one would be an idiot to start tying

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by P.Dieter, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Matt B

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    You'd have to be an idiot to start fly fishing at all. Everyone knows those guys never catch anything.
     
  2. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Thanks Paul, you made my day!
     
  3. Yard Sale

    Yard Sale Huge Member

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    Probably 25% of what I know about steelhead fishin comes from sitting at the vise thinking about specific runs and how I want to handle them, and banging out 5 or 6 different patterns and then field testing them. How each material flows, sinks, stands out in certain water conditions, etc. really helps me to think about what it is I am trying to do. Cost doesn't really seem like much of a factor for me. Schlappen, dubbing, braid/flash, marabou are all pretty cheap. Yes, I don't bother with JC or antennae on my intruders, don't think the fish really care...

    Plus its just much more of an experience to pluck a fly I made from that jaw....
     
  4. Tejano

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    One fly shop owner told me Las Vegas showgirls use more feathers than all the tiers combined. Not sure about that, most of the outfits seemed to run on the small side.

    I look forward to when this fad runs it's course and I can find good materials at the second hand shops.
     
  5. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    You must be right, I fish for steelhead and these days that has become an idiotic pastime !!!!
     
  6. chewydog

    chewydog Active Member

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    Just have to know where to look I guess. I can think of several shops and suppliers who won't sell to other industries. Google around and you'll find saddles for $800. but you'll find some in the $50/60 range. Those would be Whiting, so not floor sweepings.
     
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  8. generic

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    Good luck with that, ha ha. :) I did that for about three to four years. Came down to two or three different patterns. Now I have a bazillion different materials I'll never use again. Just saying, you can over think things sometimes.

    But I do agree, nothing like plucking out a fly that you tied.
     
  9. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    It's time to get back to harvesting roadkill!!
     
  10. atomic dog

    atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    Why does someone have to use hackle to learn to tie flies? Aren't there scores of subsurface flies out there that can be taught that use no feathers at all? It would be a shame to give up on something so great as teaching someone how to tie for themselves just for something like that. Maybe have a discussion with them at the beginning of your class explaining why they shouldn't support these markups and then move on to tying some nymphs.

    As long as my cats are around, I'll have a neverending supply of dubbing for nymphs anyhow. Then again, if people start weaving cats into their hairstyles, I'll gladly sell the lazy bastards for a nice profit and pick up some hackle with the money. :D
     
  11. jersey

    jersey livin' the dream

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    My mother in-law got a few "special" roosters and hens from a family friend. The salmon net has another use now and I have a decent supply for my bass bugs...

    By the way, let those folks know about the fish you catch with that stuff in their hair, its good fun.
     
  12. TallFlyGuy

    TallFlyGuy Adipossessed!

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    REally? I mean Really?
     
  13. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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