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Old 07-04-2013, 01:29 PM
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Bead Head, Gold ribbed, Stick of dynamite, soft hackle.

Seriously, a Black bugger, about #10.
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I can pretty much say the same thing, but I would replace Lefty's Deceiver with the Clouser Minnow.
x2 it's my favorite smallmouth fly
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Scott Sanchez's Convertible is designed to be many flies in one.

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16 Soft Hackle Bead Head Hares Ear for me!
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As the years have turned into this new century I have become almost exclusively a streamer fisherman. There are many streamers that catch fish but my own interpretation of the Nine Three has worked everywhere I have ever fished. I could exist with a lifeting supply of these.

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By choosing this I would solve several problems at once; it will represent many species of bait fish, and because it is somewhat artistic it will allow me to retain some classic style while I fish with only one fly pattern to my name

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#14 olive stimulator, catches fish quite a bit.
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#14 HW Rio Grande King

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Calftail!

Welcome to the forum, WOW, that's a bunch of Rio Grand Kings bud. You're the first person I've heard mention that pattern here, it's an old one and I can see that you are a believer.

It's funny how we gravitate to a pattern like this huh/ In all practical matters we could probably do well with anything we tied to a leader within reason. However, we seem to arrive at a conclusion that it because of one certain fly that we are successful and we use that all the time. This no doubt accounts for why we do so well with our favorites.

I've found that with most of my best producing fly patterns the best way to get results is to know where to use the flies. By this I mean that I have learned the type place to cast the fly and whether or not to allow it any time on a dead drift. With most attractor patterns like my Nine Three & the Rio Grand King, what we generally don't want is for a fish to have time for a really good look at them.

Even when I am casting the fly to where I know or suspect a fish to be, I move the fly at the very moment that it strikes the water and begins to sink. I am relying on the 'splat' and the rapid movement to draw the attention of the fish, not the realistic appearance of my streamer. Once the fly is moving it does have the basic shape and movements of a small forage fish. It is the combination of the appearance as the fly swims away from the trout and the fact that there has been no opportunity for careful study that will get the grab from the fish.

Nice bunch of flies.

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Surprised I will be the first one to mention this fly, but I would go with a bead head hares ear. More specifically, a double bead hares ear. Probably size 14.

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