A Great Experience in The Fly Tying Bench Posted February 21, 2012 · Report reply Yesterday, I attended the Fly Fishing Show in Lancaster Pennsylvania. I found myself attracted to all the fly tiers who where lined around the walls. I walked the isles watching as they tied their flies. I had my head down as I passed each station looking in fascination as these people created such beautiful flies. I was walking by one station when I heard the man behind the table say, "Are you a tier?" I looked up to find a friendly gentleman with a smile on his face, tying a beetle. I chuckled and explained to him that I'm in the beginning stages and am going to give it my best shot. He began to give me advice; like not to go a buy material, just to "buy" it. Stick to lots of black and whites. He told me to make sure I buy the best vise I can afford and he said if I don't remember anything else he told me, he said to keep control with the the thread, as he showed me by using his blobbin close to the hook. He continued giving me advise as he finished the beetle, put it in a container and handed it to me. He asked me to give it a try and email him to let him know how it worked. He told me that above all else, you'll never forget that feeling of catching that fish with a fly that you tied. He gave a great impression. His name is Bruce Corwin. Check out his web page www.brucecorwin.com By hte way.. I have never met any tyer who was not willing to go out of their way to help me understand even the simplest technique,, Bob Clouser,Jack Gartside,Bob Popovics,many others all treasured memories. Hearing your story is lifting.Thanks.