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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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#61 Isonychia


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Posted 09 September 2010 - 02:04 PM

Twenty years ago, I'd have said I'd give up tying. Now it's just the opposite. Ongoing back-pain problems have made fishing very, very difficult. In the last two years, I've fished a grand total of three hours. Fly tying "keeps my hand in the pastime," so to speak.

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#62 Mr. Vegas

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 12:41 AM

i enjoy tying so much I would say give up fishing. Doesn't help I have not been out for almost 4 years sad.gif .... been sick but next spring is when I bounce back
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#63 Gaddy


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Posted 13 December 2010 - 01:52 PM

For me that is like saying which one of your kids do you love better. wallbash.gif
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. ~Henry David Thoreau

#64 BigBrownTrout


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Posted 13 December 2010 - 04:43 PM

I would give up tying as I am a fisherman first and foremost. I tie flies in order to fish. Since they are so closely related, fishing just wouldn't be the same having to rely on others ideas and creativity (whom doesn't fish assuming you can only do one, tie or fish) to create success.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 05:00 PM

I had to give up both about 9 months ago this year. I'm slowly coming back and can't wait to tie a fly again.
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#66 Copperhead22



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Posted 18 December 2010 - 04:23 PM

I'd rather give up tying because I can buy pretyed flys at almost every tackle store

#67 MWl


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Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:28 AM

Well I do love to tie. I would give it up. I like to cast as much as I like to fish.

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#68 waterloosunset


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 06:56 AM

I've thought of an even more cruel poll than this if anybody's up for it?
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#69 JohnP


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Posted 08 March 2011 - 02:15 PM

When I was younger, I would have said I would give up tying before fishing. But now, as hard a choice as it would be, I would say I would give up fishing before tying. I have a dedicated tying space now, small as it is, so I can always tie a fly or two when the mood strikes me. Unfortunately, given the realities of my work schedule and economic status, I can't always go fishing when I want to, and if gas hits $5 a gallon like the experts are saying, my trips may become even more limited.
I am glad, though, that I do not have to make that choice.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 07:03 AM

Although i have absolutly no intention of giving up either one, but if i was forced to im sorry to say that it would be tying. Like it has been stated so many times before tying is just a means to enhance my fishing experience. Fishing is the main goal and fly fishing is not the only fishing i do. I mainly got into flyfishing for steelhead a few years back and last year was really the first time i incorperated fly fishing into my trout strategy. However i probably spend more time on the boat in the spring and summer fishing for crappie and walleye than trout and steelhead fishing combined so for me to give up fishing all together and keep on tying would really put a damper on my overall happiness lol
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#71 bluegill576


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Posted 14 March 2011 - 05:35 PM

If I had to give up one of the two I would give up fishing because I have become addicted to fly tying and I can do it easier than fishing because for fishing I have to go to a place where as for tying I have to go to my fly tying bench.

#72 Stippled Popper

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:31 PM

I'd game the system.

First I'd give up fly fishing. After I accumulated enough flies, I'd quit tying and go back to fishing.
Once the flies were exhausted I'd quit fishing and go back to tying... and on and so forth.

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 01:18 PM

It's a really tough decision to make, but I would probably give up tying. I started tying so I wouldn't have to buy cheap flies tied overseas. I would rather fish with store-bought flies than not fish at all.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 10:04 AM

I'm new to both and am having to teach myself, so naturally it's easier to learn about which bugs to put on the end of my tippet by learning to tie. So that said I would give up tying because I tie to fish.