Hi guys. Well I just broke down and ordered in about 60 bucks worth of Orvis flies. One wise fisherman told me he believed a lot of these fancy lures/flies were made more to catch men then fish. Which brings me to the Schultzy Red Eye Leech, a pretty looking fly. I was up at Bonaparte Lake here in Okanogan County, and I was rowing along with a black one in tow when a big fish nabbed it up, a few minutes later it breaks me off and jumps one last time to say good bye. It was an18" trout. I couldn't tell for sure what it was, it had the coloring of a kokanee but I've never seen one that big before so maybe it was just a rainbow. Anyways with that being my only leech of that kind I decided to order some more, black ones having a 5 week waiting period. My question is, is tying your own flies, is it worth it? When I priced out materials for tying things like chironomids it looked like you could tie quality ones for .70c, while the fly shops charge $2. To me that looked like a good deal. But take a look at this leech...http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=5C90 For my inexperienced eye it looks pretty complex and too pretty to be easily tied. It costs $2.95, plus some shipping charges. I'm wondering how hard these would be to tie, but more importantly would it be cost efficient to even try? I'm sure I'd tie them in all different sizes and gladly make them in bulk. Thanks guys, I'm very interested in getting into fly tying. My Grandpa handed down to me his old fly tying kit along with some random materials that I don't know how to use yet haha. So any help would be much appreciated!