Re: Beautiful flies vs. Not So Beautiful
- From: "BJ Conner" <oakiefisher@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 4 May 2006 09:15:49 -0700
I would suggest starting with one pattern. The advantage is to
minimize the material you buy. Lots of tyers have boxes and boxes of
crap they never use. If you have a vise, three baggies of feathers
and a couple of spools of thread you can tie a couple anywhere. If you
master a half dozen patterns you should take care of 90% of your
Tom Nakashima wrote:
"Larry L" <larry_linthicum@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Tom Nakashima wrote:
I've paid 55 cents per fly, which I
thought was a pretty good price, and they do match the patterns I wanted.
I suggest you take up fly tying. It will cost you a LOT more for
flies, so don't think otherwise <G> and there's a good chance your
flies will be pretty shoddy at first :-), but tying is what changed
"another way to fish" into a true passion for me, personally..
I know you practice casting at lunch and spend WAY too much time in fly
shops <G> ... you just strike me as a guy that should roll his own.
FWIW, it's not the flies one ties that make the difference, it's all
the study that tying leads to and encourages that adds so very much to
the hobby of fly fishing.
Yes, I've been thinking about tying my own for quite awhile now. One of the
questions I'm usually asked in fly-fishing is; "Do you tie your own flies?"
When I answer "No" their question is followed by; "why not?"
The answer is, and this may sound funny, but It's pretty hard for me to sit
in one place for a long period of time. This is what I do at work, which is
why I practice my casting on my break and at lunch. I think I would go nuts
learning the craft of tying, although I'm very much interested in the
aquatic side of fly-fishing and can recite fly-patterns in my sleep..."guess
I'm hooked". Pretty sad when your wife asked you the next morning what a
parachute adams is? When I do see perfectly hand tied flies, I'm in envy.
Perhaps one of these days I'll start tying, but after I retire.
Agree once a week in fly-shops is excessive, especially when we don't talk
about fly-fishing. I've made some good friends in the shops and I could
tell they're happy to see me when I walk in, although I hardly ever buy
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