Bigger & Better... "The Fly Box 90!"

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As I hinted-- OK flatly stated --toward the end of the "Fly Box 80" thread, I'm now putting together an even larger selection of flies in the bigger and better(?) "Fly Box 90" collections. Same price, same box, more flies and still shipped to your door on my dime-- unless you feel like kicking in a little extra. And, in typical hairwing530 form, the boxes are $70...

The mix and percentage of dries and nymphs is open to discussion, much the same as it's always been. I'd add a new photo, but it would look suspiciously similar to the "Fly Box 80" versions.

I'm trying to recover from the recent "custom order/no pay" fiasco, and if you've a need, I'm still wrapping hooks. Just let me know...

Oh, yes... the financial side of the coin. Paypal works best for me, and if you'd like a box or two, please drop me a PM or e-mail me at jwarrington1 at copper dot net That's also my Paypal info...

Be well, my friends, and tight lines to you all... always...

Jerry, aka hairwing530

Below: one of my "example" boxes...




 
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Fifty cents a fly? Plus a nice fly box? U.S. made and manufactured? How can this be?!

How could anyone not jump on such a generous offer?

Though it does make one wonder if Hairwing out of Michigan isn't really Haiwong out of Shanghai, but from the photos the quality is just too dang good!

B.E.F.
 

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Hey B.E.F.,

Not much of a "stray far from home" sort... My roots and boots have always been firmly planted in the uplands and the rivers of my home state-- Michigan. Born here, schooled here(in so many ways), and plan to remain here, even after I'm gone.

And, since I'm finishing up the compilations of your boxes, you're going to be moved up to the "FB-90" bracket. Fair enough?

Tight lines always...

Jerry, aka hairwing530... he who long has wandered the riverbanks along the AuSable River...
 

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And, since I'm finishing up the compilations of your boxes, you're going to be moved up to the "FB-90" bracket. Fair enough?
Actually not really......We made a deal for 80+80 which in my thinking was already way beyond generous from you.

Now I'd still like one standard box of 80 but would be more than happy taking whatever oddities that guy ordered off your hands as part of it to help relieve that burdon....But I'm most excited about my "Community Jar" second 80 of those experiments gone awry and your kids "trials and errors" flies that are just sitting there helping no one.

80+80 suits me just fine in that I'm already getting a terrific deal, and if that gets you 20 flies closer to filling another order....well....all the better.

Your generousity clearly in all aspects of your life humbling.

B.E.F.

---------- Post added at 02:55 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:08 PM ----------

Oh and P.S....

For us buying these it's not really about "good deals and fair trade." It's about being able to march a little while in your parade of kindness and giving to others. The flies the most minor part of it. As it's really about being able to do what insignificant amount we can to live by your example.:bowdown:

So let me give a little too as minor as it may be...I want that same good feeling, and Lord knows, I need the extra points to find my way into heaven :icon_wink

B.E.F.
 

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Hey B.E.F.,

I'd include a "personal recommendation" on your behalf whenever I pray to the Man Upstairs, but I don't think it would carry much weight, especially coming from me! As my former oncologist and now full-time fishing partner used to say after finishing my all of my post-cancers(multiple battles with the Big C) exams, "Heaven doesn't want you yet, and the Devil's afraid you're going to take over..." And, to think... I was paying him for that abuse, when I always can get it free from my fishing cronies!

Perhaps, when my time comes around and my ticket is punched, the efforts expended over the last 15+ years with "my kids" will push the "plus side" of my life ledger just high enough to get me in the door...

Any of your buds need some flies? I'm headed back to the bench when daylight breaks...

Tight lines always, my friend...

Jerry, aka hairwing530
 

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I had the pleasure of delivering one of my boxes to it's new home last night.

I would be a bit surprised if there wasn't a bit of sleeplessness and maybe the lad is already up and at it this morning and hopeful he sees the water today!

Off to break another piggy bank...
 

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Any of your buds need some flies?...
Well "my buds" in and of itself is a confusing and twisted tale.

In brief those that fished and would have genuinely appreciated all aspects of your flies from the artistry to the deep meaning of those who helped you make them have all passed in the last couple of years (all between 45-53)....The majority remaining (more acquaintances really) who fish, though each have their important place in this world, are not the sort who appreciate people, efforts or things past the use they can get from them. So I'd not insult your work and its deep meaning by even telling them where they can get them.

I can't get the brothers, nieces or nephews to fish leaving only my wife who would doubtfully utilize them, and my friend who went West with me last year....Him I'll have to think on though is doubtful.

What I am considering (though haven't decided upon) however is possibly purchasing a couple boxes and along with their story donating them for a couple charity fund-raising events. In that way (knowing how those things go), it's the the story, "Made in Michigan", and so on that will have the right people bidding on them, the quality of the flies a further bonus, and in the end it's a win all around......Yet I need to think on it first, BUT, will look into it.

So for the time being it's just you and me bud, and I'll be hard pressed to use all I'm already getting in the balance of my lifetime.

B.E.F.
 

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Well, BEF, if "being stuck" means the company of boon companions from my home state-- and believe me, I've got a fair number of Michigan-based "cronies" that are members in good standing of the Brotherhood of the Angled Fly & Fish(BAFF, for short) --then consider yourself duly inducted.

As for the rest of you "fly-wranglers?" A membership in this truly loose and mythical collection of angling men and women who annually decorate their home water's bankside trees with a fair amount of my work is included in each box. No dues necessary nor any formal paperwork, per se. Just the company of like-minded souls, and who so ever might be in residence or hanging out on our little stretch of the river...

At the rate I'm going, I'm going to need more rod slots in the riverside porch rack...

Jerry, aka hairwing530
 
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I'll be ordering one of these to give away to a friend. One of these days I will keep one for myself...lol! I will shoot you the money and the address to send it to sometime today.
 

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Mike,

Got you covered on the "gift box." I'll make doubly sure that it's something truly special for all of the man's work...

Many thanks for looking my way in allowing me to build the man a special gift...

Tight lines always, Mike... And, stay outta trouble, will 'ya?

Jerry, aka hairwing530
 
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Mike,

Got you covered on the "gift box." I'll make doubly sure that it's something truly special for all of the man's work...

Many thanks for looking my way in allowing me to build the man a special gift...

Tight lines always, Mike... And, stay outta trouble, will 'ya?

Jerry, aka hairwing530
I'm trying but trouble always seems to find me...then I plop right in and get it all over me.
 

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Mike,

As Elvis once said-- and I think that he was channeling the future "me" -- "If you're lookin' for trouble, you're in the right place...

Now, I'm not saying that I'm the root cause to any "trouble." But, when my fishing cronies start double-checking their wallets for bail money...

Later...

Jerry, aka hairwing530
 

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Original requested the "80 fly box" from Jerry last week. Received my box today with 90 flies! Thanks Jerry!
 

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Hey 802flyfish...

Thanks for letting me know that the "package" arrived safely. Much appreciated...

hub... Your box departs with tomorrow's mail.

And, Mr. Ridenour... Your gift box should make its debut via its arrival by week's end...

Tight lines always, my friends...

Jerry, aka hairwing530
 
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Thanks Jerry! You were all over it again! I wish I could get things together and shipped that promptly. I tend to put things off sometimes...unless I am going fishing.
 

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Hey Mike,

Normally, it would take me a little longer to complete such a request. But, I did a lot of tying last night. Sleep was not an option after chatting with Emily's Dad and "Doc." Her test results are showing definite signs of slipping, and there are valid concerns about her trip to the Catskills, if it's put off for very much longer.

As of an hour ago, "Doc" called with a plan. As befitting a man who spent the bulk of his adult years as the chief oncologist at a major cancer center, a very good friend of his-- and a guy that I've guided once or twice for a day on the river --has a plane and years of flying experience as a corporate pilot. He's volunteered to fly Ms Emily, her family and "Doc" and his wife to the eastern confines near the Catskills, thereby taking the long ride out of play and expediting her visit before her health completely fails her.

And, for his efforts, "Doc" and I are going to kick in for some of the fuel costs. So, the sales of the next four or five "Fly Box 90" boxes will be put into the "fuel kitty," with "Doc" matching my contribution. And, if it means a few sleepless nights of tying, so be it. I didn't start this "Make a Fishing Wish" project without planning to see it through...

Later, my friends. I'm headed back to the bench...

Jerry, aka hairwing530
 

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Mike (MRidenour) gave me one of the Fly Box 80's for my birthday! What a surprise and a great gift!
 

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troutn,

I'm pleased to hear that you liked the box-- and its contents, of course. I try to make each box as nigh onto perfection as I can, my ol' "exceed expectations rather than just succeeding..." Besides, Mike's a great guy and a good friend, no doubt the reason behind his having a reserved "rod slot" here on the river...

So, troutn, as I like to tell folks who end up with my flies... "Fish 'em hard and get 'em wet!!" And, let me know how they work out for you...

Tight lines always, troutn...

Jerry, aka hairwing530
 

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And, as I should have said, if anybody is in need of flies for the season openers and beyond, let me know. I've now hit day two at the bench with only 3 or so hours sleep, as I've never quit on one of "my kids" or those who purchase a box of flies from me...

Jerry, aka hairwing530
 

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And, as I should have said, if anybody is in need of flies for the season openers and beyond, let me know. I've now hit day two at the bench with only 3 or so hours sleep, as I've never quit on one of "my kids" or those who purchase a box of flies from me...
That is all good and fine, for a good cause......BUT......It does not serve them, or yourself if you end up being laid low with an illness or exhaustion for a month or two.

Take that from someone who literally without exageration the past three years worked a minimum of 100 hr./wk. to 140 hr./wk. to help out some customers who are friends at my own financial undoing. Towards the end of that I was being hammered with severe flu's and other issues, and now am dealing with the joy of shingles purely from the stress of that and other losses.

Most of all however, the joy of what you do is slowly beaten down losing its luster.....Balance is the key my friend.....don't do as i do, do as i suggest ;)

If another couple of boxes sold will make a difference, let me know.....their delivery just like the others being required when they come, no sooner.

B.E.F.
 
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