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Tyer's Block?

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I suppose we've all heard the term "Writer's Block" I believe I'm going through the same thing only it is "Tyer's Block". I sit and look through books for some inspiration to find a pattern to tie. I'll see one I've never done and think hmmm, that'll work. Then I look at something I've done in the past, even several times and think perhaps I'll do this and try to make it my best ever compared to previous efforts. End result is I get stuck between the ears and then nothing gets done.

I'm willing to bet this is not unique to me. How many of you out there have been through this crazy period?

Cheers,
George

PS - Any pattern suggestions that might be within my limited abilities?

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I guess I'm a lucky one.  I tie for my fishing, so I don't "need" to tie.  Can't get tier's block if you don't have a tying addiction or a product deadline.

I've got a lot of hobbies.  I'm not "dedicated" to any one hobby, so feel no "push" to do any of them.  They're all just for fun.  If I don't have a need for flies, I don't have a need to tie.

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Perhaps I put this out there wrong.

Tying for me is great fun, not something I feel pushed to do, totally dedicated to or any such thing. If I plan to head to north central Pennsylvania in late May, I'll happily sit and tie Green Drake patterns, Sulphur patterns, March Browns, Gray Foxes, etc. in the usual phases of development as in nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners.

What I am talking about here is inspiration to begin another 4 to 6 hour or more project called a Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly.

I love to tie flies, and if I were to tie 4 dozen a day for the next 25 years I'd still have plenty of materials to work with for a long time. I'm just in one of those moments when the brain is stuck in neutral while trying to decide what to do next.

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Sounds to me like it's time to go fishing. That always helps me, not for tiers block, but as a general cure all. It's  worth a shot. 

 

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Sounds great P-Deck...but due to lingering back and leg issues since surgery I haven't fished since 2019. I hope that will change very, very soon!!! Tying flies keeps me in contact with the sport and even though that makes me an "armchair" fisherman I can live with that for the time being.

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George,

After all the advice and knowledge you gave me I sure would like to be able to return some. I don't know if I can, bit I'll try.  Some times when I have tiers block I'll pick up a book of patterns and rather than select anything specific I sort of let my mind wander, picking one from column A, one from column B and so on.  That sort of gets the gears turning. I might not end up with anything specific, but rather a "frankenfly" kind of thing, I particularly try to look for not just different combination ideas but  technique that I'd like to learn or improve on.  

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