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Old 05-15-2013, 09:13 AM
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Default Re: Any headache saving tips for a new tyer? (besides don't start the addiction)

Originally Posted by finisher View Post
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That's actually pretty good compared to my first dies. You are all set. You have what you need. You can look at you own work, see and identify the other-than-perfect-parts and be happy with the accomplishment. All you have to do now is tie a few hundred more.

Don't fish that fly. Put it a box and hold on to it. Add flies to that box as you skill level increases. It's a good way of identifying where you are prone to making mistakes. Is also a very good way the watch how you progress.

One thing I find really helpful is to have a fly that on my bench that I am tying. That way I can pick it up and look at it and use it for comparison. I have a couple of boxes of examples of flies on my bench. I also keep a 3-ring binder, 1 pattern per page with detailed notes per pattern where they are/were needed.

Being gutsy enough to try a #14 dry with hackle tip wings the first time around and getting a fly off the vice - you are all set.

That fly is one hash mark in the win column for you!
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