I like fly tying.

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T.T.
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2007/03/17 19:53:50 (permalink)

I like fly tying.

Fly tying is cool.  
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    Skip16503
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/17 21:36:08 (permalink)
    Trying to get to 100 huh??? 
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    mgolf92
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/18 07:31:01 (permalink)
    I like fly tying too!
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    T.T.
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/18 10:54:34 (permalink)
    Nice happy fat kid.
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/19 11:05:31 (permalink)
    Hey, what happened to the happy fat kid?  Don't tell me somebody complained about it!
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/19 11:29:25 (permalink)
    So what are you tying now T.T.?  Any new exciting spring steelie patterns?  I have been experimenting with maraboo style jig flies.  They look pretty good, but I don't know how they will work.

    pax vobiscum +
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/19 14:52:09 (permalink)
    TT,

    If you had made as many flys as I have you would look at your vise then run for the hills...lol..I do enjoy it but its a real pain in the.....having to make as many as I do..

    SO MANY FISH SO LITTLE TIME.
    WHY ARE ALL THE PLACES I HAVE YET 2 FISH SO FAR AWAY?
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    T.T.
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/19 15:13:08 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Bughawk

    So what are you tying now T.T.?  Any new exciting spring steelie patterns?  I have been experimenting with maraboo style jig flies.  They look pretty good, but I don't know how they will work.


    I'm tying a bunch of buggers using some different material.  In stocking my drawers, I refused to invest in all those little expensive chenille cards, so I bought bolts of chenille from Wallymart.  It's not the same, and a bit akward at first, but for larger (#8) buggers, it works fine.  Plus, the material has a bit of tinsel in it.  Flashy bonus.  I'm also in the fledgling stages of learning copper johns and pheasant tails.  I haven't jumped in the deep end with those, yet.  I'm also going to be spinning deer hair soon, in anticipation of bass fishing. 

    We've got to fish soon.  Did you ever learn any "low water"dances at those rendezvous?
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/19 15:33:14 (permalink)
    I'm with eggie on this. After awhile you'll look at the vise and go do something else.....lol
     
    I tied like a bandit for about 2 years. Then started running out of things to put them in.
     
    I finally put some in an auction for an organization that was raising money to help fight off an anti attack on a state.
     
     
    I think all totaled up I had over 1600 flies in the auction.
     
    I really cleaned out my supply, but couldn't bring myself to pick up the bobbin for a long while.

    More than a million trees a year die to print environmentalist publications.
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/19 15:41:51 (permalink)
    "We've got to fish soon.  Did you ever learn any "low water"dances at those rendezvous?"

    Actually, we only learned rain dances....  Pretty much have to let Nature take its course.  I am hoping to get out Wednesday afternoon if I can.  It looks like more crappy weather for the end of the week.  I am getting pretty sick of this...
     
     

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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/23 18:43:23 (permalink)
    I don't like tying much, but I hate buying flies more. Plus the satisfaction thing of catching a fish with a fly you made.
    The other aspect is the $ spent on a rotary vice, hooks, materials, etc..
    Come to think of it maybe I do like it. I just don't like looking for ever for the right stuff in my supply bins.

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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/25 10:10:14 (permalink)
    I used to tie a bunch but now only tie out of necessity.
    In fact, I had a hard time getting myself motivated for that last swap we had.
    I have a bobbin hanging from a half finished fly for about a month now.
    I'll finish it when I need to tie something I desperately need.
    I recently reorganized my drawers and don't want to mess em up again, either.

    Most of my tying is done the night before I go fishing.  
    post edited by dano - 2007/03/25 10:11:00

    Gone Fishing
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/03/25 20:59:24 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: T.T.

    Hey, what happened to the happy fat kid?  Don't tell me somebody complained about it!

     
     
    It was just a test...I didnt really like it.
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/04/09 11:34:05 (permalink)
    I just started tying this winter. It is addicting!! I Tie every nite!
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/04/09 12:58:45 (permalink)
    I actually don't like tying flies really that much.  But I certainly don't like paying for something I can do much cheaper.  Sometimes I'll get into phases where I get all fired up to tie, then after like three, I quit.    It's out of need, and really don't put much pride into tying.  I try a little harder for swaps because they are for others.  I used to put in alot of pride, probably why my flies don't look as good as they used to.    I don't think the fish have noticed .. I'm certainly not the guy on the stream with five boxes of flies.  Probably two at the most with only the necessary patterns.
    I get fired up when tying new styles or patterns, but it doesn't last long.   Where have the good flies gone?

    My reports and advice are for everyone to enjoy, not just the paying customers.
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/04/09 15:48:35 (permalink)
    I love tying. I like finding new flies in the shop and buying one of each so that I can come home and copy them. As a matter of fact, in an average year I spend more time tying than fishing. Going to my attic and tying is catharsis to me, and I know better than to ever try making a living at it. Start doing what you love as a business and odds are that you soon won't love it anymore. 
    post edited by luvinbluegills - 2007/04/09 15:56:24

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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/04/09 16:22:04 (permalink)
    I take pride in the flies I tie, but I dont carry a whole lot of patterns.

    You can pretty much get away with the following

    Crustacians(sp?) - scuds,sowbugs,crawfish
    Minnows - Clousers, Dace Styles
    Generics - Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears
    Wets - Coachmans, Wet based on hatch colors(current)
    Worms - Cranefly, San Juan
    Eggs - Sucker Spawn, Glo Bugs
    Drys - Cant go too generic here
    Midges - Black, Cream
    Terrestrials - Hopper,Ant,Beetle

    That about covers **** near any trout water youll find, easily fit in two boxes. What I like to do, is have at least 3 of the above, then when I hone into what the fish are on where im fishing, ill tie more as needed. Having flies sit in boxes is worthless, all they do is rust.

    Never EVER throw wet flies in with flies that havent been fished!
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/04/09 16:49:19 (permalink)
    jlh - would you care to share a recipe for the crawfish. I have been trying one that scott laughner ties but can't remember what he uses for claws. He gave a demo at the cabin fever show/ T. U. sponsered. He fishes them in the Yough river I would like to give them a try. Thanks in advance.
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/04/09 16:58:59 (permalink)
    Its too bad dan is so busy... hes the crayfish man

    Hook: To fit size you choose, prob 10 2x length for trout
    Underbody: Chenelle(color to match foam)
    Shell: Furry Foam
    Claws: Squirrel tail or Other small feathers
    Antenae: Rubber Legs
    Eyes: Mono Melted at ends(optional)
    Rib: Heavy Mono
    Weight: Optional(lead under chenelle)

    Tie in thread, wrap back to hookbend, tie in a 1/4"-1/2" wide strip of furry foam. Wrap Back to bend, tie in mono for ribbing. Cut a section of squirrel tail or small feathers for claws. Tie in chenelle of matching color, wrap forward, lash down, pull foam over top, lash down, rib up throug, lash down, whip finish.
    post edited by jlh42581 - 2007/04/09 17:01:26
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/04/09 18:20:09 (permalink)
    jlh - Thanks for the reply. that sounds a lot like his. I think he used a hackle around the body for legs & some sort of feather for claws. after the claws were tied in he pulled his scissors along them to make them curl. I'll experiment with feathers for the claws. thanks again. If it ever warms up I'll try them & post how they work.
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    RE: I like fly tying. 2007/04/09 19:50:46 (permalink)
    Jeremy, You left out streamers.  I've taken to tying big, shiney/colorful wooly buggers this Spring, and have done very well with them for steelhead.  I'll be using them for smallies, as well.
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