Or, how did you get started and how long have you been tying flies? I am 68 and I started tying flies at 14. But, I haven't consistently been tying flies for 54 years. Other interests and duties have come along and fly tying has occasionally been put on the back burner; and sometimes for years at a time. Job, cars, music, dog training, raising kids, etc. has gotten in the way of fly tying through the years. But since I retired in 2011, I have been spending considerable time at the tying bench.
Somewhere back in the mid 1960's, someone gave me a cheap fly tying kit. It came with a few hooks, some feathers, some small pieces of fur, a spool of black thread, and a hideous looking vise that did not grip a hook very well. Anyway, I thought it was great. I wrote to a few fly tying materials companies that I found in the classifieds of Sports Afield, and obtained a couple of catalogs. Wow! I was amazed at all the stuff. I saved some of my birthday money, about $14, which was a lot for a kid back then, and bought a few things from Rangeley and from Hook and Hackle. Someone gave me an ancient hand made vice that looked horrible, but adequately held a hook.
Of course there was no such thing as YouTube, and I did not know anyone who tied flies, so I was pretty much on my own. I did have a couple of books on how to tie flies but these gave mostly fly recipes and had little instruction on technique. But, I continued to wrap and tie and snip, and I think I did come up with a few flies that could catch fish. I will never forget my excitement when a small rainbow sucked in one of generic mayflies from the surface of a small Michigan stream.
However, I do regret never having had a good instructor to show me techniques and methods. Even today, I still use some unorthodox methods, but they work for me and I catch trout on the flies I tie and I am happy with that.