Is this comedy or tragedy?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Bradley Miller, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. troutpounder

    troutpounder Active Member

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    The best thing that helped me when I first started tying was catching a nice buzz. Not shit housed, but just a nice easy pendleton, or sailor jerry buzz
     
  2. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    That's a funny cartoon, GAT!

    If I want to fool myself with nice-looking perfectly tied flies, I just go out and buy 'em.
    However, my sloppy-looking impressionistic concoctions seem to do OK in fooling the uneducated fish I seem to find in my local waters.
     
  3. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    As I've previously quoted my Dad when I started tying almost 60 years ago: "There are flies that catch fish & flies that catch fisherman." I gave-up on the quest for the "perfect pattern" years ago. Good advice offered above . . . hang in there. The cartoon speaks volumes . . .
     
  4. Bradley Miller

    Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    Thank you for the offer! I'm in Tacoma; so logistics are not working for us. But I appreciate it.
     
  5. Bradley Miller

    Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    Oh well, if THATS all it takes......I'm good to go.
    I've raised a bunch. :)
     
  6. Old406Kid

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    Our local club has both beginning and intermediate tying classes over the winter.
    Great way to learn the mechanics, new techniques, and meet some new people.
    You might check in your area. Above all have fun catching fish on your own creations.
     
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    Old406Kid Active Member

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    Is shit housed a synonym for a 4a.m.otisotis?
     
  8. troutpounder

    troutpounder Active Member

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    something like that!
     
  9. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    Did you guys know Pendleton is actually made in Hood River? ....just some booze triva.
     
  10. Rod Wittner

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    I also am just starting to tie and I am 58. It is a challenge, but fun. And I am enjoying it so far. I love the cartoon, how appropriate. I have set up a tying desk in the spare bedroom, that works well. I take my laptop and watch tying vids on Youtube, which is a huge advantge. I also have a tv to watch football or whatever. I went back there the other night to tie up a couple of Intruders. It was about 9pm. I looked up and it was suddenly midnight! And I had tied 3, count 'em 3 flies! Good thing I don't do it for a living.
     
  11. Bradley Miller

    Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    It's kind of cool, actually. Sort of a 'circle of life' kind of thing...tie the fly, visualize the presentation, make the cast, and see what the fish will do. Actually, my first fly looks rather good, hanging off of my monitor. How will it present itself in the water? Through the air? To the fish? Time will tell. Soon.
     
  12. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    I've been teaching flytying for awhile. And will tell you this, practice makes perfect (and sometimes permanent as one of my coaches used to say). More you practice, the better your skills will get. A teacher does help of course, but with enough videos out there, you can pick up alot of techniques pretty easy. I will openly admit, I just don't tie as much as I should, especially with the way our volume at work has been like since October last year. And it shows. Longer I'm away from the bench, the more I have to get at the bench to make my flies look "pretty" again. But guess what, those ugly flies will fish. But EVERY student I've taught (and all my teaching is done with Project Healing Waters now) start with a Wooly Bugger, and each one is it's own "work of art" LOL. I always tell them "Save that fly, because if you stick around you'll be amazed on how you've come along in a month or two". I have some students who could teach me now. They excel and go through the roof on their tying. But practice, practice, practice. If you have to, cut away the fly, and start over. But just keep at it. It'll get easier in time. :)
     
  13. Bradley Miller

    Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    Thanks, Jerry. I am sure that my first fly (a clouser) is one of those 'works of art'. However, it is also fishable; and if it should miraculously attract and catch a fish, well then........I will post here and say.... ' sometimes the imperfection IS the art....'
    (Something I heard at a funeral yesterday). Anyway, I am very happy to add another dimension to the life of flyfishing. And: I can keep my feet warm, listen to music and drink a little single malt all at the same time. Life CAN be good. Woot.
     
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  14. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Remember Cameron and Zen, they must have moved on, two young kids with very good skills
     
  15. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    I remember a Cameron but not a zen. We get so many that come through. Some come and go for the day before I show up a lot of times.