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Old 05-23-2012, 10:48 PM
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[QUOTE=stenacron;453681]Nice to know I'm not alone in the hook-recycling club!

We all are/have been members of "The Hook Re-Cycling Club" at one time or another,as I remember Stripping & Retying one Fly 3 times before it looked The Part & passed my Inspection Service..
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develop a checklist to help me gauge my own flies and those that I find in the shops.
For me it's more important to focus on what I need to do when, while tying the fly rather than thinking about it later. I don't have a formal check list, but do think about many of the things you listed while tying. I'd focus on things like:

1. What materials (including glue and weighted underbody, etc.) get tied in when so I don't forget something.
2. The proportion of the material I'm tying in at each step
3. where I stop the thread to transition from abdomen to thorax or before the eye, leaving enough room to tie off, etc.

I'm sure there are others, but I find it easier to focus on each step, rather than evaluating the fly when it's done.
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I don't eat flies so I don't judge, I let the fish judge them for me!
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I'm with you on this. I'm a checklist guy as well. When i started tying I wanted a flowchart if you will. Something I could refer to in case I wandered off the reservation. I think I got up to about twenty rules for tying.

After tying for three years now, I've pared down my checklist to a couple basic items: Less is More. And Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Keep these two ideas in mind and you'll tend to avoid tying knucklehead flies. Like the ones i end up tying.

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