Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's a marathon, not a sprint!

There are consistently new tyers coming to the fold, seeking advice. Often we tell them all the necessary information based on their questions.

Some get frustrated out of it because they don't see improvement in their flies after a dozen or so flies, so I post this to let folks see what you can achieve if you really put in some hard work and tie flies often.
Hopefully this post will help the new tyers see that is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you want to improve, be consistent, tie often (I try to tie at least one fly or part of one fly every night) and ask for help. Don't be bashful about posting flies, because the only way for someone to critique your fly and help you improve is to see the fly.

My winter project this year is Dry flies, something I’ve avoided the whole time I’ve been tying.

For me, they biggest difference is in my classic flies, as those are the flies I’ve been tying all year. Sure, i tied nymphs, buggers, etc for fishing, and in all honesty, those flies have improved 100 fold over the fishing flies I tied before starting to tie classics. I'm not saying everyone should jump in and shell out a fortune for materials, hooks etc for classic flies - just try to learn from the fly you are tying right now, the first fly sets the basis for the next fly, and over a longer period you will see improvement if you take note of what you like and dont like about a fly, and how you did something to make a certain feature stand out.

I started tying classic flies exactly one year ago, on December 3 2011. I started with a Jock Scott Salmon fly.
Here it is.

Then i tried a winged wet from Ray Bergman, the Fontinalis Fin

Neither was very good as you can see.
I put in a LOT of time over the winter in Jan/Feb/March learning techniques i thought I knew and perfecting them. In May, after a gift of a hook and preformed wings from a forum member, I started tying Rangeley style streamers.
This was the first one, no particular name, just a made up fly based on the wing assembly i got.

Over the past year I’ve continued to work at the flies, adding to my skills and trying to get everything to fall in to place.
Here are the latest flies I’ve tied from each area

Winged wet - A freestyle fly

Rangeley Streamer

Salmon Fly

Tying should be fun! If it’s not, then stop; if you get frustrated tying a fly, take a break, 30 min, 2 hours, 1 day, whatever, then go back and you'll see the same fly from a different perspective.
Take your time, consider each thread wrap!

I've still improvements to make in all the flies above, but with a little persistence, you can come quite a way in 1 year. Dry Flies  should be a fun over the next few months!

Don't forget to vote for me in TFM Spotting contest for November!


1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see the dries! To me, the dry allows for the most artistic expression/freedom. Taking newer synthetics to the common dry patterns always brings new ideas and approaches to the perfect pattern. Since Dette and Cross we've been able to put a man on the moon and sew a dick back on.... anything is possible. Don't get lost in old books & have fun.


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