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    you've gotten some good advice so far. Yes, you theoretically can tie flies for much cheaper than you buy them, but you will always spend much more in the long run on tying materials. However, it is still infinitely more satisfying to tie your own flies.

    Normally I wouldn't say this, but yeah, go ahead and buy a nice vise. I think it's pretty safe to predict that this is something you'll be involved with for a long time, so go ahead and spend the money and consider it an investment. The renzetti traveler is a good all around vise for just under $200.

    Also, a tying class is very helpful.
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    I got started because there were just not many places where I could buy flies locally. But it has become a major source of satisfaction. It's kinda nice to sit at the vise during the dead of winter tying flies and thinking about trout fishing.

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    Honestly, if you're just getting started, I don't think you need to spend anywhere near $200 on a vise. On the flip side though, the vise from the 'starter' kit I bought when I started broke after a year or so. So I would recommend getting something that is reasonably priced that won't break the bank. As others have said, put more money into materials, which you'll find will add up very quickly.

    A good book I would recommend is "The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying" by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer. It's pages are cut in half, the top part showing the fly recipes and instructions, and the lower pages showing how to perform certain techniques that are incorporated in the fly recipe on the top half. This allows you to keep the recipe and the technique visible at the same time. I just googled it and saw that Amazon has it for $30.

    And that's if you want to spend money on a book, I think that there is plenty of great info on the internet for free. Flyrecipes.com is a good one, and YouTube has lots of demonstrations too. All of the recipes you mentioned will be online.

    Finally, as for the cost issue. Don't do it just to save money in the 'long run'...There are plenty of good discussions on that topic in this forum. Tie because you are interested in the process of creating something from scratch that is not only beautiful and imitative, but that also catches fish. The feeling you'll get from catching your first trout on a fly you tied is amazing! And the time you spend at the bench will make the wait until you get to the river to fish those flies you tied just a little easier.

    Good Luck and welcome to the game!
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    Oh boy, this is gonna be a long post

    Quote Originally Posted by Plateau Angler View Post
    You should be able to get a good vise for a little under $200 and put more into materials... Decide which 6 or so flies you use the most and get the materials to tie them...also it wouldn't hurt to see what flies the tying book teaches you and get the materials for those. Most good tying books progress from easy to more difficult techiques and skills and incorporate patterns that require those techniques. For example, tying a Gold Ribbed Hares Ear nymph is good practice early on because you have to focus on proportions, learn how to dub and rib a body, and tie in a wingcase. I wouldn't start tying a parachute adams or stimulator until you've mastered some easier patterns... Zebra midges are pretty easy except that they are small so those would be good to learn on...
    Zebras are my main focus, they're really all I use. I'm gonna fill boxes with nothing but zebras. But I don't think I'll be tying anything intricate, because I really don't use anything intricate.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRaiderFan View Post
    The Griffith Odessy Spider Vise works well for me and it's under $90. If you are really into tying, it wouldn't be enough, but I tie all kinds of stuff wth it and it is a rotary vise. Some place sell a combo pack of hackle these days (ask LRO if they do, if not check around). You can get three types of hackle in one pack and it's enough to tie several dozen flies. I would aslo recommend a dubbing dispenser (filled with dubbing of course). You don't get a lot of dubbing, but you get plenty to get you started and can buy the colors you use more of later (the dispenser plus about 12 colors of dubbing is around $15). After that, you just need a few tools, thread, etc (I recommend skipping the fly head cement and using Zap A Gap on everything...my midges stay together much longer with it). You can get a small tool kit cheap to and they have all the basic tools. My 2 cents.
    You're speaking French to me... I don't have a clue what dubbing is.

    Quote Originally Posted by silvercreek View Post
    Get the best vise you can afford. Get it with jaws that can handle midges to bass flies or at least has replaceable jaws to do so. Get with a base instead of the clamp to table type. Seems like every table you will try to clamp to puts the vise in a weird position. Dick Talleur has some good books on tying. There is a ton of tying instruction on the web. Oh yeah, you won't save a penny. But if you were in this for the money you would not be fly fishing anyway. Tying is a great hobby with a practical result.
    I planned on getting one with a base, I picked one up at BPS that had a base that weighed a solid 10 pounds, it was sturdy.

    Quote Originally Posted by MadisonBoats View Post
    You will want a desk light, maybe a magnifying light (staples), and make you a nice backdrop. To explain; you can get one of those plastic magazine holders at staples and just sit a nice piece of white paper on it. I like to put this behind my fly in the vice to help me see it better. Get a good vise-don't worry about attachments. You can make those very cheap and custom to hold spools, tools, etc...

    Search this forum; there is a topic about tying stations that may help guide you too...

    Oh, there are tons of fly tying videos on YouTube. I use it often and just pause it between steps...
    I'm 18, I don't have trouble seeing what's in front of me I'm just messing, sounds like a plan to me. I already found a few fly recipes on Youtube, very helpful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Boy View Post
    Yea I tell ya I took a class, cost me around 80 bucks and it was so worth it. I was lucky to learn from Roger Lowe who can sure wrap some bugs, but tis will really cut down on the learning curve. I bought a desk light where the light will move all over the place suspended by some metal looking arm from wal-mart for likle 9 bucks works great
    I'll be taking a class from LRO very soon, whenever they start.

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteCz View Post
    First off, if you are paying $2 per ZM you aren't doing a good of price shopping. LRO has them for $1.65 and they ship them, for free...

    Lets look at your break-even proposition. You've already decided that you will need to spend over $300 to get started. Your variable cost on zebra midges may be close to $.40 per fly when you factor in your hooks ($4+ for 25), beadheads ($2+ for 25), wire and thread. You might be able to get it down to $.25 per fly if you buy in larger quantities, but you get the point.

    If you save $1.25 per fly (after factoring in your variable costs) you will need to tie approximately 240 Zebra Midges before you break even (and that doesn't include the countless hours tying them). If you lose 4 of them each time you fish, that means you will have make 60 trips before you use all of them up...and break even...

    Don't tie flies just to save money, because you never will. I know it sounds tempting and that if you tie a select number of flies you can actually save money, but it will NEVER happen...You will either get frustrated at how long it will take you to tie your first 240 flies, or you will fall in lover with tying and will do it because you enjoy it (and then spend a bunch more money on materials you may never use....)

    I think you will find the majority of us that have done it for more than a few years, do it because of the connection we feel to fishing, when we aren't fishing...I spent all of this past year tying flies for a trip to Colorado. Each time I sat down to tie, I wound up thinking about the streams I would fish and the Cutthroat Trout I would chase with the flies I was tying. It was like I went on a mini-vacation each time I sat down at the vise....

    Don't turn it into a job...enjoy it and forget the cost savings idea...
    $1.79 at Bass Pro, I just rounded up. I'm not looking to break even, or anything like that. I'm not factoring in the price of the vise, just the price per fly. That's just how I work. I don't factor in gas or food with fly fishing trips, ya know? I won't let tying get me frustrated, I'll save the frustration for on the stream

    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Boy View Post
    Well Put PeteCz the only thing that is better than sitting at the vise thinking bout where you will fish your next creation, is being out there stickin a fish with what you made.
    I can't wait! Hopefully I'll be decent at tying so I can catch fish with my own creations.

    Quote Originally Posted by ttas67 View Post
    you've gotten some good advice so far. Yes, you theoretically can tie flies for much cheaper than you buy them, but you will always spend much more in the long run on tying materials. However, it is still infinitely more satisfying to tie your own flies.

    Normally I wouldn't say this, but yeah, go ahead and buy a nice vise. I think it's pretty safe to predict that this is something you'll be involved with for a long time, so go ahead and spend the money and consider it an investment. The renzetti traveler is a good all around vise for just under $200.

    Also, a tying class is very helpful.
    I bet! I'll look into that vise, I've heard good things.

    Quote Originally Posted by silvercreek View Post
    I got started because there were just not many places where I could buy flies locally. But it has become a major source of satisfaction. It's kinda nice to sit at the vise during the dead of winter tying flies and thinking about trout fishing.
    I spend way too much time on electronics, so it will help keep me entertained.

    Quote Originally Posted by flynut View Post
    Honestly, if you're just getting started, I don't think you need to spend anywhere near $200 on a vise. On the flip side though, the vise from the 'starter' kit I bought when I started broke after a year or so. So I would recommend getting something that is reasonably priced that won't break the bank. As others have said, put more money into materials, which you'll find will add up very quickly.

    A good book I would recommend is "The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying" by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer. It's pages are cut in half, the top part showing the fly recipes and instructions, and the lower pages showing how to perform certain techniques that are incorporated in the fly recipe on the top half. This allows you to keep the recipe and the technique visible at the same time. I just googled it and saw that Amazon has it for $30.

    And that's if you want to spend money on a book, I think that there is plenty of great info on the internet for free. Flyrecipes.com is a good one, and YouTube has lots of demonstrations too. All of the recipes you mentioned will be online.

    Finally, as for the cost issue. Don't do it just to save money in the 'long run'...There are plenty of good discussions on that topic in this forum. Tie because you are interested in the process of creating something from scratch that is not only beautiful and imitative, but that also catches fish. The feeling you'll get from catching your first trout on a fly you tied is amazing! And the time you spend at the bench will make the wait until you get to the river to fish those flies you tied just a little easier.

    Good Luck and welcome to the game!
    I want a quality vise that may last the rest of my life, pay for quality now, so I won't have to pay again later. And that's the exact book I was recommended, except I don't remember the price for it. But I thought it was really cool how the pages were split.

    I'll check out all these recommendations, thanks!
    Trey Nichols- jato_jr@yahoo.com

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6HR-uBbybM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3CyVk6dizw


    Dubbing is fur (or a synthetic material) that is used to make the fly body on most flies. BTW, a class will get you up to speed much faster than YouTube. YouTube has a lot of good stuff, but not enough to really get you going quickly. You'll never look at a bird feather in the parking lot the same way again...same goes for road kill.

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    Your post reminds me of when I got started. I only had a flytying book with line drawings. No internet, no DVD's. no VCR's. The book kept talking about dubbing, but never said what it was. Not even in the dictionary I had. Man was I confused.

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    Default LRO offers the classes

    and they do make it easier to understand.

    Its a great feeling catching a trout in park on a fly you tied (even if it doesn't look quite like those bin)
    it is usually better to be conventionally wrong than unconventionally right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worrgamesguy
    $1.79 at Bass Pro, I just rounded up. I'm not looking to break even, or anything like that. I'm not factoring in the price of the vise, just the price per fly. That's just how I work. I don't factor in gas or food with fly fishing trips, ya know?
    Do NOT become an Accountant......

    When you tie your first few flies, save them...you'll get a good laugh out of them later...

    A class is an excellent way to get jump started. I learned through reading and trial and error (mostly error). Here are a few websites I have bookmarked over the years:
    http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flyt...te/archive.php
    http://troutflies.com/tutorials/
    http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/index.cfm
    http://globalflyfisher.com/tiebetter/comparadone!/
    http://www.flyrecipes.com/index.php
    http://littleriveroutfitters.com/lit.../sixflies.html
    http://www.wildtroutonthefly.com/fly...ipstricks.html
    http://www.thetyingbench.com/recipes/recipe.php?UID=104
    http://hipwader.com/2004/tying-mrrapidan-dry-fly
    http://flyfisherman.com/ftb/jbwhip/
    http://flyguysoutfitting.com/whipfinish.html
    http://copperfly.net/fly_tying_videos.php
    http://www.flyanglersonline.com/
    http://flyguysoutfitting.com/flytutorials.html
    http://www.uky.edu/~agrdanny/flyfish/ljdecuir/smpatrns.htm
    http://www.akflyfishers.com/flyofmonth.html
    http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?
    http://www.theflybench.com/
    http://www.southeastflyfishingforum....erns/index.php
    http://www.danica.com/flytier/index.html
    http://www.flytyingworld.com/flyindex.shtml

    btw, for me, there is one thing better than catching fish with flies you tie yourself. That is giving flies that you tied to someone else and then watching them catch a fish with a fly you tied....

    "Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."

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    I agree with Carolina Boy about taking a class. My wife and I took a day quite a few winters ago and took a beginner fly tying class at LRO and truly enjoyed it. We got to tie a few easy flies and learn some techniques that helped on some other flies.

    I bought a Dyn-King rotary vice and have absolutely loved it. Along with it, I bought a portable tying table at LRO as well. I think they still sell them. It is a white table that is made for placing on another table (no legs). It has a magnifying glass and lamp attached. I have it on a desk upstairs and it does a GREAT job. I really like its portability too. I can take it with me camping or to hotels to tie flies on the go.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteCz View Post

    btw, for me, there is one thing better than catching fish with flies you tie yourself. That is giving flies that you tied to someone else and then watching them catch a fish with a fly you tied....
    Pete, let's go fishing and you can bring the flies... I'll do my best to catch some fish on them...
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