Has tying made you a better fisherman?
I think my tying has definitely helped my fishing. I wonder if other fly tiers out there have the same experience.
Its not that my flies are any better than those you can buy, but I have a larger selection, in more sizes and colors. When I fish a lake or stream, I research what patterns are recommended and I tie a bunch in various sizes. I change patterns more often until I find something that works. I've fished with a non-tying friend for some years now; he used to out-fish me most of the time, but over the years that has changed and I now usually do better than he does. There may be other factors, including pure luck, but I attribute the change mostly to my tying over the years.