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Old 09-27-2011, 12:52 PM
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I am currently reading Lee Wulff's "Trout on a Fly" and he said a plain gray nymph with a little peacock herl at the head worked great but he couldn't sell them. People wanted, gold ribs, hackle, etc.
I have seen these minimal patterns but never used them. Any thoughts?
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I say tie up a couple and give them a shot your next trip, there's no positive answer like a fish on the hook.
Personally i havent seen them, but i've tied a couple of hears ears with very grey fur, they worked a treat.
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The nymph that I use most often has just a lead base, dubbed fur picked out, and a wire rib to hold it together.
No tail, no legs,no abdomen/thorax division, no wing case, no beads
It looks "buggy" but without any additions that may appear out of place
IMO each "addition" is something that the fish can key in on to decide if the offering is a fraud or the real thing.

I don't remember who, but a wise person once said that Most of what a trout eats is 5/8ths of an inch long and brown"
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I caught my first flyrod fish with a fly that looked like navel lint, and I think there is a recipe out there with that title. milt.
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Good enough for me. I'll be tying some.
Makes sense when looking at stomach pump samples. There always seem to be some that color.
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The prince is my favorite on the rivers and creeks i fish. Its like the parachute adams of wet flies
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I second the prince nymph. I also used a Pink Squirrel from time to time.
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Many years ago, on the Roaring Fork River, I watched a guy above me catch fish after fish. When I couldn't stand it any longer, I asked him what kind of nymph he was using...

He made it from the fur of his Siamese cat...

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Many years ago, on the Roaring Fork River, I watched a guy above me catch fish after fish. When I couldn't stand it any longer, I asked him what kind of nymph he was using...

He made it from the fur of his Siamese cat...

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this has happened to me before too, a guy was just landing fish after fish and I asked him what he was using, a nymph he tied from his dogs hair, but what ever works works

I like to use a simplified PTN and a combo fly of pheasant tail and hares ear, I think it's called a double standard if I'm not mistaken
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I am currently reading Lee Wulff's "Trout on a Fly" and he said a plain gray nymph with a little peacock herl at the head worked great but he couldn't sell them. People wanted, gold ribs, hackle, etc.
I have seen these minimal patterns but never used them. Any thoughts?
That pattern imitates a caddis larva either inside or outside it's case.

http://www.bouldermountainguide.com/...arva-640-W.jpg

Change the body color to match the natural. Green is probably the most popular body color for the net spinning caddis.
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