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Old 03-09-2010, 01:03 AM
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Default Searching; Attractor; Etc Patterns

What makes a fly a searching pattern? an attractor pattern?
I just did some research and when some have a "dry searching" catagory for example they just list all the standard dry flies. Bottom line is those terms have always confused me. It's because I don't know what flies go in those catagories. Is there an easy answer?
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They normaly dont Imatate any thing in paticular, and have some flash or bright colour and over excentuated feature(s), and will produce fish

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Attractors were also referred to as fancy dries I believe....ie: Royal Coachman, etc. They are kind of a general impression of a mayfly often with flashy characteristics without actually imitating any specific hatch.....vs. say a blue winged olive dryfly which imitates that specific hatch. I once read a description of why the Parachute adams was such a good fly....it looks like it could be anything but imitates nothing in particular. However in my experience its a crossover fly....it can be imitative. In smaller sizes it can imitate some blue winged olives - which don't always have truly olive bodies....in larger sizes here in NY - you can use it to imitate Isonychias.....yet it remains a great "attractor" pattern when you just want to blind fish.
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Default Re: Searching; Attractor; Etc Patterns

To me a search and an attractor is about the same thing. if I had to break it down though
Search- Hares ear parachute or some other fly that isnt a pin point match to one bug but kinda imitates severel
Attractor- red humpy, stimulator, flys that have some color to them
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Thanks a lot Chris; Walter; Bear. Those were great explanations. I think I'm starting to get it.
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