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Anyone have any experience buying flies online? Any decent sites with quality prices/flies? I'm just looking at my options for buying a bunch of flies. I would rather buy local but selection is sometimes not as good.
 

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I don't think selection will be much of an issue as there are a multitude of local suppliers and shops that hold big inventories and many sell on line as well.

A couple of years back I bought some flies from England I believe on Ebay. Did a search for shrimp flies or something like that and searched the seller's other selections and there were some nice looking flies that were packaged in such a reasonable way that I had to try. Shipping was easy and I was pleased. Trout flies (that I didn't buy) were very cheap as well.
 

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Anyone have any experience buying flies online? Any decent sites with quality prices/flies? I'm just looking at my options for buying a bunch of flies. I would rather buy local but selection is sometimes not as good.
You could contact Ella (member of this site) www.ellasflies.webs.com - I heard positive feedback all the time so far.
 

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If you want a true quality fly tied in NB try Fireflies - 447-2330. The flies are tied by a retired fireman (Terry) and he does a terrific job. I'm no slouch when it comes to tying, but still go to Terry for some of the difficult patterns. He ties mostly salmon flies, but also has some bass flies you have to hide from the fish to tie on. He's one of the few commercial tiers who takes the time with his bugs, green machines and bombers to overtie the hackle so it does break on the first fish. If you get to know him he'll also share a few of his secret modifications and do they work! At Salmon Brook on the Cains one of his mofified Copper Killers took 4 fish while everyone else (7 experienced fishers)got skunked, even after they switched to the regular version of the fly. He also used top quality hooks and his prices are great.
 

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theres flyshack.com that i ordered from that has nice flies ans anglersdream.net to that i ordered from and didnt have any trouble yet with my flies
 

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Huh?Maybe her website pics don't do them justice?

The problem with cheap flies is that they are.....CHEAP!$0.79 flies are tied in 3rd world sweatshops by child slaves that don't know a trout from a shark.They are made with inferior materials and not very durable imho.
It could be but I can't judge since I don't know her and I never bought anything from her but from what I heard it was worth it. I usually get my flies from local ppl in the greater moncton.
 

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gdog & Paul - Thanks for the support! I really do appreciate it.
And Green Machine - What's wrong with my pics?
I know I couldn't really get the lighting right but they're the best I could take.

The only reason my prices are cheap is not because of inferior tying or materials (all of my hooks are Mustad, which is a great brand!), it's simply because I enjoy doing it and am only looking to break even and recoup all the money I've spent on supplies. I'm not looking to make a profit off tying.

If anyone is curious about the quality and wants to see for themselves, then contact me for my address. Send me a SASE and I'll mail you out a fly for free (thanks for the suggestion hubby) and for anyone that's already bought from me, you're more than welcome to a free fly too!
 

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gdog & Paul - Thanks for the support! I really do appreciate it.
And Green Machine - What's wrong with my pics?
I know I couldn't really get the lighting right but they're the best I could take.

The only reason my prices are cheap is not because of inferior tying or materials (all of my hooks are Mustad, which is a great brand!), it's simply because I enjoy doing it and am only looking to break even and recoup all the money I've spent on supplies. I'm not looking to make a profit off tying.

If anyone is curious about the quality and wants to see for themselves, then contact me for my address. Send me a SASE and I'll mail you out a fly for free (thanks for the suggestion hubby) and for anyone that's already bought from me, you're more than welcome to a free fly too!
Who mentioned anything about 0.79 $/fly? Ella, if you do ever want to give your flies away for 79 cents a piece, please let me know and I will buy all you can make... ;o)
 

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I have to comment not cause a stir .. I have been enjoying this site .. and lots of great things to learn on here .. but something today really bothered me! This whole topic about fly tying and buying on the internet caused a member to send a personal message to ella which I find is quite rude .. saying she has taken work from ppl. and under cutting prices when there are ppl. out there making a living off tying flies from N.B. and that how would she feel if someone showed up at her real job ?? saying they would do it for nothing. Well let me tell ya all that read this Ella is a person that loves the outdoors and takin pictures .. she has been on numerous trips with me and just can't grasp the concept of someoneone killing a fish. I do keep the odd trout .. to comsume the day of catch but once she realized that not all fish has to be killed .. and they can be released she seammed more interested. one day on the renous we were there and I hooked a salmon it was 37" and after 10 min I had it in .. and released .. she asked why I put it back I said it's law .. but other then the law I want to see that fish produce more. she asked will that fish live I said most do as long as you do things right .. just get them in and let them go. that is how this lady got involed in tying flies. She been on the river .. she takes pictures she understands. with that being said .. saying she is taking from someone trying to make a living .. let me tell you this she buys 90% of her material from local fly shops such as curtis's in blackville .. doaks .. escape anglers.. Georges in the renous .. and every little shop she can find !! the other 10 % is givin to her, and to let you know from what I hear from the fly shops.. they pay ppl. to tie flies for them so if you go to a fly shop you get a fly .. great .. if you choose to shop online great .. it's up to the person and the interaction of those 2 ppl. Sorry for the rant .. I just wish that Drops who ever you are realizes that it's not about the $$ it's about ppl. that had no idea .. and are just learning what a wonderful thing not only new brunswick has but canada and beyond. may all your adventures be an experience not a burden Zamboni-Guy
 

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Very well said zamboni-guy! I would like to add that some commercial fly tyers are tying for stores and well known tackle shops. These businesses turn around and sell them for more $. These same fly tyers often sell directly to the angler for less than what they would have to pay in the tackle shop. If the angler has the chance to buy the exact same fly for 2.00$ instead of 4.50$, why wouldn't he take this to his advantage? And if the fly tyer is willing to sell for approx. 2.00$ to the angler, would this mean that this is approx. the same price they are letting them go to the tackle shops or convenience stores? I've bought plenty of flies for 3.50$ to 5.00$ from these stores and can tell you honestly that the last couple times I bought them the flies looked bad... I am to the point that I would rather jump the middle man to save $, to get the same quality everytime, to get good personal service, get the flies and the details in the fly that I want on demand. This sport is getting more and more expensive as time passes by. Some of us have to pace ourselves just because the gas we put in our vehicles to get to the pools is so expensive (even have a topic on this site to get a car pool going... excellent idea) and it costs too much to go. Same goes with the equipment. I buy locally when I can, but for instance, if locally, I find a pair of 400$ chestwaders but can get them for 130 $ elsewhere, I am going to have a 130$ pair of chestwaders... not a pair of 400 $ chestwaders! I just don't have enough of the green stuff to pay double or more for everything I own just for the fun of it while receiving the same or less quality at that.
 

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I have to comment not cause a stir .. I have been enjoying this site .. and lots of great things to learn on here .. but something today really bothered me! This whole topic about fly tying and buying on the internet caused a member to send a personal message to ella which I find is quite rude .. saying she has taken work from ppl. and under cutting prices when there are ppl. out there making a living off tying flies from N.B. and that how would she feel if someone showed up at her real job ?? saying they would do it for nothing. Well let me tell ya all that read this Ella is a person that loves the outdoors and takin pictures .. she has been on numerous trips with me and just can't grasp the concept of someoneone killing a fish. I do keep the odd trout .. to comsume the day of catch but once she realized that not all fish has to be killed .. and they can be released she seammed more interested. one day on the renous we were there and I hooked a salmon it was 37" and after 10 min I had it in .. and released .. she asked why I put it back I said it's law .. but other then the law I want to see that fish produce more. she asked will that fish live I said most do as long as you do things right .. just get them in and let them go. that is how this lady got involed in tying flies. She been on the river .. she takes pictures she understands. with that being said .. saying she is taking from someone trying to make a living .. let me tell you this she buys 90% of her material from local fly shops such as curtis's in blackville .. doaks .. escape anglers.. Georges in the renous .. and every little shop she can find !! the other 10 % is givin to her, and to let you know from what I hear from the fly shops.. they pay ppl. to tie flies for them so if you go to a fly shop you get a fly .. great .. if you choose to shop online great .. it's up to the person and the interaction of those 2 ppl. Sorry for the rant .. I just wish that Drops who ever you are realizes that it's not about the $$ it's about ppl. that had no idea .. and are just learning what a wonderful thing not only new brunswick has but canada and beyond. may all your adventures be an experience not a burden Zamboni-Guy
I didn't intend of offend anyone. When I started tying flies, I was giving them away left and right; to anyone who wanted them. I just enjoyed tying. The owner of the shop where I purchased most of my materials and I were talking one day, and he mentioned that there were a lot of tiers out there that were on fixed incomes, and tied either for shops or direct for customers, and the little profit they made kept them afloat. He asked that I keep that in mind when I was giving flies away.

I think if Ella has put in the time to learn to tie flies, she deserves to make a little profit off them, that's all. I don't think anyone who's purchased her flies would say that she should only break even on the cost of materials. She's never mentioned what she charges for flies, but said she was just trying to break even - cost of materials would be about 75 cents a fly?

Anyway, I didn't send her a message to offend her, or suggest that she shouldn't be selling flies. I just wanted to pass along a point of view that I hadn't considered at one time. I'm glad she's found a hobby that she enjoys.

All the best.
 

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.... how would she feel if someone showed up at her real job ?? saying they would do it for nothing.
Just curious Zamboni-guy.....assuming that is your job(?),and assuming you work for the City of Moncton(?)and assuming that's a pretty decent paying union job(?)....wanna bet that I could find 100 scabs in Moncton tommorrow willing to drive a tractor around in circles for 1/2 your wages?

Wutever?I don't have a dog in this fight and could care less where or from whom people buy their flies.I'll continue to tie some of my own and buy the rest from reputable,experienced tiers(that've been at it more than 1 year and actually fish themselves)that tie perfectly proportioned,top quality,neat and durable proven fish catchers for half price compared to Doak's etc.In the meantime,keep at it girl....you're doing a decent job on many patterns,especially when considering the experience level.Maybe George's,Bryant or Doaks will sell you some decent bug hackle?(constructive criticism)

BTW and FYI,hotlinking to websites of non-paying advertisers violates the TOS agreement here.......just sayin?
 

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BTW and FYI,hotlinking to websites of non-paying advertisers violates the TOS agreement here.......just sayin?

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Sorry everyone for posting these links... is there any way to delete that posting? Didn't realize that I was doing anything wrong...
 

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OK this is taking a very unpleasant turn and I'm really not comfortable being in the middle of any type of controversy.

First off, don't assume anything about anyone, especially based on someone's name on here. Chances are it means very little and why be insulting to someone (drive a tractor around in a circle?). That just shows real ignorance and letting the world know you don't have any idea what that job really entails.

Second, you might be shocked to learn where your professionally tied, tackle shop bought flies really come from. I can guarantee I'm not the only rookie tyer, non-fisher selling flies. I've even had the opportunity to sell to some of these fly shops so who knows, you might be buying my flies without even knowing it.

Third, most of my bug pictures were from some of my first tries at tying them and I put them there because they were the best shots I had and the website was really only ever intended for family and friends. And from what I'm learning, there's really no wrong way to do a fly. They all have about 100 different variations from the orignial and sometimes, those variations are what makes them successful.

Fourth and final, I don't know anything about any TOS agreement and I don't even know what that stands for. I've never heard of not being allowed to post links on a website. There's all kinds of unsolicited advertising on the internet and the internet really doesn't have many rules to begin with?

When Dave relaunched this site, he asked people not to be rude and nasty to eachother. Can everyone please just get back to that and stop making personal attacks on people they don't even know, just because they've assumed something about their situations? Yes, I'm a rookie tyer and I'm learning, learning from professional tyers, and everyone had to start somewhere. If people are happy with the work I am producing and the prices I charge, then who is anyone to stand there and berate me or them for it?

Nobody is perfect, everyone started out knowing nothing, and no one knows everything. Those that think they do are the only ones that believe it.

"It is better to reamin silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt"
 

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Perhaps the hotlinks comment wasn't addressed to me? Well if Dave has an issue with people posting links, he's more than welcome to jump in and say so and have it removed.
However, I don't see why it would be a problem when it's people that are voluntarily coming together to ask questions and learn from eachother (sometimes that lesson is how NOT to act) and posting links comes with that. I think it should be left up to Dave to determine what the rules are and to let him tell people what they can and cannot do. It's his site.
 

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well said Ella I'm done with this conversation .. I'm just gonna go jump on my tractor and drive around in circles on the perfectly frozen 80000 gsl. of water and wait for the next little smile and wave from a child standing there in awe
 

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Well 1st of all,TOS is the Terms of Service Agreement that everybody "signs" when they join most forums,although most probly just clik "I agree" without actually reading it?personally,I could care less who links what to where....jest sayin' that "officially" it's not allowed?

2ndly,without sounding overly critical,you might consider upgrading your website photos to reflect the progress and quality of the new and improved flies that all your fans here rave about....you just might sell more bugs?
 
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