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  1. #41
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    Brazoria County, SE Texas
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    Default Re: Tying versus Buying

    I think that if I cut out experimenting with new-to-me patterns or variations, fly tying would be more economical. It’s amazing how many flies I have tied that have never seen the water, at least water with a fish that might eat it.

    I now mostly tie flies that I know the fish like or have wanted to eat based on my past experiences, but when I sit down to tie, there’s often this impulse to do something a little different.

    I’ll put the something new to me or different in the box for an outing on the water, but often, almost always, I tie on the tried and true to fish.

    Even with the odd tangents I go on at the bench and the experiments, fly tying isn’t really a big money drain. When I don’t have a lot of spare cash, I’m more focused on tying just what I need to catch fish. When money is a little more abundant, I tend to try new things.

    I hate fishing other people’s flies in the saltwater. I did a fly swap or two and have found I just refuse to fish the flies I’ve received. Nothing really might be wrong about the tie, but they aren’t mine. I care more about saltwater than freshwater fly fishing and I’ll use store bought in the freshwater from time to time, but still prefer using my own ties.

    Maybe someday I won’t care who tied what, but for now, tying is integral to fishing, especially in the saltwater.
    Wherever you go, there you are.

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  3. #42
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    Hudsonville, Michigan
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    Default Re: Tying versus Buying

    In the last few years the only flies I purchased were articulated streamers with the notion of taking them home and replicating them, I really liked the patterns. Other then that I do my own tying and probably have enough materials to stock a small sport shop. Am I saving money? -NO-, do I love tying? -YES-!


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    Default Re: Tying versus Buying

    I have gone to mostly tungsten bead nymphs. There is no way I could have afforded that with out tying.

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