Hopefully, we’ll dispel many of those fears, misconceptions, and get you tying right away.
There are a few reasons that we prefer to tie our own flies versus purchasing them. They are in no particular order:
1) Economical: Yes, getting into fly tying can be viewed as a fairly expensive hobby. There’s all the tools that you have to buy and then you have to buy the material. To start up, one single brassie seems to be a fairly expensive fly. However, that single brassie actually cost at the most, $0.45. Probably, more than half of what you would pay in an outdoor or fly shop. After a while, the tools have paid for themselves and you actually begin to save money with each fly. Remember, professional tyers do it to make money, which means it has to be cheaper to tie your own than it does to purchase them at the store.
3) Customizability: This reason is one of my favorites. First, many people are creative and have many ideas to either update an older fly or create a brand new one that is going to be a fish magnet. Second, it allows you to get flies that you may not be able to purchase in your local shop. For example, I love fishing the Hotwire Prince Nymph, however, none of my local shops carry that fly. Being able to tie a custom fly truly expands the options that we have available to use on each waterway.
We’ve found tying our own flies almost as rewarding as being out on the river and catching fish. Hopefully you’ll find the same, simple joy. As always, Good Luck and Guid Luck!!