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Old 01-29-2002, 10:24 AM
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My Fly boxes are a mEsS

Was going through my saltwater fly boxes this morning. Yikes what a mess...a chocolate mess.
I got tattered juvis, frayed deep eels, sideways deceivers, crooked clousers. REminds me of the last days in Nov. struggling to find a fly to get me through. I need to make a list of what I need for the spring run and get tying so that I have a nice balanced assortment.

BTW, what do you guys do with old beat up flies?
Sharps containerize them, or just huck em in the trash (after you stick a few in the viser of yer truck of course). I'd like to have a mix something like this:

a few of each:

Deep Eels
Sparse Chart Clousers
White Decievers
Deep Eels
Poppers
2 shrimps (as if I'll ever use them)
Couple black flies for the dark predawn cricket stompin (as if)
What else? Hmmmm....

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Old 01-29-2002, 10:46 AM
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My two favorite options when dealing with ratty, overused, and occasionally poorly-tied flies (from loooooong ago, of course ) :

1) bluefish flies- why waste a good one when you know it's gonna get chewed to bits?

2) cod teasers (I did very well this fall on mangled deceivers and hi-ties)
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:03 AM
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blues & schoolies....(then re-use the hooks if they are
decent...)
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:20 AM
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Ditto on the bluefish comments. Sometimes they'll hit anything moving through the water.

Also, I used a few bedraggled flies to drum up a couple of hickory shad at the end of last season. There wasn't much left on the hook, but it had color and was moving.

As for throwing flies away (which I always hate to do), I just put them in a plastic baggie or similar container, then put them into the regular trash. No complaints yet from the sanitation department.
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:21 AM
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Reuse the hooks if possible - if not chuck-em.

Terry,

I'm thinkin you should add a big honkin herring pattern to your list.
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:29 AM
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Oh ya the big yakkers for that Herring look! Good idea, forgot about them suckers.
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:39 AM
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Terry... I try to razor off the used material and save the hook... resharpen and retie.... (or put it on my hat... but I am running out of hats)... how about this one... go to Christmas tree shops and buy a clear glass bowl that has been made into a lamp... they sell for about ten bucks and are usually bought to put stuff like shells in them... put all you old flys in it ....Looks good... anyway, you shoulds add a couple of all angel hair Squid which I will give you... wait till you see that action in the water... and they have big red eyes.
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:45 AM
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What about some FW flies? Hopefully we'll be chasing trout before the linesiders show up.
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:51 AM
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Sully: FW flies? Different box, very dusty too.

Striblue: What's a squid? Is that a cape thingy?


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Old 01-29-2002, 12:06 PM
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Sully: FW flies? Different box, very dusty too.

Striblue: What's a squid? Is that a cape thingy?


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Re: squid - Not just a Cape thingy when schools of them can be seen swimming upriver, by the public pier in Beverly
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Old 01-29-2002, 12:10 PM
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Terry --

no worm flies???!!!?!?

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Old 01-29-2002, 06:27 PM
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Lefty,

I have been tying up some flatwings after seeing Todd Murphy work his magic at the Marlboro show. I tied a few in white, yellow and pale blue (per Todd's recommendations) and the long thin hackles in this fly really dance and swim in the water. I look forward to dead drifting them at Joppa come May. It will be an interesting experiment to see if my shorter flatwings outfish the longer ones early in the season.

The real reason that I bring up the flatwing is because I am thinking about tying a few in orange and brown and gold. That way when the guy next to you is throwing a rootbeer/orange sluggo you can keep up with him and feel good about the long rod.

The sluggo flatwing will be an interesting experiment.

And don't forget Ray's Fly. For this fly the effectiveness to ease of tying ratio is too high for me to ignore. Plus I know that you have had success with them too.

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1. What do people use to replace foam?

2. Striblue - don't forget those who introduced you to that squid pattern buddy!!
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Old 01-29-2002, 09:14 PM
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Ah... yes... I am starting to remember... somewhat... you... brought me to a tyers booth...ah.. ya... I remember now.... Seriously Jeff... I have done it different but with the same concept. I have divided the mantel from the bottom and tenacles. Also.. I put some large saltwater pearl flash . But you did drag me over ther and they were something.. I put mine in the sink and the action was incredible... not sure about durability though. Doogue.. I picked up Abrames book and he has a lot of recipies that have all kinds of colors.
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Fly boxes are all nice and tidy now, but last night I removed 27 flies from the patch on my vest. Guess what there`s sheep skin under them! Old flies are thrown into a giant jar which I keep swearing I will get to some day. As for restocking, I wouldn`t leave home without a pink shrimp or a chart. + white Rats Ass.
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