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Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?
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For nymph fishing, if I had a HE and/or a PT I know I would catch fish anywhere and anytime.

Posted on: 2010/1/14 9:55


Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?
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When smallies won't hit a yellow popper, I'll drift a helgrammite nymph under a large indicator.

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pBead head rince nymph, tied on a curved shank size 12 or 14 nymph hook. It catches fish dead drifted along the bottom,down and across like a wet, swung by cutbanks or through tailouts like a streamer, and produces for me almost every outing.

Posted on: 2010/1/14 11:51


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streamer: Black sculpin
Nymph: Probably Walt's Worm, PT is up there too.
Dry: Parachute Adams in an appropriate size for the hatches.

Posted on: 2010/1/14 13:25


Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?

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Copper John, if one color isn't working I'll switch to a different color. I think I have them in about 12 different colors.

Posted on: 2010/1/14 15:23
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Fishidiot,

how do you tie your helgrammites? I figure a black or brown bugger does the job but I've been looking for a more realistic pattern. Back in the day I never left a stream with a live helgrammite in my box. If there's a better bait for stream smallies I've yet to find it.

Posted on: 2010/1/14 16:07


Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?

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OK, not to be a smart a$$, but which fish species is the target? I figure you're asking about trout flies, but it really does depend. It also depends to some extent on fresh or salt water.

Fresh water: Wooly Bugger by a mile (caught trout, bass, all panfish, pickerel on a #8 black bugger). Vary the size/color/material and it can imitate darn near anything in fresh water!

Saltwater: Hmmm... I like fishing Gartside Gurglers 'casue I'm a topwater fool (caught stripers, fat alberts, baracuda, snook, sail cats, redfish, sea trout, jacks), but I think Clouser Deep Minnow gets the nod for all-conditions performance. Vary the hook size, eye weight and color to suit conditions.

YMMV...

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Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?

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I dunno. I think the idea is to pick just one fly, regardless of species.

I think an interesting question is what you would pick for fresh AND salt water?

I have never fly fished the salt, amazingly, so I didn't consider it. If I had to, I'd probably say a clouser.

Posted on: 2010/1/14 16:59


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I think if I had to pick one fly and fish it for any situation for the rest of my life it would be a clouser minnow. Just about any species of fish I might be chasing will eat a baitfish and clousers tied in varying shades and colors would pretty much run the gamut as far as baitfish are concerned. It's a 'goto' fly for many different species of fish and is a super easy tie. It's got my vote.

Posted on: 2010/1/14 17:14
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Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?
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Bam,
Here's a link to a discussion of helgrammite flies from earlier this year and you can see my preferred version. Frankly, you would likely do as well with a plain ole Wooly Bugger tied with dumbell eyes. There's a popular fly called a Holshag Hackle Fly which is basically a WB with dumbell and some rubber legs.
Nevertheless, I like my flies fairly realistic and this version of helgrammite just slays the smallies (even if I say so myself :) ).

http://www.paflyfish.com/modules/newb ... php?topic_id=7614&forum=5

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Posted on: 2010/1/14 20:51


Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?

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have not been fly fishing that long yet but the fly I have the most confidence in and my favorie fly to tie is the hares ear in 12 14 16 weighted

Posted on: 2010/1/15 7:38


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Dry: #18 tan Elk Hair Caddis

#20 PMD parachute emerger
A strong second, and recently catch more fish with it

Nymph: East...... Green Caddis Puppae
West..... Prince (hands down)

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Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?

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Well everyone was directed tward trout in the first 20 posts. I Know i should have been more specific. Sorry i'll try to do better next time.

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Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?
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A Wooly Bugger for Trout, Smallies, Largemouth, Pike, Walleye, Carp, Pickeral, Sunnies, Suckers, Rock Bass, Crappies, Chubs, Muskie, Fallfish, Stripers, Gar, Eels, Perch......

Didja ketch a deer yea-who?

Posted on: 2010/1/15 9:32


Re: Your Go-to favorite fly of all time and then some ?

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fresh water- hares ear and a clouser minnow
Salt water- clouser and a bobs banger

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