05-28-2013, 08:17 PM
Re: What do I need to get started?
When I started tying my own flies 40+ years ago, not only was there nowhere I could go to to buy materials but as I was a kid, I didn't have a lot of money anyway.
I made do with what I could scratch up.
So I strongly disagree with those that say you can't save money by tying your own flies. I know better.
I don't tie for fun, I just tie to have flies to fish with. If you have that attitude, you don't need every material offered or even every material in every recipe.
You can make substitutions without the fly police breaking down your door.
When I was a kid I tied all my flies from scrounged materials like feathers and road kill. I still collect and use stuff like that that I find lying around as much or even more than purchased materials.
So don't let anyone tell you it's not possible to save money by tying your own. They're only speaking of their own experience
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart