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Old 12-28-2010, 08:58 AM
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Default Winter's Hope variant

No doubt this will upset a purist or three, but I can't recall ever seeing the Winter's Hope tied using all hair. Thought it worthwhile to give it a go and see what I could manage. I tied this one on a #6 Gamakatsu hook and despite the weak dye job on the orange bucktail, it turned out much as I'd envisioned. Next, I'll tie some of these on a much larger hook, probably 2/0 or thereabouts depending on what I have available. The Winter's Hope was developed by Bill McMillan of Washougal, WA and his original recipe (from his excellent book "Dry Line Steelhead") calls for a Partridge 3/0 to 6/0 standard salmon hook.

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Nice looking fly...That's what I love about tying, you only have one person to satisfy...Yourself...

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Thanks, Dan! Your comment reminds me, in a roundabout way, that I've often had the best luck fishing a pattern that's just a little bit different than what everyone else is offering. I can only assume trout key on the "off-kilter" examples, which is kinda how natural selection works, and that has produced for me many days when others weren't getting bit.

Here's the 4/0 version shown above the #6 I posted yesterday. I found these unmarked hooks in my box and compared them to a known Mustad 4/0, which was a bit different in pattern but roughly the same size. I really enjoy tying this hair variant, but wonder if it wouldn't benefit from being tied a bit more sparse?

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Nice fly John,

Up here blue & white = silvers on the fly. We are a hard crowd to upset when it comes to flies. Now if that was a plastic bead egg with an indicator, well then I would like a crazy man

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I would be about as likely to fish earthworms under a bobber, Ard. Come to think of it, there's not much difference there at all, is there?
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Ghost: Love the looks of your fly, brings back memories of fishing in Alaska. That style of fly was one of my favorites!

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Sweet, just goes to show that something simple looks so good.And the fish will love it to.
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