Generally, in the absence of a vise and tying material in my presence, I fall asleep while watching a fly tying video. This time I did not. Rick Kustich simplifies and details tying six flies - white bunny spey, gurgler (dry fly), bunny leach, marabou spey, egg suckling tube and purple october in 58 minutes. Watching this was followed by a visit to my local fly store and acquiring the HMH
fly tying tool kit, tubes, hooks, and enough tying material for less than sixty bucks. While tying, I realized that Kustich has presented flies that are easy to tie and each fly does not require more than 4-5 material, including wire and tinsel. This kept costs low and helped a first time tube fly tier to taste success with absolutely no frustration. He focused on techniques that helped me to tie my own version of bunny spey (the first tube fly I tied), gurgler and the marabou spey, even though I felt that the last had very little room for improvement.
The DVD does not include specific detailed discussion on different types of tubes - metal vs. plastic (even though tying with both material was demosntrated), fishing conditions for using those flies, history of tube flies, etc. However the current issue of Fly Fisherman magazine has an excellent article on this by John Nagy. I would have also liked to see how those flies fished in the water (like Dana's speypages videos).
Kustich's idea is 'cut to the chase' tying for the beginner tube fly tier and he has been very successful in doing this. Now that I have the technique in my comfort zone, tomorrow night will be spent on tying some of favorite spey patterns like the steelhead coachman. And if all's quiet on the domestic front, my flies will be tested on steelhead waters this weekend.