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January 24, 2008

Tie or Buy?

By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

I like tying flies. Except for when I have feathers flying up my nose, fingers covered with glue crust, and miscellaneous animal parts littering my desk. Which is most of the time. Sure, I get the creativity, the history, the cultural attachment. It's very cool to catch a fish on your own fly. I wish I could be John Barr, or even Dan-Bob. But I'm not. So I've decided to focus my efforts on 10 patterns, and buy the rest, because for $2 I'm more than willing to yield to the talents of the good people in Thailand or Sri Lanka.

The 10: 1) Woolly bugger, 2) Pheasant tail, 3) Parachute Adams (transpose materials to make BWOs and PMDs); 4) Joe's Hopper; 5) Elk Hair Caddis; 6) Muddler minnow (for reasons previously explained); 7) Prince nymph; 8) Stonefly nymph; 9) RS2; and 10) San Juan Worm (because it is a crime to pay more than a nickel for a fly that takes 23 seconds to tie). What am I missing?

I think I'll put the cap back on my head cement now.

Deeter

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from alex zelkan wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

yea flies are pretty expensive im 13 yano not much money and ive got to go and buy some 4 dollar smelt pattern that i dont even know if its going to work were im fishing. flies can be a waste of money make your own.

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from Chad Miller wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Well Eric I have asked here at Cinco Rios if there are Carp here for you when you eventually come with me. I got a pretty sketchy answer so you will be left to explore the Andes for Carp!!! Yes they will hicky you just like the Carp in L. Michigan I'm sure of it. By the way the streamer fishing on the Paloma and the Simpson was outstanding. Oh yea I got 30lb King yesterday, they are just as nasty and smelly as they are in Indiana. See ya in the shop.

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

brassie with a propeller

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from Fred wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Brassie - it's only a hook, copper wire and peacock herl. Too easy to waste $2. (Same arguement as the san juan worm...)

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from Evan! wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

good list! add comparaduns in a couple different colors as well as a green drake imitation!yrs-Evan!

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from Eric wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Yes sir it is.

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

KD, you could make a killing off of fly royalties with Umpqua: Deeter's Lake Michigan Golden Bone Stonefly Bugger w/propeller, #6 $6.95

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from Chad Miller wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Eric,Is this "the Carpman" intials E.C.

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from KD wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I'm in. Anything Lake Michigan, I'm in.And ... I guess I do get a pro deal on propellers.

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from Eric wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

A stonefly bugger is one fly you always want to buy, what a pain it is to make those! Kirk, we need to take some stonefly buggers and hit the golden Bones on Lake Michigan!

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

yeah, but seeing as you use (and lose) them by the thousands, you can buy in bulk...

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from KD wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Five cents ... are you nuts? I have to order those propeller things all the way from Texas ...

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

don't forget to add 5 cents for every propeller you put on the front of those woolly buggers, kirk!!

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from Alex Pernice the fly rod winner wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

never pay for a fly you can tie unless you are travling and dont have your stuff a hand tied fly u make is a bout 20 to 25 cents save your money when you can i tie !!

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from JwR wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

your missing some kind of egg pattern...it also a crime to pay more than a nickel for a blood dot or glowbug

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from alex zelkan wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

yea flies are pretty expensive im 13 yano not much money and ive got to go and buy some 4 dollar smelt pattern that i dont even know if its going to work were im fishing. flies can be a waste of money make your own.

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from Chad Miller wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Well Eric I have asked here at Cinco Rios if there are Carp here for you when you eventually come with me. I got a pretty sketchy answer so you will be left to explore the Andes for Carp!!! Yes they will hicky you just like the Carp in L. Michigan I'm sure of it. By the way the streamer fishing on the Paloma and the Simpson was outstanding. Oh yea I got 30lb King yesterday, they are just as nasty and smelly as they are in Indiana. See ya in the shop.

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

brassie with a propeller

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from Fred wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Brassie - it's only a hook, copper wire and peacock herl. Too easy to waste $2. (Same arguement as the san juan worm...)

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from Evan! wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

good list! add comparaduns in a couple different colors as well as a green drake imitation!yrs-Evan!

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from Eric wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Yes sir it is.

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

KD, you could make a killing off of fly royalties with Umpqua: Deeter's Lake Michigan Golden Bone Stonefly Bugger w/propeller, #6 $6.95

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from Chad Miller wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Eric,Is this "the Carpman" intials E.C.

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from KD wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I'm in. Anything Lake Michigan, I'm in.And ... I guess I do get a pro deal on propellers.

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from Eric wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

A stonefly bugger is one fly you always want to buy, what a pain it is to make those! Kirk, we need to take some stonefly buggers and hit the golden Bones on Lake Michigan!

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

yeah, but seeing as you use (and lose) them by the thousands, you can buy in bulk...

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from KD wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Five cents ... are you nuts? I have to order those propeller things all the way from Texas ...

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

don't forget to add 5 cents for every propeller you put on the front of those woolly buggers, kirk!!

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from Alex Pernice the fly rod winner wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

never pay for a fly you can tie unless you are travling and dont have your stuff a hand tied fly u make is a bout 20 to 25 cents save your money when you can i tie !!

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from JwR wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

your missing some kind of egg pattern...it also a crime to pay more than a nickel for a blood dot or glowbug

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