying is easy, I started some thirty odd years ago with little more than a collection of materials I collected while on fishing trips, sheeps wool from barbed wire, feathers from geese, heron, crow, magpie, and ducks. I actually bought a small selection of thread from a tackle shop, and an old vice from a second-hand shop for about 3.50. I was shown by a friend how to put the materials together and produced a few dozen flies in a very short time. Look at the Tying Basics series on the main web site, ask around at your club waters as to who is tying or if they have tying evenings during the winter - most clubs do. It won't cost you much to have a look but it is up to you how involved you become and how much you can spend on the art. My local club members often have old equipment for sale at very reasonable prices, most clubs are the same - they enjoy teaching novice tyers, they are the ones who usually end up developing new patterns which benefit everyone!
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