It’s a fact; flies are one of the most important factors when it comes to hooking fish. Nowadays flies come in all imaginable shapes, sizes, color and more importantly, prices. But despite the great abundance of patterns out in the market, there will never be anything like your own tied flies. Why? for two simple reasons:
-Probably no fly manufacturer will understand your local streams and lakes like you do. Yes, there are some patterns that could work in most waters, like any hopper or a woolly bugger, but a custom made fly can highly improve your success ratio.
-Fly Tying is an extension of the sport, a delicate work of precision, on which we can express our creativity. It also allows us to completely solve ourselves the challenges that a certain stream has to offer.
I do use commercial flies at times but, by far, my favorite patterns are the ones I tie.