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Been experimenting at the vice lately tying hoppers, streamers, maribou tubes, a few midges and elk hair caddis. I was wonderin

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  • Been experimenting at the vice lately tying hoppers, streamers, maribou tubes, a few midges and elk hair caddis. I was wonderin

    Been experimenting at the vice lately tying hoppers, streamers, maribou tubes, a few midges and elk hair caddis. I was wondering if there are some timeless flys you keep in your box at all times? (time of year in mind to an extent) Thanks

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    Pheasant tail nymphs and gold ribbed hairs ear nymphs.

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    • #3
      Besides the above hare's (as in rabbit, buckhunter) ear nymph, I also usually keep humpy, black prince, parachute adams and/or royal coachman, and gray wulff.

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      • #4
        Honk, I noticed the second I hit enter I used the wrong word for hare but it was too late.

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        • #5
          I spell it the wrong way all the time too. Just sticking it in your ribs a bit :-).

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          • #6
            Parachute Adams, Royal Coachman, Black Knat, Bead Head Royal Prince, Wooly Bugger

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            • #7
              Wolly Buggers and Egg patterns, especially the eggs.

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              • #8
                I have a hare's ear soft hackle bead head nymph pattern that has produced well for me just about everywhere I've used it. Here's the recipe:

                Tail - Hare's mask guard hairs
                Body - Hare's ear dubbing
                Rib - Fine gold mylar/tinsel
                Hackle - Partridge hackle
                Head - Gold Bead
                Thread - Black or tan (I prefer tan)

                To see an approximate image of the final product, go here: flyillusions.com/2010/02/13/beadhead-soft-hackle-hares-ear/

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys, looks like i'm headed to the fly shop to pick up some more material friday. Have friend (chicken judge) picking up some hackle feathers this weekend hoping he doesn't leave any chickens bald.. well i guess if there not using the feathers i don't mind. tight lines.

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                  • #10
                    For big trout and bass, I would have to say a size 4 rabbit strip sculpin:

                    Hook: Size 4 natural bend
                    Head: Small Sculpin Helmet (any color works)
                    Tail: Zonker rabbit strip (not cross cut), I like green/black
                    Body: Same konker rabbit strip
                    Collar: Krystal flash, I like red

                    Tie in the rabbit strip at the back of the hook, I like to leave about 3 inches of it for the tail (Cut to needs after fly is finished). Wrap the rest of the rabbit strip up the shank along with plenty of super glue under the leather. Near the eye, tie the rabbit strip off and tie in a few strands of krystal flash, extending all the way past the tail. Tie your knot, apply head cement and put the sculpin helmet on with some super glue. make sure the eyes on the helmet are facing downward from the hook, making the fly fall upside down and not get snagged on the bottom, where the 20 inchers feast in sculpins and crayfish.

                    Another great fly is a Glass chironomid.
                    Very simple:
                    Hook: Size 12-32 pupa/ emerger
                    Body: black thread
                    Ribbing:Perl or red crystal flash

                    Just wrap the thread all the way down the curved hook, tie in the flash, and wrap it up. Tie off and you are done. Coat in head cement before fishing.

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                    • #11
                      Glass chironomid? I just bit my lip trying to say it!

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                      • #12
                        I always have a few hornberg flies with me, they can be fished dry or wet, a pretty simple fly and fairly easy to tie.

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