Organise your fly-boxes
Don Stazicker urges a logical approach
WHEN A FRIEND ASKS “What fly shall I use?” while opening a box to reveal a tangled mess of patterns pointing every which way, it can be tricky to work out what exactly is in there. The way our eyes and brain scan the world makes it easier for us to find things when they are arranged in an organised manner. Presented with a large number of coins and asked to calculate their value you would find it virtually impossible to visually scan all the coins and add them up in your head. Instead you would sort them into groups of similar coins each containing the same number of coins. Adding them up would then be simple. Interesting, then, that many of us don’t do this with our fly-boxes. This can affect your fishing success. It takes time to find flies in the chaos, time that could be spent fishing. Most successful fly-fishers use some sort of system to organise their flies.
Recognise this? A disorderly fly-box is probably familiar to most of us, but with a little thought and organisation we could increase our catches.