- Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:34 am
I didn't like having to rely on buying flies, especially after I figured out how many I was going to lose to fish, trees, grass, underwater limbs.....
I usually bought an assortment, and there were always a few I had no confidence in, and wouldn't use.
Of course, once I started rolling my own, I had bags and bags of flies to choose from (I kept them in quart or snack-sized zippie bags for ease of transport. A couple of bags, my lanyard and my fly rod, and I'm good to go!), and still had flies I had no confidence in and wouldn't fish, lol.
I enjoy tying. I must. I have enough from 10 years of tying to last a lifetime, lol. I'm not fast, I don't tie dozens of each pattern, and I don't tie perfect flies. I've made peace with myself over this.
My typical tying session:
The first 3 usually look pretty much the same, except for refinements of technique.
The 4th one, I forget the ribbing.
The 5th one, I change the color of the dubbing, just to see what it looks like.
The 6th one, well the changed dubbing looked, OK, but let's use THIS dubbing, and change to THIS hackle. Looks good!
7th one, oh wait, I'm supposed to be tying XYZ. Let's go back to that, except with the new hackle.....
I rarely make it past the 8th fly. Something else will grab my attention.
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