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Old 08-08-2011, 03:24 PM
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Last week I fished a small freestone creek from about 6:00-8:00PM. It hadn't rained in 2 weeks, it was low water, hot temps and the fish were holding deep; not feeding much and the rises, if any, were subtle, few and far between.

But, there were a couple of bugs in the air and they were cream caddis; about a #16. So, on went that fly and the casting exercise began. I covered most of the water that could possibly be covered from the banks along a nice run, but came up empty handed. Time to change flies.

On went a dry/dropper; sluggish fish, get the fly down to them, right? 3' dropper - nothing; 5' dropper - still nothing.

How about a meatball? Chernobyl Ant; #8, big, hairy, good action on the top of the water - might work. Nope.

Winged wet - no a bite!

Soft hackle (Stewart's Spider - almost always a fish-getter for me) - nada!

Enter the Batistou Special! This is a fly that J-P introduced me to about 3 months ago when we were fishing for Chubs and Dace in some of his home waters. It's similar to an ant pattern; black foam body, pinched mid-section, black hackle and a white indicator post (or hackle). The back of the foam is tied well down into the bend of the hook; which causes it to sit down in the water almost like an emerger. I think J-P posted a thread on this pattern a couple of months ago, but I couldn't find it or I would have added it as a link.

It was fish on!

I only had two Batistou Specials with me and after a good number of fish, I was out of them.

These were the first two Batistou Specials that I'd ever tied and I didn't do a very good job with them - but the fish didn't seem to mind at all.

Chubs, Dace and now finicky, lazy Summer trout - give me the Batistou Special and I'll be a happy camper!

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I'll have to track down this pattern! Gotta love when you find just what the fish are biting, and even better when it's one of those super-patterns that works everywhere!
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Default Re: Sometimes the Fly Definitely Does Make a Difference

a quick google seach threw up this as the first link

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i was curious to see how it looked
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Great fly indeed Allan...I know you need a good dozen in your box ....will tell Batistou about your post
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Default Re: Sometimes the Fly Definitely Does Make a Difference

kind of looks like an ant. I suppose it depends on how large the fly is. What size was the fly you used?
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Silver, I think I tied it on a #14 dry fly hook, but I can't remember for sure.

J-P, what size do you usually tie the Batistou Special?

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Fulling Mill scorpion BL size 14(which is big for a 14)
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Default Re: Sometimes the Fly Definitely Does Make a Difference

JP: That is a great looking pattern, I will have to tie some up.

Allan: Your post describes the fishing the New Fork River last weekend, virtually no hatches going on. We threw streamers, did some nymph fishing and some dry/dropper combos, not sure if anyone tried any ants or beetles.

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Default Re: Sometimes the Fly Definitely Does Make a Difference

Size 14 could certainly be taken for an ant. With the white wing, it could work for a flying ant as well.
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