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Old 05-17-2012, 07:51 PM
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Default Cheap Flies???

I figure not to tie flies after all but thank's everyone for explaining everything down to a T. Where can I get some good decent cheap flies? I have order some flies $70 worth ($4.00 for a half dozen) from Percy's flies and they held up pretty good (Besides my #18 Gnat's came apart after 10 cast's). But Percy's flies don't have what I want more Bluegill flies and a bigger selection on warmwater flies. Any1 know good website's that's worth checking out for discounted flies? How's The Angler's Dream Flyshop???? Thanks!
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:54 PM
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Try Eds fly shop
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Just bought some leader from there. Quick service, located in Colorado.
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Not the cheapest out there but I've been very happy with the quality of flies and good service.
https://www.hillsdiscountflies.com/

All the fifty cent flies I've ordered have been worth less IMO.
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As mentioned in a similar thread a few days ago, I have had good luck with flies from the troutspot.com

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If you're looking for bass and panfish flies, I'd think you could find some cheap ones. I bought a popper selection at Dunhams a couple years ago. It was dirt cheap, like 6 poppers for 3 bucks, and looked dirt cheap, but caught a lot of panfish and bass. They didn't care if the fly was a bit shoddy. I also found I cared less about casting the cheap popper tight against the log jam or overhanging branches than I would have if I'd paid up for one. Now I tie them and the cork I use is really cheap so I make them how I want and don't spend much, just add feathers, rubber legs, eyes, and some sharpe for color.

I've bought from Anglers Dream in the past. Didn't have any particular issues, but if I remember right, hackled dries didn't seem to float as long as some I got from local shops. Personally I'm willing to pay for good hackle or good hackled dries since a dry fly turned submarine drives me nuts. For foam and hair flies, nymphs, and streamers, especially for bass and panfish, I'd buy from them again.

One tip, if you're worried about flies coming unraveled, when they arrive just sit down with a tooth pick and some head cement or superglue and put a dot on the head of each fly. It'll take some time but if you aren't spending much on the flies, the time might be worth it.
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Default Re: Cheap Flies???

Really depends on what type and what you consider cheap. Have seen them as low as 20/$4 for CHEAP flies and up to $3 each for good quality ones that will last a while and float well.

For me, tying has saved me a lot of money and I know I have exactly what I want. Not cheap enough to sell them for pennies but better than buying them for $0.50 each or more.

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Try L.L. Cote
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Interesting enought, I just saw a new retailer post this morning and it looks the Troutspot.com is now a vendor for this forum.

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Angelo,

I looked at your other thread when you asked about flytying. It's quite doable--and a lot of fun--, even on a budget with a basic kit.

I am a Benedictine monk, live on a most limited budget, and by nature, I'm cheap. I tie my own flies on a basic kit, using materials mostly scrounged up with a minimum of cash--a yard sale, a flea market, or a thrift store normally yields at least an item or two. Case in point: I went to a flea market the other day, and found a guy with some old furs--a couple of minks, an arctic fox, one that looks to be beaver, and a couple of others and we haggled to $12. I'd have to tie a million flies to use it all.

Part of the fun in fly tying is figuring out creative ways to find materials.

My only serious limitation is in dry fly hooks and hackles and that is easy to overcome. for one, I don't trout fish much, and as a master fly tier once told me "Any fly will float with enough floatant." I've also found that having a specific color hackle on a pattern isn't as crucial as people make it sound. I'm forever substituting one color for another--e.g. a ginger for a brown, etc. because I didn't have the exact one available. The fish generally don't care.

If I really wanted, I could budget the cash for some hackles or even save my change. $50 bucks accumulates in a piggy bank quickly enough. Heck, split one with another fly tier.
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Interesting enought, I just saw a new retailer post this morning and it looks the Troutspot.com is now a vendor for this forum.

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it's www.thetroutspot.com

here's the post:

http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...tml#post450747
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