At first, I was trying to follow online videos and duplicate what I saw using some basic patterns as a guide. This was fairly monotonous as I found that I just couldn't make a realistic copy of the video pattern. I decided to first practice just making knots, thankfully still juiced from the caffeine, I became fairly consistent and had it not been for the coffee, I might have had as much fun watching grass grow. Tying really is an art form and right now, I am in the color by numbers stage. My feeble attempts give me a new found appreciation for those flies I use and those I view that are tied by others. The other issue is photography...if anyone has a suggestion as to how I can take good close up pictures, I am all ears.