Jump to content

 Welcome to FlyTyingForum.com

FlyTyingForum.com is the largest fly tying community in the world and we hope you take a moment to register for a free account and join this amazingly friendly and helpful group of anglers. FTF has over 12,000 registered members that have made over 300,000 posts and have uploaded over 6,000 patterns to our exclusive fly pattern database!

If you are an experienced fly tier or just starting out FTF is the perfect place to call home. Click Here To Register for a Free Account

Fly Pattern Database / Browse by Topics / Browse by Material / Fly Tying Bench Database / Fly Fishing & Tying Videos / FTFCurrent(NEW!)
Featured Products: Fly Tying Hooks / Fly Tying Scissors / Waterproof Fly Boxes

How long per fly?

  • Please log in to reply
64 replies to this topic

Poll: How long per fly?

How long are you willing to spend tying a fly that is intended to be fished?

You cannot see the results of the poll until you have voted. Please login and cast your vote to see the results of this poll.
Vote Guests cannot vote

#1 CoachBob


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 419 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:46 AM

I spend a lot of time teaching fly tying to non-experts. All of the patterns I teach are intented to be fished and, obviously, many new tyers take a lot longer than more experienced tyers per fly.
However, if your materials are laid out, many patterns can be tied very quickly. Tiny thread bodied nymphs take longer to put the hook in the vise than to tie. Foam beetles and hoppers with pre-punched foam can be produced in just a couple of minutes and then I might spend a lot more time decorating them. (Which is really kind of silly since the fish sees the underside of the fly.) Wooly buggers are what? Five minutes max.
I don't have a lot of patience at the vise.
Am I the odd duck?
Bob Boese
Environmental Mystery Adventure Novels

#2 Cole


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 93 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:47 AM

I enjoy tying, so I dont really look at how long it takes me. Whenever I get done with it, is just that, whenever I get done.

#3 Hillbillyredear


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 246 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:50 AM

5-10 minutes usually but it really depends on what I am tying and how many differant materials are involved in the tying of that fly.
Hoosier Lure Craft

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~Mark Twain~

#4 DHise


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,009 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:56 AM

Anywhere from 45 seconds to 3 days (including drying time).
"Vegetarian" is an Indian word for "bad hunter"


#5 Futzer


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,698 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:38 AM

QUOTE (DHise @ Feb 9 2009, 07:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anywhere from 45 seconds to 3 days (including drying time).

I am with Dave, simple nymphs and I am set up to tie a few hundred, less than a minute. A super realistic, or a full dress Salmon fly, just as long as it takes, I have one Full dress going now that I have 3 hours into the tag, tail and first floss segment.

Cheers, Futzer.

Tie a man a fly and you give him fresh air, some exercise and a lot of fun. Teach a man to tie flies and eventually it takes over all free time, a room in his house and several thousand of his dollars.

#6 Old Hat

Old Hat

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,370 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:52 AM

However long it takes. I am not a fast tier and I go to the stream with (1) pretty sparse box of flies compared to most I see. I don't loose many flies, due to the methods I normally fish. I enjoy the process more than the product. I wasn't always this way, but have come to enjoy fly fishing much more now.

"Always drink upstream from the herd."


#7 iso18


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 582 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 01:06 PM

i put 15 min.,being that that would probably be the average of the different flies i tie.Wooly bugger,2min max..Traditional dry about 8 or 9 minutes,emergers anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes,foam ants,beeteles..3 minutes...A full tricked out dave's hopper about 45 minutes....I guess that would comeout to about a 15 munute average dony u think

#8 Fly Tyer Guy

Fly Tyer Guy

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,328 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 01:35 PM

I range greatly too, glowbugs are less than a minute, but one of my realistic flies took over 50hrs to complete, and I tie a lot of Salmon flies, and those take a long time as well.

Visit my website, My Webpage, A work in progress

Dustin Driscoll

#9 smallieFanatic


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 3,474 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:25 PM

It doesn't matter how long it takes, I always finish the fly.
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

Darwinism seems to have become a politically protected sacred cow, and I've never seen a sacred cow I haven't wanted to roast - the fact that you are not supposed to criticize it is just too irresistible to me.
-Angus Menuge

Visit my blog, North Fly, and leave a comment if the mood takes you

#10 flykid


    Advanced Member

  • Validating
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,273 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:53 PM

Well, I also enjoy tying salmon flies, and the process is the fun part so those I take as long as I need to tie which can turn into 5 hours a sitting very easily. Otherwise, I try not to rush to much when I'm tying because I've found that while I may tie a fly quickly and it would catch fish, I just don't feel as good about the fly knowing I could've done better. But there are those flies that are just plain easy, and I can crank them out.
E-mail Address- [email protected]

#11 Fred H.

Fred H.

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,580 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:58 PM

I 've only begun to worry with time and tying . I have been asked to share patterns and with everyone I share
people always want a gauge of what ammount of tying time is involved. Normally when tying for myself time does'nt exist. I'll find myself so absorbed in a pattern sometimes I tie into the wee hours of the morning and not even realize.

Coach Bob , thank you and the rest of the guys for inviting me to the Acadiana fly Rodders Day. It was a great time . Ya'll have a great bunch of people over there that really made the event special. If I'am so blessed to be invited back next year I will plan to spend the weekend so I wont miss out on the other activities.Thanks again , Fred
"My head is a prison, my times on the water are conjugal visits" Fred Hannie

visit my website http://www.realisticflytying.net

#12 Brian Brown75

Brian Brown75

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,197 posts

Posted 09 February 2009 - 06:45 PM

Im with jeff, i spend from a minute on wooly buggers and nymphs to 8 hours on a full dress salmon fly

#13 steeldrifter


    When I grow up, I'm moving to Florida !!!

  • Admin
  • PipPipPip
  • 17,139 posts

Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:45 AM

Am I the odd duck?

Nope not at all. I never spend more than about 10 mins max when it comes to fishing flies. Our rivers here in MI are so choke full of lumber if I spent more than 10 mins on a fly I'd end up gettuing way to PO'ed when I lost 2-3 flies in a row to logs. So for me I try to keep the patterns to about 5 mins for most. Or if its a dry or something a bit more time consuming then 10 mins per. If its a pattern that takes longer than that then I'll tie something else that will work.


Owner- Steve Clark

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doin, than a long life spent in a miserable way- Alan Watts

#14 ibian


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 474 posts

Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:24 AM

I am new to tying so 10 min for a woolley bugger, 1 Min for an egg pattern, 15 min for a hendrickson nymph, lots of breaks in between flies to enjoy some scotch or beer.
Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation.

#15 redquill


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 49 posts

Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:10 AM

Since I only tie the flies for fishing, no realistic ones, for example, I will not go beyond the 10 minute marker for a fly. I do agree with others that the tying process is quite enjoyable but I like to keep it as efficient as possible for practical reasons.