Hi guys. I’m not a professional tyer of flies. They look fine after a bit of practice, but there’s room for improvement. As I tie, I keep wondering if people tie from the same view. I have watched very skilled tiers and how they place the fly, but not knowing really what angle they look at it.
When I tie, I guess I look at the fly from a 45 deg. angle. That way I can see a little of the top and side view. I have a friend who likes to look straight down on the fly looking at the top. He says he can tie wings better that way, and I can understand his thinking.
What about you? From what angle do you prefer to see your fly when tying?
What a great question! Been tying for 30 years and never really gave it too much thought. I look downward at about 45 degrees, and from slightly to the right (ahead) of the fly. But I also rotate the fly in the vise a bit, and move my head around. I’ll bet there’s an optimum aspect, and I doubt mine is it.
Wheezeburnt, you do like I do. Same 45 deg. slightly from the front. I also have a rotary vise, but I never use it to it’s fullest potential. In other words, I forget at times it’s rotary because it’s the last thing on my mind when tying. I guess I focus too much on the fly itself.
I never thought of looking at the fly from the bottom Creek. That’s a good idea. I’m not a great tyer, but my flies sit up like they should. Never thought about how a fish see’s it. That would seem important.
I saw a guy once at a show who tied his flies from the bottom. There were a few exceptions like when he would tie in the tail and wings, then he would flip it over and look straight down on the fly. I did ask him why he tied like that, and his reasoning was quite good. He said that when he wraps the thread around the fly, he had a nasty habit of catching the thread on the hook point, therefore cutting his thread. So he would place the hook point up to force him to be more cautious. I thought it strange at first, but it works for him so, so be it.
I think I’ll start playing around on my vise this winter, as in looking at the fly from different angles and see what I like best.