Originally Posted by bocast
The consistency and quality of the flies perched on corks and presented as a flock in the last two posts tell me I have so much still to learn. How do you guys achieve the consistency? Are there any tricks? Or is it just a matter of your experience, talent for tying and LOTS of repetition?
Experience and repetition are probably the two key drivers in consistent patterns. Take a peek into an angler's fly box and you can tell right away how long they've been tying just by the consistency in the proportions from fly-to-fly.
I've been tying for a long time, but I still face my challenges from time to time with flies that I have little experience with. Here are a trio of Stimulators
that I tied last night, in order from left to right... #1 is a mess; I crowded the head and it has too many body hackle wraps. Got the crowding straightened out on #2, but still one too many body wraps. Number three is the best of the bunch IMO. If I tied three more I would expect that #6 would be the best and may not be any different visually from #5.
All three will serve their purpose (high country strike indicators), but my anal retentive nature will definitely cause me to pull #3 out of the box first!
Now look at these Black Dace streamers that I tied for the Clouser Minnow
Swap a while back here on NAFFF. This is a fly that I have tied dozens of times over the years. As a result they look like they rolled off an assembly line.
For new tyers, I think getting the proportions correct is the first hurdle to clear. Measuring materials against the hook (shank and/or gap) and then passing them from hand to hand to tie in takes some time to achieve consistency... but it will come eventually.