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Old 02-15-2014, 06:41 PM
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Default Ard's Nine Three;

The most successful fly I have threw together in the past ten years. It catchs trout here very well.

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Incidentally I tested this fly for over 5 years before ever posting a picture on-line, so even Kelly G. would approve I hope
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As always....... a Killer fly ard!
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Hi Casey,

It's the same old picture that's made the rounds here for years. There are however a bunch in my trout box. I keep those and the Jock O' Dee in good supply for trout / steelhead trout. This year I'm going to be switching off between tubes like the Sunray Shadow and the classics that have worked so well thus far. I am very curious about the tubes.

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Beautiful, very subtle colors, would love to see it in a current!
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Hi William,

They get pretty skinny but if you swing into a slack water the goose hackles puff out a bit. Whatever they look like the trout like them. I'm trying to get some people posting into the Spey & Switch threads as well as into this sub forum which we set up for Spey style or any other flies fished on the swing.
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Default Re: Ard's Nine Three;

Ard, always loved that and no I am more curious on how you ended up naming it
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It's become a "classic"I'm curious too Ard....was it created in 93?or did you catch 93 fish with it on the first day you used it?
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Ard: I've said it before, but will say it again, that is my favorite fly that you tie, just a gorgeous work of art. Just curious if you are thinking of converting that tie to a tube style?

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Default Re: Ard's Nine Three;

I like that fly. I think I am going to give it a try this week. I am a big trout fan. I am trying to tie a million different things now that I am getting the hang of it. I will post a pic if it turns out.
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It's become a "classic"I'm curious too Ard....was it created in 93?or did you catch 93 fish with it on the first day you used it?
Hi JP,

The original fly dates back into the early part of the 20th century. The person who tied it made his very differently and legend has it that on the first cast made at Upper Dam Maine using the pattern caught a 9 pound 3 ounce Land locked Salmon. That's where the name came from.

I've been using the fly in a form close to the original since sometime in the early 1980's but when I came to Alaska and began to catch steelhead with it I thought it needed to be fancier. So I made them in standard streamer style and eventually like the one in the picture. Adding an ostrich herl butt, crystal flash, a rib of tinsel and using goose to hackle the flies made them quite different from their namesake. So....... once the fly began to look like the one pictured I felt that it had become mine and started calling it Ard's.

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Ard: I've said it before, but will say it again, that is my favorite fly that you tie, just a gorgeous work of art. Just curious if you are thinking of converting that tie to a tube style?

Larry
That would be hard to do Larry but I have a bunch of tubes that carry the basic color scheme. I would be afraid that they wouldn't ride right in the current on a tube. As is they seem to stay upright and they continue to work. I will be adding some fresh ones to my trout box before breakup and should post a new photo.

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Hi Glen,

You can find the tying recipe in the Flies for Alaska salmon & trout threads. There is a picture of a streamer style there too. It was scanned from a photo but is pretty good.

Here is a new one on a standard hook with feather wing.
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Following the original recipe but with modern materials this is close to the original type.
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All I do is fancy it up and eliminate the flat wing olive.
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