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A good friend of mine, Fred, father passed away this last year and Fred since he knew I was new to fly fishing gave me all this stuff. I said thanks and now the learning begins. What a task...so much to learn.

Pics are side ways, I'll try and fix that.
 

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Maybe this will be better.
 

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Nice setup - welcome to the sport. When I started fly fishing in earnest, I began with nymphs, as that is where the most fish live, subsurface. The first fly I learned to tie was the Prince, and it is still useful 35 years later. You can start fishing with store bought flies, and as you find a fly you like, watch youtube and it will probably be there for you to learn by. You have enough material to tie a lot of flies, so don't go out and buy a lot of stuff you might not need, till you do need it. One of the most important things you can learn just starting out is what materials can be substituted for each other.
 

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It looks like you have some sort of fly tying kit that just enough to get you started. If you're serious about getting into tying there are endless books and videos available. I will say there's nothing more rewarding then catching fish on something you've tied yourself. Best of luck.....
 

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Sweet set up! If you don't know how to tie, or if you are a true novice, I will give you the same advice I have given for years... Buy this book and study it. Work your way from the beginning to the end. All of the flies are great for CO waters and you will learn to tie the best way. It's a fun and rewarding hobby. When I discovered this book, I had tied for several years... I started from scratch and re-tied nearly all of my flies... they went from average to excellent as I worked through each pattern. This is an amazon link, but nearly every fly shop in CO has it.

https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Cravens-Basic-Fly-Tying/dp/0979346029
 

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Thanks for all your encouragement and tips. Oyey: Yes, I'm a true novice. I have no idea even where to begin. So thanks for the link to the book. My learning curve is steep. But I'm looking forward to tying a fly and catching a trout with it.

I already have a lot of flies and at first I thought....why take the time and effort to tie a fly when I can just buy one for a couple bucks. But the more I thought about it I started looking forward to tying a few of my own.

Thanks again everyone.
 

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The best thing about the book is how it progresses. It's written in a way that is so easy to understand. He also does a lot of videos on youtube where you can watch him tie those exact patterns. It changed me as a fly tier.
 

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I second Oyey's advice as I bought the same book when I first started tying a few years back.

What really helped me get started and not look back was to attend a beginners fly tying course at a local fly shop. I went to St. Pete's for mine but I am sure just about every fly shop will have something similar that will help accelerate the learning process.

Good luck! Remember, you are only "saving money" if you stick to tying thread midges, glo bugs and san juan worms. The appeal to tying for me is to catch fish on something I created. It also helps to understand what fish eat, when and why and I believe that simply by tying I have become a better fisherman.
 

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Looks like a start and there is no limit to what you can find on YouTube. Good luck and remember, it's easy to post a question here....and you will be surprised at how many different answers you'll get. lol
 
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