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    Default How many flies?

    I am just being curious here

    When you go out for your standard day, it could be be right off the road or 5 hours up the trail, how many flies do you take with you?

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    All of them.

    Seriously, I wonder the same thing.

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    I usually have way too many but it depends on where I'm fishing. If I'm fishing the backcountry, I will usually only carry a small box with some standards like parachute adams, elk hair caddis, stimulators, bead head prince/pheasant tail/hares ear, and maybe a couple of wooly buggers. If I'm floating a large tailwater or even wading a tailwater, I may have three standard size boxes. One with streamer and large bugs, one with dries, and one with nymphs.

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    If I started worrying over which flies to leave behind and why I would probably never get on the river....can realistically second guess myself on any fly in my box...and you know if you left any one behind that would be the one that matched that once in a lifetime hatch.

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    I tie one fly to my tippet and fish it all day.

    Now, if you believe that, I have a nice pice of beach front property right outside of Phoenix for sale, just call me.

    Seriously, I pretty much take all I have in a couple fly boxes. I am somewhat of a fly switcher until I find what they're hitting and then stick with that type of fly until they stop hitting it and start the process over again.

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    I guess I am the odd ball. I carry somewhere around 350 to 400 flies. I have 2 system x boxes double sided full plus two or three more smaller cheaper boxes with flies. I hate to go somewhere and feel like (if I just had that other fly) so I carry everything I can possibly need in various sizes and usually seveal flies of each pattern. But I am a little different.
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    I usually fish with one box with 2-4 of each color and size of fly. I keep a stocking box locked in the trunk of the Jeep, just in case I need to refill. In the Park I do carry several extra paras, stimis and PTs because I occasionally "chum the trees" a bit when I miss a fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmreeves View Post
    I usually have way too many but it depends on where I'm fishing. If I'm fishing the backcountry, I will usually only carry a small box with some standards like parachute adams, elk hair caddis, stimulators, bead head prince/pheasant tail/hares ear, and maybe a couple of wooly buggers. If I'm floating a large tailwater or even wading a tailwater, I may have three standard size boxes. One with streamer and large bugs, one with dries, and one with nymphs.
    I organize mine in the same way, so I can keep them by type, and also know when I'm running low, and need to tie some more, or buy some.

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    Way too many...that much I'm sure of. However, you just never know when you are going to want some random fly.
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    10-15 each of the flies that I think will work with some slight variations in another 5 of each that are close to those patterns. Then at least 5 each of 3-5 patterns that might work. I can't tell you how many times the fish switch after 2-3 months of solid work on one pattern to a totally different pattern and will hardly touch anything else. When you have a day where you run out of the last one that was working because a nice fish broke you off, then you will find yourself tying a lot more.....

    I don't think I have ever carried too many.

    You also get that occasional day when the nymphs are working great all day and then a sudden blitz of caddis come off on a 100 yard stretch and you start getting top water action to nice fish on every cast.

    Always carry ants and always in sizes smaller than you think you will ever need. Missing an ant hatch in the late summer/early fall is an unforgivable sin.

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