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So I just received a fly fishing outfit and box of flies for my birthday from my girlfriend. I am beyond green at all things fly fishing related. So I will have a lot of questions. I thought I would start out by identifying the flies I have. The first box contains the ones that she got for me. They are from Surplus Herby's and are supposed to be all local patterns. The second box photo were an assortment that my dad gave me a few years back that he won at a corporate fishing retreat.

The ones I got recently from my girlfriend.

The older ones that I got from my dad and sat almost completely unused in my tackle box for years.

Here is my woefully pathetic attempt thus far:

1 -
2 -
3 -
4 -
5 -
6 - Muddler Minnow (Brown)
7 -
8 - Doc Spratley (Olive)
9 - Wooly Bugger (Blue/Purple)
10 -
11 -
12 -
13 -
14 -
15 -
16 -
17 -
18 -
19 -
20 -
21 -
22 -
23 -

Please feel free to correct me if the 3 I attempted to identify were incorrect. Thanks guys.

Have a look under the ATTRACTORS button, good place to start.

2,3,and 4 are chronamines. not sure if each has names but thats what those are.

# 7 looks a bit like a damsel nymph as well. mr grey1 is correct on the rest with the possible exception of # 10 . would like to have a better look at that one ! as for the old one's they are hard to tell for sure on any....some i could guess at but a better photo would probably prove me wrong !!
i've been threatening to tie you some flies. i guess now i will have to carry through on the threat ! good to see you have joined the ranks of feather tossers !

ps good g'friend you have there chaka !

Those with beads are weighted, if that helps at all. Some of the flies are wet and some are dry. Generally the feathery ones will be dry. Not to cause confusion but you can fish a dry fly on a sinking line where you want the line to drag on the bottom and the fly to stay above, and then depends on speed and action.

Sorry if I have mentioned it before but these videos are quite helpful:

I find that the description of how a fly is tied useful in understanding some of the art of fly fishing.

#5 Humpy,#7 damsel,#10 dragonfly,#12 universal nymph(guess),#13 red ant or termite,#20&21 look like Mickey Finns tied thick

Mr.Jeff, I forgot that attractors button was even there. Will do. And yes, there is much confusion and even more reading ahead.

GA & Mr.Grey, thanks for helping narrow them down a bit.

Cagey, thanks for your help too. And if I had another fly box, I would definitely send it your way. Yes I do have a pretty awesome girlfriend.

Prunehands, thanks for your help too. Now I just need to sit down later tonight, when I get some time and look over all your answers and compare against some pattern photos. I have a feeling we are getting close to IDing at least the new ones though. I was preoccupied getting skunked out at Echo lake while these answers were coming in.

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