Most flytyers like to keep reference flies so as to be able to duplicate successful patterns later on. I also have to keep references for custom flies I have tied to customers' special requirements. Reference flies must be labeled with all relevant details, including the name of the fly, date, unusual materials, and whether any tinsel used was gold or silver colored (tinsel tarnishes with time and it becomes impossible to distinguish). I keep my reference flies in labeled cellophane envelopes in an index-file, but with trout and sea-trout patterns separate from salmon flies.
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