For me it is not about money or time. I own almost every steelhead flyfishing book on the shelf and I love those glossy fly plates. When I start drooling over certain flies I get in a "must have it kind of mood." In my many years of flyfishing I have never found alot of these fly plate flies in the fly shops it is always the same-old, same-old patterns. So fly tying has been my avenue to make those specialty patterns that are not in the fly shop. Do the book patterns out produce the ones in the shops? I doubt it. However, for me it allows me to fill my boxes with flies that I have confidence in. Also, when I do get a hook-up it makes me feel oh so much better knowing that fly came from my vise and creativity. Note: One good source of materials for me has been x-mas and birthdays. Instead of getting gifts that I will never use, I let my family and freinds know that fly tying materials are a good gift. A few years ago, my wife ended up going to the shop and buying me a whole assortment of stuff and I am still mixing and matching the materials to create new flies.