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Re: #1 Pattern
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If you are looking for everyone's favorite patterns, here are mine:

#18 bivisible (tie it with a little tail)
#18 orange ant (tie it in bright, bright orange... like a hunter's vest!, with white hackle for legs... not a magic fly, but it can be very effective)
#16 patridge and orange, a good dropper for under either of the above
#14 through 18 Cabin Adams (this is my own pattern which you can find under the flytying forum in the fly swap pages, but if you don't tie try a down wing adams sometime, awesome in the summer when misquitoes are on the water)
#18 renegade
#14 through 18 lime trude (throw away your sulfur and lil yellow sally patterns, this fly is da bomb!)
#14 to 18 royal wulff, I'll put this on the list to head off everyone else but I like the other patterns better.

Of all of the above my favorite is probably... hmmm... I guess the bivisible. You can dead drift it, skate it, sink it, run it through riffles and slick water... it's just really versatile! And it's fun to fish. Plus it works, and it'll work most of the year. Which is virtue.

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I've been doing some thinking about this one.

My first thought was some type of caddis pattern, but you did say all year. But then, I don't actually have to fish all year, so I guess it would still work.

But keeping in the spirit of the question, I was thinking woolly bugger, probably a modified olive that i use for steelhead. Or I might just use black with a little flash. I've had good success with those too.

Then i was thinking about picking something smaller that looks a little like a lot of things, and a lot like nothing. ... Nope, not an adams. I was thinking something like a Prince nymph.

Then someone said bunny leach. I like that choice too, same colors as the bugger.

I think it was Pete that said muddler. I though he was crazy but after he explained it, I like that choice, too. Just not as much as the others.

I don't know. I think it would be easier to state what flies it wouldn't be. It most definitely wouldn't be a midge. Heck, I don't fish them when I have a choice. Wouldn't be a dry fly, especially a mayfly dry. Still wouldn't be a muddler. I don't remember ever catching anything with a muddler, and yes I have tried them. i know guys who are deadly with them, but I haven't figured them out even though I've caught lots of fish with jigs.

Still thinking woolly bugger or bunny leech. Maybe the Prince. I guess I would have to flip a coin … a couple times.

Posted on: 2008/7/29 15:21
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Still don't fish the muddler with confidence. Spun deer hair doesn't make sense to imitate a bottom dwelling sculpin, damnit.

Posted on: 2008/7/29 16:09


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One year I think it was 99 I fished a Royal Wulff from January until July, it was the only fly I used during that period. I went back to it in the fall and caught a lot of fish that year on a royal Wulff in several states too.

Posted on: 2008/7/29 21:58
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Quote:

jayL wrote:
Still don't fish the muddler with confidence. Spun deer hair doesn't make sense to imitate a bottom dwelling sculpin, damnit.


The cougar's a type of muddler. Like so many things in life, it's all about how much lead you're carrying. That's my one fly, I guess.

Boyer

Posted on: 2008/7/30 6:45


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Well if I had to survive on ONE fly, I'd have to tie this material on my hook..

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Re: #1 Pattern
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Sandfly,

Good one! Although a glo bug stored in tuna oil is a bit more subtle.

Posted on: 2008/7/30 8:18
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Don't give away my secret Pad!

Posted on: 2008/7/30 9:21
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Posted on: 2008/7/31 12:58
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another one of my favorites for wild browns is a large weighted treble hook like this. It works all year long.


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Midge. I have fished this one pattern in every stream I have fished and it works great everywhere especially in the winter.

Posted on: 2008/8/1 17:22
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Posted on: 2008/8/1 20:05


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BHPT Flashback. I've rewritten this 3 times now. I just can't do it with one.

Posted on: 2008/8/1 20:21


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I've tried to post my response here at least 5 times, but every time I think about being limited to one fly, I start to tremble and cannot type....

So, I'll do it this way:

For the places I fish now, if I could only have 2 dries and 2 sinking flies, my dries would be a size #16 Hare's Ear Parachute and a size #10 deerhair ant. The sinking flies would be a #16 BHPT tied on a scud hook and either a Green Copper John (#18), a Pink Squirrel #14). a BH Hare's Ear (#14) or a Mueller Olive Nymph (#16).

That's as good as I can do without beginning to tremble..

Posted on: 2008/8/1 20:48



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