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"Must-Have" Flies for Trout Openers

April 29, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

On my first fly fishing trip out west, my “friend” — owner of a well-known fly fishing shop — loaded me up with $250 worth of his flies, saying “That’s enough to get you started.” Like Eric Sharp, I wondered how many friends like that I could afford to have. “Last week, I counted the flies that three experts said anglers should have in their vests for today’s trout opener. When I added up the various patterns and sizes and figured you would carry about four of each, it came to 164.” In the Detroit Free Press.