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Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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I tend to think of the lightning bug as being just BH pheasant tail with tinsel wrapped over the body. I fish it in the same circumstances as a PT, and don't necessarily view it as a junk fly. (Emerging nymphs can be quite shiny, especially if they have air clinging to them. It's a very popular fly out west.

That Alexandra was banned on many waters in England in the 19th and early 20th centuries as being so effective that it was unsporting. It was believe to imitate trout fry, and so was more of streamer than nymph.

It still works.

Posted on: 12/10 19:16


Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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The comparison to the Alexandria is an interesting one. You can't ignore however the difference in how these flies are fished. The Alexandria is basically a still water streamer,and is therefore required to share some semblance with the trout's prey in order to evoke a strike. The beadhead tight line thingies and assorted chenille worms bounce down stream into the mouth of a curious fish. Both methods require skill on the part of the angler, but they take advantage of different behavioral patterns in the fish. No one fishes "junk" flies. But we do have preferences for how we like to fool the fish.
Mike.

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Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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I agree with the tyer who said BH PT with silver tinsel instead of PT. I do add the PT legs and have great days fishing it for Steel. I look at it as the nymph counterpart to the Patriot!

Probably just started problems there didn't I.

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Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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Lightning bugs work good out here in MT. Red bead, red pheasant tail fiber, red ultrawire, and small tinsel body.

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Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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For some reason, when I was in Montana, red seemed to work well for a lot of patterns. I remember a bead head red serendipity catching a lot of fish, especially. Unsure why, but definitely not surprised with this pattern, either.

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Posted on: 12/24 8:47
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Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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Yes I have caught fish with a regular lightning bug. It's a little complicated to tie though, worked good. I tied mine with;
Pt fibers tail
Silver Mylar with gold rib on the body
Thorax peacock with a black wing case and a partridge feather for the legs.

I have enough complicated flies I don't need any more

Posted on: 1/12 17:24
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Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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One of my go to flies is a red pheasant tail. Red works out east as well.

Posted on: 1/19 21:34


Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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YoughnessMonster wrote:
Lightning bugs work good out here in MT. Red bead, red pheasant tail fiber, red ultrawire, and small tinsel body.


Last August, while in MT, Lightning Bugs, Rainbow Warriors, Lil Spankers, Psycho Princes, and Crystal Dips were all THE go to flies. All incorporate a lot of flash and were tied in relatively small sizes. More conservative patterns didn't get much love from the guides. They worked, but not as well as the flashy stuff.

The interesting thing though was the size of the flies. 18 and even 20. The thing I see here in PA with bright attractor nymphs is guys rarely going that small. I've scaled down my flashy nymphs to smaller sizes and i'm already noticing they are more effective. That's not to say I haven't had any luck with flashy nymphs in the past. I have, and in fact flashback variants of traditional nymphs have been a staple for me, getting the nod over the non-flash versions of the same fly. However, the patterns I listed take flash to the next level.

Kev

Posted on: 1/21 6:47


Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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On a related note to the last post regarding downsizing flashy stuff....I tie my San Juan variation with a painted orange bead on a size 16-18 and keep the total length of chenille to about 1/2" and it is my go to "junk"fly on most streams. It far outperforms full size San Juan's in most cases...muddy water is an obvious exception.

Posted on: 1/21 15:25


Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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And here I thought you guys were talking about actual lightening bugs. I've fished a sunken lightening bug imitation and have done as well as with a sunken ant on a few if the streams in south central pa. I'll have give your version a shot.
Matt

Posted on: 1/27 20:13


Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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Troutbert, they look like a flatened greeny worm, Our mutual friend uses an adult with startling results.

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Re: Lightning Bug nymphs

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YoughnessMonster wrote:
Lightning bugs work good out here in MT. Red bead, red pheasant tail fiber, red ultrawire, and small tinsel body.


I recently picked up some anodized red tungsten beads that look just like glass. You just gave me an idea, thanks gotta go.

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