Originally Posted by Rip Tide
I often imagine tying all my flies from scrounged materials instead of buying and tying what everyone else uses. That's one very "simple solution" which I think would be fun for me.
Fly tying is an art and there's no reason why everyone needs to conform. What fun is that ?
The Fly Police aren't gonna come and get you if you strike out on your own and do something different.
I never said anything about rules or conformity, did I? I took the OP's primary motive to be cost savings, followed by creativity. I suspect if 1.5mm tungsten beads were 25 for $1 at his local shop, this thread would not exist.