Learning to “Fly” — But I Ain’t Got Wings

Alright, I know the title is bad grammar, but I’m quoting Tom Petty. That should count for something!

For a couple of years I’ve said I’m going to learn how to tie flies.  I kept putting it off for one reason or another (I wouldn’t stop fishing long enough to try to learn) but the bug finally bit me (get it?  bug? …).

Well, they’re not the prettiest ever tied. and I’m sure the experienced fly artists will have a good laugh when they view these, but I’m going to put myself out there anyway. Please be semi-kind!

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Next week I will actually get to attend a fly tying session where good folks that enjoy the art just get together and tie. I can’t wait to see what I can learn from watching in person and talking to people who are already knowledgeable about materials and how they work in different flies.

5 responses to “Learning to “Fly” — But I Ain’t Got Wings

  1. Welcome to a new obsession haha! Best of luck in your new endeavor. I have always been a tier out of necessity rather than passion. Clients will go through a box of flies in just one day, I’d go broke if I didn’t tie! My hope is that I’ll mellow a bit with age and be more inclined to sit at the vise long enough to produce something worthwhile. I highly recommend learning to tie the Stealth Bomber, it’s very easy and will catch anything from brookies to bass to redfish.

    • Yes, and believe me, I really needed a new obsession! Chris mentioned the Bomber last week so I’m going to have to get on that one! I have about 10 patterns I want to learn right now to prepare for a trip to Montana I have coming up in July, but I’ll still be trying other things as well, like the wooly buggers. Those were for fun.

  2. Well you’re on your way, enjoy the sessions and pay attention. If you have a fly shop close, see if they have demos or lessons. Also, there are many good tying books, I’d recommend essential trout flies by Dave Hughes or a similar book if warm water is your thing. Nice colors on those flies.

  3. Thanks Howard. I know I have a longgg way to go, but I’m enjoying the journey.

  4. Those are very nice. I want to get into it more for the saltwater flies and spoons than freshwater. Since I am on the road all the time it would be great in my spare time here on the big truck to tie flies and be ready when it is time to fish. You are so talented!!!

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