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View Poll Results: Flies used per hour of fishing
Less than one 2 4.00%
1-2 35 70.00%
3-5 7 14.00%
5-10 2 4.00%
Greater than 10 0 0%
Other 4 8.00%
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:33 AM
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Default How Many Flies Used per Hour of Fishing?

How many flies do you use on average per hour of fishing? I'm at about one or two. Fish can mess them up. I can lose them on snags. Fly may not be effective for structure, depth, etc.

But since I rarely fish with other fly fishermen or women, I'm curious what is typical out there.
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It really depends. I've had days where my I've changed ten times within an hour and days when I've used the same fly from sun up to sun down with consistent success. On average though, I'd say 1-2 for me. I like to work a fly for a bit before giving up on it, but some days I'll go 3-5 if I'm just trying to find where the fish are.
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Default Re: How Many Flies Used per Hour of Fishing?

I'll err toward 3-5.

I'm usually running two flies at minimum and between snags, fish catching wear and tear and deliberate changes probably 3-5 flies is reasonable.

Even if I get a hatch and focus in on a single dry pattern or are using a particular streamer I'll still change 2+ times an hour.

There is an inverse relationship: if I am catching fish I'm changing out flies to fresh ones but not changing patterns; If I'm not catching fish I'm changing patterns trying to find what they want.
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I voted "other" as it varies tremendously. Nymphing I will use (lose?) zero to a dozen per trip.

Fishing dries or wet flies... I have flies that have been with me for several seasons. Comparaduns (for example) are incredibly durable. Same with soft hackles... they will last for many trips without retiring to the "stripping" pile.

I answered this assuming you meant burning through flies, and not changing flies.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:40 PM
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Default Re: How Many Flies Used per Hour of Fishing?

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I voted "other" as it varies tremendously. Nymphing I will use (lose?) zero to a dozen per trip.

Fishing dries or wet flies... I have flies that have been with me for several seasons. Comparaduns (for example) are incredibly durable. Same with soft hackles... they will last for many trips without retiring to the "stripping" pile.

I answered this assuming you meant burning through flies, and not changing flies.
I'm looking for burning through flies, flies lost, damaged and changing them for whatever reason. Things like changing them to match the hatch, changing size or color.

I probably don't change enough sometimes and just get locked in enjoying casting and the scenery. I realize 10 or more is a lot per hour, but I'm allowing for folks that might have more than one rod handy or use tandem, droppers, or maybe have some flies that last for a fish or two and have to be discarded.
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Default Re: How Many Flies Used per Hour of Fishing?

I used to just change flies until I found something they liked. This has changed, drastically.

Nowadays, I tie a fly on for a reason. Research done ahead of time, something I saw, not just something that worked somewhere. And, now that I carry everything in a backpack, I wait for a reason to change flies. One more reason I like generic, or suggestive patterns. This approach makes me concentrate more on presentation, the most important thing, IMO.

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Default Re: How Many Flies Used per Hour of Fishing?

About Half my fly changes occur when I am already catching fish. How would I otherwise know what else they might like?

That doesn't make any damn sense.
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Default Re: How Many Flies Used per Hour of Fishing?

I presume many new fly anglers are similar to me, in that I often changed flies; believing that was the critical aspect. As I have learned more, I change much less. Instead I am trying to improve my presentation.

I have not yet experienced a true hatch. So I am in prospecting mode.

I think, in prospecting mode, be it dry or nymph, I need to focus more on my presentation and not be concerned with fly selection. From my reading, I have learned it is not important that my prospecting fly be a wulf or a humpy, a PT or a Hares Ear, but that I have a darn good presentation.

So..there it is!

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I checked 1 or 2 but it just depends.I can fish a small popper or the same top water pattern all morning but if i am fishing a small kentucky stream and doing more tree fishing than stream fishing i can go thru a few flies pretty quick.

Other times it's usually about 1 or 2 an hour.
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Default Re: How Many Flies Used per Hour of Fishing?

I will usually give a prospecting fly at least an hour before I think about changing it, unless the fish obviously start rising to something different from what I'm throwing. But if I'm getting strikes I might leave one fly on for the rest of the day (or until I lose it).
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