3 fly tying misconceptions that you really should understand.
My time behind the vise is limited. I’ve only been tying flies for a couple of years, but in that short amount of time I’ve learned many things about what to do and what not to do when it comes to creating my favorite bugs.
I believe there are a few common misconceptions about fly tying. These misconceptions are things that a beginner might not necessarily take into consideration when getting started. There are more, but here are 3 that I wanted to touch on.
1. Tying yourself saves money over purchasing commercial flies
This is the first one that just simply isn’t true. Fly tying costs money, and like other hobbies, it can be expensive to do it. That’s not to say it has to be expensive, but when compared to just buying flies already tied, you won’t save any money by doing it yourself.
If you’re getting into fly tying, I hope you’re doing it for the enjoyment of it. Store bought flies certainly won’t give you that.
2. Most patterns need to be tied with original materials
Some patterns call for certain for materials and have to have those; most don’t. Never be afraid to swap out materials on a pattern. In fact, I’d say make sure you do swap something out and try another version because it can sometimes work better.
Fly tying is about creating bugs that will trick fish. Use that to come up with alternate patterns and styles and don’t worry so much about making sure you have the exact material or color to work with.
3. The quality of materials isn’t important
It’s really only been in the last year or so that I’ve finally realized that material quality absolutely matters. I find this to matter most notably in hairs, feathers and tools.
Many beginning fly tyers will not consider – or know – about the importance of material quality. Trust me when I say that there is a big difference in comparadun deer hair even across reputable brands. All CDC is not the same and other materials like hackle, dubbing and other feathers can vary in quality quite a bit.
Finally, when it comes to tools, I wish I had known how important scissors and bobbins were when I first started. If you’re going to splurge on fly tying items, this is where I 100% recommend you do it at. Good scissors and a good bobbin are going to make life far more enjoyable so buy the best that you can afford.
Fly tying is pretty awesome, but it can be challenging as well. I hope a brief look at these 3 common misconceptions help you make better decisions about fly tying if you’re thinking about getting started or if you’re new to it.