How many do you have to your name?

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  1. pittendrigh

    pittendrigh Active Member

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  2. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    Those are good looking flies, no matter who thought them up.
     
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  3. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I probably have 3-5 dozen patters that are not in existence outside my fly boxes. Most are derivations of well known patterns or types of patterns.

    I've run into a few steelhead anglers who mostly fish one off patterns, so I suspect variability in fly boxes is pretty high.

    I have a couple of favorites, but I get bored of patterns quickly and when swinging flies is working, most anything will do it seems. But there are folks with a lot more hours on the water than me, so take my thoughts for what they are...some fellas random thoughts :)
     
  4. IveofIone

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    Just one-the Bug Eyed Fuck-named after a boss I held in very low esteem.

    Ive
     
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  5. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    is it a fish catcher?
     
  6. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    ......the fly was a loser too.

    Ive
     
  7. Jamie Wilson

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    I think it's more like 'have you thought up a new name that is "catchy" and no one else has beat you to it'
    Even if I was copying a fly it sure wouldn't look like the prototype. So - if I could think up a sweet name I may have a new pattern
     
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    I wonder if the fly is a true loser or just not fished enough - you know - when there are fish around:cool:
     
  9. floydiology

    floydiology board to the new

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    Fly tying is like music, there are only 8 notes but billions of combinations that are rarely ever repeated. Claiming to invent a fly is like claiming to invent music. You don't invent music, you become a composer of that music.

    I have composed many original scores and performed many classics.I even have a few that have been been licensed by major fly manufactures.
     
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    I've composed a few dozen over the years. A few of my favorites are: LB Spey, Redwing Blackbird Spey, Night Dancer Shrimp, GB Shrimp, Skykomish Sunrise Shrimp, and Hot Pink & Orange GP. My favorite chum coho, and king fly the Fuschia Bunny Leech I 1st tied in 1991 was copied by someone else a few years later who then got one of the fly companies to tie it offshore and market it, of course he collected the royalties for it despite having copied it.
     
  11. generic

    generic Justified

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    I think I've only tied a few just like the original pattern. I'm always "tweaking" it here or there.

    If that counts as a "new pattern", then like Ira, hundreds +1. If you mean just completely new patterns, a few dozen maybe.
     
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    I've got a couple that I would call my own but they incorporate well established concepts and ideas . . . . So I can't totally claim them.

    They sure catch fish though . . . . . .
     
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    I've butchered so many flies in my lifetime that nobody else would claim them but me so I would have to say thousands.:)
     
  14. Bob Newman

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    It depends, are you looking to profit from these "discoveries" or hoping to have the one or several flies that no one else has that makes your day but they go fishless ? In that case several dozen patterns.