Why do you Tie Flies?

If your passionate about Fly Fishing, you've inevitably been asked the question: "Why do you love Fly Fishing so much?". Tyler gave his response here in a past post, but a question I've been receiving more and more lately is: "Why would someone want to tie their own flies?" I figured it's time for me to formulate a response and, Luckily, I have this dope ass blog to do so. At the end of the day I've presented this question myself and some popular responses given by many Tyers include:

1: To Save Money
2: The Satisfaction of catching a fish on something they've created.
3: To tie patterns not readily available locally.
4: It's a creative outlet.

I wont argue with any of these responses, though I don't agree with number 1 at all (Unless you consider your time as not valuable). I feel, for many people, these reasons fuel why they enjoy vise time so much. I've definitely felt the satisfaction of catching a fish on a fly tied by yours truly, benefited from patterns not available locally and it sure as hell makes a great creative outlet but these are not the reasons I'm so passionate about bench time. Besides the creative outlet, the other feelings wear off after some serious bench time. For me, a passion for Fly Tying comes from something not even related to fishing at all.

To elaborate, you need to know a few things about me. I come from a heavy retail and service background, with several family members owning businesses like: restaurants and retail stores. It's what I know and it's what i'm good at. Serving the public is hard and it's exhausting in a way you'd only understand after many years of doing it 40+ hours a week. People's expectations of great service grows exponentially and many times become obscure, but that is a post for another day on a more appropriate venue. The point is, Fly Tying, for me, has become my escape. I spend a very large portion of my day not being in control and rolling with the punches. Fly Tying is the portion of my day where I find myself feeling total control (Unless i'm messing with deer hair, because that shit is a different story). I can't think of a better way to wind down at the end of the day then playing some great music and tying some bad ass bugs, well, besides catching a summer evening caddis hatch!

I know we all do things for different reason and if you've made it this far, I appreciate you reading about mine. I'd love for you to tell me about why you love fly tying or even why you gave it up in the comments bellow! Thanks for reading and check out our other posts. Also, remember to be nice to people. Unless your a dick, then just stay home. Nobody likes dicks.

-Brandon

Brandon Mena