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  • #4240

    JoeFriday
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    I thought it would be interesting to see what’s in everyone’s fly box. Here’s my ‘spring collection’.

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    #4241

    Lightline
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    Here’s a PMD and a “MO” box. One of these days I’ll take pictures of some of the others.

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    #4243

    Dry Fly Guy
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    I’ll get a picture taken and posted here (though I’m not sure how well a compartmented box will photograph) but I wanted to say that it looks like the two of you are well supplied for the immediate future.

    I’m curious about your damsel fly pattern lightline? I’ve tried a couple different ones and haven’t found one that I like yet.

    Do either of you have a “go to” fly shown in those boxes?

    ~ DFG

    #4244

    Dark Waters
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    Good post, will have to take some pics of my two main boxes. Trying to figure out how to disguise the nymphs… not that I use them that often.

    #4245

    JoeFriday
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    If you look closely at my fly box, you’ll a pair of nymphs, also. Pink Squirrels that are a staple in the Driftless.

    As for my ‘go to’ fly. That would be a parachute BWO. I probably use/lose those 3x more than all other flies combined.

    Brett

    #4246

    Lightline
    Participant

    DFG, the “go to” fly in the MO box is the black beetle. It cheating, kind of, but when the going gets tough on a particular fish, that often ends the game in my favor. As for the PMD box above it, those are all second choices after, of course, the PMD version of the Last Chance Cripple. The rusty spinner is trusty. CDC duns are fun ’cause I can see ’em and they float like a cork. The CDC floating nymph sometimes catches one after other refusals. There’s some other oddballs in there I’ll reach for sometimes, just for the variety. But mostly I fish the cripples in any mayfly hatch. I’ll try to get a picture of that box! Yep, one whole box for one fly pattern in an array of sizes and colors. I like it that much.

    #4247

    Lightline
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    Its a little messed up, as I haven’t re-sorted or re-stocked from last November yet, but this has some of my LC Cripples. Once organized, that’s all it will have for PMD’s, drakes, flavs, tricos, mahoganys, and baetis; roughly in that order for the season. Those are the mayflies, including all the little sub groups I don’t worry about, that I encounter around here. The one in my avatar is the hot one!

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    #4249

    Creek
    Participant

    This was the year I fished nothing but an Adams in sizes #12-20. Sure was an easy year to tie flies.

    #4250

    Lightline
    Participant


    Caddis. CDC works best for me on flat waters, tail waters, and spring creeks.

    #4253

    Grsdlnr
    Participant

    Those are some very neat, organized flyboxes.

    I have seven compartment boxes. Tried a few pics but they just look like each little section is stuffed with various colors of dryer lint.

    #4254

    Lightline
    Participant

    I gotta be able to find something when I need it, and have an idea of when I’m about to run out. (Ya, right!) One year I did kinda like Creek, and fished a parachute adams nearly all season. However, my waters were pretty limited that year too, and the tough ones weren’t in the mix. With all we spend on lines, rods, reels, gas, gadgets, etc; there’s no reason not to have the right fly or two.

    Here’s my Drake box. Only needs a few more fill-ins.

    #4255

    Creek
    Participant

    I was surprised how many fish I caught that year. I want to say just as many, but it may have been less. What i really liked was it freed up my mind. I was no longer thinking of flies, and concentrated on presentation. I also had the fly on the water more since I wasn’t changing flies all the time

    I fished many different waters, but they were all Colorado freestone rivers and creeks. Even on the picky Frying Pan I did well. Kind of opened my eyes to fly selection.

    #4256

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    I like your thinking Creek. I plan to fish a lot this year in the IPWA and using just one fly would save time and effort. And hopefully more fish.

    #4259

    Dry Fly Guy
    Keymaster

    I have seven compartment boxes. Tried a few pics but they just look like each little section is stuffed with various colors of dryer lint.

    I’m with you Grsdlnr. I’ve got an idea though that might better “illustrate” what’s in my box, and will hopefully I’ll be able to try taking some photos again sometime later today.

    I’m definitely not “one fly”, but I don’t carry the variety that many anglers do.

    And for those of you that just can’t give up those nymphs and streamers… Here’s a cheaters way to look like a “dry fly only” fisherman: Lose the nymphs and streamers in your box and just fish the traditional Black Ants, Griffith’s Gnats, Renegades, and Klinkhammers subsurface. And if you need a Streamer…. A drowned Royal Coachman works wonders, and a Muddler Minnow is a great “Hopper” imitation when fished on the surface. So if anyone looks in your fly box… they’re all dry flies, as long as you “explain” the Muddler’s use. 😉

    Not that I have ever done such a thing of course.

    ~ DFG

    #4260

    Creek
    Participant

    You’re only fooling yourself Dave. If you sink the fly you’re no longer fishing dries.

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