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Old 11-06-2017, 10:22 AM
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Iíve had the equipment for a while but never really got into tying my own flies until this year. I tied my first pheasant tail and used feathers from our own pheasant as well. Looking forward to trying them out next season.

Be gentle on a newbie tier!

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Old 11-06-2017, 11:10 AM
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That is very well done for a first fly! Better proportions than mine after a few years!
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Old 11-06-2017, 12:17 PM
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Looks great to me! That is going to catch you some fine fish

Do you have any head cement on there? Hard to tell but that would be my only thought to add. Also try a gold bead head as well. Takes up some room but great if you have slow enough water so you can fish it naked.
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:02 PM
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I do have some head cement on there. I bought some gold beads but they were a bit too big for the size I was tying. I wrapped the thorax with weight instead so it would sink a bit better.


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I do have some head cement on there. I bought some gold beads but they were a bit too big for the size I was tying. I wrapped the thorax with weight instead so it would sink a bit better.


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Old 11-06-2017, 03:37 PM
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Incorrect proportion and crowding the head are usually the two biggest rookie mistakes which you avoided nicely,,, Good job,, well done,,, that PT nymph will catch fish and once that happens,,, be prepared to be hooked into a lifetime addiction of forever trying to tie that perfect fly for each and every conceivable fishing situation you might possibly encounter in your lifetime!!!
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:24 PM
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Thanks all! I tied a couple Stimulators earlier this summer. My proportions were off with them I think, but it did fool a nice cutthroat when I was able to put it to use.

PB, youíre right. Catching on a fly you tied takes the excitement to a new level!




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Old 11-07-2017, 09:43 AM
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Looks great! add weight
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:23 PM
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Great job on the flies!! Nicer than my first bunch of flies.
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:23 PM
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Nice ones!
One thing that i was told, and is a great way to improve, is to tie at least 3 or 4 of the same fly one after the other. You actually save time as you have all the material prepared and you can really see the evolution from the first one.
Welcome to a new addiction!
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:18 PM
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I remember learning to fly fish 30 years ago on Staffer Creek ran into an elderly unusual fly fisherman who carriers a fly tying kit with him. In his vest. He showed me how to tie a fly. This guy could whip up any type of fly in minutes. While chatting he made me 2 flyís told me to try them some where else! I did on Prairie Creek later in the fall and caught myself a small brown trout.

The fly fishermen I met gave me some other advice ďDonít fish Stauffer until I knew what the hell I was doing!Ē Like I said odd but friendly sort of way.

I never gave up fly fishing that summer or fall, I did get better too.

OP thatís a helluva good looking fly. Youíll be hooked Iím sure.

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Old 11-08-2017, 10:06 AM
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I think that fly looks great but ultimately, it's the fish's opinion that matters most! If they're working, they're good flies, period. Granted, if the fly falls apart after 1 fish...maybe there IS room for improvement.

Keep up the good work!

PS~I get more fish on bead-head PTs than on standard ones. It's my go-to searching pattern. Actually, a bead-headed Prince Nymph is my favorite...but they're fussier to tie. I'll whittle up a dozen or so in the winter, and once used-up during trout season...I'll use something else. lol
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:08 AM
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Awesome start! Us new tyers are so lucky to have a goldmine of online resources to guide us. You can literally dial up any pattern you want, and follow along as someone does it on YouTube. As a visual learner, I can only imagine how tough it must have been to figure things out from a single pic and a recipe in a book.
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:38 PM
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Check out the post about the Superfly sale...would be a great place for a new tyer to get some materials for cheap!
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:26 PM
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Awesome start! Us new tyers are so lucky to have a goldmine of online resources to guide us. You can literally dial up any pattern you want, and follow along as someone does it on YouTube. As a visual learner, I can only imagine how tough it must have been to figure things out from a single pic and a recipe in a book.
^that was me. I did start-off with a book I had to get through mail order, called "Fly tying made clear and simple" by Skip Morris. That was a LONG time ago. I remember reading that cover-to-cover about 3 times before I even attempted to tie my first fly, but things worked out just fine. The internet, obviously, makes learning from a book a bit antiquated, but it's extremely well illustrated/explained.
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:36 PM
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Good job on the flies.

If you're a newbie, I can't wait to see your work in a few years. You'll put Hans Wellerman to shame me thinks.

Nothing better in fishing then catching fish on your own flies, well, maybe if you caught them on a fly rod you made too.....
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:51 PM
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Awesome start! Us new tyers are so lucky to have a goldmine of online resources to guide us. You can literally dial up any pattern you want, and follow along as someone does it on YouTube. As a visual learner, I can only imagine how tough it must have been to figure things out from a single pic and a recipe in a book.
Once you get the 1,000,000,001 techniques and tricks down pat, books are still great resources. I think after 30 years of tying I'm about 10% there. If I live to about 597 years old, I might have learned most of them....

Using the patterns books are really easy once you learn the basics on fly types and proportions. Literally just follow the recipe order and the fly should turn out okay. I alter a lot of patterns from their recipes or from YouTube. The nice thing about fly tying, your way of tying the pattern is always right, for you and that is all that matters. Have fun and catch fish.
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:08 PM
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This is a great time to get materials that you can use for years. I recommend some Elk hide, I use mine for caddis flys and grasshoppers. These are the flys that I fished the most and they always stay dry.

Some of the fellows here can tie flys as well as any I've ever seen.
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:43 PM
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There's a ton of good websites on a whole slew of patterns but a good book with step by step text and photos can't be beat, IMHO.

One in my library is "Nymph Fly-Tying Techniques" by Jim Schollmeyer (Frank Amato Publications). The first 53 pages are devoted to basic tying techniques, with excellent step by step photographs. These are then used in subsequent chapters based on the types of bodies, rather than the typical wet fly, dry fly, nymph, leech, etc., organization in other books. Highly recommended.
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:16 PM
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No matter what books, videos,etc. you choose to use, get yourself a big bottle of ZAP-A-GAP (medium).
It forgives almost any tying sin.
Haven't found anything that works as good.
You're welcome.
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:19 AM
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No matter what books, videos,etc. you choose to use, get yourself a big bottle of ZAP-A-GAP (medium).
It forgives almost any tying sin.
Haven't found anything that works as good.
You're welcome.
There are no sins in fly tying, only vices
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