"$350 to $400 doesn't even get you a decent vise and a good set of tools" "i'd have to say that if you wanna save money.........buy your flies" "and ALL fly tyers, collect flies" "buy what you need for your fishin', and that's IT. But nobody does that..........most fly fishers, and ALL fly tyers, collect flies"
'Decent' is relative. The life time of a vise isn't measured in years but how much it has been in use. What qualifies as 'decent' to you would qualify as 'luxuary' to someone else. Some need a Rolex to see the time... while a no-name from the gas station is enough to others. ;o) I know several people who tie with the cheap tools they bought 30 years ago... and with the same cheap vise they bought 30 years ago. I had a friend (passed last summer) who tied on a vise that he had made himself, from parts of an old lawn mower. I know many who ties only what they need for his fishing... putting their stuff down in the box again as soon as the holes in the flyboxes are filled. Not a fly more than necessary... Some of them haven't done a material buy in years. Hooks have been all they have needed for a good while. So it's definitely possible to save money in tying your own flies... if you want to. Of course it takes a while longer to catch up with the cost for the tying stuff, with all these cheap flies from Africa and China available. But I don't doubt for a second that you can save money by tying your own flies... if that's what you want. I, myself, have failed... shopping obsession is very common in fly-tying. So much to chose from. "Hmmmm. That looks cool... and that... and that might come in handy one day... and I better take one of those too, while I'm here. HOLY SMOKE!!! A BOX OF CLOSE-OUTS!!!!!" LOL /Nick -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:vfb-m...@googlegroups.com]on Behalf Of Jeff Frye Sent: 12 September 2009 05:59 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [VFB] Re: FW: fly tying costs I have a buddy that is the only guy I know that saves money tying flies. He ties 10 patterns that he believes he can take just about anywhere and only owns the stuff for them. His whole kit fits in a shoebox. If he gets somewhere that requires a special, he just buys 'em. --- On Fri, 9/11/09, jim phillips <desert-tr...@hotmail.com> wrote: From: jim phillips <desert-tr...@hotmail.com> Subject: [VFB] FW: fly tying costs To: email@example.com Date: Friday, September 11, 2009, 10:14 PM FROM MARKI May your GOD be your fishing partner. Subject: RE: Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:55:19 -0600 $350 to $400 doesn't even get you a decent vise and a good set of tools...........that was spoken like a true fly shop owner, lmao. suck 'em in easy...........sink the fangs...............and "Drink the Blood." i'd have to say that if you wanna save money.........buy your flies.............course, that's only if your gonna buy what you need for your fishin', and that's IT. But nobody does that..........most fly fishers, and ALL fly tyers, collect flies. So there goes a certain amount of $ right there. i have no way Jose' of a way to know what i have "invested" in vises, tools, materials, hooks and beads......but it's a small fortune by any stretch of the imagination. When you add in the VHS videos, DVD's, books, and all the rest of it.......not to mention the artwork, and the tackle and gear........OH, and the canoe and the kick boat............well, let's just say........."Choices." Besides, who needs a villa in San Tropea anyway. LMAO! ..........did a mention the fly collection........? ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 17:44:36 -0700 From: rdzieg...@yahoo.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org; flyfishingandflytyingforpanf...@yahoogroups.com; flyfishingwo...@yahoogroups.com; hillcountryflyfish...@yahoogroups.com "Most people say that tying flies to save money is a fallacy. What do you think? "Well, I have sort of a different take on that. I tell most people it'll cost them $350 to $400 to really get into fly tying. That's tools, materials- everything you need to tie flies for fishing. That might seem like a bunch of money, but compared to the price of a lot of rods and reels, that's not bad. And for that money, I point out that they'll be getting a whole lot of flies in return. If you're smart about it, and you fish a lot, tying your own flies is a pretty good deal.'" reply by Eddie Wyatt of the Fly Shop in Johnson City, Tennessee Rick ---------------------------------------------------------------------- With Windows Live, you can organize, edit, and share your photos. Click here. --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the "VFB Mail" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to vfb-mail-unsubscr...@googlegroups.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/vfb-mail?hl=en VFB Mail is sponsored by Line's End Inc at http://www.linesend.com -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---