Wanting to tie my own flies

#1
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.
 
#3
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.

Have fun,
Rod :beer2:
 

Calvin1

Active Member
#5
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.

Calvin
 
#6
I got started with a good friend and a good book. After that, lots of trial, error, and dumb questions on this site.

If I didn't have the good friend to learn from, I'd probably have taken a class. I'd still like to take a class for that matter. I think a lot will depend on your individual learning style.
 

FT

Active Member
#7
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.
 
#8
iagree
I started with a Skip Morris book and taught myself. You will pick up much more tips in a class or tying with other people.

Either way you go, welcome to your new obsession. Let me know if you have any questions about how to do this or that, I (and I'm sure many others) will be glad to help.

Trevor
 
#9
Trevor said:
welcome to your new obsession.
Trevor
....how true. I'd like to edit my post to read:

My name is Chris, and I'm a fly-tier. It's been 3 days since I last tied a fly.

DON'T DO IT!!! STAY AWAY FROM ALL THOSE TYING MATERIAL RACKS!!!

IT COSTS COUNTLESS HOURS, DOLLARS, AND TIME AWAY FROM LOVED ONES!!!

YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP!

Don't say I didn't warn you. :beathead: ... :beer1: .... :)
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#11
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:
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#13
Take a class or join a group of recreational tyers, buy as many materials as you can afford and experiment constantly.

"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom" - William Blake

TC
 
#14
Why not join a club: many times they have tying sessions and a club library.
Even though my club is a bunch of lazy bastards, Ive learned a lot from it and met some fine people! :beer2:
 

Tony

Left handed Gemini.
#15
Old man said:
I just learned how to tie up the Drunken Dragon. Now this is a mouthful and takes about 10 minutes to tie just one.
where can I find a picture and pattern description for this fly?
tony
 

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