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Old 05-27-2019, 09:17 PM   #11
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Oh - I left out some other places - the Bahamas, Canada, New York, Louisiana, Michigan, and some others I cannot remember. Flyfishing has been very very good to me....I have been places I would never have gone due to the lure of flyfishing and its wonders.



Learn to tie flys, learn to build rods, learn the food sources for the game you are going after - pay attention to tides and currents....there is a world of great stuff that flyfishing will teach you. There is a Proverb in the Bible that says "it is the glory of God to hide the wonders of the earth and it is the duty of Kings to search it out".



We be Kings!!!



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Thanks man. I built this rod, but I’m on the edge on wether or not I want to tie flies. Got too many hobbies already lol
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:57 PM   #12
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fly tying is addictive - and I doubt it will actually save you any money. However, it pains me to pay $2.50 for a tiny bit of fluff and a hook......

I love to tie flys....and I love the feeling I get when I cast a fly I tied to a fish I see and I see him eat - what a wonderful feeling.....like I said - We Be Kings!!!!

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I don’t think you have to tie flies to fly fish. Most folks don’t tie their own flies.

One plus to tying has been I get to customize and do variations and derivatives of recipes that might better fit what I think is needed. And tying gets one thinking about buoyancy and sink rates and then the overall presentation to fish wherever in the water column those fish might be feeding. Tying let’s you select the hooks you like. Some of the commercial ties are on tied on hooks that I think are inferior. Then if you get a pattern you like you can repeat it as much and often as you like and then in that case you will have a better pattern that costs significantly less than a commercial version, if in fact you can find it commercially. Most commercial ties for the saltwater aren’t available in a whole lot of color or weighting variations. I don’t think I could buy a pink over white borski slider with pink grizzly hackle tied on a size 4 Gamakatsu SL-45 with a small red eyed tungsten dumbbell, but that’s how I like them.

Tying does take time and it took a while for me to get a handle on controlling the materials in the right amounts and position.

Fly fishing is my one big hobby so tying fits in pretty nicely with that. I do get busy with other things like gardening. Fly tying is a good rainy day activity.
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:38 AM   #14
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learning to tie is just a side benefit to flyfishing - not a mandate.

It is fun like Karstopo says and it can fill times when you would be watching the boob tube. It is not hard to learn - getting the proportions right is the challenge....and buying all the stuff.

Hobby Lobby carries a bunch of good stuff for way less than the flyshops.

But once you start - you will feel the hook set!

Karma

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