No More Excuses.
|This Brown ate the Project Hopper that I have been working on for over a year.|
Do you tie your own flies? Uncle Ken does. Talking to fly anglers and asking if they tie flies can warrant many different responses from "Yep, I tie everything I fish," to "I only buy the more difficult flies, and I tie the rest," to "Tie??? Man, I would rather spend my time fishing!" I understand those answers except for the last one even though I seem to hear it a lot. In my opinion, every fly fisher should tie at least some flies. The guy that is too cool for school, and would rather spend time fishing truly doesn't understand that fly tying isn't something that has to take up much time at all. I don't meticulously plan my time to go to the tying dungeon, or take time off work just to tie. It just happens 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, sometimes hours on end... It just depends. Regardless of how busy you are, you can always find a few minutes here and there to tie some zebra midges (you should NEVER buy zebra midges, brassies, etc due to the fact that my 5 year old can tie them). Basically, whenever someone tells me they are considering getting a vise and tools I give them a strong pitch to start tying their own. Here are 5 reasons why
1- Customization / Creativity
|This Hare's Ear got some new materials to spice it up.|
|This bugger cost me $0.20 to tie.|
or maybe suppose that your rich Uncle in Kenya left you a huge inheritance that included a Griffin Mongoose vise and tools (believe me, it could happen... they emailed me about it.) Anyway... I digress. 50 hooks will cost roughly $7, Chenille costs $1.50, Hackle will cost you $60 for the initial purchase (enough for 1500+ flies), marabou costs $3.00, thread is $2. So for enough stuff to tie 50 flies, plus enough hackle for 5 years worth of tying, the cost is $73. Subtract the hackle for the next round of bugs, and your cost is $13. To buy 50 Wooly Buggers at a shop at $2.25 each, you are looking at $112.50. See where I'm going here? Sure your time is worth money, I get it, but we aren't compensated every hour of the day. There is some nerdy maximum utility economics junk that I learned in college that could apply, but I don't want the hate mail that would surely come If I went down that road. Long story short - tying flies doesn't need to be expensive. Just don't forward that last sentence to my wife.
|The Chimera pattern is both creative and durable. The fish love it!|
4- Satisfaction of catching a fish on your own fly
This might not apply to all fly anglers because we all fish for different reasons, but there is something cool about being able to catch a fish on something that you made with your own two hands. I really like the fact that I can go to the river and catch bugs, take them home, and then tie up some creation that looks like the bug that fish eat. There is also major satisfaction when your bug works just a little bit better than the bugs that come from fly shop bins.
5- Instant gratification
|The Butthead. Created on a whim before a fishing trip.|
In all, if you must buy flies... do what you need to do to enjoy fly fishing. BUT, if you are debating on whether or not to tie your own, hopefully these points will steer you toward the
If you want to take the jump you can get all the stuff you need to get set up HERE. If you want to keep buying flies we can help you with that too...