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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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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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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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Kimo said:
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.
Can I be your friend?
 

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i'm the opposite. everytime i sat down this summer, i tied...one on :D

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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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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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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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. ;D
 

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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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I hate to tie because I have to re-fill my box. I really dont like to tie when I feel compelled to do so. Odd, I know.

I LOVE to cook up new bugs, but just sittin' and bangin' out bugs is a chore for me. I waste so much money on materials in junk bugs... I have thousands of useless flies in tiny boxes, not sorted, just thrown together. Every once in a while I will sift through and see if anything catches my eye, but mostly I just wonder "what was I going for there?"

I will say I do prefer to tie as a passtime in the fall and winter. I have thought about doing large scale production as a way to help overcome my ADD, sort of a movement meditation. Not gathered the force of will for that yet. ::)
 

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I tie in the Summer/ Fall to refill my box and I am happy because I'm going fishing.
The Winter tying is mostly for filling up my box for upcoming trip and I'm happy.
Either ways, I'm happy. The only thing is that tying IS a chore :-\
 

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Yeah, I've been slacking, tying only for upcoming trips and that's about it... This winter I'm going to hit it hard and really build up a nice repertoire for the tailwaters around here. I fished them really hard this summer and spring and I've got a much better grasp of the flies I need to succeed. I've been out here two years now and I'm finally starting to get comfortable on a lot of these rivers.

As far as getting bored, I agree, it happens to me as well when I'm tying. If I have to tie 6 or more of the same fly I really struggle to keep my attention span up. My solution is to set goals for the week or two for maybe 3 different patterns, a couple dozen of each. I'll tie them in increments of 6, take a breather, and then tie up another 6 of one of the other patterns just to mix it up a bit. By the time the week is up I've achieved my goal and not burnt myself out from tying.
 

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I got teased by a friend for bringing my vise on a 2-night fishing trip. Glad I did anyway - I had to replace all the flies we lost over that 2-day period - all big kokanee streamers. I have maybe one or two of the probably thirty or so I tied left in the box.

There never really seems a time of year for me that I'm not tying something. Once in a blue moon I have to get my vise off the table because I have something else I need to do with that very table (last time was repairing something, prior to that was mending work clothes). Juan, I agree with you - I love my tying room, but it's a hideaway - I'm a lot happier tying somewhere else in the house where I can be with my husband and cats - and yes, I'm guilty of tying in front of TV on a TV table... shame on me!

I guess the issue a lot of people have with tying *at home* is the fact that you're doing so by yourself. I understand it's a great thing to do for privacy, and to get other people out of your hair for a few hours, etc. But it's *lonely*. Always a lot more fun to do so with a family member, spouse, buddies, etc... more of a 'community' thing I guess. Always nice to get comments, compliments, tips, etc... and a lot more enjoyable if you have somebody to talk with and ask questions of. And it's different than if you're tying at shows - where you're oftentimes the teacher and keep having to re-tie one pattern over and over again. Much more fun if you're hanging with peers.
 
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