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Old 12-08-2010, 10:29 PM
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My Mother lives in SW Missouri and has recently started getting into fly fishing. I was wondering what's a simple to tie (I just recently started tying, mostly the simple nymph patterns for my CO tail waters), effective fly for her neck of the woods.

I thought a batch of hand tied flies would be a nice Christmas gift for her this year. I did a bit of reading and the Y2K Bug and Miracle Fly (I think was the name) were two possibilities, but any advice from the locals would be great.

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Goign to school in the area, and not living far from, i really like copper johns in red, blue, chartreuse, copper, black and green. They are by far my favorite nymph pattern to fish, also hares ears are awesome. Last but not least, cracklebacks normal and beadhead. My favorite are ones with tinsel body, Like the stuff for easter baskets, and hackle that is oversized, some thick and some sparse.

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wooly buggers. simple and effective.
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I agree with the other posters, the wooly bugger and copper john are both pretty simple to tie. If you can afford it, I highly recommend getting a copy of Charlie Craven's book "Basic Fly Tying". It starts out with very simple patterns and works you through the different tying techniques to progressively more complex flies.
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hares ear, pheasant tails, anything with a bead head, zebra midges, all that tiny stuff works well in MO. Cracklebacks are worth having a few of as well, same with some san juan worms.
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Wooly buggers and mohair leeches are both simple and effective patterns for that area. As far as nymphs- pheasant tail, hare's ear, copper johns, zebra midges, scuds and sowbugs would all work. Caddis imitations on top. Honestly, the stuff you're using for CO tailwaters would work just as well in SW Missouri- there's a few wild trout streams as well as some larger tailwaters to be had.

If you can find a copy, you may want to send her Chuck Tryon's Fly Fishing for Trout in Missouri it has a lot of information on basic fly fishing skills and etiquette, as well as where in the state to pursue trout.


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