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What does everyone do with their old flies and streamers? Seems like a waste to just throw them away when so many still have good hooks and possibly a bead or eyes to salvage. Are these thoughts categorizing me as being cheap or prudent, and this post, sound like Andy Rooney wrote it? I have a pile of flies now gathering dust on the base of my fly tying lamp. They should be thrown away but winter is coming and there is the off chance I will get around to stripping them.

How about old fly leaders, anyone ever save the butts to make streamer leaders? Perhaps we need a "Tips From Heloise" post where we can all share our prudent ideas as Fysh did in his "old waders" post, or at least include it in the 10 steps to recovery program!!!

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Unless a fly has done unusual duty and deserves a dignified retirement somewhere in the mess that is my cave, I take a razor blade to flies that have done their duty and give the hook new life. Hooks are too expensive to have only one life, said the guy who hasn't worked in almost a year.

Leader butts? Really, Andy, get a grip.
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I will, once in a while, take a razor to old flies and unravel them. If they have beads, definitely.

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I like to give new life to old hooks (and beads, as well).

If you choose to use old hooks, check for rust.

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I'll cut them off the hook, and retie especially if they have a beadhead. It's either that or give them away but never toss. Just can't seem to toss with the price of hooks now.
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Sorry about this one Gary, but I recycle the butt ends of leader to make articulated streamers, since I haven't picked up a spool of heavy test or suitable wire. I don't know if this is madness or ingenuity or laziness or forgetfulness, but it has worked so far. WHile I'm new to fly fishing, I have recovered some unraveling egg patterns and the hooks and dumbbell eyes from clousers that got beat up by toothy fish. So yes! I just recycle them as the damage occurs, that way I don't end up with a big stack of to-be-recycled flies.
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Actually I have shortened some old 9 foot trout leaders to use as American Shad leaders.
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I use hand tied leaders and re-work them all the time.
No reason not to.

As for the flies, I have boxes of worn-outs, uglies, and many that were just bad ideas. Often I'll pick through them and tie only on used hooks. I'll even reuse materials, especially synthetic hair.
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Hi Dave,

There is a "Tricks to Share" thread > Little tricks to share I don't know if you had ever spotted that one so I stuck it on board. I've reused hooks before and like Rip Tide I just keep reconsturcting leaders on the same butt section. The thread I posted is full of crafty tips that members have posted.

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OK, OK, it's true, I also re-do my atlantic salmon leaders from the the tippet or first section above the tippet all the time. I tie my own out of Maxima Chameleon. I don't do that with my store-bought trout/bass leaders. I just leave those on the riverbank. THAT'S A JOKE, KIDS!!!
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