Origami is nothing like fly tying. Granted you have some tools in common: waste basket, scissors, x-acto knife, swearing, and you are usually sitting down in a well-lit area sometimes with a drink. It also uses your small motor skills and results in something that is pleasing.
However, you would never cast an origami creation. So maybe they’re like full dress Salmon flies? You only use them for decoration.
Origami has one neat thing and it’s about the instructions: they are either easy to follow, in Japanese or you have to learn what all the little arrows and diagrams mean when you sit down with a piece of paper in front of you.
However, this little jewel is quite easy to fold as you only have to make one piece and then assemble them and there is a great book if you’re interested in what do with all those pretty calendars that your friends give you as a holiday or birthday gift. You fold them up into wreathes instead of cutting them into little squares that you mix epoxy on.
So the next time you have an old calendar and are about to chuck it into the trash, you should buy this book: http://www.amazon.com/Trash-Origami-Materials-Full-Color-Instructional/dp/0804841357, cut the calendar up into squares and fold up a wreath.
I’d publish the instructions but I’d violate copyright laws but it’s easier than it looks and you can impress your significant other with your new found skills in paper folding. And yes, you still get to use sharp objects and face dangerous situation, like getting a paper cut or slicing your thumb with an x-acto knife.
Couple of quick notes: use glue on the pieces if you want to them to stay together permanently. The wreaths can come apart as paper is affected by weather changes. Make sharp creases by using your fingernail or if you’re thinking, wow, I’d like to do a lot of these (which you might do after a couple of beers) and get a bone folder as it helps in folding.
So there you go something to do when you’re not fishing, tying flies, or thinking about all of the above, also, you can do this while you’re watching TV.
Try this at home! Then try a crane. Then go back to tying.