I just got a "newer" vise the other day and started tying again, and I really enjoy it. Then I started thinking (start of problem) and looked at all my fly boxes stacked up. I'm a dry fly guy at heart and so I opened my dry boxes and really started looking at all these flies and realized that I fish, mabye, 3 or 4 patterns in 3 sizes.
Now I have wet flies that I have just started into, nymphs (I hate) and streamers. So my question to you guys out there is how many flies do you really use. I love looking at my fly boxes all full of great little flies but I think I have to narrow it down (some).
Location: White City (tad north of Medford) Oar-E-Gone
Re: How many flies?
Great question Craig.
I have no clue how many boxes of flies I have in the Jeep, but if I had to make an (uneducated) guess 5 or 6 of a given pattern. Some larger, some a tad smaller .. the rest was just 'Mind Candy' to kill time.
Salmon = about 6 different patterns regularly
Trout = a decent mix but seldom more than 8 or 9 different ties, all streamers and Spey styles
Grayling = only about 4 and one of them is a trout regular
The char take the same things that catch trout so..........
All together I fish with maybe 12 - 14 different patterns all of which are wet flies. I believe I've tied at least 100 different patterns over the years. I had the same problem with dry flies, I tied them all but only used a few. This would explain why I can show you a fly and say 'circa 1980', I have plenty that never got wet
I am another dry fly guy at heart. I have quite a few different patterns in different sizes that never see the water. Day in and day out, I find myself using an adams wulff or royal wulff pattern the most, or an occasional elk hair caddis. My sizes range from 14 to 18, and using a 16 the most. I like to keep it simple. I may not catch all of the fish, but I catch enough to enjoy the day.
The biggest problem I have found is how much all those tiny little flies and boxes weigh when you load up the vest. Maybe it is old age and the shoulders are getting weak. I think for me and a lot of my friends fly tying is almost like therapy, especially during the long winter months. Therapy that proves beneficial later during the fishing season. That's a good thing.
I have more flies than I will probably use during the rest of my life. That is why I keep tying. So I can live longer to use up my flies.
Ditz: Exactly! You have found the secret to life!
Bone: That is why I gave up on fly fishing vests years ago, mine just got too darned heavy. I bought an Orvis sling pack and due to the limited room it forces me to make careful choices. Now Orvis has the larger Guide Sling Pack, so far I have resisted the urge to purchase, as I know what will happen, I'll be right back in the same boat carrying way too much gear.