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    Hi everyone, for those of you that don't tie your own where have you found the best place to pick up your flies at? Online, shops, or friends and have you noticed a real difference between store bought and hand tied? I have a some flies that were hand tied by a friend up in Newfoundland Canada, and some that were store bought from Bass Pro and some small shops in NY. Since I live in Columbus GA there arent any Fly shops that I've seen down here or been able to find. Thanks so much for your response. If I posted this in the wrong section I apologize this is my first posting on here.
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  • #2
    You can find all the flies you need from the sponsors on this board such as:

    Caylor Custom Flies

    Unicoi Outfitters

    The Fish Hawk

    Cohutta Fishing Company

    All of the above either have online stores or will ship you flies.

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    • #3
      RipLips

      I too don't tie and in addition to the places mentioned above, where I've bought and been pleased with my purchases, will add RipLipsfishing.com. It was mentioned on the comp site TroutLegend and those guys know their stuff. At RipLips look at their tungsten beaded-nymph assortment set----having gotten it and been pleased with it, and as spoken about on another NGTO thread recently on painting flys----one can take a Sharpie to them and end up with a pretty nice faux custom fly.
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      • #4
        Roger Caylor supplies most of my bulk stuff. You also cant go wrong with the local shops and their vast knowledge.

        DDF
        Fly Fisherman - Part Entomologist, Part Meteorologist, Part Ichthyologist, Part Hydrologist, All Liar.

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        • #5
          And for warm water, here are a couple fly names that may be new to you.

          Carter's Rubber Legged Dragon (RLD) (usually in sz 8 & 10). Killer for panfish and sometimes bass.

          Kent's Stealth Bomber (usually sz 6. Casts fine on a 5wt) is a secret weapon for bass and bream (collective colloquial name for bluegill, redear, green, etc.). Great by itself, and does double-duty with an RLD dropped off the SB.

          Graig Riendeau's Hairy Fodder (Usually sz 4, and way above 5wt-friendly!) is a bass magnet.

          I figure the trout flies will come easily, but these are relatively new, local, and wildly effective.

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          • #6
            Awesome!

            DAAAANG thanks so much for the links and the lowdown on all these flys. I knew when I moved I'd have to add to my fly box and I really wanted some real world opinions on where and what I should use before laying down 40-50bucks, normally wouldnt be a issue but just had a 2700dollar repair on my truck tranny (4months out of warranty) ahhhh lol.

            Also my father is sending me a old Loomis custom 7wt fly rod that was setup for drift river fishing and worked out great but has normal hoop guides, I was wanting to get that changed over to snake guides. I think it would be a great heavier rod. Also sending me an older scientific angler that I'm gonna throw on it, or my flueger reel thats already loaded. Figure that from what I read it will be a usable setup near buford dam?
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            • #7
              distance

              I just checked The Fish Hawk is the closest to me and since I am off all this week I am going to try and get on up there and grab some of those warmwater flies to hit the flint with when this weather clears up and the river slows down a bit.
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              • #8
                Carl,

                the fly shop at Callaway Gardens usually has a good selection of warm water flies. It's been awhile since I've been in there but it might save you a long drive.

                Kent Edmonds (Kent) here on the message board could probably tell you what they have available.
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                • #9
                  D'oh! Thanks, Drifter! I plumb forgot.

                  Phone before you drive.... Kingfisher Outfitters at 706-663-5142.

                  http://www.callawaygardens.com/resor...ing-trips.aspx

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                  • #10
                    That is muuuch closer!

                    Originally posted by Windknot View Post
                    D'oh! Thanks, Drifter! I plumb forgot.

                    Phone before you drive.... Kingfisher Outfitters at 706-663-5142.

                    http://www.callawaygardens.com/resor...ing-trips.aspx
                    Awesome, my fiancee's granny is putting us on her guest list at Callaway, I never even know there was fishing there! I'm gonna go check that shop out! COOOOOOL!!!! I have to pick up so new float line to replace the cheapy stuff that came on my hobbs creek bargin bin reel.
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                    • #11
                      Probably going against the grain here, but I can understand needing flies and not always being able to shell out $2 for every nymph midge and dry your box.

                      That said, I try to buy local flies as much as I can, but for most of my staple flies I buy them online.

                      Streamflies.com is my go-to: low prices ($.50 each), decent quality flies and free shipping.

                      Also, you can occasionally go on Orvis' website and look for their 20 flies for $10 (free shipping) deal, which is more of a sampler than anything but still a good deal.

                      Just my

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                      • #12
                        Carl,

                        Regarding fishing at Callaway's....lots of options including trout during the cooler months. The big lake next to the fly shop has jonboat rentals. Last time I was there it was $25 for boat rental and it comes with a trolling motor.
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