8 years for me. been tying since I was 12 and I am 20 now. I am addicted, I love the hobby which has turned into a passion and the sport of it all. hopefully i'll reach the 56+ range if I am very lucky
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How Long Have You Been Tying?
Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:53 PM
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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:44 PM
A little more than a year. I rely on this site quite a bit so "thanks" everyone.
Brook Trout are God's way of saying everything is going to be all right.
Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:34 PM
Since my Grandfather taught me to tie in the Summer of 1956. Still at it.
Posted 15 December 2013 - 12:49 AM
I started tying flies in the seventh grade, around 2001, so about 12 years now. Started with basic trout patterns, but quickly evolved into bass, panfish, pike, muskie, saltwater and steelhead patterns...then about two years ago, I took the plunge into classic wet flies and full-dress salmon flies. Still improving in that area, and they're far from perfect, but I prefer to fish over tying flies, so I only really get any practice in the off-season, after all my boxes are filled (no small feat when you realize that I own 50+ fly boxes thanks to my desire to fish for everything that swims)...I hope to eventually fill a pair of 18x20 shadow boxes with these, but that may be a while.
Posted 15 December 2013 - 02:09 AM
Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:27 AM
Been tying since I was 12 years old. Adds up to 41 years in the hobby.
Posted 19 December 2013 - 06:17 PM
I got my start in 1951 (14 years old) when Dan Bailey stopped giving his commercial rejects to kids for free. He began charging a nickel, which my brother and I thought outrageous. Dan showed me how to tie a grey hackle peacock and I have been tying ever since - now 62 years. Mostly trout and steelhead flies though I have been tying classic Atlantics now for about 10 years. Still going strong!
Posted 25 December 2013 - 04:14 PM
I started during the fly fishing season 1976, in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia... and still doing it! Cheers!
Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:46 PM
I guess it's now safe to add another 10 years to that post I made here from 2004. Sheeesh I'm getting old!
Posted 31 December 2013 - 02:18 PM
I started when I was 12 or 13..something like that. Coming up on turning 29, so been doing it for a while.
Posted 10 January 2014 - 09:56 PM
20 years if I count the years as a teen when my dad got me into it, but those were pretty pathetic renditions. Still, I learned fundamentals.
Came back to it in 2000, started producing commercially in 2004, mostly bass poppers and streamers, shad flies, and bugger-style trout flies.
What I like to do is pick a new pattern and fish it until I catch a fish. I don't care about the best fly for the current conditions, I want to develop some confidence in my tie. It's a fun game.
To a previous poster's point, I am getting into doing some fancy stuff for the heck of it. There's a popular streamer for char in Iceland I'm going to tie next. I may try it on local trout, but it's very colorful, designed for salt-run fish. Still, I'll give it a try and see ...
This is just a lot of fun!
All types of fishing challenge, inspire, and energize me; but a day of solitude on a brook trout stream reconciles me with the world.
Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:01 PM
About nine months. I'm looking forward to the Spring to use the flies I have done so far.