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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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unwanted flies?

do you guys/gals have boxes, bowls, bags that you throw your "not up to par" flies into?

I have realized that the box and bowl and bag i have used are pretty much full .... ill bet there are over 300 flies in them...some are trial and error flies, some are fished and tossed in..most are ones i've tied and am just not that happy with...

My buds come down now and rummage through my bowls etc. and take um, which is fine...sometimes i have a customer who is new or teaches kids fly fishing and i give a bunch to them....

I guess this happens as you progress in tying....i have filled so many of my boxes and when i go back and look at some of them they get regulated to the bowl to make room for new ones i'll eventually be dissatisfied with as well....

funny....
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unwanted flies?

Ha! Iíve heard rumors of this famous bowl Paul.

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do you guys/gals have boxes, bowls, bags that you throw your "not up to par" flies into?

I have realized that the box and bowl and bag i have used are pretty much full .... ill bet there are over 300 flies in them...some are trial and error flies, some are fished and tossed in..most are ones i've tied and am just not that happy with...

My buds come down now and rummage through my bowls etc. and take um, which is fine...sometimes i have a customer who is new or teaches kids fly fishing and i give a bunch to them....

I guess this happens as you progress in tying....i have filled so many of my boxes and when i go back and look at some of them they get regulated to the bowl to make room for new ones i'll eventually be dissatisfied with as well....

funny....
That is great! I do the same thing, except mine is a big mason jar so the dogs can't get at them. Each winter I add to the jar by doing exactly what you do, looking for flies to toss so I can tie more, and the same in summer for steelhead flies. Also empty the pouch under my vise into a waste can. Our street looks like a vegas nightclub when I finally empty that into the trash bin and the trash truck comes, because the feathers go airborne and our street is full of marabou, schlappen, hackle, and hairs that are every color of the rainbow.
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Most of mine have a late night encounter with a razor blade...and then, like the Phoenix, are reborn into something new...that again meets the razor. Circle of life.
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No matter how many flies I have in a box I seem to fish the one I most recently tied. I usually only fish them a couple times before new ones are added and they slowly shuffle through the box and eventually get purged into another big box at home. Someday I'll have the courage to take a razor to them...
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Most of mine have a late night encounter with a razor blade...and then, like the Phoenix, are reborn into something new...that again meets the razor. Circle of life.
Hahahahaha! I do the same! I hate wasting a good iron!!
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Most of mine have a late night encounter with a razor blade...and then, like the Phoenix, are reborn into something new...that again meets the razor. Circle of life.
This made me chuckle.

When I was first out of college and barely making enough money to eat, I used to tie flies for summer/fall, razor blade them at the end of the season, and tie new ones on the same hooks for winter/spring. Break offs made me cry.

Now, I tie stuff that looks okay, look at it again a few months later and think, well that's ugly, and razor it. And usually, the next creation is about on par with the previous one...
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my notorious bowls....LOL

you know i should take a razor to them...may put a shop or two out of business but hmmmm
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nice problem to have, mate.
a problem I've never had as I often leave everything where I fished it last.

'are you fishing here?.. here. have these. they don't work for ****.'

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Yeah, I have my "unwanted" tubs
I razor only the vintage irons, the others are gifts on the river to other spey guys or my river brother Jimmy
I often send these flies out when I sell something here in the Classifieds, I drop a couple or three in the envelope or package.


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I give mine away to friends who don't tie and love crappy flies for bass and pan fish fishing. It's cool..."here, have a handful"...no charge. They love it.
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I tie a lot of flies that are probably good enough to fish, but are not what I'd want to show another angler. I put them in several small chewing tobacco plastic boxes (I'd never use that nasty stuff, but the boxes can be washed out), labeled by seasonal use, such as Winter/Spring Unweighted. I call these my Cannon Fodder flies. They are used in situations where I'm too likely to snag and lose a good fly.
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Hello.. When you search the world over for Norwegianmade Mustad hooks, or Englishmade Partridge hooks, hoover around for THOSE special materials sourced from anywhere, spend umpteen hours behind the vise dressing flies, some nice and some ugly and finally end up giving the best ones away for free at the river or lake.... So those real giveaway flies end up in MY boxes... You must be kinda stupid, not?? Yours borano20
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hmmm... perhaps.
but one hopes another will carry on with the stupidity.

'the figure eight of life'

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Yes I do. Sometimes I go through my wallets/boxes and have a good cull session where I make room for new flies I want to tie. There is always a beginner or someone that doesnt have a million flies that is pumped for the culls.

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