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Fly Tying

Posted 12-03-2009 at 07:15 PM by gjcordray

I sit at the bench for hours each year. I don't say this as a complaint, just stating a fact. It is a love/hate relationship, fly tying.

I made the decision to tie flies probably six years ago or so when my father-in-law showed me how to tie a woolly bugger. After a half hour of destroying more maribou and chenille than I used, I had the finished product - black, size 6, and uglier than the proverbial mud fence. I showed to my father-in-law for inspection. He rolled it over a couple times, handed it back, and said "It'll fish." And he was right. A couple weeks later I landed a 16-inch rainbow in Steamboat Lake on that exact same fly.

Since that time, I have learned to tie probably 20 patterns or so. Some of them come out pretty good, almost professional, while others are, well, at least buggy-looking. My tails are not always the exact right length, and my wing-cases sometimes aren't the right proportion, or the legs just don't look perfect. But, they fish. And they fish pretty damned good. And the funny thing about it is, most of the guys I know who tie do not crank out perfect flies, but they catch fish anyway.

I did not get into fly tying to save money or to be an artist. I got into it because it seemed like the next logical step in fly fishing. It also forced me to think more like a fish and to consider how bugs looked to them. I think it has improved my fishing, and it is pretty neat catching a fish on something you created out of raw materials.

I do not buy many flies any more - a few odd patterns I just don't want to tie, a new patter here or there, a specialty pattern for a particular circumstance. I could not imagine spending $2 per fly for something that looks beautiful but is going to be beaten up or lost eventually anyway. I do not believe that fish know the difference either. As long as my flies are the right size, color, shape, and look generally buggy, I think they will continue to fool fish if presented properly.

Not that I am knocking professional fly tiers. They are truly artists and have my utmost respect.

I just enjoy fishing my homemade junk and knowing that success or failure was purely mine.
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