I have tied fishable realistic flies and display flies for years and if a person provides the proper customer service etc they can do well. Certainly no one will get rich tying Royal Coachman ( my favourite fly to this day ) but specializing in different areas can bring some rewards. I offset my patterns with providing materials, instructional CDs and writing articles for different magazines. As a whole picture it is one that can bring fantastic rewards although not all are in a monetary form. There were several lean years I must admit. But the ability to plan my future and limit the bosses I have to head to only one ( the wife ) may let me live longer. But I do it for the love of the game. Without that ... it would nor could ever work out.
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