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PostPosted: December 14th, 2019, 9:42 am 
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.......what are the flies that almost never fail you? I was pondering this the other day when I was down in my tying room and tying up a bunch of Egg Sucking Flash-A-Buggers to replenish the empty slots in my streamer box. Some spots virtually never get emptied ( and soon I’m going through that streamer box.......like I did last year with my Nymph box.......and remove those that sit in their slots year after year, and almost never get tied to the end of the tippet.

Mayfly Dries: Sparkle Duns/ComparaDuns/Duck Butt Duns

Caddis Dries: LaFontaines Emergent Sparkle Caddis

Midge Pupa’s: Zebra Midge

Nymph: Pheasant Tail ( usually Troth’s US version, occasionally Sawyers British version)

Streamer: Flash-A-Bugger ( either with a large bead, or cone head)

If those don’t work either your presentation sucks ( “ It ain’t the fly......you suck”. ;-). Or you’re fishing over rocks, not trout.

How about you guys? My Christmas shopping is done, and my wife won’t let me get near any wrapping paper........so the tying vise is heating up there days.

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PostPosted: December 14th, 2019, 3:14 pm 
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When I really need a trout, it’s all about location (and timing). And at most of those spots, the fly does not matter, as long as it’s an orange muddler sized appropriately for the water in question. Same answer in the salt— but with a Ray’s fly, flat wing.


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PostPosted: December 14th, 2019, 3:37 pm 
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Never fails? Alas, it’s painful to admit but I’ve been skunked. On those occasions I don’t blame anyone but myself.

If I had to choose ones that have provided a higher percentage over time, it would come down to two, one for moving water and one for ponds. A small elk hair caddies fished under on the swing for rivers/streams and (surprising even to me) a wooly worm in ponds. Those are based on all of those times there’s nothing showing and I can’t make them look up.


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PostPosted: December 14th, 2019, 7:37 pm 
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Woolly Bugger - best fly ever, like Sex Panther Cologne, "66% of the time, it works every time!"
No truly wild Maine brookie in his right mind can resist a WB.
Like Dave said, if a WB doesn't work, there are no fish there or you're doing something wrong.
One of the many beauties of the WB is that it catches fish from March til December - the only time is doesn't work is when there's a hatch and fish are keying on a specific insect - and that doesn't happen often in my world.
I'm also a huge fan of the PT and a deer hair caddis.
Up in Canada one of my favorites is a size 4 Royal Wulff - if there are any brookies in the area, they will literally come out of the woodwork and try to kill each other to get that fly!

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PostPosted: December 16th, 2019, 11:06 am 
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brian foley wrote:
Woolly Bugger - best fly ever, like Sex Panther Cologne, "66% of the time, it works every time!"
No truly wild Maine brookie in his right mind can resist a WB.
Like Dave said, if a WB doesn't work, there are no fish there or you're doing something wrong.
One of the many beauties of the WB is that it catches fish from March til December - the only time is doesn't work is when there's a hatch and fish are keying on a specific insect - and that doesn't happen often in my world.


In my world, one of the few times the fish are keying on a hatch is the Hex/Green Drake frenzy, and a woolly bugger will work for that before and during the early portions of the hatch, fished as a swimming nymph. Probably more effective than fishing the big dries, and the fish on the sunk flies probably average bigger, but fishing those dries is just so much fun!

Favorite bugger colors? For me--all black, black and grizzly, all olive, olive and grizzly, and a purple tail/peacock herl body version with grizzly hackle cover most of the bases, with and without beads. Copper beads for ponds for slower sink. Tungsten beads or even clouser eyes for rivers where I want them to go down fast. And orange and grey is surprisingly effective in waters with smelts.


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PostPosted: December 16th, 2019, 12:51 pm 
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Slight alteration on the wooly bugger- The Thin Mint. My go to fly from November 1-May 15 in Maine. I am tying them on jig hooks now which is cutting down on my fly losses ( some- the Mousam at low tide is a fly eating piece of water).


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PostPosted: December 17th, 2019, 11:42 am 
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Brown biot stonefly nymph
cdc caddis
Hatches emerging pupa
Magalloway belle
White softhackle streamer (unweighted, red head, sinking line)

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PostPosted: December 19th, 2019, 10:27 am 
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Pheasant Tail
Micro Maddison Midge
I dont use a WB much unless it's a golden retriever, and that is killer.
And Tim, change that white SHS to tan and it's pretty much the only streamer I use.

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PostPosted: December 19th, 2019, 12:18 pm 
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Tan, huh?

Interesting... i unfortunately lock into colors that I mostly find appealing.... and tan isn't one of them, but perhaps I should broaden my horizons

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PostPosted: December 19th, 2019, 9:18 pm 
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Yeah, I used to tie white, olive, and black... now only tan. I should probably also broaden my horizons....

The tan looks surprisingly smelty in the water.

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PostPosted: December 19th, 2019, 10:35 pm 
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An old fishing buddy used to only fish the "tan and grey" when streamer fishing. Tan chenille body on a 6X long hook. Grey marabou wing.

He caught a lot of fish.


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