Originally Posted by mike63
What if a guy just loaded up on those patterns for a summer and headed on out?
Then he would certainly miss out on throwing big bugs like Drakes, Cicadas, hoppers and Stoneflies. Along with tiny bugs like Tricos and Midges.
He would also miss out on the fun part.. matching the hatch.
I guess if I only fished a handfull of days a year, sure it may be nice to have the options narrowed down for my success.
But, if I new that I was going to go to the river let alone the same river every time and used one of four flies every time, I am afraid I would get bored fairly quick along with becoming super fustrated being I didn't have emergers, cripples, spinners or soft hackles
AKA in many cases all the stuff the fish are really eating.
Even if it was a differnt river every time and the same flies, with only the two dry fly options I would likely only fish a handfull of days myself and it would definatly rule out around five months of my winter fishing.
There are dumb fish everywhere hell I'm sure you can catch fish on the lint out of your own belly button with a few wraps of thread and a hook, so I am not saying you wont catch fish (obviously you already know this) but I can assure your odds will go way up when having the right flies at the right time.
For example, while the Adams may work the Compara dun is whats for dinner,10/1.
I guess the best thing I have done to help with this is to organize my flies according to the time of year. This allows me to cycle through them seasonally although I have found alot of overlap it usually lets me leave behind a box or two or three on any given outing.
Sometimes I think I have too many flies but I have always one to say.
Every fly has a time and place, It just may not be here nor now.
I guess I would say why limit yourself?
You could also play 18 with a putter but why? It works really well for one or two shots but the others, well not so well.
Maybe my analagies are silly but its what came to mind.
All in all I carry more flies on me of one species in various lifestages and patters, then what it sounds like you are trying carry on you all season.
If four flies is all you need or all you want to use then there is no reason to over think it, I'm sure they will work just fine, from time to time six months out of the year.
Anyway now ya know how I feel about it!