Join Date: Nov 2009
Nah then Youth.
Thats non too shabby for first efforts.I'm a lot older than you and still Crap at Fly Tying!.I've made every mistake there is to make and a lot more too!.
What I'd say is this, its often better to accept criticism at this stage as it's intended in the best interests.That way you know exactly what you're aiming for and trying to achieve.
There's no easy way round this at all, it takes time at the vice and loads of practise, were I you I'd pick a well known flee that does the business where you fish and shamlessly copy it!, rather than simply creating your own efforts.
Learn how to tie it and learn all about proportion-thats the most important lesson in Fly Tying, your size 2 needs to be bigger than say a size 8 of the same pattern!.
Get on You Tube, watch as many Video's as you can and learn the techniques(try Davie Mc Phail in the UK) of actually constructing a flee.
Once you get the basics, you can allow your creativity to flourish!.
As for your posted efforts, well body is good, tail could be a little tidier, top wing needs a little thought(but it's close!), just a bit too much going on below the shank and your heads a bit big and a touch far back from the eye (thats being ultra picky too!).
But! and I say this with as much honesty as I can emphasise, it's a very very good effort that will certainly catch fish( my earliest efforts would have graced Monty Pythons Dead Parrot sketch beautifully-ask your Dad about that bit!).You are to be applauded for having courage to post and you are right in asking for a little guidance now n again (not that you need that much guidance!)!.
Wish you all the best and tight lines!