Advice on filling fly box
I'm going on a 3 day fishing trip in a month.
But, in the hopes of avoiding buying a lot of flies, I'd like to tie as many useful ones as I can before I go.
I made up a wish/goto spreadsheet to help me stay on track since I tend to explore (wander) with materials when I'm at the vise. Egads! The total amount of flies was near 500!!!!!
For some of you that's nothing. But I've only been tying for a few months and have a few patterns (woolly buggers, crystal buggers, kreelex, thin mints) that I can tie decently.
So,if you didn't have all the time in the world, how would you prioritize your tying?
Would you reduce the quantity, say tie 2 instead of 3 of a pattern or reduce the combinations (tying copper and gold bead heads vs gold, copper, and nickel and silver).
Meaning would you go for DEPTH (quantity) or BREADTH (variety) of patterns.
Also, is there REALLY a difference between a size 6 and size 8 of the exact same pattern (color marabou, color chenille, color hackle, color bead)?
If there isn't, then maybe I can skip some sizes...skip 6 and 12 and just tie 8 and 10.
The closest fly shop will be an hour away. Not far but I'd rather not waste time. I'm bringing my fly tying materials and tools also so I can tie some in the evenings but was just wondering what everyone else does.