Tied my first fly tonight

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by underachiever, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Something I plan to use off the jetty. It took forever and I already know a bunch of things I probably should do differently. It's ugly as hell and my vise sucks but I'll try again tomorrow. ugly fly.JPG
     
  2. Brian Thomas

    Brian Thomas Active Member

    Congrats .
    I would`nt fish it . Not because it won`t hook fish - it will . But rather because you only tie your first fly once , and the first is always the one worth keeping .
    I wish I had .
    Keep up the good work !!
     
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  3. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    You are doomed and it all starts with the words "I just tied my first fly" :D

    I too agree with Brian, save that fly. In 5 or 10 years you can look back at it and see how far you've come.

    Now that you have the sickness, keep tying, keep practicing technique, keep improving. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Congrats on your decision to start tying.
     
  4. Mark Mercer

    Mark Mercer Member

    Congrats, good advise from Brian and Big E, save that guy, in no time at all you'll have boxes and drawers full of flies but only one first one, wish I would have kept mine, so long ago....
     
  5. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

    Yep, keep that fly. I'd tie a dozen more like it to fish.
     
  6. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

    Congratulations. May your flies be fruitful and multiply.

    There is nothing wrong with your vise. All it has to do is hold the hook. I wore out the cross pin that holds the handle on my old Thompson A, by over tightening on 2/0 and larger steelhead irons. I replaced it with a piece of a 16 penny nail and probably got 10 more years out of it.

    "It took forever and I already know a bunch of things I probably should do differently." This is the key to better fly tying. You are already on the right track.

    TC
     
  7. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    Hey! You stole my line!!!

    :)

    Unfortunately, it is true. I've never heard of anyone who stopped tying flies unless they physically could no longer do so. You'll start buying more and more materials and trying more and more patterns....

    it's like an addiction.

    "Hello... my name is _______, I'm a Tieaholic."

    Groupg: "Hello _____."
     
  8. Gary Knowels

    Gary Knowels Active Member

    Congrats! You will soon have drawers overflowing with materials (some that you only use once in a year) and you'll make more trips to the fly shop than maybe you should.

    Like others have said, do save the first one, I mounted mine on the wall above my tying desk so that I can look at it anytime I tie an especially ugly fly and remind myself that it's still better than the first one :oops:
     
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  9. dfl

    dfl Active Member

    Hope you have a good income with lots of discretionary cash, no kids to educate, a wife that doesn't mind bring left alone evenings and weekends, and your house paid off, cause you got it BAD. A nasty coke habit would be cheaper. Welcome to the "sick puppy" club.
     
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  10. The hook kept moving around in the vise, maybe I didn't have it placed in the proper position so I'll see if I can make it work better.

    Thanks for the encouraging words everyone, I'll be sure to save this one, the hook shank got all chewed up as I struggled with the vise so it may have not held up well in the salt anyhow.
     
  11. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    And remember these words when questioned by your significant other when all sorts of packages of capes and saddles and what not start arriving...

    "But it was only $10"

    :p
     
  12. psycho

    psycho Active Member

    Hey my first one looked worse that that and it caught bass, but that was like 65 years ago so maybe my memory is just bad.:D
     
  13. funfisher

    funfisher Fish On!

    Just a little advice... if your hook shank got chewed up, you may not have mounted it in the right spot. You want to grip the hook at the bend. BTW - nice fly!
     
  14. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

    If memory serves I think you can adjust the cam handle on your vise for a tighter grip. Maybe your cam is maxed out before getting a firm enough grip on the hook. Loosen the rear knurled barrel and rotate the handle and its shaft. That should bring the cam closer or further from the knurled barrel thus adjusting the grip. This description may not be quite right due to elapsed time but I'm pretty sure there is some adjustment available.

    Just take the whole thing apart so you can see how it works, clean it with 0000 steel wool, lubricate it and put it back together. Its always a good idea to understand your tools.

    TC
     
  15. FT

    FT Active Member

    Welcome to the club of fly tyers. You have obviously gotten bit and in a few years you, like the rest of us who have been bit, will have a few thousand dollars in materials, hooks, vise, and assorted other tools.
     
  16. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    no turning back now
     
  17. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

    Looks like a Thompson A vise. Seems to me you have to tightern it by spinning the hold down to get to the correct size. I started with one and still have it in the original box. Read the directions with it. It may be a simple adjustment to hold your fly tight.
     
  18. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    Well done & as stated . . . welcome to the addiction! And save that one; my Sainted Mother saw my first creation lying on the kitchen table, swatted it & flushed it down the toilet. I don't think she did that because it looked "buggy;" I think the ugly factor came into play.
     
  19. So after fishing a couple of these flies (no love on my flies or otherwise) I think I probably used too much flashabou and a just a little too much material in general.
     
  20. The good news was they generally looked like a fish might bite it and they were durable. I also picked up an Anvil Atlas for $60. I was able to make the other vise hold the hook well but I had commandeered a shelf as my c-clamp station for this little experiment and my wife wanted it back.