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Craft Shops are Dangerous

Blog by: David Coulson , Colorado 11/20/2017
Rather than fishing this weekend, I spent my time working on finishing going through my fly tying collection.  Iím happy to report, I made it.  All thatís left in the ďfishingĒ room is a collection of fly reels, lines, and rods that I need to match up and decide what to retain and what to release. Not to worry as I figure Iíll have over a dozen outfits by the time Iím done, ranging from 3 to 12 weight, and multiples of the 5, 7, and 9 weight rods.  

As I result Iíve some eight liquor boxes of fly tying stuff, including some tools, to ďexchangeĒ at tonightís Barbs and Brew fly tying and materials exchange at the Horse and Dragon. If youíre not busy, be sure to drop by for a beer and visit.  You never know, I may have some treasure you canít live without.  

During our errand run on Saturday, Sue asked that we stop at Hobby Lobby so she could get a few items to do projects with the granddaughters.  Now she may have had ulterior motives, but itís well known Iím a sucker for doing most anything if itís somehow related to the grands.

Actually going through Hobby Lobby is generally an enjoyable experience for me, and I suspect, for most fly tiers.  They, like most hobby and craft shops have a number of items that have uses in fly tying.  This time it was a bit painful to look at all the items with an eye to what I might create with them, knowing the last thing I want to do right now is to expand my material collection that Iíve worked so hard to thin down.  And even at that, Iím not sure Iíll find room for everything in the RV and thatís with storing two large tubs of stuff at Jen and Codyís place.

This round I avoided the yarns section where I always seem to run across colors that would make great dubbing, or fuzzy yarns that are great for leach patterns.  I did make a pass through the bead section and forced myself to take a hands-off approach to the many beads, wire, and other goodies.  The one item I almost bought was the glitter covered sheets of closed cell foam. I envisioned some great looking crease flies.  Of course, the myriad of glues and paints keeps me wondering what I might do.  As an air brush is still on my want list to build bass bugs.  

As painful as it was, I managed to escape with my wallet intact, promising myself Iíll return once weíve moved into the RV and I get back to some serious tying.  Thatís the plan anyway, whether or not it pans out.

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Blog Comments
Lloyd Tackitt, TX   11/21/2017 6:35:24 AM
That was a close call Dave! I'm glad you got out unscathed. As the saying goes, why pay $7 for something you can make yourself with only $95 of craft supplies? Heh
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   11/21/2017 2:26:07 PM
You've got that right Lloyd. Any time an angler tells me they're interested in tying flies, I ask them why? I accept all answers expect one as good. The bad? I'm tired of paying for flies and want to save money by tying my own. To quote my daughter, "BEEP, wrong answer, but thanks for playing." I'd have a lot more flies and money if I'd simply bought what I need, rather than tying my own. But that's OK, I truly love tying, for the sake of tying.
Lloyd Tackitt, TX   11/22/2017 8:22:58 AM
Reasons that make sense to me: 1. For the satisfaction of catching a fish on a fly I tied myself. 2. Cause I live way out in the sticks and the nearest fly store is 60 miles away and has a suck collection anyway. 3. Cause I want to make a fly that no one sells. 4. Because I am NUTS that's why!
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   11/22/2017 10:31:45 AM
All good reasons, especially number 4, which I believe is number 1 in my case.