Is this comedy or tragedy?

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

  1. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

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    There are two types of fly tyers, in my opinion. There are guys like Big E who turn out artwork that catch fish, from the bench every time and then there are other guys like me who are hacks. I'm admittedly attention deficite. I can usually tie one or two flies at a sitting and I get restless. During those one or two ties, I make a lot of mistakes. My flies are not pretty so I don't post pics of them but they do fish and that's my only salvation in tying. If I'm going on a trip, I have to start months in advance to have enough flies. I'm already working on my flies for a late June trip to Mexico. Yes, it takes me that long.:mad:
     
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  2. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks a lot for the compliment but I don't see it that way. I class myself as an "experienced hack"...there are many far better tiers than me on WFF. There are plenty of days where I just put shit on a hook and try new things my pile of flies for the razor is what you could call a mound. I'm definately not any better than you.
     
  3. Steve Saville

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    See, that's the difference between a tier and a hack. I don't have a razor pile. I probably still have the first fly I ever tied. In fact, I know I do. I tie something and put it in a box. If I don't use it, I still have it. Some day, I'll buy a box of razor blades and go to work on my flies. I have gotten better but almost nothing I tie is worthy of a photo. I'd like to be better but I can't concentrate on the process long enough to make every tie worthwhile. I'd love to tie Atlantic Salmon flies but I believe I'd go crazy about half way through.:) I do catch fish, however so I guess there is a "hack payoff".
     
  4. psycho

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    I teach fly tying to kids 9 to 13, do I do because I am generous and kind? Not really, I am a bit more selfish than that. At 73 years old I need all the practice that I can get. Helping kids learn to tie keeps me up on the basics and lets me practice twice a week that I might not do without without their help. So we both get something from the exercise, plus I get to meet some really nice kids and just maybe when I am really old and feeble some of them might come and move the snow out of my drive way. To the original poster, look for a fly club around your area. There must be a gathering of like minded people there.