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    Economics of fly tying

    I was just wondering if tying your own flies saves that much money.

    And of the most common flies which are better to tie and which are better to buy?

    Im curious to hear your opinions on this as I am an amateur tier.

    Also please share any ways you can cut costs of fly tying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeabuddy View Post
    I was just wondering if tying your own flies saves that much money.

    You won't be saving any money. If you take the functional approach, and stick to tying the necessities you can keep things relatively cheap. Deer hair, bucktail, maribou, and craft fur are very cost effective materials that offer lots of versatility. Like anything else you can spend what you want to spend, but there are other benefits to tying your own flies. Buying flies off the shop wall will often leave you wishing you had pattern X in a different size/color, or maybe with small brass eyes instead of lead. Everything is in the details.

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    And besides nothing compares to catching a fish on a fly you tied yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltybum View Post
    And besides nothing compares to catching a fish on a fly you tied yourself.
    Thats the best part for me to. per fly cost, is cheaper, but the cost of all the extra material, thread, and vise, will add up. You will not use it all, the single fly will be cheaper, but the cost of extra will be more than you would spend off shelf.
    Clousers, Seaducer, Kwan, Deceivers, all easy to tie, and all work great.

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    Most that start tying to "save a buck" probably won't stay with it.... On the other hand some that start out that way find a lot of satisfaction in catching a fish with a fly that they produced....
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    I like tying flies because it is a great way for me to feel like I am working on fishing even when I can't be actually fishing. I caught a bass in the canal on a gurgler I tied and it was a great feeling. I'm no expert and my flies show it but it's fun to learn. I find it a great alternative to wasting time watching tv. I'd have to order the flies on the internet or skip fishing to make it to a store while they are open so that's a bonus too.
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    i like tying up my own flies for the art of it. i tie up all different kind of flies in different shapes,colors,and sizes. but when i go fishing i generally use the same few patterns anyway. its just a cool hobby its not really a money saver

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    Enjoying the responces.

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    Well I have just blown any potential savings away... The feathercraft catalog just arrived. Between that and the fly tyers dungeon, I'm going to go broke. =)
    John.

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    Another nice part about tying your own is you can adjust them to your specific conditions. For instance, I tie clousers in specific weights for a particular stream I fish. Becuase I know the water, I know exactly how to "tune" their depth in the water. Hard to do that with store bought flies.

    Can't say I'll ever save a dime at it though. I keep acquiring inventory.

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