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  1. #1
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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    1-4 like them a lot.
    5 needs a bit of work but OK.
    6- hackles a little too big but again OK.

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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    Quote Originally Posted by bumble54 View Post
    1-4 like them a lot.
    5 needs a bit of work but OK.
    6- hackles a little too big but again OK.
    Cheers I am struggling with getting the hackle size just right. With regards to the nymph it was a first attempt mash up.

    Just got to keep practising and get them wet I March and see of the trout enjoy them.

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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    Can i suggest that if you are new to tying start off on one pattern and start as big as you need then work down the sizes tying at least 6 of each.
    So you want black pennells in 10, 12, 14.
    Start with the 10's then work down, that say you get your fingers working and proportions and technique right to then scale them down.
    I have been tying for along time and if i have had a lay off i won't launch straight into the small stuff i will start of on the biggest size and eork down, or lures first to get loosened off.
    Also i find tying numbers of one fly better than flitting from one of a single pattern to another you always need more than one anyway.

    Hope you find this helpful and keep practising you are on your way.

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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    Quote Originally Posted by bracket View Post
    Cheers I am struggling with getting the hackle size just right. With regards to the nymph it was a first attempt mash up.



    Just got to keep practising and get them wet I March and see of the trout enjoy them.


    Bend the feather you think you want over the hook and look at it. Pick another if it is too long a hackle.


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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    Quote Originally Posted by cammy View Post
    Can i suggest that if you are new to tying start off on one pattern and start as big as you need then work down the sizes tying at least 6 of each.
    So you want black pennells in 10, 12, 14.
    Start with the 10's then work down, that say you get your fingers working and proportions and technique right to then scale them down.
    I have been tying for along time and if i have had a lay off i won't launch straight into the small stuff i will start of on the biggest size and eork down, or lures first to get loosened off.
    Also i find tying numbers of one fly better than flitting from one of a single pattern to another you always need more than one anyway.

    Hope you find this helpful and keep practising you are on your way.
    All good advice there, couldnt agree more cammy....

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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    They are some real beauties there. I like the way you displayed some of them by sticking them in your thumb.

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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    Quote Originally Posted by cammy View Post
    Can i suggest that if you are new to tying start off on one pattern and start as big as you need then work down the sizes tying at least 6 of each.
    So you want black pennells in 10, 12, 14.
    Start with the 10's then work down, that say you get your fingers working and proportions and technique right to then scale them down.
    I have been tying for along time and if i have had a lay off i won't launch straight into the small stuff i will start of on the biggest size and eork down, or lures first to get loosened off.
    Also i find tying numbers of one fly better than flitting from one of a single pattern to another you always need more than one anyway.

    Hope you find this helpful and keep practising you are on your way.
    This is excellent advice but be aware be one potential downside.

    Over the years I applied this process to new (to me at any rate) patterns "inventions" and red pot flies of the moment. Eventually there was a up build up decent flies not used or used once or twice. Storage boxes galore purchased , just in case!!!

    If you are not tying one of your regular patterns reduce to 2 or 3 at time rather than 6.

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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    Yep, i agree, this is where our own fly tying OCD can take over and I didn't want to apply my OCD just more the principle.
    My "go to" flies get tied in batches of six or even more, the second string and sizes in 3's.

    And yes "hot" flies wyen you can tie your own can be a weakness. Rattled up a box of apps bloodworm many years ago in all colours, can't buy a chuffing offer on them.
    But then was fishing snakes long before anyone else on my local loch and doing well so a bit swings and roundabouts.

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    Default Re: Finally got round to tying some flys.

    Quote Originally Posted by bracket View Post
    C I March and see of the trout enjoy them.
    What the fish like is the acid test!!!

    Learn from mistakes and continuously seek to improve your technique but equally do not judge a fly or be discouraged or disparaging of your own efforts based solely on its appearance to the human eye.

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