How many fly fishermen are NOT fly tiers? Why not.

Bimini15Bimini15 Posts: 24 Greenhorn
Just wondering. For me tying is not only an extension of fishing, but, as life gets busy and fishing time is less and less, it is almost a hobby on its own right.


  • Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 2,676 Admin
    I think you hit it on the head. I fly fish, spin fish, bottom fish, and all that stuff and always wanted to get into making my own rods and tying my own flies. I just have way too much going on with work and family. I fish in unpredictable surges and taking on Fly Tying would be like taking on a whole new hobby. I hope to some day, maybe if I retire sooner than later I can :-)
    Mark Wilson
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Posts: 2,212 Captain
    Ask 100 guys and you'll get 100 different reasons why they do/don't tie. I started tying after losing a fish that I shouldn't have lost. I was using the right fly on the wrong hook, probably tied by 12 year old children in Myanmar. These days I have a different attitude. I tie because I have to. It's more of a compulsive disorder than a hobby.
  • ShadowcastShadowcast Posts: 1,009 Officer
    I can tie a couple patterns pretty well. My issue is with a family and demands on my time, I just do not have the time to truly devote to tying.
    Capt. Jon Bull
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  • saltybumsaltybum Posts: 1,561 Captain
    After getting into fly fishing and buying a couple larger salt flies and discovering the hooks were crap it was only logical to start making my own. Having tied bucktails for years it was an easy and rewarding transition.
    Now it's like a disease at times.
  • idlerickidlerick Posts: 215 Deckhand
    With some anglers it's a physical or mental ability. I have a friend who'd love to tie, but his old fingers do well to tie his boots. Tying a #18 GRHE is out of the question for him. Others just aren't mentally suited to creating something with their hands, which is a shame, as it's great therapy.
    But I suspect the high entry costs are the likely blame for most folks. You go into most small fly shops (if you can even find one close anymore) and the owner will show you $250 Regals instead of $30 Thompson vises, $15 bobbins, and $35 scissors. And the Asian "starter kits" are a joke. Then the markup on materials is over 100% just in the shop, and good S/W hooks are $.50-$1.00 apiece. A guy could easily drop $300 and not have enough supplies to make 6 flies.
    I started tying over 50 years ago in college (why, I don't know. I had a glass fly rod, but nowhere to use it. My first flies looked more like jewelry than insects.). I used mail-order equipment and materials from Herter's (Model Perfect, of course). Over the years it was easy to add a few bags of hair or feathers now and then, especially at a discount when I worked in fly shops. Or to save some pheasant or goose feathers or elk hair. To me now, like many tiers, it's more of a hobby in itself, especially in the winters.
  • SUPER DSUPER D Posts: 636 Officer
    I tie so I can catch fish on something I made. It's just another way to challange ones self. Challanging your self in life is important. The easy way leeds to fat, lazy, and dead.
  • MonelloMonello Posts: 46 Greenhorn
    I tied a few years ago. I only became proficient in a few patterns. Others I could make a reasonable close replica. I haven't tied in years. I have a few hundred flies to choose from. I also bulk purchase my go to flies. Minimum order is a dozen. They are inexpensive, good quality and I have plenty on hand when I need them.

    There is a lot of personal satisfaction catching a fish with a fly that you tied yourself.
  • mro1mro1 Posts: 77 Greenhorn
    For a guy who isn’t sure that he is going to like tying but wants to try it out with out breaking the bank .....

    Cabelas cheep tool kit has all the tools needed to tie for $35.00
    Mustad 34007 sw hooks 1/0 to 5/0 per 50 count, $9.99 to $18.99 .20 to .38 ea
    In Florida you can probably catch 90+ % of all inshore fish on two hook sizes.
    #6 for bones etc. and 3/0 for Tarpon, Snook, Jacks etc.. Another $30/$40.00 on materials specific for the flies you want to tie and you can be into it for around $100.00.

    That being said, if you get hooked.............. lord save ya :)

  • HambweldHambweld Posts: 218 Deckhand
    I tie. It was the first thing I learned after how to cast. Found it is a good de stresser for me. A good place to buy a setup and get started is jstockard. I still have and use the $35 rotary I bought there years ago.

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  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,133 Officer
    My folks bought me a Ned Gray kit and a decent vise when I was 11 and took casting lessons @ the local park. I don't fly fish much anymore, arthritic shoulders, but still tie some bluegill bugs and clousers.
  • Elk ChaserElk Chaser Posts: 172 Deckhand

    I have too many other time consuming hobbies I enjoy. Any more would cut into my fishing time.

  • JWTJWT Posts: 338 Deckhand

    i have been tying stuff to hooks since i was a single digit. one of the first fish i caught was on a hook with some fluffy field grass tied to it. been "hooked" ever since. some fish food ready to serve.......

  • rumit4rumit4 USAPosts: 18 Greenhorn
    I imagine that fly-tying is an extremely characteristic sidekick to angling, yet you might not have any desire to set out on the voyage: investing energy and cash on instruments and materials...

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