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Old 08-30-18, 03:22 PM   #21
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I've been tying for over forty years. Does the hobby save you money from buying flies...no. But the satisfaction you get from catching fish on flies you've tied is worth it. Besides, it gives you something to do during the nasty months when you can't fish.

Regarding tools... I have probably 7-8 vices laying around. Several cost in the $500 range, but I tie all of my flies these days on a Pace Rotary vice that I paid about $125 for. It does all that I need and more.

Good luck with the new hobby if you get into it, but don't expect to save money.

"Big Y Fly" is your best friend if you wish to buy low cost flies that do the job.
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Old 08-30-18, 03:23 PM   #22
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As a beginner in the fly tying area, I buy from Big Y for the flies that are more difficult to tie. I have a Renzetti traveling vise and I love it. I use it to tie the flies I am capable of tying. It's not cheap to get fitted up with materials for tying, but it's a great addition to the sport. I watch a lot of videos online to see how a fly is tied. I also buy flies if I frequent a fly shop in a new area. Always try to support the local shop.
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Old 09-01-18, 05:12 PM   #23
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Your first 500 flies are gonna look like crap, dont worry, fish don't care and will eat them anyway.
RScott's flies still look like crap!!!
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Old 09-01-18, 08:55 PM   #24
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Prowler and the "GOOD" tyers don't understand. Trout are predators, we have all seen the animal films, predators go after the weak, the lame, not the prime prey. Therefore, lame flies, the damaged naturally catch more fish.
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Old 09-01-18, 09:07 PM   #25
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A wise person once said that trout eat little brown fuzzy things.
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Old 09-02-18, 11:58 AM   #27
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For me its the fun of it to pass the bad days and the joy of trying to teach my niece to tie. So that pretty much out weighs the cost. But a good vise that did not cost a lot for me was a HMH works great for all I tie.
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Old 09-03-18, 09:48 PM   #28
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A wise person once said that trout eat little brown fuzzy things.
An experienced friend told me when I was starting 90% of what a trout eats is some shade of brown and/or gray and 3/8 in. long.

If I had been into trout fly tying in high school I would have been a much better biology student. Studying the life cycle of insects would have been interesting
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Old 09-03-18, 10:13 PM   #29
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I actually enjoy tying almost as much as fishing. When I am tying I am visualizing me being on the river and using the fly that I am creating so even though I am at home, it allows me to escape the stress and turmoil of what is going on in my life and put it aside for a while when I am at the vise. There is also great satisfaction when you come up with a new idea, create a pattern and hit on something the trout can't resist. It is also nice to be able to sit down the night before a fishing trip and tie up a few flies that work well in the river you are fishing the next day instead of trying to make a run to a fly shop some where and buy some.

At the end of the day, it is pretty special to be able to sit down and create something out of feathers and fur that you can go out and fool a trout into hitting and when the trout enters the net you can say that you caught him on something that you created.
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Old 09-04-18, 07:22 AM   #30
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I actually enjoy tying almost as much as fishing. When I am tying I am visualizing me being on the river and using the fly that I am creating so even though I am at home, it allows me to escape the stress and turmoil of what is going on in my life and put it aside for a while when I am at the vise. There is also great satisfaction when you come up with a new idea, create a pattern and hit on something the trout can't resist. It is also nice to be able to sit down the night before a fishing trip and tie up a few flies that work well in the river you are fishing the next day instead of trying to make a run to a fly shop some where and buy some.



At the end of the day, it is pretty special to be able to sit down and create something out of feathers and fur that you can go out and fool a trout into hitting and when the trout enters the net you can say that you caught him on something that you created.


When I caught my first fish (a tuckaseegee dh brook trout) on a fly I tied, I was flying high for days. It's that feeling you describe that keeps me at the vice. Unfortunately, time tresses days isn't letting me tie much, thank goodness the trout eat dark, black, brown, grey bugs that are small (easy to tie), as someone mentioned.



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