Been rolling my own since the 1970's. Over the years I've seen a variety of recipes and equations but I just sit there with several spools of Maxima and simply assemble what looks good to me. Something like 40, 30, 20, 15, 12, 10, and maybe down to 8 lb with the Spey rods. Sometimes I leave droppers and fish multiple flies. To lazy to sit there with a calculator and tape measure just to get a fly in the water. Normally carry a spare in my wallet for that rare instance where I might hang the whole unit up in a tree.
Only had that happen once when I was fishing a daisy chain of 3 flies. Put it all together and the whole mess got entangled in some dead limbs tight to the bank on the first cast. A bit miffed when I had to leave 3 flies up there that had never been wet. Had it been a live tree, I would have scrambled up and maybe whittled off a limb or two. Being dead and overhanging the water, I didn't want to risk a 20 ft fall into the run. The flies were up there for years until wildfire a couple years back took out the tree.
Years back a tech rep I encountered on the river gifted me multiple spools of some ultra thin material. I lost about 5 fish to hard hits that day and examinations and tests in camp revealed my knots were slipping. Nice curly cues on the end when I reeled things in. I normally put about 5 turns on each tag, wet the knot, snug things up, and trim the tags. With the thinner material, it took about 7 turns for the knots to hold, and I had issues getting the turns to stack neatly. Went back to my Maxima and the skinny stuff landed in the dumpster the next morning.
Last edited by OkieDokie; 08-17-2019 at 06:22 PM.