Fly Tying: Two rewarding things I learned this week

A good weekend on the water taught me two important lessons in fly tying.

I was able to get out and hit the river this past weekend, which you can read about in my previous post. Finally, it was time to put all of my recent fly tying efforts to the test, and find out just where I stood. The results are in….

After a successful day on the water, I can officially report that I learned two very rewarding things out of that trip.

1. I can tie flies that will actually catch fish

When you catch a fish on a fly that you’ve tied for the first time, it’s a rewarding experience. It may not be the prettiest fly around, but it tricked a fish, and that is what is important.

I’m sure that feeling will quickly wear off as I continue to tie more and catch more on my own patterns. But, one of my 2014 goals was to catch fish on flies that I tied and I succeeded with that goal on Saturday.

2. I can tie flies that are durable enough to last

Being new to fly tying, I’ve been fairly concerned about the quality and durability of my flies. I haven’t actually gotten out and fished since I started tying, so up until this past weekend, I had not been able to test any of my work.

I’m happy to report that not only did my flies hold up well out of the box, they withstood some major abuse and took it like a champion. I don’t use super glue or head cement on my flies as of yet, so I was a little worried that my hopper patterns not might take the abuse.

I fished a single beetle hopper pattern on Saturday for about a solid hour, landing 7 or 8 trout. The fly floated perfectly and held together even better than I thought it would. At the end of the day, I actually placed the beetle right back in the box. I’ll be checking it out and inspecting it further but it appears to have held up super well.

So there ya go, two rewarding things learned that have helped reinforce the confidence I have in tying in my own flies.

The situation probably won’t always be as good as it was this past weekend, but I’ll take that good one and know that when bad ones come along, it gets better, so just keep on slinging and drifting them.

Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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