Re: Do you buy or tie?
I just started tying two years ago so my recipe box is still kinda small (13). However, I fish 7-8 of them quite a bit, so I'd guess right now I buy approx. 60% and tie the other 40%. Another factor is durability vs. cost. For instance, I fish a ton of stimulators throughout the year, and no matter how well I tie them, they only last about 3 fish. On top of that, the most effective color is yellow, which is very common commercially. So, at maybe 55 to 60 cents a piece, it just makes sense to buy a year's worth instead of making myself batty tying 400 or 500 hundred of them.
Generally, I tie flies that are either a mix of two or three recipes I know, or flies that I've seen pics of and think I can tie.