Fly Tying: Why Do You Tie?

~To save money.  ~To learn a new facet of the sport.  ~Enticing fish to your special, creations.  ~Satisfying your creative bent.  ~It links to your understanding of what fish feed upon and why.  ~Playing with tools, gadgets, materials, constructing, the process of it all.  ~The obvious, to catch fish, to feel ‘the moment’. ~More rare, to make money as a commercial tier, grinding out hundreds of dozens.  ~The challenge of something progressively more difficult.  ~Because your peers do, so it just seems that you should too.  ~Celebrating traditional aspects of the sport by tying classic patterns and to better understand the history/evolution of the sport. ~It provides balance. Fly fishing goes with tying; tying goes with fly fishing. What else?

7 Responses to “Fly Tying: Why Do You Tie?”

  1. February 1, 2011 at 07:33

    It’s simply the next best thing to fishing — it’s developing a strategy, giving in to an obsession with organization, and embracing an art. It’s also hours of imagining the monster fish that will probably never eat the hare-brained idea that’s on my vice.


  2. January 31, 2011 at 10:37

    Fishing-related methadone in the dead of winter. 😉


  3. January 31, 2011 at 09:00

    For the love of it, that and there isn’t a decent place to buy a fly within 60 miles but mostly the love of it.


  4. 5 Melanie K
    January 29, 2011 at 11:59

    To build a better mouse trap…ur…fish trap. Start your own line of fly patterns to sell to those that have not taken up fly tying?


  5. 6 SwittersB
    January 29, 2011 at 11:31

    I have posted several previous pieces about using a whip finisher. Query in the search box. Thanks for the nice words.



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