04-09-2013, 02:46 PM
Re: Strategy/advice for materials.
I have two strategies depending the materials and the flies.
Basically you split the flies into two categories. The first are flies that are standards and that you will be tying for the rest of your life. For nymphs/wets/streamers they would be pheasant tail nymphs, hare's ears, wooly buggers, muddlers, etc. For dries they would parachute adams, sparkle duns, elk hair caddis, X caddis, etc.
For these flies you I the materials in bulk. Whenever I find great hackle, or hair, or feathers, or marabou, etc for these flies at a good price, I buy it.
The second category are new flies and new materials that I want to try. These materials I buy just to try the flies. Then they may become standards. If the flies become winners, then I stock up on the materials for those flies.
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