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Old 08-13-2013, 03:08 PM
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How would some of you rate this fly for brookies in Shenandoah NP? Essential? Okay but no better than other patterns? So-so? Thanks.
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How would some of you rate this fly for brookies in Shenandoah NP? Essential? Okay but no better than other patterns? So-so? Thanks.
Along with the Royal Wluff it's an "essential" for brookies where I fish in Maine.
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I'll go with essential too...
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Default Re: Mr. Rapidan Dry

I've never fished that area, but know many others who do. It's an extremely popular pattern for that region, as are many of Harry Murray's other flies. IMO, popularity often equates to essential. However, with any fishing it's likely one of those flies that will work most of the time, but not always. Never hurts to have a little variety!
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It's a "guide fly" in Maine. High floater, easy to see.
And I doubt many of those guys have even heard of Harry Murry
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Default Re: Mr. Rapidan Dry

You can't go wrong using one of Harry Murray's creations in that part of the country. I had great success using it in Shenandoah NP when I lived in Virginia in the 70's, I'm guessing that it still fishes very well, but like everything else presentation is always going to be more important than the fly you pick. YMMV!
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Thanks, I'll add a few to the fly box. Just wanted to check it out.
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Default Re: Mr. Rapidan Dry

Honestly, I've had the most luck there with a elk hair caddis or an orange stimulator.
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I don't know what it is about an orange stimulator but that is one fly that just seems to always work.
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