Hi folks, I've never tied flies before, but think maybe its a good hobby to get flies stocked up for summer Kenai sockeyes & interior pike. Can you guys recommend flies/patterns that would be easy for someone to tie (me) who has never done it? I'm thinking that a fly tying kit from Cabela's would be good to get, but want to keep it basic and not spend a fortune on a "deluxe" kit if that's not what I need. I have no idea what size hooks, etc. for reds & pike (we usually do a fly in trip to Alexander lake for pike in july, VERY weedy so weedless bunny leeches (I don't think that's the correct terminology) or whatever you guys recommend would be helpful.) I may get bit by the flyfishing bug if I get into this, but really want to catch fish on a flyrod I got last year and haven't even rigged it yet.
I've heard it said that tying flies for kenai reds is a waste of time, just by them at 3 for a buck cause reds don't care what you got, just get something in front of them. My friend who lives on the kenai just uses red kamagatsu hooks and a very small amount of orange yarn and we've caught loads of fish on those, just looking for others' opinions!