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CAN’T GET OVER LOSING YOU

From loss comes opportunity–especially when it comes to the organization of one’s flies. Author Scott Sadil weighs in on the feng shui of fly box clutter.

…I wondered: “How wide did it have to open its mouth to get a fly that size down that deep?” Hunger, gluttony, greed: unrestrained voracity borne of fear of not getting your share. Most anglers understand that one, that’s for sure.

But something else was wrong. I noticed a fly box was missing when I reached for my stash of dry attractor patterns. I’ve never been organized enough to keep all of one kind of fly together, and I often just grab a box, open it, see a fly I like, and pluck it out. I’m sure I’m not the only one who fishes like this. I mean, I apply some order to things. But everything breaks down pretty fast when, say, I’m getting fish to rise without hooking them.

Still, there’s no point trying to convince myself otherwise. I lost the goddamn box…

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