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What did you first start tying?

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Something completely random. What I mean is, it wasn't a pattern, but rather random materials and just slapped together. After a day of that, I started doing real patterns, but I don't remember what the first one was.

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The first pattern I learned to tie was a wooly bugger. And it has become one of my favorite patterns to teach a begginer tyer.The wooly bugger and wooly worm patterns cover alot of tying essentials to give a new tyer some solid ground work to move forward from.

Fred

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Back in 1969, I started with a Renegade, and then a black nosed dace and a caddis pupa.

 

Cheers, Futzer

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My first patterns were size 12 mosquitoes, royal coachmans and renegades for my grandfather. That was all he would use. They were horrible but he seemed to like them. I guess he was humoring me.

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My first patterns were size 12 mosquitoes, royal coachmans and renegades for my grandfather. That was all he would use. They were horrible but he seemed to like them. I guess he was humoring me.

 

My first flies were in order:

Wooly Buggers

Wooly Worms

Griffith's Gnat

Poppers

 

 

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I started tying flies when I was 11 years old back in the 60's which kind of dates me. The instructor I had started us with a Royal Coachman. Needless to say half of the kids dropped out including my 4 brothers. I was the only one to stick with it.

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I started tying flies when I was 11 years old back in the 60's which kind of dates me. The instructor I had started us with a Royal Coachman. Needless to say half of the kids dropped out including my 4 brothers. I was the only one to stick with it.

 

Troll Man, weren't the quill wings just a real pain trying to get the barbs to stay together. It is a beautiful fly though.

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Then? 1962? That'd be me sticking tiny hooks in real flys and coating them with varnish. (Didn't stay on them hooks)

Now? 2009? That'd be a foam beetle, San Juan Worm, Fur Ant, yadda, yadda, yadda.

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Bugger, and then the Hares ear. Good way to learn the basics.

 

Jeremy

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First fly was a wooly worm ,many , many years ago. Never heard of foam or wooly buggers at that time. Big fly supplier then was Herters. First fly tying book was Noll's fly patterns, it seems to me it cost $3.00!! Oh , the good ol' days.

 

Have a good one

Pat Carroll

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I started on Soft Hackles. I didnt know what they were called till much later. Size 10 dry fly hook, brown thread for the body, and a barn yard hen hackle.

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I was going thought some old boxes the other day and found some of the first poppers I had tied. They look a whole lot better now.

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