Question About A Fly Tyers Status...

#31
Sloan Craven said:
I never really saw it as geeky. I mean comic books, movies based on comic books, dungeons and dragons, any role playing games, star trek, star wars, SciFi conventions, the Sci Fi Channel, Anime, Dance Dance Revolution, those wireless cell phones devices that stick in your ear, Scrapbooking, Vampiriasm, Collectible Card Games, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson, techno music, being obsessed with European or Japanese culture (when you're an American), pimping out a crappy car, telling a joke thinking no one gets it because its an obscure reference (when it just that its not funny), Dennis Miller, 'Stop Plate Techtonics' t-shirts, Jon Stewart, soccer, waiting for hours for the opening of a movie-any movie (they show it more than once folks), wearing a costume to a movie-any movie, flavored malt liquor (Zima, Seagrams, etc.) are all geeky. I really don't see fly tying fitting into that group of things.

Just for fun, I hi-lighted a few things from your list which I just so happen to be into. Unless someone has me beat here, you can call me King of The WFF Geeks!

Here's the definition for Geeky: A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.

Although I don't consider myself socially inept (so long as it's with other fly fishers ;)), I do find myself single minded in the technical pursuits of fly tying. Sloan, I think you need to let your inner-geek out, you are amongst friends here.:clown:
 

chadk

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#32
Well, when my wife sees me tying, she chuckles and says "I can't believe your turning into a fly tying nerd!". Nerd, geek, dork, dweeb, Poindexter, whatever. We all have a geeky side or 2 or 3. To many out there, fly fishing in general is geeky. In fact, some guys get so self conscious about it, they end up over compensating - like the young guy who tried to wear his waders hanging 12 inches below his butt with nothing but his underwear showing, and his wading boot laces not tied. He wasn't feeling so cool when they pulled his geeky naked body out of the 33 degree water!

Then there's the guy from Bellevue who shows up on the yak driving his huge lifted Hummer, steps out, puts on his orvis gear from head to toe, lights up his cigar, and declares to the world "I'm a fly fishing baddass!", as the car full of hot women drives by and they all giggle and point, "look, another fly fishing geek!".

As for fly tiers, well, I know a few who pull out their TV tray (or have their tying table near the tv) and watch football and drink beer and eat extra spicy chili, and cuss, and smoke or chew, and try to look as manly as possible while tying. That works about as well as the guy showing off his tattoo at the star trek convention.... "live long and prosper! ...oh, and check out my badass tattoo!!"

Heck, I over heard some guys on this site talking about trying to be 'hip' like the gangsta rappa thugs and getting fly fishing related 'grillz' to impress the honeys and the ho's. You'll find these same guys giving gangsta hand signs in the gallery. "waddup dog, check out this 6inch brookie - dats DOPE!"

When my wife first said that to me (I've since recovered my ego, but just barely), I tried to explain how she was being hypocritical. "look, you go to craft stores too. And you buy expensive scissors, colorful materials, yarn and chenille, you know what chartreuse and cerise look like, enjoy bead shops, like getting together with your girl friends to scrapbook and work on crafts. It's not any different than fly tying!!!"

She just looked at me with a grin, and said "exactly".
 
#34
I am truly humbled here posting behind Chad. I tried to show I wasn't just another fly tying geek when I tied that woolybugger on a 3/0 saltwater hook.....it was a manly fly, they still laughed & pointed. Hey, at least it was color coordinated in pink, orange, & red. Headed for a Zima at the tofu bar....live long & prosper young Skywalkers
 
#35
As for fly tiers, well, I know a few who pull out their TV tray (or have their tying table near the tv) and watch football and drink beer and eat extra spicy chili..... and try to look as manly as possible while tying.
How did you know my nightly tying ritual? the only thing different is I clear off my coffee table. Put a mp3 mix cd in my sound system and tie flies for a couple hours.

I know i'm a geek and have a good time being one.

Todd
 
#37
chadk said:
Would that happen to be Kenny G by any chance? ::confused:


No Kenny G I said i'm a geek not a queer. I've got a bunch of different music David Allen Coe, Pink Floyd, Disturbed, Alan Jackson, As I Lay Dying, Johnny Cash, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, clips from Bob and Tom, Toby Keith, Beatles, Greatful dead....the list goes on. But NO HIP HOP OR RAP!
 
#38
Desmond Wiles said:
Sloan, I think you need to let your inner-geek out, you are amongst friends here.:clown:
I like certain geeky things: The Simpsons, beer classification, obscure facts, geeky women, hard cider, Go..... But tying flies?
Would a guy like this tie flies?
 
#40
Allison said:
Hey, you may very well be hot for all I know, but I'm just saying fly tying is kinda geeky IMO and not a chick magnet in and of itself.
Naw, I'm not. I was just hoping to be able to continue deluding myself- shot down again :-( Hey wait a minute how about fly casting does that count as hot?...hehee pathetic I know..
 
#41
troutaholic said:
Hey wait a minute how about fly casting does that count as hot?...hehee pathetic I know..
That level of "hotness" is dependent on the number of times I hang the leader on the one lonely weed sticking up behind me :mad: :beathead: bawling:
 
#42
Minx said:
That level of "hotness" is dependent on the number of times I hang the leader on the one lonely weed sticking up behind me :mad: :beathead: bawling:
Hey if you can touch the leader before you release the weed - that counts as a catch and thereby prevents a skunk. That's gotta be hot right Allison?
 
#43
I think FF and all of the associated side hobbies (like tying) is a lot of fun, and I'd say that I really appreciate a nice cast. Matter of fac, I must say that I really enjoy watching people do things they are really good at--you have to be in "the zone." I imagine as I gape in awe at good casting or tiny grovvy flies and am impressed with that proficiency, perhaps others can see that in me when I am doing things that I'm good at.

Minx, I'm sure you are half-joking, but yes, I like what I see, but it doesn't make hotness where none previously existed.

As far as avoiding the skunk in this manner, well, no, that still counts as a skunk. However, if you're hot, and you get skunked, you're still hot even then. Especially so if you cast nicely. :D