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#1 antonml

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 06:32 PM

Hello folks,

I tied my first fly ever two months ago. I have never fly fished, though I want to learn some day.

Tying flies has been a sort of therapy, literally. I've been fighting mental health issues for a couple of years. 

Two months ago I was walking into a fishing store, just to waste some time. When I was looking around in the store I passed the fly fishing section and was just amazed by all these flies. I was especially amazed by the craft itself and the time someone has to put into making them. 

So I thought to myself that I want to tie flies too. So I bought a starter kit, not knowing a thing about fly tying. Looked up some recipies and a couple of tutorials on youtube... Turns out that when I'm tying flies I feel better. Since then I've tried to tie all sorts of flies, nymphs, wet flies, dry flies... A little bit of everything - mostly Bergman stuff though. 

Now I've been more and more drawn to tie salmon flies... Which leads me to this post.

This is the first salmon fly I've ever tied, so please don't be rude. 

I wan't to get some tips about what I could've done better.

It's tied on a #3 hook. I Probably should've went a little bit bigger looking at all the other flies on this forum... I was very very tricky to tie on such a small hook... 

Thanks

 

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 09:22 AM

Hi Anton, (from th U.K).  There's a lot of "good stuff" going on in there, so congratulations & it's far better than my & many others 1st attempt's. Obviously there are elements that need a bit of work on & material selection will improve as you get further involved. There is LOADS of help out there & dependant on where you live, you maybe able to find a mentor close to where you live.  I "mentor" a guy, who'se not far from me, & have also done it online, the former method is far, far better as any potential errors can often be spotted before you're even aware of what they are.  As I say there's loads of info out there, & perhaps a specialist dealer is a good place to start, so take a few clicks over to John McCoy's www.feathersmc.com to start your journey, as he's about the biggest specialist out there & is hyper-helpful.



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Posted 31 January 2019 - 10:42 AM

Hi Anton, (from th U.K).  There's a lot of "good stuff" going on in there, so congratulations & it's far better than my & many others 1st attempt's. Obviously there are elements that need a bit of work on & material selection will improve as you get further involved. There is LOADS of help out there & dependant on where you live, you maybe able to find a mentor close to where you live.  I "mentor" a guy, who'se not far from me, & have also done it online, the former method is far, far better as any potential errors can often be spotted before you're even aware of what they are.  As I say there's loads of info out there, & perhaps a specialist dealer is a good place to start, so take a few clicks over to John McCoy's www.feathersmc.com to start your journey, as he's about the biggest specialist out there & is hyper-helpful.

Hello Arkle, thanks for your input.

I'm not aware of any guys near me that tie flies, especially salmon flies. I live in Finland. Maybe I haven't searched good enough. At my local fishing shop there is one guy  that's tying flies, though from what I can see his not that into tying salmon flies.

Is it possible that you could evolve further on your feedback. I wish to know what major issues I need to work on. I know my wings aren't that good. I find it hard to get the tips align correctly. When I marry wings the issue always seem to be the tips. They don't merry well. Can you give me any pointers on this?
 

--- Anton

PS. Thanks for the link, I will check it out.



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Posted 31 January 2019 - 04:48 PM

Anton -

 

There are great step by step tutorials on this site.  An example:

 

http://www.classicflytying.com/index.php?showtopic=41796

 

 

Pick a SBS and work through it.  Tie the fly at least two times.  You'll be amazed on what you learn in the attempts.

 

Mark



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Posted 01 February 2019 - 10:35 AM

Anton, there are quite a few salmon tiers in Finland, & there's a specialist dealer there,  it might be worth getting in contact with them, as well.  http://shop.helsinkispeyclave.com/