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.
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.
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.
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.
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: