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I <3 Frenchies

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So I fished the LL the other day and did quite well. It was a friday and the weather ended up getting into the fifties. So, I decided to get on the stream before anyone else. Two hours before anyone. I ended up with six fish in 2 1/2 hours which I was happy with. Three on frenchies, two on soft hackle jigs, and one on my lead fly(caddis pupa). I even had a 19" brown break off at my feet.(7x) The goal for fishing on friday was not to catch a lot of fish, it was to get better at euro nymphing. I am currently training for the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Nationals. So I need to get better at euro/straight lining. The famed Frenchie has allot going for it in the popularity category. So I decided to fish them. Orange was the color friday, but I assume that the other colors in the photo will work great too. I tied these up after my initial success. Just wondering if anyone else has had good success with the fly? I can see why it's many top tier competitive fly fishers favorite fly. Also, how do they look? Thanks!

P.S. - I am aware the photo sucks, badly. I am currently in the process of getting a much better camera. This was taken with my phone.

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Re: I <3 Frenchies

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I also had really good success fishing them on Friday up near me. I was using the same techniques as you. The color I use is a mixture of two. I combine UV Pink and orange. With the Harman's competition coming up I am almost exclusively practicing high stick/tight lineing. I am not to far away from the L.L and the Poconos. If you ever want to try to get out we could pick each other's brain. Funny my lead fly was a anchor caddis pattern as well and had some good success with it.

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Yeah, maybe that could work. Also, the LL is great, you just have to get there before everyone else so you can cover the most water possible. Euro nymphing is much harder to get a hang of, but once you start to get it, it can be more effective than indicator nymphing.

Posted on: 2013/2/17 20:38


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Found another flie to add to my, "why did you never tie these before" collection.

I think my go to pattern is a caddis larva/pupa of any size/variation. Definet fish catching flies.

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Yeah, maybe that could work. Also, the LL is great, you just have to get there before everyone else so you can cover the most water possible. Euro nymphing is much harder to get a hang of, but once you start to get it, it can be more effective than indicator nymphing.


Indicator fishing has its place. However, high sticking is really more productive. My friend that was fishing the water first was indicator nymphing and using the same flies as me, he caught the skunk. He is looking now for a 10ft+ rod and wants to learn the high sticking method. He has become a believer.

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Actaully learned a lot today from watching a video that a fellow PAFF'er put me on.

The orignator of this method was a die hard greyling guy. The european greyling had the lightest and nearly undetectable strike. The guy "Vlady" i think they called him would read the water and know where the fish were. When his knew his flies were in the area he would do a quick lift, and have a greyling hooked.

I wonder if this was because the rods and other gear that they were using back in the day were not as great at detecting strikes or feeling the bottom. I have heard stories that these guys from poland were shut off from the rest of the fly fishing world.

It could als be that this guy was just that damn good.

I picture me, reading an obstical, knowing where the fish would be in relation to the flow of water around the obstical, watching my line go right into place, doing the false cast when I know the flies would make their way around the obstical, and foul hooking two fish or something. LOL

I don't think this technique would be appreciated in Erie but it is an interesting concept to say the least. I think this could really show merit in the winter when fish are very light on the take. Just some food for thought.

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Re: I <3 Frenchies

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7X tippet, particularly in nymphing applications, is absurd.

Posted on: 2013/2/17 21:11


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I agree, 5x fleuro is smallest I go.

Posted on: 2013/2/17 21:13
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I agree, 5x fleuro is smallest I go.


What is fleuro? Is that like fluorocarbon but with an "e" stuck in there? LOL. You still favoring TroutHunter fluoro?

Posted on: 2013/2/17 21:37


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I agree, 5x fleuro is smallest I go.


What is fleuro? Is that like fluorocarbon but with an "e" stuck in there? LOL. You still favoring TroutHunter fluoro?


Fleuro= European fluorocarbon for European nymphing obviously. Lol Anyways, yes and Rio.

Posted on: 2013/2/17 22:11
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Re: I <3 Frenchies

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InTheMend wrote:
Yeah, maybe that could work. Also, the LL is great, you just have to get there before everyone else so you can cover the most water possible. Euro nymphing is much harder to get a hang of, but once you start to get it, it can be more effective than indicator nymphing.


Indicator fishing has its place. However, high sticking is really more productive. My friend that was fishing the water first was indicator nymphing and using the same flies as me, he caught the skunk. He is looking now for a 10ft+ rod and wants to learn the high sticking method. He has become a believer.
Becker, you should really not make a blanket statement like" high sticking is really more productive". It is a very productive way to fly fish but fishing with an indicator can be just as productive under the right circumstances. I fish either way depending on conditions. Take my advice and don't get in the rut of only fishing one way. By using different methods you will catch more trout. I know, I learned that the hard way, thru experience.

Posted on: 2013/2/17 22:29
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You fish with Green Weenies, what do you know? Lol ; -)

Btw, I said it has its place and would never say that you should never use a certain technique.

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You fish with Green Weenies, what do you know? Lol ; -)

Btw, I said it has its place and would never say that you should never use a certain technique.
Yes I do and I know how to catch trout on them with both methods, high sticking and fishing an indicator. Can you say the same?

Posted on: 2013/2/17 22:42
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Re: I <3 Frenchies

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NOPE

Posted on: 2013/2/17 22:53


Re: I <3 Frenchies

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No, because I have no confidence in them. Think you would agree that when you fish a fly with confidence, it produces for you.

Posted on: 2013/2/17 22:56
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