I have a major weakness: I’m in love with fly-fishing flies.
I really enjoy reading about them, talking about them, visiting fly shops to see them, and making them. If I see/hear/learn something might be effective, I have to use a Jedi Mind Trick (see video above) to keep me from buying or making that fly.
And, I suck at it.
That’s why I have oodles of fly boxes filled with flies I’ve never fished. And, I’m writing this to myself: you don’t need a lot of flies.
Here’s what works for me, if I were to boil it down:
- Nymphs: Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail, Zebra Midge
- Dry flies: Elkhair Caddis, Adams
- Streamers: Wooly Bugger, Marabou
What about you?
The more I read one of my favorite blogs, Small Stream Reflections, the more I realize there’s a tremendous beauty in fly fishing simply but effectively.
Time for me to simplify, methinks.