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Old 10-14-2010, 09:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Since about April, I have had such a hard time tying flies. It isn't the ability that is gone, it is just that every time I sat down, I felt like I was doing a chore, and not enjoying a passtime. So basicly for the summer, I only tied warm water patterns that were necessary...

Anyhow, In the last week or so, I have sat down twice and had a ball tying up small stuff for winter... Also tied up some pig stickers and copper johns. Anyhow, I had a blast and stayed up real late enjoying the solitude and focus it takes to tie.

So, I thought I would post up and ask others thoughts... do you go through periods when it just isn't fun? For me, I think it has more to do with the amount of things I like to do on summer evenings. Now that the days are getting shorter, I find myself thinking about tying and wanting to sit down at the bench....Thoughts?
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Lately, I have been tying at the dinner table. I have been making an effort to be around my family a bit more rather than hiding away in my office. I have been a lot more efficent at the table. It has been a lot more funner to be able to crank out a dozen flies in half the time it took me in my office where I have the TV and the computer to distract me. Almost all summer I sat at my tying desk with no motivation and no desire to tie watching re-runs of CSI. Now, with the early darkness, I am getting back into it and being more productive. The TV stays off because the kids are doing homework at the table also, so that helps, though I am missing all my shows now.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I like the idea of time at the dinner table with the family. In time, I hope to do the same. It is also a good way to make sure the kiddos spend some time on homework and maybe other things that are not TV/computer related. Maybe even tying with you!
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I didnt tie all summer. Then last Thursday I went and did some PHWFF tying with the soldiers... totally got me in the mood to tie. Going again tonight to do some buggers... should be good times!



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Old 10-14-2010, 01:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I tie for my own needs and some very close fishing buddies.

During the summer I will tie a variation of a fly that I think might work in a set of 3. I then fish it and see if it works. If it does I'll tie a couple dozen and share half of them with my friends.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i'm the opposite. everytime i sat down this summer, i tied...one on

i have not tied a flie in maybe 12-14 months, other than at a tying session with my TU chapter. i hate to admit it but i have a lot of lfies from past tying and buying i need to use up so tying has not been a priority. i've also only fished a dozen times this year so i rarely used up flies.

i think this is somewhat normal for recreational tyers?
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Good topic Oyey. I have not tied a bunch this summer because of other commitments with the family and new house. The kids seemed to stay up later this summer and by the time they went to bed I was so tired I didn't feel like tying. I just wanted to vege out. Lately, as you said, I seem that I am finding more time to tie in the late evening and I really enjoy the solitude and the creativity (and a scotch on the rocks). I bought some new materials and scissors and such and it has helped me regain my focus. This winter I would really like to tie a lot of flies so i don't keep running out when I'm fishing regularly. I also give a lot of flies to the guys I fish with. I wish they would start tying too!
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't tie much during the summer. Only if I need something special for a trip. I do most of my tying during the winter. I am not too much of a winter angler. Maybe I'll give it another chance this year. Right now I am tying up some tiny midges for the San Juan. We head out on Wednesday for a few days of hopefully successful fishing. This is this years last major adventure.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, I started tying around the end of last year, beginning of 2010. I even entered the ant fly swap, which I thought was awesome!

But, after that fly swap, I stopped tying. I bought a house, and started about a million projects on the new place. I had a kid (well, I didn't have him, but you know), and I had surgery. So needless to say, I haven't been tying at all.

Well, I signed up for Charlie's fly tying class, which started last night. It was awesome to tie some up, even if they were simple little flies. I'll be tying a lot of different flies as I go through this class, and I can't wait to get to where I'm a self-sufficient tyer. I just want to go home and tie up a bunch of the brassies and midge larva patterns we went over in class last night. By the time I get to where I can tie up a stimulator, I'll be fully addicted. Oh yes, this will be fun.
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My boxes are so thin, people don't believe me that what is inside are all my flies. I need to upgrade my vice, chair, and lamp to make it tolerable but there is no way I am dumping money into those items. Not to mention, it just takes too much time that I don't have. It was different when i was in college and I just had time to waste.

There are a few patterns that stores don't sell. They are stupid simple to tie. I tie them when I run out, angrily.
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