Originally Posted by jaybo41
One thing I have found myself doing, when I buy flies, I buy multiples (3+ at a time) so that if I'm in the position where one fly works incredibly well I have others to fall back on. When I get down to one fly...I save it and try something else. That way I have a reference for myself so that I can sit down at the vise and tie some up. I guess that makes me somewhat of a hoarder of sorts?
There are very few universal rules when it comes to fly fishing. One of but a handful of those universal rules are:
+ If you choose to fish the lone copy of a fly pattern from your fly box
-You will instantly start to catch fish
- Shortly thereafter, you will lose the fly
- Shortly after that, your day will end in frustration and aggravation
There is also a corollary to the above rule:
+ If you violate the previous rule, the fly involved will NEVER catch another fish for you
Trust me, this happens every time. NEVER fish the only copy of a fly you have in your fly box. Either tie more copies before you attempt to fish the fly, or just throw it away and save yourself alot of aggravation.