Re: Do you buy or tie?
Well I had a few years hiatus from fly fishing and fly tying. However when I tied in the past I only tied a few basic patterns.
Last year when I got back into fly fishing I used flies I had left from tying and flies I purchased.
I will start my fly fishing clubs fly tying classes in a couple weeks and it is my intention as soon I develop the skill to do so to tie every fly I will fish, with the exception that when I fish in a new place and discover a new pattern particular to that area I will puchase a few if I find it effect I will save couple to take one apart to see what its made of and the other to have as an example to copy and then add it and try it in my home waters or have it for when I go back to the area I found it.
Attention New Fly Fishers and those just wanting to improve- Join a Fly Fishing Club. They have classes on every aspect of fly fishing for beginners to advanced for free or cheaper than offered elsewhere. Some offer mentor programs. You will make friends with other fly fishers. Clubs often have outings in which members pay special group rates for guides or to fish prime private access areas.