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Yes, your wife is right you can't keep things clean. 8 34.78%
About the same as mine after a year of use. 4 17.39%
No, mines messier. 5 21.74%
I refuse to answer on the grounds it may incriminate me. 6 26.09%
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Old 02-10-2003, 09:01 AM
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Poll, is my fly box messier than most

I was curious about how scaning a whole box of flys at once to compose a poster would come out. The attached picture is my "dry fly" box after a season of use. Now the question I have for you is how does this rate next to yours.
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Old 02-10-2003, 09:26 AM
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John,

You at least have to separate the dry flies from those nasty bass bugs! Fine hackles and twister tails should never mingle!

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Red face Pandora's flybox....

Perhaps my wife is right.....I might be anal about my fly storage after all.
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Old 02-10-2003, 10:06 AM
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John,

You at least have to separate the dry flies from those nasty bass bugs! Fine hackles and twister tails should never mingle!

Dave, those big ugly patterns are so tempting to throw into a midge hatch on a flyfishing only section.

Now, I'd like to know who voted that theirs is dirtier. I'll take a PM.
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Old 02-10-2003, 12:29 PM
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All of mine are worse than than I have too many flys, but Lee Wulff says the fly angler with the most varied patterns and knowledge to apply them, is perhaps the most deadly angler of all !!

Thats what I am aspiring to.



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Old 02-10-2003, 01:09 PM
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I answered "same as mine", but you need another category saying "Mine would be much worse, but I keep losing 'em off my fleece "drying patch"!

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Old 02-10-2003, 01:31 PM
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"Mine would be much worse, but I keep losing 'em off my fleece "drying patch"!
If I could edit the poll it would be added.

Bob your onto something that may be worthy of Striblues 10 worst products list. A fleece patch is worth 3 lost flys/trip minimum and foam patches are worse than fleece especially with barbless hooks in my experience.

What I've ended up using is a flytrap. It's attached to your vest or bag and has a foam pad inside a vented aluminum body that encloses the fly. Now a picture of the inside of that would be really ugly.
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Old 02-10-2003, 01:42 PM
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John - I am no stranger to dragging a swimming crayfish pattern through the Y pool when the selective sippers have stumped me

The closed cell foam patches that Sims uses are far superior to the traditional fleece. Plus they'll mail you a new one for free when the old one wears out.
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can you spell "rust":eyecrazy:

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I think mine is messier, but that's mostly due to the fact that I don't have a real fly box with ripple foam or some other means of securing the flies. My flies just get dumped into the various compartments. Here's what it looks like at the moment, and I haven't even put the swap flies in there yet!

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BTW, I voted even though most of my flies aren't trout flies, so maybe my vote doesn't count :hehe:
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Q,

Thats fairly orderly, maybe I will post up one of mine, if I can reduce the picture with out having to spend 30 minutes of my time.

I like to commingle my flys in each box/wallett there fore if I lose it I will not be out of all of the patterns of one type. Been there and done that, lost a big steelhead and trout nymph book 10 years ago which had all of my black stone flies nymphs in it.

I still have night mares about losing that box. Could not find it on the trail or river section I fished that day.

Some one got a nice gift from me.

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Old 02-10-2003, 08:43 PM
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Fly patches....

Actually, ALL fly patches lose flies very well. And, you're right about barbless being guaranteed lost - I use 'em too!

If only someone would come up with a STRONG magnetic patch, we wouldn't have to worry about rusting, and maybe.... just maybe....

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Old 02-10-2003, 09:31 PM
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Adrian, rust is a different box.

Dave, :hehe: Exact location I was thinking of.

Q, thats not messy. You've got everything in 1 box to make selecting a fly easy.

Bob, Let me think on that one. The Fly trap has saved many times its cost in flys for me, but it doesn't work for large flys.
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Old 02-11-2003, 10:17 AM
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Well I don't use one of those drying patches. Barbless hooks don't stick to good. And my fly box always looks like hell. But I can find any fly in it. But the back of my car is another story. Everything has it's place but in the back of my car nothing has it's place. I tend to just as I takes my gear off just throw in in the back. Waders one place,boots another,sweatshirt,wool socks,vest,rods in cases. It's just a total loss. I just can't be neat as that is no fun.
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Heck John
My fly box looks like that after one good trip

Here's a trick for flies that you want to keep.I use an adjustable fly box with all the dividers taken out and then put in a dessicant pack like you get in electronics to keep them dry. When I am done with the fly I put it in this box till the end of the day and then open it up and let the flies air dry (no rust)

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