Pro Tiers, how long does it take you?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Thom Collins, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2012
    Messages:
    1,427
    Likes Received:
    2,206
    Location:
    Laramie, WY

    That definitely affects quality, but might actually speed up the tying process. If I were hammered I could probably crank out a fly in half the time it normally takes me, it would just look really, really bad.
     
    Thom Collins and Irafly like this.
  2. Norm Frechette

    Norm Frechette Googlemeister

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    849
    Likes Received:
    610
    Location:
    Norwich, CT
    Home Page:
    Professional

    (of a person) engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.

    34 years tying and I do not consider myself a professional
     
    Thom Collins likes this.
  3. Keith Hixson

    Keith Hixson Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2006
    Messages:
    1,535
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    College Place, Washington
    I have a friend who has tied flies for various outlets in Eastern WA., and for a time tied for the ORVIS company. So from my observations, each fly is different depending on the complication of the pattern. With that in mind, a simple pattern he could do at least 10 - 12 in an hour. More complicated patterns could only be 5 or 6 in hour. If I get out four or five in an hour I am happy. Complicated patterns I may only get two or three.
     
  4. Beachmen

    Beachmen Active Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2012
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    130
    Location:
    Port Orchard
    Home Page:
    my rate for the most of the the flies that i sell to shops is about 1.5 dozen an hour. most of the stuff i do is salt flies for Puget Sound. mainly sea-runs
     
  5. Jim Darden

    Jim Darden Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2004
    Messages:
    1,247
    Likes Received:
    454
    Location:
    Bellingham, Wa.
    FT....when the fly shop was going out of business in Sumas, I bought GPs for $.35 each......I bought enough that I have never had to tie one again.....the cost doesn't even cover the cost of materials....and I like to tie steelhead flies....
     
  6. the central oregonian

    the central oregonian Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2007
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    spokane, washington
    At my best, I would tie simple nymphs in a couple minutes each...I figured that I had to tie a dozen a hr at the least to make it worth while when I was tying for local shop.

    The key to this is a lot of practice and materials prep....It took me quite a while to get decent at it. Usually the first couple dozen of a pattern would end up in my own box, as I got into a groove. Then the rest were worthy of sale. Its not easy to tie a crap load of flies make them look good, make them all look the same, and tie them in a couple minutes.
    I have no interest in tying commercially again.....
     
  7. johnk

    johnk Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2007
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    297
    Location:
    Tunkwa Lake, BC
    I will echo the sentiments of several other posters. I don't tie a commercial pattern that takes longer than 5 minutes. It's just not worth it. I am in the twilight of my commercial gig and I look forward to tying some patterns that are more intricate without a stopwatch. I have been tying commercially since '93 and it's been a long road and I find it is becoming more of an obligation than a hobby!

    As has already been mentioned preparation is key to tying optimum numbers. I usually bead 10 dozen hooks and cut enough material for those hooks and then everything becomes robotic! No matter how long and how many flies I tie, I still get a kick out of coming up with something new that becomes a very productive pattern.
     
    FinLuver likes this.