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View Poll Results: Of the flies that you fish with, do you tie them or buy them?

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  • I don't tie

    71 19.35%
  • I'll tie a few here and there

    64 17.44%
  • I buy them occasionally

    108 29.43%
  • What? Spend money on flies?

    124 33.79%
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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Southwest, VA

    Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    Unfortunately I have to buy all of mine right now. Hopefully that will change soon as I really want to learn to tie.

  2. #22

    Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    What? Spend Money on a Vise, Tools, Materials, and Hooks?

    Tying flies for personal satisfaction, hobby or art is a wholly worthwhile activity on its own. I hope no one is trying to make it a fiscal responsibility discussion. I wonder what the return period is on the investment for fly tying equipment in terms of # of flies.

    At this stage of my fly fishing, my major capital investing goes toward gear that gets me out on the water and landing fish once I am there. I'll be resigned to buying my own for the foreseeable future.

  3. Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    Had to say that I don't tie.... yet.

    I just got into fly fishing last year and became unemployed in September... I can't afford to really get set up to tie just yet. The former co-worker that was mentoring me said this about tying flies....

    "You do it 'cuz it's relaxing. You do it 'cuz you want to make a variation you can't buy. You do it 'cuz you want the challenge of duplicating the factory stuff. But, you sure don't do it to save money! What's your time worth to you? If it takes you 15 minutes to a half hour to tie a fly and you can buy it for a dollar???? I dunno about you, but my time is worth more than $4 dollars an hour! Don't rational the cost, either do it or don't do it 'cuz you want to."

    Makes sense to me.... I'll probably tie because I want to, and because I relish the challenge of mastering an art.... then I'll hit the local shop, ask what they're hitting on and buy a handful.
    Steve Uhall

  4. #24

    Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    I started tying my own this winter. It's a lot of fun trying something new and I am very happy I gave it a try. Hopefully my days of buy lots of flies are now done, minus the odd ball I can't do on my own.

  5. Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    I'll buy a couple here and there, but 99% of the flies I use are my own tys, I also ty for my wife, son, and a buddy it's pretty good feeling seeing others catch fish on my flies and know that thye are enjoying their time on the water and I'm helping with that.

  6. Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    I used to tie all the time, but then along came an inquisitive future fishing buddy and I put most of the tying gear away, for the time being. As soon as I find more room as he now resides in the room where the vice used to live I am going to have to take the vice out and dust it off.. but I am so loving having an amazing son to pass on some great angling traditions to.


    Alaska Rainbow Adventures - Alaska Float Fishing Trips

  7. #27

    Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    I tie some and buy some. The flies I don't mind buying are the local ties. Sometimes there are real, local fly tying artists supplying the local shops.

  8. #28
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Truckee, CA.
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    Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    To get a leg up on fussy fish, nothing beats tying for the local watershed.
    Patterns in the catalog are good starting points, but the tweak of a color, or size, or stage, is often the cure for fishlessness. I do buy flies from our hardware store, (nearest shop is 30 miles away) just to keep up with guiding attrition. After 30 years of tying, I'm still a hack, but nothing makes me smile more, than twisting up a fly at lunch and then using it to fool a fish.
    I support local tyers as well. A guy named Burk has a shop down in the canyon.
    It is astonishing how a creative tyer can help improve your average.

    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.


  9. #29

    Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    when i started fly fishing i bought a box full of flies , then i joined a local fishing club most of members tie, so now i have gave all bought flies away my boxes have only flies i have tied or ones from club members all hand tied flies

  10. Default Re: Do you buy or tie?

    My problem is cost of materials. I want a particular fly, say in three sizes. It might cost me $30-50 in materials if I don't have any of them. Sure, I can tie maybe 60-75 flies from those materials, but all I think I need is 2 or 3 #12s, #14s or $16s.

    At a couple bucks each, I can buy them already tied for six bucks, and they're tied better than I could tie them until I had tied several dozen.

    Most of the time, tying doesn't make sense for me.

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