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Old 11-27-2012, 08:10 PM
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Oh, I have plenty of midges, just not that black beauty. Zebra midges, rojo midges and a variation of the zebra have been really productive for me. During our last outing Chi used one and hooked into a steelie with it. He lost the fish, but was sure it took that fly on the tandem. Basically, think Zebra midge on a 20, clear glass bead, copper wire and a tuft of CDC trimmed just behind the bead.

I also tie one just about like this but with light tan thread and a red bead. Deadly fly.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:58 PM
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Got a dumb question since I don't know anything about salmon flies.
Are the bright patterns to imitate small minnows, or are the colors just attractors to get them to take an offensive bite? Will large salmon eat something like a drab gray minnow as food (or is color the only way to go)?

We have kokanee salmon in Colorado, and they will supposedly strike at pink/red/purple hues because the colors are similar to other spawning fish (yet to catch one though).

Cool patterns on the tube flies and the wing styles.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:15 PM
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The salmon patterns are more attractors than imitators. Atlantic salmon don't eat (supposedly) when they enter the rivers to spawn. So bright, gaudy, and bloody big patterns are used to aggravate them into striking. The idea works good for steelhead too. But they will take a whack at anything that comes in their "zone". Including dries. I think Gary (Gto5254 on here) wrote in his blog about salmon sipping caddis one afternoon up in Ca.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:44 AM
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Tied these for an old Hardy box for a guy on another forum
Cow Dung, Snipe and Yellow, Partridge and Orange all size 12.

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Tied up some dry's and wets tonight.

My idea of a spider.
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Parachute
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Skeeter
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Rusty Skeeter (not sure what ya call it)
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Please excuse the iphone junk in the photo, I didn't wait long enough before taking screen shot
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little creation
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little shrimp variation
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Tied up some more flies for the upcoming trip to Mosquito Lagoon!

Tonight's ties were the clousers, redfish worm flies, lefty kreh shrimp flies, and the borski shrimp variant flies!

I also took about a half hour to clean up the tying desk. It was a nightmare and I couldn't find anything

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Nice flies guys! I'm really liking this thread. OK I got a bunch of fun new stuff to tie flies with and since I did not get to fish as much this Fall I didn't need to replace many flies. Now I am just tying for fun. I kind of use fly tying like some people use Valium. The difference is this is more addicting than Valium. When I get to tie for the fun of it I don't do a lot of the same fly over and over. I tie things like a Bomber, followed by a Pike fly, an intruder.... well like the photo. By the way, the clouser on the rght is just buck tail and glow in the dark flashabou. It is a full 5 in. long and articulated. Wahoo! The fly next to it is the fish skull version of a clouser. I think I really like these things. The far left fly is an intruder and hits about 6". I didn't put the normal grizzley wings and went more along the lines of the 'Marty' winter intruder. I tied it on a turned eye blue articulated shank and the hook is a removable thing on 50lb power pro. The orange and yellow fly is a Reynold's Pike fly the way I tie them with a Daiichi 5/0 2720 as opposed to the now discontinued Mustad 1/0 37187. Despite the 1/0 to 5/0 thing they are exactly the same size. Nice industry standards huh? The Blue Bomber is tied on a Partridge CS42 #6 Bomber hook. I treated it and the little Dahlberg I tied with Scotch Gaurd. It's something I started doing a long time ago. They float much longer and better than an untreated fly. The Green and yellow popper is a tube fly. I'm starting to like the tube fly idea better for poppers than on a hook. The tend to pop better, plus they don't get off in the weeds as easy on these. I just put an Alec Jackson 1.5 spey iron in the vice. I think I may do something more traditional on that one. Still thinking about it.
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We have kokanee salmon in Colorado, and .....
I told this story once before on here, but...

When I lived in Colorado, up in Dillon, I had a friend who worked for the Molybdenum mines up there. He was a French Canadian. I had been fishing and got several Kokanee. I told him he should come and Salmon fish with me. He looks at me and says, "You have Salmon here? How big do they get?" I say Yes and hold my hands up about the size of a good Kokanee and say "they get about this big." He tells me, "Yah, we have Salmon up in Canada to. About the same size. How do you measure yours?" So walking right into it I say, "From the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail." He said "Ohhhhh, we measure ours between the eyes."

That would make for a pretty big fish eh?
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Nice flies guys and some interesting patterns there
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