Randy Smith suggests preparing your own pattern book.
Keep track of your own material lists. As a pro tier,
delivering consistent flies to the shop owner will make
your life much easier. Speciality flies are not
uncommon amongst fly shops. They all have their special
patterns, colors, or hook styles. Keeping track of
these patterns in your head will lead to many challenges.
If you develop a pattern that works very well with a certain
color or material that makes it unique to you, make notes
so you will not forget how to put the pattern together.
Add notes concerning any brainstorms about tying the fly,
preparing the materials, thread choice, and durability. ~ Marty Bartholomew
This Tying Tip is an excerpt from Tying Flies
Like A Pro by Marty Bartholomew, published by
Frank Amato Publications. Just out, the book has many
step-by-step tutorials on all types of flies. It also
has good sections on material preparation and 'tricks' of
the trade. Many professional tiers contributed their
'name' flies. Softbound, full color, (lots of photos)
the book is 184 pages, and priced at $29.95 US. ~ DLB
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board here at FAOL too.
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