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Fly Tying related question:

do you guys re-use beat up/torn flies?
yesterday i went fishing and used my brand new Rainbow Warriors i had tied earlier.
i lost one, and few got chewed by fish and snagging them on tree's/rocks, etc, you could tell they've been used ..even the bead was all beat up.
anyways, i removed all the messed up materials off of them and retied RW's again on same hooks using beads that were already on there.
the only thing i thought i noticed different is that the hooks felt just a tiny bit softer? as i would wrap the thread they would bend just a slightly bit
or am i imagining things?
so do you guys re-use hooks?
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Tied up a Buzzer and a Bumble hope you like.
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Fly Tying related question:

do you guys re-use beat up/torn flies?
yesterday i went fishing and used my brand new Rainbow Warriors i had tied earlier.
i lost one, and few got chewed by fish and snagging them on tree's/rocks, etc, you could tell they've been used ..even the bead was all beat up.
anyways, i removed all the messed up materials off of them and retied RW's again on same hooks using beads that were already on there.
the only thing i thought i noticed different is that the hooks felt just a tiny bit softer? as i would wrap the thread they would bend just a slightly bit
or am i imagining things?
so do you guys re-use hooks?
thanks
You bet. I have a now 3 whole bins full of destroyed and defunked flies I need to clean up and pilage for hooks.
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On the subject of repairing/rebuilding flies:
This clouser got pretty beat up, including getting its bead chain eyes ripped out.
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Here it is again after I rebuilt it (only the hook is original haha)
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I have a small plastic container I call 'unlikely to ever fish'
They are flies that I wasn't happy with
When things get lean I will for sure strip them and reuse the hooks
At the outrageous prices I've seen for hooks why wouldn't I ?
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My recycling bins (I agree with noreaster re: the price of hooks!)
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I have a small plastic container I call 'unlikely to ever fish'
They are flies that I wasn't happy with
When things get lean I will for sure strip them and reuse the hooks
At the outrageous prices I've seen for hooks why wouldn't I ?
Thatīs funny, I also have such a special place for my ugly flies. But I am pretty sure, if we would fish with them, we would catch fish too
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But I am pretty sure, if we would fish with them, we would catch fish too

I agree, they probably would catch fish, but it's all about embracing your "inner snob". As I improve my standards keep going up. I'll have three hundred flies by opening day but will only use about the most recent twenty.

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My recycling bins (I agree with noreaster re: the price of hooks!)
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Those big salmon and streamer hooks wouldn't be cheap. Back in the early 90's I remember hooks being less than half the price they are now. They were sold in packs of 50 and hundred for about what they want for 25 now a days.
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I have a small plastic container I call 'unlikely to ever fish'
They are flies that I wasn't happy with
When things get lean I will for sure strip them and reuse the hooks
At the outrageous prices I've seen for hooks why wouldn't I ?
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