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Take a dozen with you, all a little differently tied, and different in color and size.

It’s 2021; it seems like the year to get rid of my tying trash

First, I don’t need a zillion flies. I seem to catch almost all the crappies, largemouth bass, tarpon, snook, redfish, and bonefish on similarly tied flies. The variances hovering around sparseness or thickness, hook type, hook size, color/s, and ‘swimability.’ Lots of other specimens that periodically venture into my zones like permit, sharks, jacks, mackerels, carp, smallmouth bass, and a few others have a similar history of falling for my “regulars” as well.

However, with trout flies and I’m including brook, lake, bull trout, and Arctic char, which are Salvelinus’ or char. I have the likelihood in my little world of leaving the tried and true fly styles of yesteryear and being adventurously tied as instructed by Galloup, Spicer, Nicholas, and Flagler.

It does it all: adjusting thread tensioning, after use neat securing of thread for easy pick-up and reuse, half-hitch, and whip finish. Prices vary from $20 to $40.

Second, I don’t need 29 fly tying tools. Three of which have never been employed to do a day’s work. Seven of which are pure junk – made offshore. And multiples of scissors, bobbins, vices, bodkins, and whip finishers.

Third, scissors that need sharpening and should be salvaged – expensive. And all the bodkins should be rescued. They are only caked with glue, paint, epoxy, and UV residue.

Lastly, the need for whip finishing tools, as engineered in the Materelli style, is completely useless and should be donated or made into something useful.

Why? Along came Mr. Rite Bobbin  . . .



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