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Poll: WHAT KIND OF TYER DO U CONSIDER YOURSELF 2B (596 member(s) have cast votes)

How good of a tyer do you consider yourself and do you ever question your tying abilities

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#1 iso18


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Posted 20 February 2009 - 06:53 AM

was just wondering,because i am constantly critquing my flies when i try new techniques and often get frustrated with the whole outcome.but then come tommorrow,i will be right back at it with a different attitude trying to improve on my shortcomings.

#2 riffleriversteelheadslayer


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Posted 20 February 2009 - 08:39 AM

a crappy tyer,just happy tying flies that catch fish

"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





#3 Valhalla 1

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 09:31 AM

I went with "A decent enough tyer to catch fish and finding yourself critiquing your work and half the time thinking there is room for improvement"...but I have to wonder how others would rate our abilities in a blind test. I could be greatly over-confident in my skills, or riffleriversteelheadslayer may be over-humble about his.
The most valuable thing I've learned about fly fishing is just how little I really know.

#4 Futzer


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Posted 20 February 2009 - 10:25 AM

I don't feel that there is anything I can't tie, but occassionally I have "bad hand days" 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.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 10:41 AM

simply put...if they'll catch the fish, they're good enough. I see too many people obsessed with proportions, and how it looks. Is it the fish, or the fisherman whos' eye your tryin to catch? half my flies look like a piccaso, but who cares. The fish sure dont, and to me, thats what matters most.
I love farm ponds!! You can catch gills all day, and not care about hooking into a bigger


#6 agn54


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Posted 20 February 2009 - 12:07 PM

I have only been tying for less than a year so at this point I am a crappy tyer just happy tying flies that just catch fish.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 01:43 PM

I tie to catch fish. I have had other folks tell me they like my flies.
MY PTN have longer tails and thinner boies than commerically tied flies.
I use red,m gold and silver mylar for wing cases for flashbacks.
I have use peacock, biots and turkey wing feather barbs for wing cases also.


#8 day5


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Posted 20 February 2009 - 02:43 PM

Im almost as good as Oatka!
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#9 Bruce Derington

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:21 PM

I'm with Futzer on this one, good days bad days, also, I'm not a fast tier, and not necessarily a slow fly tier, I guess I'd have to say I'm a half fast tier cool.gif


#10 Nick Hgs

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:32 PM

I usually don't tie my beard into the fly I'm working on. What more could you ask for?

A more serious answer:

I tie ugly flies for fishing, and I can do a lot better if I take all the time I need to do a nice looking fly.

I'm good enough to wish that I had a magnifying glass and perfect light, so that I can do better flies when I'm gonna take pictures for the web.

I'm not good enough to be satisfied with my flies when I take pictures of them with macro, and look at the result.

But I still upload my flies to forums sometimes, if I think there's an interesting idea in the fly.

Tying ugly flies would never make me stop. I think it's in our nature as fly tiers to never stop.

If I'm unhappy with the result, Ill just try again. If I'm happy with the result, I'll try to make it even better. If I think that I made the perfect fly, I'll reconsider what's perfect, and start all over with a fly that I'm not happy with.

#11 Brian Brown75

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:33 PM

I consider myself a good tyer because i can do anything in the book and then some if i wanted to and i like to learn easier new techniques and the hard ones frustrate me SOMETIMES and i do have my goo days where i can tie anything and my bad days where i can barely fire off a decent wooly bugger. It all just depends on the mood im in

#12 teck


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Posted 20 February 2009 - 06:13 PM

Picked decent, but do critique alot. and wind up picking apart atleast the first two of a new pattern.


#13 Futzer


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Posted 20 February 2009 - 07:03 PM

QUOTE (day5 @ Feb 20 2009, 12:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Im almost as good as Oatka!

I hear Oatka is slacking lately, something about too much fast food and Burger King Nightmares, Hmmm Sorry, could not help myself. Bad Futzer, Bad.
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.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 09:04 PM

i have actually cought fish on more fly's with flaws than ones that look picture perfect, i think fish are more apt to strike on flies that appear to be hurt or damaged. atleast that makes me feel better when a fly does not come out perfect
May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 09:24 PM

Awwwww . . come on Day 5, none of us are as good as Oatka!! He gives us all something to aspire to and I for one need that!!
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