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How long per fly?


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Poll: How long per fly?

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

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#31 shezli

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 08:56 PM

I voted for how longs as it takes, because I have put some serious time into single flies. These flies are not usually to be fished (not that they wouldn't catch fish), but I may sit down for an hour or two at a time. Most of my dries I usually do in 5 minutes or less. But I could put up to an hour into a streamer.
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#32 smokinprice

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 11:15 PM

I opted for as long as it takes. I am a self taught tier so patterns that are new to me take a while to complete. Take that and couple it with the fact that I tend to watch TV or a movie while I tie, well it takes a while per fly. Its fine by me as I enjoy the journey so to speak. I watched the 300 again the other night while I was tying and only managed to tie 10 poppers up but I enjoyed it! Its all about having fun and enjoying the hobby for what it is.

#33 Jeff Kimball

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:32 PM

I've got to tie at least a dozen of a fly in a single size in a single sitting to get a flow going... if I can get a dozen an hour.. all the better.
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#34 BrianMyers

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:35 AM

I`ve always kept going until its done. Win or lose.
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#35 Arkansas Mike

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:07 PM

I always finish any fly I start. Of course, they may look so awful that I take a razor to them no sooner than the head dries to salvage the hook. It used to take me a good half--hour to finish a single fly, but now I can do about a dozen simple dries or nymphs per hour. Hoppers and more complicated patterns take me a lot longer. You guys/gals that can whip out 3 dozen flies (beautiful flies!) or more an hour amaze me. Still, I like to take my time and try to get everything "just so", even if the flies are intended to be fished. Unfortunately, for me, getting things "just so" usually takes a while. Plus, I typically only tie two or three flies of one pattern before switching to another. Which isn't the most time efficient way to tie.

#36 Robbyguy

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 08:57 PM

I enjoy tying flys so I dont really care if it takes three days, I always try to make them perfect I know the fish dose not care but I like the feeling you get when the fly turns out perfect.

#37 Jeremism30

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:30 PM

Most standard patterns I can tie in 5-7 minutes. Others take longer, royal woffe, more like 10-15 min. And my all time UN-favorite fly to tie is a humpy. I always have to take them apart and retie them. Probably 30 minutes or more for a humpy. I just can't seem to get the placement right when you tie on the deer hair. The wings end up too long most of the time and sometime too short.

#38 Arkansas Mike

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:40 PM

QUOTE (Jeremism30 @ Jun 6 2009, 12:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The wings end up too long most of the time and sometime too short.


I have that problem with all my hairwings... sad.gif



#39 crappiekid24

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 06:56 PM

As long as it takes. I enjoy tying flies and do it for fun and for something to do in the summer. I just love tying flies even if it takes a day or only takes a minute its just flat out fun.

#40 Sonny Edmonds

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 07:38 PM

Long as it takes.

Sometimes till past bedtime. sleep.gif
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#41 flyfishtn

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:46 AM

I will stick out for however long it takes. Tying to me is a relaxing event that also benefits my fishing. thumbsup.gif
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#42 flywilks

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 11:22 PM

Just started timing myself and seems like most of my flies are between 5-15min but I'm searching for every tip I can to try to speed it up a little.

QUOTE (Jeremism30 @ Jun 6 2009, 12:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just can't seem to get the placement right when you tie on the deer hair. The wings end up too long most of the time and sometime too short.


Uh man, struggled with this for years. I've moved to foam back humpies and after tying a couple hundred I'll never go back to the hair shell back. Easier to get the right proportions, floats great, and more durable.


#43 kyflytyer

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:07 PM

I enjoy tying just for the sake of tying. I'll happily spend as long as it takes to tie whatever fly I'm working on at the time. Several people have offered me advice on how to speed up my tying but I haven't taken any of it because I'm not interested in speeding up. Like I said, I enjoy tying and trying to do it at the speed of light isn't enjoyable to me. I guess I'll never be a commercial tyer.
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#44 aaplant

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:10 PM

Primarily a tyer, and a novice at that, I'll keep at it until I am satisfied. Spend a bit of time backtracking and repeating steps as I try to achieve a moderatly passable result.



#45 Harold Ray

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 11:44 AM

I am a fairly slow tyer, although on some like Thunder Creek Streamers and some of the tied and woven scuds, etc., I can move along at a decent rate. Because of that and the fact that I usually totally relax while I'm doing it, I'm a "take as long as I need" person; I do not rush. As a human and veterinarian, I have found that if I'm doing a few things I love all of my troubles (if I have any) disappear. Four of those are flytying, treating animals at my clinic, kayaking and fishing, so why should I hurry to be through!

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