Fly Tying: Consistency over efficiency

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I’ll take consistency, please.

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There is a very disturbing trend happening when I sit down in front a fly tying vise these days. You’d know it if you saw it. The signs are right there; in both technique and finished product.

I’m tying inconsistent flies.

They’re sloppy. Some are slightly off-center. Thread is not quite as tight as it needs to be. Heads are crowded, or that tail is just a little too long. That polished look is not quite there like it should be.

I know what the problem is. I’m rushing them. And I’m not tying often enough, so I’m rusty. We’ve all been there, and I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.

The fact is, I get very limited time to tie flies these days. When I get that time, I want to use it to my full potential. That often leads to rushing flies and ending up with something decent, but certainly not what I’m capable of. The trout probably won’t mind it much, but for me, it’s not what I’m looking for.

It’s been hard to slow down and take my time when time is so limited. I need to put forth better effort to produce a better product. I know if I slow down and really think about the process, it will produce better flies. That means less flies, but better flies, which is more important to me.

I’ll take consistency over efficiency any day.


How about you? Do you find yourself rushing flies sometimes and ending up with a less than stellar result? I’d like to hear your tips or thoughts. Drop me a comment below!

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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