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 Post subject: What.......
PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 10:07 am 
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........was your most used fly last season?

When I sit down to refill my boxes after the season I always look to see why fly I used most in that prior season. For me, almost invariably, as it was again this season, it’s a #20 Bead Head flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph. I go through.......literally.......dozens of them per season.

For dry flies it’s always Sparkle Duns. A bunch of #14 BWO’s.......?A whole lot of #18 BWO’s......And #18 PMD’s.

For Streamers it’s invariably #4 Clouser Minnows.......usually what I refer to as a Clouser Crawdad ( not to be confused with the fly that Bob Clouser actually calls his Crawdad). Brown bucktail over gold Krystal flash......8 strands......over flourescent Orange bucktail.

How about you guys that tie a lot? What are the rows of empties in your boxes?

Dave M

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 Post subject: Re: What.......
PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 11:06 am 
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Location: Bangor
Dry Fly- Purple Haze- 14-20. Purple Comparadun- 14-20, Missing Link- 16
Nymph- I quit nymph fishing
Streamer- Thin Mint- 6,8, Bow river bugger, yellow& clouser- 6
Spey- Mini Montana intruder, olive mini intruder, yellow mini intruder, bow river bugger


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 Post subject: Re: What.......
PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 11:32 am 
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My time on the water was limited in 2018. I think I fished a day with Titleguy chasing striped things; spent a day floating the upper Andro with a motley crew of FFIM'ers; and spent went on a short Atlantic salmon excursion to Canada. Otherwise- I wet a line here or there, but never really was able to spend much time on the water. Something about getting married, moving, dogs/dog training/dog field trials ate up most of my open water season. This coming year will likely not be much different, as home building is on the schedule. I'm hoping to spend more time chasing stripers near the new homestead with this summer so I'm looking at tying more striper flies this winter than I normally would.

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 Post subject: Re: What.......
PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 11:37 am 
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Hunter......

You building near the coast?

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 Post subject: Re: What.......
PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 11:49 am 
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Dry - Usual
Nymph - Pheasant Tail (small ones)
Streamer - Black Nosed Dace or Bead Head Minnow always almost out of both it seems


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PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 11:57 am 
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Dave M wrote:
Hunter......

You building near the coast?


Yes.

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PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 2:00 pm 
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Hunter.... I have 5 doz striper flies that didn't get wet this year.... consider yourself equipped, at least when you're out on my side of the h2o.

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PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 2:09 pm 
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Hunter.... I have 5 doz striper flies that didn't get wet this year.... consider yourself equipped, at least when you're out on my side of the h2o.


Deal. But I still need to fill out my striper box. It's sadly neglected.

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PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 7:54 pm 
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Orange muddler, as always.

But various BWO's got quite a work out the 10 days I was out west.


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PostPosted: December 6th, 2018, 8:39 pm 
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I haven't gone threw my boxes yet as I'm still chasing ducks, but I can guess off the top of my head;
Dry - this year I caught fish on dries on one day, and did very well on a small X2

Nymph - always a PT, 18 to 22

Streamer - size 6 cream Gartside SHS

For the salt it's a clouser, size 2 white/chartreuse, white/olive, white/pink, olive/chartreuse.

My striper boxes are overflowing, because I enjoy tying them, clousers, deceivers, hollows, half and half, ep sand eels, gurgglers... but 95% of the time I throwing on a Clouser.... on floro, with a loop knot.

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PostPosted: December 7th, 2018, 9:01 am 
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This might be an answer to a different question. But, my most memorable fly of 2018 was a "vintage" red and white bucktail streamer tied in the mid-1960s by a now-departed friend's father. Standing downstream of the tip of a gravel bar on the Dead, I'd whittled my leader down to the size of a phone cable and went looking in my box for something new to try. I spotted the red and white streamer I'd stashed in there 5 years ago and figured "why not?"

Two casts, boom! Big brookie. When the trembling subsided, two more casts and Boom again! Then again. Then AGAIN! Without moving my feet I caught 4 Brook Trout ranging in size from 16 to 20 inches in the span of 20 minutes.

That same fly is back in my box and held up really well, looks as good as new. I never met the man who tied it but like to think he would have been pleased. It will always be one of my most memorable times of 2018.


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PostPosted: December 7th, 2018, 1:45 pm 
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Dries: Stimulator, ESP, Sparkle dun
Nymphs: pat’s rubberlegs, 20-incher stone, hare’s ear, zebra or Madison midge.
Good ol olive soft hackle wet
Streamer - other than the occasional bugger, used almost exclusively a #6 gartside soft hackle in a variety of colors. I like the marabou to be white in the back and any bright color toward the front.

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