Great post and just what I was looking for. I'm in State College right now and will definately give this a go. Recently i have had luck with the green wenie and some larger size 10-8 streamers on Spring. I was looking for something new to tie and I found it. So its 5 feathers all together tinsel and bucktail? I think ill add a bead head to it
I believe that a large part of the effectiveness of this type of fly is that in many watersheds you are showing the fish something different. Sometimes different can be a good thing. Once you have tied some and you take them to the water, pay close attention to how the fly acts and how much it will resemble a small fish. I find that they are best in moving water, if you use them in Loch's you'll need to figure out the best retrieval style for them. In moving water I fish them to the suspected holding spots and then accelerate the fly a bit so as to not give the fish a good long look at the fly. The reasoning behind this is to trigger the urge to pursue the fly but not allow time to discern that it is a fake.
... speaking only of the saltwater flatwing, of which the 9-3 was the inspiration...
They work so well for 2 reasons.
A) because the tail hackle lies flat, they tend to "hover" when at rest rather than sink.
B) with a slow retrieve, they have a very realistic "side to side" tail motion that you don't see with hackle wings mounted upright.
I'm not sure that with a trout sized streamer this would be as pronounced, but with the longer hackle of a saltwater sized streamer this is all very noticeable.
I need to pick up some black krystal flash... And maybe tone down my massive streamers for some more modest, classic ones I keep saying I'll this, maybe I'll tie one or two tonight and fish them tomorrow.
I don't find that surprising at all Paul, just since 2004 I have caught brown - rainbow - brook and steelhead trout on the fly. Silver salmon and Dolly Vardin Char along with a few grayling round out the past 8 seasons.
Maybe you've seen these pictures on some other threads;
I'll stick them on to help the new members and fly fishermen to understand that I don't just tie the flies and tell you to try them, I use them and fish love them. Otherwise I'd try to prefect my style at the bench and frame them.
Just since moving here to AK. I have met a fellow who could tie beautiful Spey flies. One day he called to ask how the fishing was up here in late April. I told him that things were slow and that I had spent almost 4 hours swinging a Sol Duc #2 without a bump. He replied; "You mean you actually fish whit those things"! I didn't know what to say but managed, "well yeah, that's why I make them, what do you use for trout"? He (without hesitation) told me that they would be drifting beads and flesh flies under 'indicators' when he and his buddy came out. We have never fished together.
Readers may as well prepare for a winters worth of Fly Tying because I am definitely a fly fisherman and can catch a fies on anything I make, it's just a matter of style. In essence isn't that what choosing to be a 'fly fisherman' is about, a style? Something to set you apart from the masses who crowd the streams on 'Opening Day' fish mongering for those stocked trout destined for high mortality levels? Well then I'll be tying for you and i you really wonder if the flies will work you're welcome to come fishing some time
I love the sound that reel makes with a large fish, on a streamer, headed downstream...
The fly was put forth as my #1 because it has caught all species of trout no matter where I used it. I think it is just a good representation of many bait fish from coast to coast along with north to south.