For some people, tying flies has become an end in itself. They spend hours year-round, developing and tying new flies – some without actually fishing them. As I’ve related in the past, the best fly tyers are artists, tying flies of incredible beauty and complexity.
I’m more of an ad hoc journeyman tyer – tying flies for use on our local waters; and most of that is done in the winter months when it’s too cold and wet (at least for me) to be out on the water. While they lack the elegance of a well-tied caddis fly or other Rocky Mountain insect simulation, they work well enough as baitfish patterns for the fish in Puget Sound.
The journey to fly tying proficiency is similar to most skills – start with the basics, put in the time, experiment, and learn from mistakes.
A good part of the process is reminding oneself of fundamental practices and skills. At the start of tying season, I typically refer back to a number of articles and videos to remind myself of proven practices. And I’m always on the lookout for new sources of information.
I found another article I will file away. I typically forget the skill of keeping the thread wrapping narrow and washing my hands before a tying session.
You can read the article here.