Taking Stock of Your Fly Fishing Flies Inventory
When was the last time you checked your fly box? If it needs some organizing, now is a good time to do that. I do not know about you, but by the end of a season my boxes are a train wreck. A typical early season activity for me is to go through all my boxes, discard flies I know I won’t use, organize by fly type and species, and make a list of needed inventories.
Basic tips for organizing your fly box:
There are many ways to organize your fly box. I do it by size, according to patterns, types of imitations, stages, and species of fish. The key is to organize it in a way that is comfortable to you. For instance, for my trout boxes, I have one for dries, one for emergers and nymphs, and one for streamers. I have a bass fly box, a bonefish fly box, a musky fly box…..you get the idea.
Keep similar things together!
In my dry fly box, for example, I will have all my BWO patterns together. The same goes for Caddisflies. For something like Caddisflies, I will also go from light to dark in pattern…Gray, Tan, Olive, Brown, Purple, Black etc. It’s actually quite helpful and efficient on the water to have a little OCD up from.
Make sure you have the right fly box!
As your collection of fly fishing flies grow, it may be time to invest in a box or two. Size your box to what you’re going to put in them (statement of the obvious). Big streamers, big box. Size 26 midges, put in a buddy’s box with good eyesight that can thread to suckers!
Do an inventory
Depending on the fly, I normally carry either 3,4, or 6 of a particular pattern and size. I have a buddy that goes by the old adage, two for me and one for the tree. Really its just personal preference. Most folks are in the 3-4 range. I routinely do 6 flies. I own a fly-fishing business and I tend to give flies away as a token of good will and a bit of marketing.
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