Buying Flies for Fishing
It is said that there are some two hundred known trout flies. Perhaps there are. The practical angler does not at the utmost use more than two dozen kinds, but is careful to have his favorite flies in good numbers as regards size. Do not practice economy in buying flies; it will surprise you how fast they will disappear — and some time you will find yourself on the stream without the fly which you are morally certain would make a killing. Have only a few different flies, of the best patterns, and have these in good quantity and in at least three sizes — rather large, medium and small. As above stated, the No. 8 is the most generally useful size. No. 10 is usually small enough; and No. 6 usually large enough. It is a good plan to have a few "midges," flies as small as 14 and 16. The opinions of anglers as to the most effective flies are diverse and many times conflicting.
When buying flies by mail, it is a good plan to have sample flies of the various sizes sent you by the dealer you intend to buy from. The reason for this is that no two dealers sell exactly the same size fly on the same hook number. Sometimes this is due to the difference in the hooks used, and sometimes to the manner in which the fly is dressed. You can never tell. A No. 8 fly sold by Jones will be the size of a No. 10 sold by Smith, and occasionally the variation will be even more. Send for samples. If you possibly can, get flies tied lightly — not bunchy — with light, small bodies and not too much winging.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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