But nowhere nearly as enjoyable. Amassing a lifetime of materials & harvesting other material yourself decreases cost-per-fly while enhancing satisfaction. Tying flies even supercedes my fly fishing passion at times as I grow older. I find it enjoyable, therapeutic, challenging, and easy all at once. While tying dozens of the same pattern can becoming boring, attempting new & more complex patterns is refreshing. Tying for my Nephew is a labor of love, plain & simple. I generally tie in sets of three no matter which/how many flies I am crafting - take a break, then return to the bench, but occasionally I'll just plop-down in the chair, tie or partially-construct a fly and move on. My vise & tools don't leave the bench until bird season; then they are put-away & the bench returns to shotgun-cleaning duty until bird season ends & the evolution repeats itself for the following year. 60-year-old traditions are difficult to disregard. And now I do believe I'm heading to the bench . . .not tying your own flies is cheaper than tying your own.
I have picked-up my share of Fox Squirrel tails from flattened previous owners, but now Hank has become proficient at catching the destructive little rascals. I've also been known to stop & pluck tail feathers from road-killed Pheasants.One looks at roadkill differently when tying your own flies.