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Well to "really know" down to the exact number of thread wraps, tensions, material proportions, I say 100 dozen of the same bug, same size. Most tyers, unless commercial ones have never tied that many. I have several times in one production run. Yes most good tyers can successfully produce a pattern in a few dozen, but to really have it where you can almost tie the bug with your eyes closed, try a big run some time. Say one whole Saturday for 8 hours tie as many as you can of one fly. I guarantee by the end of that day you will see what I mean.

 

Cheers, Futzer.

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It depends on the type of fly, for instance I can usually just look at a dry fly and know what materials to use and tie it to satisfaction right away, but on the other hand I have been tying up a stone fly pattern and the biot is kicking my butt, so I still haven't gotten it down. I would say it completely depends on the type of fly.

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It depends on the type of fly, for instance I can usually just look at a dry fly and know what materials to use and tie it to satisfaction right away, but on the other hand I have been tying up a stone fly pattern and the biot is kicking my butt, so I still haven't gotten it down. I would say it completely depends on the type of fly.

 

 

Hi Andrew, if the biot is for the body, sometimes I soak them in water to soften them before tying in. Cheers, Futzer.

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I am in the "40 to 60" range, but the reason is pretty simple.

 

In terms of the "pattern", as far as what color wing, body, tails, wing case, blah blah, I still dont "know" most of the ones I tie all the time. I just peek in my little spiral notebook which contains my "recipies" for my flies. I have the memory of a

goldfish.

 

I tie 6 different "patterns" of dries intended to represent mayfly duns. 5 for spinners, etc etc. The individual "pattern" I need to look up, as far as colors of thread, etc. But as far as "what do i tie where, what do i tie in next, how far forward to start my hackle, etc" it took me 50+ flies to feel i was "good" at it, and probably more until I actually WAS good at it. My duns, spinners, nymphs, stoneflies, etc, are all tied exactly the same way. Just the size and colors vary.

 

If its a style of fly i am familiar with, and i just change colors or materials, I would be ok after 6 or so I would think. If its a totally new thing (i have never tied a parachute for example) It would be in that 40-60 range. If that makes sense...

 

For what its worth to any beginners, I started tying by doing nymphs, Hares ears in varying colors. Hundreds of the things. Good way to fill a box with stuff you can use and learn basic skills at the same time

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