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    Quote Originally Posted by long bow View Post
    I'll tie mine in various sizes, and I've actually had some pretty good luck on 14s on a SUPER SECRET creek outside of Missoula Might be the fish though (Oh well). One great thing about tying your own flies is varying it up a bit from a shop bin. My bigger ones I'll throw on some legs reserved for streamers, leave 'em long, and let them undulate in the riffles. My thought being, most bugs aren't too keen floating mid-height, and are scuttling trying to get to safety. I've picked a few up with that pattern in the dead of winter, and it might not be the reason for the strike, but it makes me feel better if I think I had something to do with it.
    I didn't know there were any SUPER Secret streams near Missoula! But intend to go to my favorite sorta-secret creek this weekend...I sure hope my intention comes to fruition. Maybe I'll make some size 14 rubber legs to try out...

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    I just got back from CO and had some great success dredging with PRLs. In fact, I went fishing with three buddies, none of whom had heard of the fly before, and I kept one PRL all day, but they collectively went through seven of mine and I finally starting throwing 20 Inchers at em to mix it up. It was all that was working that morning, and i had two other "go-to" flies trailing.

    I went to re-stock on brown ones at the local shops, and one was sold out (to my "buddies" ) and the other didn't carry PRLs (?!?!). One buddy even told his brother (just starting out fly fishing) to get some (saw them when I as spooling his backing/line onto his reel).

    I think it's the legs, I've never seen so many people so taken, so fascinated with a single fly so quickly... Looking at it, it IS pretty sexy

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    And yeah, I've fished it year-round... Sorry, had to tell that story, it was funny how much everyone liked it
    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" - Lee Wulff

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean_mt View Post
    I didn't know there were any SUPER Secret streams near Missoula! But intend to go to my favorite sorta-secret creek this weekend...I sure hope my intention comes to fruition. Maybe I'll make some size 14 rubber legs to try out...
    Deanmt I hope it does and I hope you do! Maybe it might be when the water is low, a smaller bug seems more on the menu then other times? who knows.

    You see, this SUPER SECRET creek is only 30 minutes outside of Missoula, so no one local ever goes there. No one outside of Montana has heard of it, and I've never seen an out-of-state plate. Also, no big bugs hatch on it either, so it never sees any pressure in the Spring. And it's really tough wading so in the summer it's all to myself as well.

    The only time I really see people up there is in August; some cowboys get together for a branding or something

    Good luck on the outing this weekend; hope it happens for you. Weather should be good throughout the week.
    "We regarded it as our family river....and I surrender it now only with great reluctance."

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    Quote Originally Posted by long bow View Post
    Deanmt I hope it does and I hope you do! Maybe it might be when the water is low, a smaller bug seems more on the menu then other times? who knows.

    You see, this SUPER SECRET creek is only 30 minutes outside of Missoula, so no one local ever goes there. No one outside of Montana has heard of it, and I've never seen an out-of-state plate. Also, no big bugs hatch on it either, so it never sees any pressure in the Spring. And it's really tough wading so in the summer it's all to myself as well.

    The only time I really see people up there is in August; some cowboys get together for a branding or something

    Good luck on the outing this weekend; hope it happens for you. Weather should be good throughout the week.
    Now I am actually curious. I thought you were being sarcastic but the details say otherwise. 30 minutes from town eh...I already have a 50 and 100 mile radius drawn around Missoula on my map, maybe I need a 25 mile ring as well...

    It's pretty cool and makes me feel good when I actually stop and think about the sheer number of options to fish just a half hour from home.

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    I have been fishing the PRL all year since the first of March and I am hooked. They have been working good all summer. In the past I would only fish them from spring through the salmon fly hatch and again in the fall. Most of the bigger rainbows that I have caught this year have taken the rubber leg pattern. So far the best color for me has been tied with black and brown variegated chenille.

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    Oh yeah year round for me. This is a versitile bug it could be a terrestrial a stone fly and in my opinion most importantly a small crayfish. I fish it on tail waters with no stoneflies and kill. I tie it with and without weight for different water, however if unweighted it can start as a dry, snap your line then your nymphing and at the end of your drift bam it's a streamer. In fact it is my shallow riffle streamer. I always carry it in a 10 2xl shank, but I have had great luck with it in very large sizes maybe better luck. Don't be scared now.

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    My post above forgot the most important factor they seem to attract large fish. Don't judge me I haven't done this in a long time, but when I was younger my father liked to eat the large trout I caught as the meat is a different ball game then those mushy little ones. When we would cut them open I always found a crayfish in their stomachs. Now I don't know if they are just hard to digest, but you get the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjim5589 View Post
    Isn't that the same fly as a Girdle Bug, except with a different leg material?
    Mr bigjim, I think they are pretty much the same. On Charlie Craven's web site, in the instructions for the PRL he says, "I've always thought of this fly as a Girdle Bug myself, but apparently there are a few subtle differences.." He doesn't really elaborate on the differences. I'll bet there are enough variations in how people tie them that there's no real distinction. I call it a Pickle since that's what I heard a guy call the big olive ones. Kind of descriptive.

    Mark

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    Thanks to the OP for this thread!

    Going to hit a new stream after golf tomorrow and I am thinking I gotta tie one of these up. I don't have the proper material for the legs, but I am hoping some spider rubber legs will do the trick.
    "We are all puppets, Laurie. I'm just the puppet who can see the strings." -Doctor Manhattan

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    Mark, I had forgotten about this thread, but funny thing, I was just looking at the Girdle Bug pattern online before I saw this. My question posted previous, was because such patterns seem to be renamed over and over as the years pass, with different folks taking "credit" as different material substitutions are made. Subtle changes in materials or colors IMO doesn't qualify as a "new" pattern. It's a variation, and we all tie variations.

    SethO, on that note, it likely won't what materials you use. I've tied them with round & square rubber legs, silicone legs & the lumiflex material (spandex) & they all work. Of course, each has slightly different appearance in the water, and the silicone & lumiflex doesn't deteriorate like rubber, but each still produces. I've tied the bodies with the different types of chenille & dubbed bodies & again doesn't seem to matter as far as the fish are concerned.

    Tie with what you have & let us know how they turns out for you!
    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

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    I have black rubber koosh ball things. Remember koosh balls? Man, you can tell I am a 90's kid.

    I really want to get some brown floss because I don't have anything for brown except biots and I also love buying new fly tying stuff.
    "We are all puppets, Laurie. I'm just the puppet who can see the strings." -Doctor Manhattan

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