Fly Tying: Getting back on the vise

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Getting back on the fly tying vise for some much needed tying time.

fly tying bobbin hanging off of the fly tying viseThe last year has been crazy busy, and my time on the vise was limited to pretty much zero.

The little bit of free time that I had was better spent actually fishing, rather than hitting the vise. I had built up several months of flies, so tying wasn’t really a necessity anyway.

The last few weeks, however, have provided some time to finally get back on the vise. And I’m happy to say that it’s going to be a trend that will continue.

Knocking off the rust

One thing I quickly realized was that not tying for a few months really took a toll on my skills. When I was tying everyday, I got into a good groove, which allowed me to bang out some quality flies pretty quickly.

A few months away from the vise completely broke that groove and it almost feels like I am starting fresh again. The first few flies off of the vise were far less than stellar. The next few got better, but needed some work.

Clearly, it’s going to take a few more sessions to get back to where I was.

New patterns

I’ve been playing with some new patterns and trying to work on new techniques at the same time. I’ve always tied standard patterns that any dry fly guy would have, but I’ve wanted to learn some others while also putting my style on them.

I rarely follow a fly recipe start-to-finish. I tend to substitute materials based on what I have, or what I feel more comfortable tying with. I’ve never been the type to think that certain patterns must be tied with certain materials. And often I find that just a simple switch of a material can make a huge difference in the look and performance of a fly.

As far as patterns, I’ve been tying up several variants of Comparaduns and quite a few new hopper patterns that I’ve wanted to experiment with.

Sharing the love

I’ve been seriously considering putting out some videos. I’m so appreciative of the people that do it, that I feel like I need to do the same in some way. If it weren’t for YouTube, and some of the awesome guys out there that spend time creating videos, I’d be lost when it comes to fly tying.

Fly tying is something that you have to learn by doing it. For me, doing it starts with good quality videos so that I can learn the patterns and certain techniques needed to complete those. Those videos have greatly helped me with my fly tying, and maybe by creating some videos of my own, I can help the next guy down the road just getting started.

Some videos may be coming in the near future, once I completely knock the rust off.

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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