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Poll: How many flies do you carry?

How many flies do you carry?

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#16 B.C.TroutHunter


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Posted 14 October 2004 - 10:41 AM

I almost never fish yet my total number of flies keep on rising and droping from 100 to 300 hover there a while, and then back to 100 as my hooks get low and I destroy my worst flies for hooks. laugh.gif

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 11:22 AM

I have been doin that lately, I think its a good idea to recycle your hooks.. if there in good enough condition. With the price of hooks it only helps.. just give em a lil sharpening before you throw them back in water.. cheers.gif
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Posted 15 October 2004 - 06:13 AM

You know that's a good idea. I think I've got flies that have been in that box for years and never been used. But I'm still carrying them around. huh.gif

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Posted 15 October 2004 - 08:16 PM

For trout fishers, if you match the hatch you only need a fiew. Get yourself a spot light and an insect net to collect insects. What hatches the night before will probably be out the next day too. I carry one box with what ever is hatching and some attracter patterns in for good measure. Maybe 25 flies, not necessarily different flies. I could have three different sizes of the same fly.
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Posted 18 October 2004 - 12:18 PM

For my personal fishing, I carry on me about 200 flies in 2 boxes, in a chestpack. Probably about 30 different patterns. That's for the waters I know best. For places I'm not dialed in on, I have probably 600 or so. Stillwaters, maybe 75-100. In all cases, that's more than I'll use, but I tend to give away a lot of flies.

When I'm working though, I'll have something like 50,000 flies with me in over 1300 patterns. Then a duffel bag for materials. You wouldn't think that feathers & foam would weigh so much, but the flies alone weigh nearly 40 lbs!

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Posted 23 October 2004 - 10:16 PM

i pretty much only steelhead fish and i carry around about 200-300 flies because thats how many fit in this side pouch i got and it looks really neat. i tend to give out a lot of flies to people on what they are hitting so i often carry around a bunch of my favorites, but mostly egg patterns, a plethora of sucker spawns, wooly buggers, and a large nymph section.
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Posted 06 November 2004 - 08:22 PM

would be interesting to post the same poll to a group of flyfishers that don't tie their own flies and then compare it to our answers.

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Posted 06 November 2004 - 10:23 PM

i have to go with wickedcarpenter on this one between nymphs, drys, streamers, midges, etc i am up in the 1000 range. boy that vest gets heavy on those long hikes. bugeyes.gif

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Posted 08 November 2004 - 10:37 AM

More than 200...only 1 of which (at most) ever seems to work. biggrin.gif
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Posted 08 November 2004 - 11:34 AM

I carry about fifty to sixty flies, usually four of each pattern, so about 12 to 15 patterns. It depends on what trip I'm going on and which rod I'm bringing, you know, no point in carrying heavy streamers with a five weight.

I only keep two big fly boxes so I don't get overwhelmed. If you break it down, one's to imitate bugs and the other imitates fish.

No point in frustrating yourself with a million boxes!

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Posted 08 November 2004 - 03:20 PM

I voted 51-75, but that is a rough guess. After this winter is over it will probably be like 100-200 just so I am happy. biggrin.gif Of course, I don't think having that many helps, but I DO lose many, many flies to the foliage where I fish.

My normal routine is to carry a few known producers in two or three sizes, two to four of each size. After these I will just toss in a few extra patterns in case I need to mix up my repetoire to keep the fish biting. I fish 90% of my time with dries on small streams that see little fishing pressure. A selection of Royal Coachmen, Adams', Cahill's and Irresistables will keep me occupied for quite some time. I normally have some Buggers and Hoppers along, but I reserve those for difficult and/or special circumstances. Oh, and Caddis'.

(Note: I learned quickly that just because it is a dry fly pattern doesn't mean it won't work when fished wet. This tactic helps me keep the selection and fuss to a minimum of head-scratching. Coachmen and Trudes work well for brookies this way.)

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 06:30 PM

I can see the river I fish all year from here.If I go some where Ill tke all my flies.Who Knows how many that is.Generaly If I do fish the river I will not need to many flies.I hurt my neck and shoulder years ago so I keep my vest light.
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Posted 12 November 2004 - 03:54 PM

I guess I must be over the top, then. My nymph box (C&F Waterproof) currently has more than 350 flies in it! Then there is the dry fly box. And the midge box. And several streamer boxes depending on species. Then there is the boat bag where I have LOTS of stuff.

If I go smallie fishing and take one streamer box and one nymph box, I'll be carrying more than 400 flies in my vest. I typically carry a dozen of a pattern that I use frequently and I might have a couple sizes (Foxee Clouser is a good example, I carry 10's, 8's, 6's and some 4's) so I am likely carrying 10 or 15 patterns, in two or three sizes, in multiple copies. They don't weigh much and I've found that its not unusual for me to burn through 8 or 10 flies in a day if I'm fishing aggressively (got to get the fly where the fish are and that means I tend to lose a few). If I'm fishing something really snag infected I might burn through 2 dozen flies on a single outing.

Just like golf balls. Carry plenty so you don't have to spend all day trying to get one back! biggrin.gif

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 07:47 PM

I don't carry no stinkin' flies. If a fly ain't pullin its' own weight, out it goes!

Daryn, your avatar scares me but I always loved feeding Blood Worms to my fish so guess it's a fair trade!

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 11:46 PM

I CARRY ABOUT 150 or so mostly nimps and streamers and egg parrtens

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