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How long does it take you to tie a fly?
Posted 12 January 2005 - 03:34 AM
I've been tying for 8 years and tie 2 - 6 dozen or more a day for commericial, so I have LOTS of practice.
I was just tying a dozen mice for a customer and it took me two hours 12 minutes! or roughly 11 minutes per fly!
Some days are better then others...If I want to tie, i go faster then if I don't want to but know I have to.
Posted 12 January 2005 - 01:27 PM
As everyone has said, it depends on the pattern. I've been tying for less than a year, but I'd say my overall average is around 10-12 minutes. I don't tie any salmon flies and I'm always trying new patterns/types. Newbies for me with several materials my take me half hour or more. The ones I've tied for a while will take 5-10.
What was that first fly you tied, Skunked? Got a pic of it?
It's neat to a newbie to go to something like a Sowbug Roundup or Conclave where a room full of top notch tyers are all tying different stuff. Watching some of them crank out dries, scuds, nymphs, and other standards gives me hope that with practice and determination I can get much better.
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Posted 12 January 2005 - 01:38 PM
To answer your question: Not as long as it takes for me to tree them.
Honestly though: Including prep time 10 an hour on standard or parchute dries, more per hour for comparduns. Unless my ADD is flaring up, then I am a lot slower.
Posted 12 January 2005 - 01:50 PM
Posted 12 January 2005 - 02:11 PM
|What was that first fly you tied, Skunked? Got a pic of it?|
Light cahillMy first fly
Here's my 2nd2nd fly
I tied my 3rd last night, it looks the same as the 2nd but the hackle is better proportioned and the tail is siting a little below paralell with the hook shaft
Posted 12 January 2005 - 10:42 PM
Posted 13 January 2005 - 01:13 PM
IT'S SANTA SWAP SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 13 January 2005 - 01:32 PM
Posted 13 January 2005 - 04:59 PM
If anything, a wooly bugger shouldn't take you too long to get down. What, may I ask, are you tying now?
Posted 14 January 2005 - 01:54 PM
Posted 14 January 2005 - 02:22 PM
|Skunked, what are you tying? Have you tried the FAOL beginner's tutorial? It'll have you tying easy, effective and good looking flies in under 15 minutes.|
My first 3 attempts were #12 light cahills ( see previous post in this topic for pics)
Today I am gonna try tying a quill gordon, and really concentrate on my technique( thread control), and proportions. I'll let y'all know how it turns out. I'm relly not concerned with tying time, this is just pure, simple relaxation, if it takes me all month, I will still be happy with it.
Posted 14 January 2005 - 02:53 PM
Try to stay with the same "type" of pattern in the beginning so that you dont have to many different thing to learn. Then once you have one pattern that you can tie in a decent amount of time move on to the next, it will come to you.
There are tones of posts with step by steps on this site as well FAOL does not have the market cornered by any means with step by steps. Just search the tying bench for step by steps and you will see many...as well as the data base many members have great tutorials with pics in there as well.
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 03:27 PM
|Skunked dont get discouraged if your first ones take awhile, you WILL get faster. The first ones always take longer than they should but the more you tie the faster you will get.|
I'm not discouraged at all, as a matter of fact, quite the contrary .
|The reason I asked is cause you always hear about people tying on stream|
I can't wait till I am experienced enough to be out on a river and notice a certain species of mayfly sitting on a leaf or something, sit on shore and "clone" what I just saw. I thought when someone got good it still took just as long as it takes me now and it seems like it would be tough to want to tie on stream when it would take away from time spent fishing, not that I don't like tying, so far I love it, but I would like to be as productive on the water as possible., so I thought I would do a poll to see how long an experienced tyer took to tie a fly. I will reccomend searching the archives to any other beginner reading this post, the guys on here really have a versatile array of ways to perform different tying tecniques. I believe without some of the old farts advice and guidance on here, it would have taken me a lot longer to get to the point of cloning insects than had I not found the vast cornicopia of information there is here. Thanks everyone
Posted 14 January 2005 - 03:36 PM
|QUOTE (skunked @ Jan 14 2005, 03:26 PM)|
|I believe without some of the old farts advice and guidance on here, it would have taken me a lot longer to get to the point of cloning insects than had I not found the vast cornicopia of information there is here. Thanks everyone|
[Smartass - I hope you stick your finger on that PT Nymph!]
Posted 14 January 2005 - 03:42 PM
|[Smartass - I hope you stick your finger on that PT Nymph!] dry.gif|
Sorry, the devil made me do it