What flies should I have in my box??

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I just obtained a new fly box and I have enough money to buy around 10 other flies..
What flies are essentials to have? I fish for just about every specie that can possibly be caught with the fly.
Or what materials should I get to tie with??? With a budget of near $20?
Anything would be appreciated.
And heres what I have so far, a few jigs and a ton of glo-bugs.
 

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Before you spend 20 dollars on a dozen flies, give Markcanby a hollar. He obtains most of his flies from E-Bay for pennies a fly and has a great collection. I'm sure he can give you some advice.
 
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You've got a few of the best single most fish catching fly in existence already... so - throw in some Bivisibles, Elk Hair Caddis, and some Hare's Ears or Pheasant Tails and you'd have a good starter kit. I'm not sure I'd have bought so many Glo Bugs - honestly, I've rarely caught fish on mine, and often wind up fishing other flies even when the Glo Bugs would produce. I would've gone with more Woolly Buggers and Egg Sucking Leeches over the Glo Bugs. If you're going for more of a sinking fly type box - instead of the dry flies I mentioned - I'd get some Muddler Minnows, Zonkers, the Hare's Ears, and some Prince Nymphs. You will generally catch more fish on subsurface flies than dry flies - although I think dry fly fishing is more fun, and thus half of my flies in my box are dry.

If all you wanted to do was slay fish and didn't care about pattern - you could carry a box with nothing but various size and color Woolly Buggers and never have to change to a different type of fly.
 
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I recommend some Elk Hair Caddis both tan and olive, copper johns, bead head gold ribbed hares ear, bh prince nymph, prince nymph, bh pheasant tail, prince nymph rubber legs, olive and black bh woolly buggers, maybe a disco midge or two, brassie, WD40, that should cover it.
 
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I gotta agree w/ FlyGuy - I'm a happy customer of StreamFlies :)

ETA:

Since you also inquired about what materials to buy to tie up some flies...

You say you've got about $20 or so for materials.

I'd get a package each of black and olive marabou - that'll cost you $6 - 10 depending on what kind of deal you find. Buy a couple cards of black & olive chenille - there's another $4-6, and the remaining money - buy a 50 pack of Mustad 2XL Shank streamer hooks, say, size 6 or 8. Then when you get a bit of extra cash - or can find someone who will donate to the cause - pick up a couple cheap hen capes in black and olive, or grizzly and olive. Those will probably run about $10 a piece, maybe a little more. It's been a while since I bought a hen cape. You want the cape of a hen for most of your wet flies - because hens have softer feather fibers, which work better on wets usually. Rooster capes are better for tying up dry flies.

With the marabou, chenille, and hen capes - you can tie up hundreds of Woolly Buggers, Woolly Worms, Marabou Leeches, and soft hackle wet flies.
 
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You should go to StreamFlies.com / 541-218-1994

All flies are 50 cents each and everything ships for free!

Please refrain from sales pitches when members are simply asking for advice. We have a "Sell" section for those wishing to sell items. I understand the need to drive sales and build a customer base, but, when unsolicited, this tactic of constantly jumping in simply to get your 2 cents rather than adding your 2 cents is akin to harrassment.
 
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Please go back and read the thread before you accuse me of harassment. I gave advice. I answered his question....and I told him how he can get 4 times as many flies as he thought he could get for same amount of money. Did he not mention his budget? I fail to see how that is harassment?

As a matter of fact, I did read it before I stated "constantly jumping in to get your 2 cents rather than adding your 2 cents is akin to harrassment". When you posted your first response, you were not giving advice,but, rather you were advertising/selling your product. We have numerous members who are profecient fly tyers and are also attempting to sell their product. Yet, they do not advertise in each and every thread asking or OFFering advice. Please consider adding a link to your website in your signature. That will ensure the members will see it each time you post.
 
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fair enough

fair enough

Please refrain from sales pitches when members are simply asking for advice. We have a "Sell" section for those wishing to sell items. I understand the need to drive sales and build a customer base, but, when unsolicited, this tactic of constantly jumping in simply to get your 2 cents rather than adding your 2 cents is akin to harrassment.

Nothing to get upset about. I will not do it again.
 
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this is an impossible question... well over 8000 versions of the most common flies.... so I will go with for the all purpose fly just tie a 2 inch piece of black yarn to a red hook, otherwise for 20 bones you need to pick a target or at least a time of year.. mabe a water type... just to broad george-
 
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I will second the endorsement of streamflies.com. Very happy with the price and quality.

My favorite fly is the Elk Hair Caddis. I also think dry fly fishing is more fun so I mostly fish dry even though it can be less productive.
 
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I will second the endorsement of streamflies.com. Very happy with the price and quality.

My favorite fly is the Elk Hair Caddis. I also think dry fly fishing is more fun so I mostly fish dry even though it can be less productive.

I'll third it.
 
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Iv made multiple orders from him. Great service. Colby caught some stocker trout off them at the expo pond down here.
 
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If all you wanted to do was slay fish and didn't care about pattern - you could carry a box with nothing but various size and color Woolly Buggers and never have to change to a different type of fly.

My experience has shown this to be very true. The same has also been true for me, with a collection of Teeny Nymphs too (or similar patterns...don't have to be the Jim Teeny versions). I never leave home, without a good supply of Buggers n' Nymphs.
 
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My experience has shown this to be very true. The same has also been true for me, with a collection of Teeny Nymphs too (or similar patterns...don't have to be the Jim Teeny versions). I never leave home, without a good supply of Buggers n' Nymphs.
thats true... but this is a FLY fishing question.. not pulling plugs and bobber fishing.. he he;)
 
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Uh...where does my post say anything other than buggers n' nymphs...are they not flies?
well, actually no, otherwise they would be called.... flies.. a fly is the end result of those two creatures, but that niether here nor there..... I was just messin with ya... everybody just wants to stick into a kids hand what will catch fish, instead of the journey of two years of not getting it, then sitting down a deciding to learn some ****, and pulling a bugger behind a float tube or toon all day is pulling buggers,, its as much the art of fly fishing as dredging eggs and lead for steel... its fishing with a fly rod... not fly fishing- flies are the **** that gets caught in your nose... nymphs are the thing that get caught in your ear.. when you are " nymphing"
 
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