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SCflyguy 08-01-2009 01:29 AM

Do you buy or tie?
Of the flies that you fish with, what percentage do you tie yourself? Seems like fly fishing and fly tying go hand in hand.

I've been tying for about 10 yrs and haven't bought a fly since. Just wondered 'bout everybody else.

rdh2059 08-01-2009 02:04 AM

I've been tying my own for 40ish years now. I started out by taking some feathers from one of my mom's prize feather pillows, "borrowing" some of her thread, whittling a clothes pin into a tying vice and some old bait hooks I found snagged at a local stream. Things have changed a LOT since then, but that same fascination and satisfaction with creating something to catch fish with, is still there...

Most fly fishers I know started out by buying their first few flies, then getting frustrated with how fast their precious investments get lost in trees and snags and broken off on fish. A cheap starter fly tying kit comes next. After that, it just seems to develop a mind of its own and it grows and grows...

Best of luck to you...

wild trout 08-02-2009 09:06 PM

I tie most flies. If I go to a new area and they have a differrent fly I'll buy it to support the locals.


Lambster 08-04-2009 06:39 PM

We do both! We'll tie 80% of our streamers and nymphs and 40 % on the dries and purchase through online company in Oregon...... hard to beat prices!

sandfly 08-05-2009 06:17 AM

100 % tie my own for 40+ years..

Jimmie 08-05-2009 10:44 AM

It's hard to justify buying flies after the $$ invested in tying. I'm a new tyer so I'm still addicted to buying every new/better, material/tool that I see, and loving it. I'll have to tie for two lifetimes to get the cost of a fly below the store cost. The big reward comes with no wait to get the hot fly of the day. Plus a lot of rewarding time spent tying.

Guest1 09-26-2009 06:47 PM

Re: Do you buy or tie?
I'm not sure if I really save any money tying. I have a million flies I will most likely never use. If I see an fly interesting fly in a magazine I'll tie it. This summer I tied a shrimp and a squid pattern and I live in Minnesota. I have who knows how much money tied up in materials. On the bright side I never have to look for hard to find patterns.

Kerry Pitt 09-26-2009 08:55 PM

Re: Do you buy or tie?
Really the only time I buy flies anymore is if I am in a small fly shop and there are flies tied by the owner or a local tyer. More because I do not like to walk out of one of these little shops empty handed and because sometimes they have patterns not found anywhere else.

HuronRiverDan 09-28-2009 07:54 AM

Re: Do you buy or tie?
I tye most of what I fish with...I will buy a pattern or two from a local shop to support them and as a thank you for the information they provide on the local streams; and also if they have an interesting new pattern, great to have it in front of you when you're tying a copy.


Guest1 09-29-2009 10:54 AM

Re: Do you buy or tie?
I noticed that many of these posts say they only buy some flies from local shops to support them. I think that is a great idea. If you don't support them they may go away. I don't have a shop within... well I don't know how far. Far though. I went to Montana to visit relatives a couple of years ago. My biggest expense was the $150.oo -$200.oo I dropped in every fly shop I saw. I really wish I had a shop someplace close.

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