So I have been on the search for a better fly tying software. I have used Eli Robillard’s Superfly Fishing Machine for years http://www.erobillard.com/SuperFly/ , and it has been great. The only problem is that as windows is getting more and more advanced, it gets harder and harder to get superfly to work (couple tweeks got it to work with XP, but it seems unreliable with windows 7). It was a great software because not only did it allow you to index your fly patterns with photos, there were areas for:
- Tying Bench (Fly Patterns & Materials Inventory)
- Critters (Bugs, Fish & Folks)
- Water (Fishin’ Holes & Fishing Logs)
- Library (Notebook, Gallery & Book Inventory)
- Charts & Tables (Leader Formulae, Fish Scale & Hook Charts)
I’ve tried several other software packages and have made MS Access Databases myself, but it never seemed to be user friendly. Another feature I really liked about Superfly is the ability to open (and share) multiple databases. I thought this was a great feature for fly-tyers to share compilations of patterns / tying info. I have mentioned on several fly-tying forumns that I’m a member to see if their were any users of this software interested in sharing, but no replies.
Then it hit me that I already have a pretty good software package for organizing fly-tying information Microsoft Onenote (which came with my Microsoft Office Suite) http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/ or alternatively a Free software package Evernote http://www.evernote.com/
There a ton of tutorials on the onenote ane evernote websites, but basically they are note taking applications with full functions of a word processor. Basically you have a Notebook “Fly Tying” with however many sections you want, and underneath each section you can have a subsection or individual pages. Currently I have sections for Entomology, Photographing Flies, Material Information, Classic Featherwings, Blogging, Fishing Log, Fly Patterns, Fly Tying Tips, etc. I’ve got my Fly Patterns section broke down into Salmon Flies, Trout Flies, Nymphs, Dry Flies and wet flies.
If you like reading fly tying blogs or forums it is a great tool to compile the tips/articles that you would like to make reference to later and the beat part whatever information if copied or sent to onenote a reference is automatically sent to the bottom of the note (great if you ever want to reference an author or revisit a bloggers page), also great to help save a few trees.
I am just starting to add fly patterns to my fly pattern pages, so no pictures to show yet, not sure if I will just have a running list or have a seperate page per fly. The search engine is great and easy to use when looking for information on a specific pattern and one benefit over traditional fly pattern index software you are not limited to one photo of the fly with the pattern, you can compile a step by step for all patterns if you wish.
Hope somebody finds this useful too. If you have any other ideas of how to use this for organizing Fly Tying info / patterns, let me know. The longest part for me at setting this up was copying all my info from my superfly software to onenote.