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What's your favorite terrestrial??

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I put a poll up a while ago but it's never posted so I figured I'd just ask on here.


1. Ant
2. Grasshopper
3. Worm (green weenie, sjw)
4. Cricket
5. Freshwater shrimp
6. Dragonfly
7. Beetle
8. Other


Why do you like them and what's your favorite pattern/time of year/presentation for them??

Posted on: 2007/3/2 13:34
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Re: What's your favorite terrestrial??

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No question. Ant. Why do I like them? Because trout love them. Everywhere. Usually only fish them in summer and fall, but only because "that's the rules" - no, seriously, there are a lot of mayflies/caddis around in the spring that are fun to fish with, but ants would probably work almost any time. Normally fish them dry, but starting to fish them wet more often, and guess what? Trout love them under the water too! Favorite pattern is a parachute ant with a hi-vis post. Sits low in the water for the trout to see, and has a bright post for my eyes to see. In clear calm water with picky trout I'll use one without a post, just hackle.

Posted on: 2007/3/2 13:52
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I like hoppers.

Why?--

1. Big meal; big trout;
2. Easy to float a nymph under;
3. Plop!


PS, Is a freshwater shrimp really a terrrestrial. That one needs re-thunk.

Posted on: 2007/3/2 14:03
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spiders and hoppers and beetles Oh my!

Posted on: 2007/3/2 14:05


Re: What's your favorite terrestrial??

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yeah i thought about it before i listed it, not sure if i'm right or not, but not sure what other category it would fall under....

Posted on: 2007/3/2 14:09
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Foam ant is my favorite terrestrial.

I don't consider green weenies a terrestrial, but they definitely get more fishing time than the ants do... however, I'll take a trout on a dry anytime.

Take a small strip of foam. Lash it to the hook in two spots, making three segments. Done.

I also use the same foam to make beetles, my second favorite terrestrial. Lash the foam down the shank of the hook... into a tight cylinder, leaving about a inch long tag end out past the bend. Wrap peacock herl up the shank to make a fat shiny underbody. Then figure eight wrap a few strands of elk hair over that. Pull the foam forward and tie off a head. Color the elk hair with a black marker.

It SLAYS bass and sunnies, as well as trout.


Don't mean to hijack, but if people could share some good spider/hopper patterns for PA, it would be awesome.

Posted on: 2007/3/2 14:11


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Quote:

ryguyfi wrote:
yeah i thought about it before i listed it, not sure if i'm right or not, but not sure what other category it would fall under....


They are crustaceans. I faced the same dilemma in categorizing the freshwater shrimp tied for the 2007 Swap. I put it in my miscellaneous category.

Posted on: 2007/3/2 14:24
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I LOVE dave's hopper

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/intermediate/part31.html

I tied one the other day in green. But the only one's I've used I bought. Brown and yellow one KILLED some smallmouth for me. Still a bit of a complicated tie for me as a beginner but it didn't turn out so bad. I def feel that a down eye rather than a straight eye is good for this. I like to make a quick jerk to get a good hop on it. Def got the smallie's attention. Caught a few nice sized browns on them too.

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Quote:

ryguyfi wrote:
I LOVE dave's hopper

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/intermediate/part31.html

I tied one the other day in green. But the only one's I've used I bought. Brown and yellow one KILLED some smallmouth for me. Still a bit of a complicated tie for me as a beginner but it didn't turn out so bad. I def feel that a down eye rather than a straight eye is good for this. I like to make a quick jerk to get a good hop on it. Def got the smallie's attention. Caught a few nice sized browns on them too.


The one fly I'd much rather purchase than tie, the "Dave's Hopper."

I was planning to post the same link to the flyanglersonline instructions.


But I like them with the simulated hind legs, so you'll want to add them as are pictured here:
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Posted on: 2007/3/2 14:36
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Thats how I tie them...just like above. Never even bothered trying another variation.

Posted on: 2007/3/2 14:43


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Now your talkin! Terrestrail are my favorites!

Favorites

1.. orange ant
2.. Crowe bettle
3.. Black ants, I like Schroeder's black parachute ants, easier for me to see!
4.. Letort hoppers and Dave's hoppers

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Foam beetle - works year round.

Posted on: 2007/3/2 16:20


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The black thread ant. Sinking ants work better for me.

Posted on: 2007/3/2 16:36


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Black ant with hackle at midshank. As John Gierach say, trout candy!
Coughlin

Posted on: 2007/3/2 17:35


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Paul G won't let me say...

it's a #18 orange (Hairline#01) ant with white hackle

Posted on: 2007/3/2 18:22
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