I was going through my materials taking inventory to see what I might need to replace in case I need to tie replacements if certain patterns run low.
I don't use much in the way of natural materials for my salt water flies, not because I don't like them , it is really just a durability factor that dictates this. It does not take any longer to tie with synthetics so for me it is a no brainer for the durability and the cost. Synthetics are so much cheaper.
There is no way you can tie a deceiver with Buck Tail and catch over 50 fish on it, it just doesn't stand up to that kind of abuse. My synthetic flies have taken over 100 fish on one fly and I can't argue with that and the time I save in not having to tie all the time.
There are basically two natural materials I still use that just can not be replaced by synthetics, Marabou and hackle.
The marabou I use for my Marabou Madness flies and tthe hackle for a Half & Half style. While these are two natural I use, the rest of the flies are not which I believe also helps with the durability factor.
The title of this post was scrap flies and the reason was I found some Chartreuse hackle scraps in an old box and decided to put them to good use. They are hanging in the back of my car waiting to prove themselves tomorrow while the epoxy cures.
Last edited by bonefishdick; 09-17-13 at 10:20 PM.