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How Many Flies do You Have?  

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I couldn't imagine having 20,000 flies and trying to decide what to take on the water!

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I'm at somewhere between 300 to 400, I recently finished culling bad flies (rusted hooks,no tails, messed up hackle) I was able to repair many but I thru out maybe 50 flies. In the winter I work on tying my basic patterns about 15 patterns that are tryed and true for me. These are mainly year round or most of the year flys. I tye as needed for the hatches I fish or special occurrences (like white Woolly Buggers for some of the tailrace shad kills)

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I tie as I need them. I have a bunch of store bought flies that I picked up over the summer when my local Walmart remodeled and decided to get out of the fly biz. I bought every fly they had at a price I coundn't refuse! Most are small dry flies, that may see some use to tease the local panfish population.The rest I am hanging onto til I can get further north and try to catch some trout. I was surprised and happy when they put out the Hoppers on the sale shelf! They are killer! I have a 100 of just those.

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I am pretty new to tying so have somewhere between 75-100 flies that I could hit the water with tomorrow. If there were any water because currently its all ice. Starting to get a lot better in my skills and have picked out about 25 patterns that I am going to really focus on. Wanting to tye up 6-12 of each pattern and some in various colors so my numbers will grow. After that my wife can only hope I ran out of materials and I will be fishing until I run out.

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