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Pine Special

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I was reading one of my back issues of Eastern Fly Fishing about Pine Creek where Sandfly was mentioned (and pictured). The author mentioned a pattern called a "Pine Special".

My question is, how effective is this pattern and what time of year is it best suited for?

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Don't know. Never used it. Fished the Pine as long as I've been fishin, and I never heard of the Pine Special til I read that very same article!

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Sandfly posted on another forum that it's used to match the local March Brown hatch:

Pine Creek Special

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THIS is the real Pine Creek Special tied by the gentleman that invented it. It's a great pattern that works well and has been a standby on the upper reaches of the Pine for many years.



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Those MBs are big on "the Pine".

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You know it! The Pine produces the big flies, no doubt.

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Festus, they look quite different from the other picture that was on the other site. Is there a published 'recipe' for this fly?

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I think so, but I will have to dig it up. The Pine Creek Special is tied to imitate the Green Drake. Not the March Brown.

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Couldn't view Sandfly's pic on the link posted, but the one Festus postedisn't what I know as the Pine Creek Special.

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The Pine Creek Special was originally developed by the late Russ Mowry. It was later tied for Slate Run Tackle Shop and is still available there. The pattern Festus posted looks like the original pattern.

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The ones Festus posted look more like the picture in the article I mentioned in Eastern Fly Fishing than the one on the other site did.

Both look like nice flies, but the one Festus posted looks the most like what I saw in the magazine article.

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considering you can watch him tie it there and the results is festus' fly; i'm going to go with old lefty and festus on this one.


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Nice! Thanks everyone.

Posted on: 1/25 16:47


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The truth of the matter is, that with a slight change of the wing, which I believe calls for furnace on the original, this pattern can be scaled down to March Brown proportions and used extremely effectively during the March Brown hatch.

I couldn't dig up the recipe, but if memory serves me right, the MAC mag had this fly featured by somebody about 4-5 years ago. I cut that article out and saved it and when I get home I'm going to dig it out. In the meantime, here is a foam winged version that I sometimes use. To be honest, I fish very few dries during the green Drake and lean towards a GD Wiggle Nymph and of all things, a big Brown Hackle Peacock with a silver bead in the thorax and do much better fooling those "surface" feeding fish that are so selective during the hatch and spinner fall.

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Here are the Pine Specials

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