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Old 07-06-2014, 10:58 PM
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I don't have as many as PT, but do have several.

I like this style for flies I'll carry while fishing. You can find these on Ebay & on several fly shop sites at reasonable prices.
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This one is a "Fox Box" I've had for many years.
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This one was made by Flambeau, but not sure it's still being produced. Foam on one side with slots on the other. I have a couple of these.
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The rest on my boxes are various size Plano or Flambeau.
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A few more!

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wow you guys have an insane amount of flies, i have some work to do.
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No you don't, and anyone with 500,000 flies will tell you the same .

I do not carry so many flies with me at any point, but I do keep 1-2 extra boxes in the truck in case I fall in and lose my main box. The main box I carry is just a small, flambeau foam box with magnetic closure. I hate the ones with slots -- just a personal preference. They sit in my drawer collecting dust.

For trout, I mostly carry a variety of soft hackles with and without tungten beads, #14-16 CDC and elk dries in various shades, a few hackle spinners, and some Al's tricos in #22-24 and Al's rats in #22-24. Oh, and just a few green weenies as the only nymph I carry. Also, I keep just a few foam terrestrials...though there's not much I get with beetles/ants that I don't pick up with my darker EHC dries. So I could do without those honestly.

My flies feature a lot of soft hackle fibers and/or CDC fibers. Those are my choice materials -- I subscribe to the "impression of life" philosophy vs. the matching every damn thing under the sun philosophy.

I rarely fish nymphs or streamers for trout. Just a personal preference, though I'm not against the idea -- I just kind of learned that I never do it where i trout fish and they go untouched...so why bother? Well, okay - honestly I hate dragging nymphs on the bottom and knocking off algae all day -- I think it sucks and it ruins the fun for me. However, I do fish dry dropper rigs pretty regularly. That's my "nymphing".

My wife nymphs like a woman possessed, and carries tungsten putty and many, many WD-40 nymphs in sizes #22-14.

Oddly, I fish almost nothing but small streamers for warm water species in my backyard.
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There are some great fly collections represented in the photos/posts above. Even for all the tying that I do-- some for me, most for others --I'd be hard pressed to come close to the impressive arrays of flies that have been shown.

What I like most is the organization of them all. When the Trout Opener comes around, the boxes start the season duly sorted and at the ready. But, within a few months, far too many of my boxes are in complete disarray, with more patterns "crossing over" to the wrong boxes than I care to count. Still, the off-season sorting does give one an excuse to spend a few hours with the fly boxes...

It's an "ebb and flow" sort of thing, I guess...
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My flies feature a lot of soft hackle fibers and/or CDC fibers. Those are my choice materials -- I subscribe to the "impression of life" philosophy vs. the matching every damn thing under the sun philosophy.
Pretty much sums up my approach as well.

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I use in my vest:

1. Dries - (1) Tacky Fly Box
2. Nymphs - (1) Tacky Fly Box
3. Midges - (1) Wright/McGill Magnetic Box
4. Buggers, Wets & Terrestrials - (1) Tacky Fly Box
5. Spent Wings - (1) Myran 12 compartment

and have (2) Umpqua Large & (1) Bug Luggage "Trout" in my tackle bag for random and/or rarely used stuff.
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