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  1. I have to agree with Mark on this one. I've been tying for about 27 years now, but I still have my fair share of trouble, and when I look at the flies others have tied, I have to say 'WOW, wish I could do that!' On the other hand, I can sit down and whip out a pretty decent irrisistable or humpy in no time flat. It's a good question, but a little subjective. Considering how humble the crowd is here, no one is likely to qualify themselves as a professional tyer, even though some, no doubt, are in fact just that. There's always more to learn, that's the beauty of it.


  2. Welcome aboard Andy, and greetings from freezing Ontario (Canada). Sounds like the real critic, the fish, thought your first fly was just fine. My first flies were tied with feathers from the slowest chickens and thread from my moms sewing kit. My vice was a surveyers pen with a C-clamp to hold it to my desk! Not very pretty, but worked well enough to fool a few creek chub and speckled trout with poor vision, and it got me hooked on this great past time. All the best, stay warm.

  3. It's remembrance day here in Canada today, but I can't help but to also be thankful for the actions of our dear and couragous friends to the south, who continue to protect all of our freedoms and aspirations with thier supreme scarifices. None of it goes un-noticed or unappreciated. To those who have been lost, or lost their own, thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you and all you fight for!

  4. About the first week in July I discovered that I was having some trouble tying. My left hand wasn't responding very well, and I was dropping stuff (more than usual). On the second week of july, while on a canoe trip with my son, I lost all the control of the whole left side of my body, from my feet to my mouth. I was diagnosed, a week later, with MS. It's been a hell of a trip back, folks, and I really miss fly fishing and tying. Today is my second day back at work- so things are looking up! In a little while I'll be able to try my hand at some basic wets and streamers and hopefully, by the winter, I'll be able to do some steelhead casting in some of our lovely Ontario tribs. My only reason for posting this is to warn any youngsters to pay attention to your body and take care of yourself. If something doesn't feel right, don't shrug and carry on, get to the doctor and get checked out. All the best people. smile.gif

  5. I would never buy something to(supposedly) help with one step in a tying process unless it was a step that could not be overcome. This falls under the category 'if they build it someone will buy it'. I've tied too many clousers to count on my traveller vice and I guess I'm just used to turning the fly over, takes about 2 seconds. Oh ya, I'm cheap too (can you tell?), but that's just me. $0.02

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