Re: How many of you tie flies?
I've been tying for 20-25 years, mostly flies I use myself, but I give some away, and in particular I like to give flies to my fisherman friends. I tie trout, largemouth, smallmouth, and striper flies. Tying deer hair, particularly bass bugs, has become a favorite of mine. I believe my tying has made a big difference in my fishing, its helped my become a better fisherman. Not that my flies are better than those you can buy, but I have a lot of different patterns, and more importantly, I research what flies are working at a particular stream or lake then tie a bunch in different sizes, sometime colors, etc. Another great aspect of tying is that I can go to my office and tie whenever I feel like it, for hours or for 10 minutes; it keeps me in touch with fishing when I can't get away to go fishing. I highly recommend it for any fly fisherman who's never tied their own flies.