[quote="Dave M"].........Do we *ever* have enough flies? (Keeping firmly in mind that "ever" means very different things to different guys/gals).
Dave, I have been thinking a lot about what you said here; and I have enjoyed yours and other's thoughts on this subject. Here is what it means to me. The first two flies I learned how to tie were the Light and Dark Ebson Tigers (just because they were so simple to tie), and they worked very well for me. Even though I had previously fished with other flies I had bought, it was much more exciting then to catch fish on flies I had tied. So, for several years, I would tie a few dozen of just the two Ebson Tiger patterns, put them in a small plastic fly box, and use only them on all the summer wilderness canoe trips, that I guided on the West Branch of the Penobscot, St.Croix River, Moose River, Allagash, and many others places. I fished these small Ebson streamers on my (which was very vogue at the time) eight and a half foot, Fenwick, fiberglass fly rod. I fished my little Ebson streamers as dries, wets, even like nymphs on the bottom, and of course, mostly like streamers...all these methods worked very well at times for brookies, salmon, bass, and chubs. I used these two patterns; and they worked equally as well on brooks, streams, rivers, beaver bogs, ponds, and lakes. Then it happened...somebody gave my a muddler to try...and ever since then, it does not seem like I have enough flies; and ever since then, I have been stocking up on different nymphs, wets, dries, and streamers that I both tie and buy. Today, when I go on a fishing trip, I always carry a fishing bag with hundreds of different flies and take three different fly rods. Heck, a few days ago, I panicked and tied Wood Specials all day, when I realized my stock of 6's and 8's were below a hundred. So, Dave, to answer your question, "Do we *ever* have enough flies," no probably not...but damn, fishing was so easy and relaxing, back when I just carried one fly rod and one fly box...plus, I probably caught more fish back then, than I do today