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If You Had To Give Up One--Tying Or Fishing?

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Poll: If You Had To Give Up One--Tying Or Fishing? (304 member(s) have cast votes)

If You Had To Give Up Tying Flies Or Fishing, Which Would It Be?

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#16 cencalfly


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 12:11 PM

Would have to give up tying. One of enjoyments of fishing are the places it takes you. If it weren't for the fishing quest, I don't know if I would visit those places as often.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:54 AM

This is like the Kobioshi Maru on Star Trek "the no win secenario" .To me you can't have one without the other. Some of you live in areas where there are fishing seasons , but where I live we fish year round. The only things that keeps me off the water are other commitments and severe weather. Tying can be done in the evenings and wheather seldom effects it. And there is nothing like tying for a particular trip. Crafting each fly to perfection in the hopes of enticing a trophy sized fish. So unlike the model makers who try to create flies that can never be fished ; fishing is why I tie. I can do one without the other ,but it would leave me empty and unfullfilled. This is a very hard question . It would
be as hard as deciding wether to be paralized from the neck down or loseing your sight.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 10:35 AM

I tie to enhance my fly fishing experience. Nothing as exciting as hooking up on a new pattern that I have tied myself. Don't get me wrong, I spend a lot of hours every week tying and I am not sure what I would do if I couldn't tie. I would probably save a lot of money but I would be pretty miserable. I have to fish.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 10:50 AM

I suppose if I gave up tying I would have more time to fish...right...? I got to go with Fred on this one...no win.

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#20 ibian


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:44 AM

I could not give up fishing but someone needs to tie flies so we can buy them. cruel, cruel poll. I can't wait to see the other responses.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:21 PM

Leave it to china!

but someone needs to tie flies so we can buy them

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#22 riffleriversteelheadslayer


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:22 PM

neither I choose death

"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".--Thomas Jefferson


There is no such thing as a blank day for a fisherman. It will be saved for him by the white-throated weasel, who watches his fishing from a hole in the wall under which is lying a fish that refused all flies; or by the excitment of identifying insects; or by the apple-bloosom in a nearby orchard; and no one would call that day a blank on which he has seen a king-fisher." -- Arthur Ransome Rod and Line, 1929





#23 smalltownfisherman


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:58 PM

Very cruel poll you started Mike!

I probably couldn't choose one, so I choose to move to another country!! j_k.gif biggrin.gif
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#24 JSzymczyk


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:29 PM


the gales of November remembered...

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 09:04 AM

Id have to give up tying. While I truly enjoy tying for friends and family Id go crazy if I could never fish anything I tie. If I couldnt fish Id probably keep tying for a while though. I could see myself tying up a bunch of flies for a buddy who has a big trip planned. But, in the long run, I pretty much have to fish (test) a new pattern that Ive learned before I feel comfortable giving it to friends or family. If I gave up fishing Id be stuck tying the same flies and not learning any new patterns or techniques. That would probably bring a slow death to my tying as well.


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 09:40 AM

That isn't even a contest!!!!!!!!!! Fishing will always come first.

Just Fishing! All life is that to some extent. If we are not fishing for one thing it is another. But angling! That's just a bit different. In it we find peace and contentment and much with which to occupy our minds. May the balance of our fishing days be blessed with congenial comrades and "tight lines." Ray Bergman

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:35 PM

QUOTE (riffleriversteelheadslayer @ Jun 22 2009, 01:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
neither I choose death

Agreed, Option 3 it would be - rolleyes.gif Hari kari ( its always an option ).

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:57 PM

What a hard choice. I picked fishing only because I spend more time tying than fishing. Just dont have the time I really need to go fishing anymore (DAMN LIFE). So any free time I have which is little by the way, I spend it tying.
It takes less time to do it right than to do it over. (my pop jwj III)

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:51 PM

Most of us would give up tying and I would also choose to give up tying. however... most of us will still be able to tie well past the time when our bodies will not be able to hike to favorite spots or down steep banks to our favorite streams. Just thinking we may have to give up fishing before we have give up tying.

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 06:34 PM

Lets see, two loves. One, man cave, and a desk. Two mountain stream, fresh air, wild fish. Hmmm, both technical and satisfying, both a cold beer when finished as a celebration. Hmmm, both can be done with my friends, or satisfyingly by myself.

It is a tough choice, but the Mountain stream wins this round. Hello Umpqua, can I start a credit line? Gone fishing. Cheers, Futzer.
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