Okay you'se guys, Like many of you I tie a lot of flies and unlike many of you, I tie a lot of BAD flies, which I put in a cigar box where no one will ever find them and laugh.
Do any of you ever strip the bad ones to save hooks/beads/cones, etc or do you just throw them away? I tried stripping them but going through too many razorblades to make it worth my efforts me thinks.
What's your thoughts?
Last Edit: Jul 9, 2009 16:02:03 GMT -5 by radioflyer
There's a fine line between flyfishing and standing in the middle of a river waving a stick and looking stupid...
I have one drawer in my material file named " injured flies " it contains both damaged flies and bad ideas. When I'm working on a new idea for a fly and things just aren't working out. I reach in that drawer and pull out a few flies and strip them down. It's kinda like therapy because I all most always grab one look at it and laugh, what the $#^% was I thinking when I did this. Some times it results in a break through and sometimes I just go to bed.
Post by phishinincident on Jul 9, 2009 22:32:46 GMT -5
The fishing on the PM was really poor one day this may, due mostly to the really high sun, being in the bug water we thought we’d make good use of the time and the float. So i started back rowing and my buddy got out a knife and we proceeded to just simply pull flies out of trees for something like four hours and a couple river miles...
I wish we would have taken a picture of our findings, i kid you not i had a big freezer bag completely full of flies(the fly water of the PM is highly pressured.) Some good some bad some ugly but i got tons and tons of good eyes and hooks from them, gave my buddy most of the useable flies and kept the materials for myself...
To strip em i mostly use old scissors and razor blades, if the hooks rusty and the fly contains a nice bead or set of eyes i simply break the hook's shank with my hands slide the material off and take the eyes/bead/cone...
Its sad how excited I was about finding some of these hooks and beads
Before my fly fishing days in Richmond IN, thats how I stocked my tackle box. In the fall, after Brookville Lake had been drawn down to winter pool I would walk around some of the creeks, standing timber, and brush and pick up some nice lures.
Some of them need a little work but for the most part the were in good shape. It cost me next to nothing and when I lost one, no big deal. It was a foundling.
Scholars have long known that fishing turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. - Patrick F. McManus /// My biggest fear is when I die my wife sells my fly fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.
Post by flyfishingpastor on Jul 10, 2009 11:04:40 GMT -5
I toss 'em in a box for that rainy day when I can reclaim them. I haven't tried it yet and it may be more work than its worth, but I just hate to throw them away.
When I was just getting started, I had the beginners tendency to crowd the eye (anyone have an eye extender?) so there's a bunch o' those! Then I went to the other extreme, Trent used to ask me why I only dressed half the hook. I told him that was the way they used to "classically" dress a fly - I don't think he bought it. I have some of those as well.
"The two best times to go fishing is when it's raining and when it ain't." -Patrick McManus