I began fly fishing about a month and a half ago, and with colder weather that I am not a fan of upon us here in Nebraska, I took the next step and began wanting to tie my own flies. This is natural I'm told, not only because flies are not cheap for the most part, but it also gives you a greater sense of accomplishment when you hook a fish on a fly that you tied. I've also found out that fly tying isn't exactly cheap either, I did the math and figured that to buy the materials to tie one single pattern, it would cost me almost 25 dollars at Bass Pro Shop (I'm blessed, I have a BPS 20 minutes from my house and a Cabelas about 10 minutes from home) but of course I'd be able to tie almost 20 flies out of that material.
After a "learning" session with a good friend, we were off to Cabelas for supplies, his spare vice sitting in my car for my use until I get my own. I got supplies to tie some of the simpler patterns on Ward Bean's site http://www.warmwaterflytyer.com/welcome.asp that I found because of this wonderful site when Steve Crowder originally posted it.
The big issue I've come across right at this time is crowding the eye of the hook, I can still get a good duncan knot going if I want, but a palmor knot is out of the question on some of em. That's what practice is for, and I've got all winter long to do it. Between hate of being bored, a drive for perfection, and an addictive personality, I hope to have a nice set of good gill getters to deliver to a certain Nebraska agriculturist by ice off.
here are some of the flies I've been playing with, I'm a big fan of "smaller" presentations, so I put these on size 8 and 10 hooks.
Critiques always welcome.