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Thread: Step by step fly-tying instructions

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    Default Step by step fly-tying instructions

    Just to satisfy my own curiosity do you think that there is still a "market" for sbs on forums,internet,etc or are you competent enough to just tie from a recipe/dressing or you couldn't be bothered if it's there or not?

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    When I am tying new saltwater flies I like to have a SBS. Trout flies most of the time I am not bothered.
    An honest fisherman is a pretty uninteresting person.

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    Generally speaking a Recipe is all I need for most flies. But! and it is a big but. I do enjoy seeing a good well constructed S B S and I'm sure Beginners will appreciate a S B S. They were not about when I started fly tying and some of my early attempts were a wonder to behold but bore no resemblance to the fly they were intended to imitate. The advent of the internet has sure changed a lot of things and fly tying was one of them. Have Fun.
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    Ya I agree. When I started they were an absolute ***send. Especially the videos.
    An honest fisherman is a pretty uninteresting person.

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and not only is he hungry but broke for the rest of his life as well.

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    I love them...use an SBS to iron out any little problems as you build the fly and at the same time learn new techniques and tricks. FT used to have a healthly supply at one stage, then they dried out..
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    I find them useful for new patterns that have techniques I haven't used, lately if I see a fly in the fly shop I like, I'll buy one, de construct it if needed, and then tie them up from there.

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    I love to follow the photos. read the steps.
    I might not follow it when I tie the fly, but I really enjoy it.
    although it is a bit of a b!tch to write up and photograph.
    The X factor dry fly SBS, I did, I dont think would be possible to tie without a SBS.
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    S B S's has its place in the FF fraternity for sure, granted that with a picture or example or recipe a accomplished fly construction engineer() can reconstruct a fly for a beginner it teaches the fly tying thinking and logic. Not necessarily always technique but the logic.
    PK

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    SBS for me is sometimes more about a technique used in the pattern than the actual A, B, C of it. Very useful from that perspective for me.
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    I think sbs tutorials are invaluable in learning how to construct certain flies or just learn a certain technique whether you're new to tying or not. Yes, by just following a well typed out recipe the tier eventually don't make use of a sbs anymore but from personal experience (to this day) if I hadn't had the luxury of online, book,etc tutorials I wouldn't have been able to experiment or practice that very same fly or technique making the possibility to eventually design something of your own very difficult.
    Last edited by Gerrit Viljoen; 20-03-14 at 07:55 AM.
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