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EddieRivard  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2:02:31 AM(UTC)
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"Tie your own flies", they said, "You will save money", they said.

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LOL
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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2:07:50 AM(UTC)
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HA!

Laugh

I'm on a first name basis at my local fly shop. The owner grins every time I step into his store. I think I bought him a drift boat with all I've spent there on tying supplies.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
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chiflyguy  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:00:58 PM(UTC)
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Tied a few myself, but don’t have the patience or time.

I buy mine at www.bigyflyco.com
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EddieRivard on 1/4/2018(UTC)
draik11  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2:30:42 PM(UTC)
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"WILL WORK FOR HACKLE"
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EddieRivard on 1/4/2018(UTC)
madguy30  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 11:41:46 PM(UTC)
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I suppose I have to equate the vice and other tools in there (although I've had my current for almost ten years now and only use one spool of thread) but I easily save money vs. buying and it's really not close...although that likely wasn't the case when I used to use prince nymphs and such.

You can tie a lot of flies with just hooks, beads, and a small square section of burlap.

Another way I learned to save money is tying my own 3 or 4 section monofilament leaders.

That said if I'm visiting a place I tend to stop in to the local fly shop and buy a couple things.
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EddieRivard on 1/4/2018(UTC)
Skimmer  
#6 Posted : Thursday, January 4, 2018 2:53:06 AM(UTC)
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I've gotten a few patterns dialed in and am certainly saving money there. But it's the materials I don't use or bought the wrong ones, or can't get the pattern right...that's where I'm losing money.
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weiliwen  
#7 Posted : Thursday, January 4, 2018 3:49:46 AM(UTC)
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I agree with Skimmer - I'm pretty sure I'm money ahead tying Pink Squirrels, PT Nymphs, GRHE's, of which I use - and lose - quite a few. It's the other crap I buy for flies I don't really need where I fish that cost me. I think I have over a dozen packs of Larva Lace or similar tubing for midges, that I just don't use. Fortunately, a lot of my inventory was bought cheaply at a couple memorable estate sales, like a big moving box of feather, fur, and synthetics for $5. Some of that, I imagine my kids will be selling at another estate sale when I've shuffled off the mortal path!
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EddieRivard on 1/4/2018(UTC)
draik11  
#8 Posted : Thursday, January 4, 2018 2:51:30 PM(UTC)
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I'm with skimmer and weiliwen. When I first started tying flies two years ago, I bought foam bodies right away thinking I could tie my own terrestrials. Boy was I wrong because those foam bodies are still sitting there.
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EddieRivard on 1/6/2018(UTC)
William Schlafer  
#9 Posted : Friday, January 5, 2018 12:07:49 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: draik11 Go to Quoted Post
I'm with skimmer and weiliwen. When I first started tying flies two years ago, I bought foam bodies right away thinking I could tie my own terrestrials. Boy was I wrong because those foam bodies are still sitting there.


Stop by TrapFest Saturday evening. I'll be tying flies and can show you and easy and simple hopper pattern that catches Trout as well or better than the store bought versions.

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-Bill
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EddieRivard on 1/6/2018(UTC)
moosekid  
#10 Posted : Friday, January 5, 2018 9:48:19 PM(UTC)
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Videos make fly tying look easy, and I feel like folks often get discouraged when their first several attempts don't come out quite right.

I used to be the same way. There were certain patterns I would opt to buy at the store because they weren't worth the effort...or I would have a few hand-tied versions of a particular fly in my box that weren't quite right and since I lacked confidence in them, they would just sit in the box for years, and I would elect to tie on their store-bought brethren.

If you tie for long enough, eventually you'll get into tying traditional salmon flies. Tying these will really hone your skills, but it will also add another good habit to your arsenal -- razor blading flies that don't meet your standards. Since the hooks are kinda expensive, you'll end up tying a fly and immediately razoring off all the materials and start over.

Now I apply this to any and all flies. When i'm tackling a new pattern I'll commonly razor the first two attempts. I'll guarantee that if you razor five foam hoppers in a row, the sixth hopper will come out better than one you buy in a store...but I feel like alot of people will attempt a new pattern (a foam hopper say) and they'll tie two shitty ones and put them in their box. Every time they go fishing they'll look at those two shitty hoppers sitting next to the nice store-bought ones and it will drive the point home that they need to buy hoppers. Totally not the case. The razor blade is your friend.
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