Wanting to tie my own flies

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  1. Slow73

    Slow73 New Member

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    I would like the distinguished panel their opinion on a matter. I want to begin to tie my own flies. I could either buy a book or cd or take a class. How did you learn to tie flies? What method from the above mentioned would you recommend? Thanks in advance.
     
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    I recommend the class.
     
  3. troutpocket

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    I was lucky enough to meet some guys that got together every week and they allowed me to sit in. I would recommend the class if that is your option for getting together with someone who knows how it's done. Once you get comfortable with the basics, books and videos make a lot more sense.

    Just like everything related to flyfishing, the initial cost can be steep but it always seems worth it.

    Have fun,
    Rod :beer2:
     
  4. mike doughty

    mike doughty Honorary Member

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    a friend of my dad's got me started when i was 8 then tooks years off and started back up about 5 years ago. i would recommend the class.
     
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    I started out with a class which was good to learn the basics. The learning curve was greatly accelerated by sitting down with a buddy of mine who is an accomplished tier. The rest was a lot of trial and error.

    Calvin
     
  6. cmtundra

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    I got started with a good friend and a good book. After that, lots of trial, error, and dumb questions on this site.

    If I didn't have the good friend to learn from, I'd probably have taken a class. I'd still like to take a class for that matter. I think a lot will depend on your individual learning style.
     
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    Take it from someone who began tying flies back in the dark ages b.c. (before desktop computers) of 1962 at age 9 with only a book for instruction. It took me years to figure out things that a class teaches you in a single lesson.

    Do yourself a favor and take a class, it will be money well spent.
     
  8. Trevor

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    iagree
    I started with a Skip Morris book and taught myself. You will pick up much more tips in a class or tying with other people.

    Either way you go, welcome to your new obsession. Let me know if you have any questions about how to do this or that, I (and I'm sure many others) will be glad to help.

    Trevor
     
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    cmtundra New Member

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    ....how true. I'd like to edit my post to read:

    My name is Chris, and I'm a fly-tier. It's been 3 days since I last tied a fly.

    DON'T DO IT!!! STAY AWAY FROM ALL THOSE TYING MATERIAL RACKS!!!

    IT COSTS COUNTLESS HOURS, DOLLARS, AND TIME AWAY FROM LOVED ONES!!!

    YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP!

    Don't say I didn't warn you. :beathead: ... :beer1: .... :)
     
  10. Norm Frechette

    Norm Frechette Googlemeister

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    Take a class!
     
  11. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Yes take a class. It will cut down on the learning curve. I've been dabbling in it for a long time and have mucho dollars tied up in it(pun not intended). You can spend oodles of money on vises,feathers,chennille,hooks,many books. And just lately I've been able to ties up some different type of flies. I just learned how to tie up the Drunken Dragon. Now this is a mouthful and takes about 10 minutes to tie just one.

    Jim... one who should of taken classes but thought he was too smart bawling:
     
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    Why????????????????????????? it's a path of self destruction, don'
    t you know????
     
  13. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Take a class or join a group of recreational tyers, buy as many materials as you can afford and experiment constantly.

    "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom" - William Blake

    TC
     
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    Why not join a club: many times they have tying sessions and a club library.
    Even though my club is a bunch of lazy bastards, Ive learned a lot from it and met some fine people! :beer2:
     
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    Tony Left handed Gemini.

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    where can I find a picture and pattern description for this fly?
    tony
     
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    cmtundra New Member

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    It's kind of a mystery...but if you must know, you have to play old Bruce Lee movies backwards to get the recipe. That's right -ancient Chinese secret.
     
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    cmtundra New Member

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    Man Jim, that's quick by my snaily standards. I probably take 10 minutes on a plain ole' woolly bugger. Sad but true. I'm getting a lot better, but I still haven't gotten the speed thing down yet.
     
  18. Steve Rohrbach

    Steve Rohrbach Puget Sound Fly Fisher

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    Hi, my name is Steve and I have been tying flies for 8 years.

    A class is a great way to start but it is also a way to continue to expand your skills. I have taken a Steelhead class, a tube fly class from Les Johnson and a class on tying Flat Wing flies at the Avid Angler.

    Another good way to learn is to get to know the staff at your local fly shop. Jimmy at Patrick's will often sit down at the vice and show me how to tie a new fly. Learning the proper techniques can save a lot of trial and error. You will also end up with a sample to help you remember the steps. The most important thing that I have learned from great fly tiers is that you never want to continue to tie on a fly with a mistake. Unwrap the mistake and start over. It takes a little bit more time, but it makes a major difference in the quality of your flies.

    Have fun and get started. Don't be embarrassed to show your flies to others for critiques. Learning what you are doing right and how to improve what you are doing wrong can also significantly shorten the learning curve.
     
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    Good words Mr. Rohrbach!
     
  20. Tony

    Tony Left handed Gemini.

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    thats just cruel
    tony
     

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