Re: Buying Flies without breaking your wallet?
Gary's ranting has some validity to it...on the other hand; if it is tied on a mustad hook, and gooped up with glue then it will catch fish and hold together. Many of my ties are on par with his "kenyan" pics and they work fine. Just don't skimp on the hooks, unfortunately you have no way to know what hook is on the fly's you buy with asking beforehand everytime.
Also to consider, is your local fly shop may be catering to you local fish with their patterns. Talking to the guides at the Ausable last week, I was able to buy the flies that the senior guide was throwing that week...because he also tied them for the store. Also lets not forget...fly fishing is expensive, gas is expensive, etc...youve got a minimum of $250 worth of gear and you just spent $25 to drive to the river, why skimp on the one piece of gear that fish sees. When you buy flies at the local fly shop you get value added ("free" information). $12 worth of flies and they tell you where to throw them.