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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    Gary, I have a friend that does most of his fishing in your area, and his favorite fly is a black mini-muddler. Both greased and non-.
    Very similar in appearance in my mind.
    Could be a terrestrial, could be a minnow, even looks like a caddis emerger
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    I guess if you tied the wing as a pair, it would be just like a little muddler. As it is, I can sure see the resemblance, which I hadn't thought of. I used to tie it with the first batch of deerhair for the head so that the tips extended back over the body and trimmed it so they would kind of veil the wing and body...like a muddler. I guess I forgot to do that a time or two, and found out it fooled just as many fish tied "the easy way". The fly I posted to start this thread could have its head trimmed down a teensy bit more.

    One thing is for sure, you can flat crank these little babies out due to their simplicity. Makes it even easier to give them away. My physical therapist fishes the same small streams that I do (well, not this year). He's much nicer to me now that I gave him a fistful of them and he hooked up!

    Gary

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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    Nice fly, Gary. Straightforward and effective is a hard combination to beat.

    I've had some success with a fly that they call the "Maple Syrup" up here in Maine, recently. Tan chenile body with a short yellow bucktail at the back - that's it. Works well; particularly pre the Hex hatch that's on now.

    Pocono

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    Minimalism can be our friend, eh, Pocono?!
    Gary

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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    Quote Originally Posted by Pocono View Post
    Nice fly, Gary. Straightforward and effective is a hard combination to beat.

    I've had some success with a fly that they call the "Maple Syrup" up here in Maine, recently. Tan chenile body with a short yellow bucktail at the back - that's it. Works well; particularly pre the Hex hatch that's on now.

    Pocono
    Alan, How about a pic...We can add it to the Quick & Dirty file...

    Dan

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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    +1 for a pic, Pocono!
    Gary

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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    OK - I've just about got my tying bench set up, so I should be able to pop one of them out and get a pic of it in about a week.

    Just in case I'm a little later than I plan to be (which seems to be the norm nowadays), here's a short YouTube video on the pattern:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NVmq3fE6sg"]YouTube - ‪Fly Tying Maine Maple Syrup fly‬‏[/ame]

    I haven't tied a single fly since early April!

    Pocono
    Last edited by Pocono; 07-09-2011 at 02:07 PM.

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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    Wow, now that IS minimalist!
    Gary

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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    Yup, gives your basic Green Weenie a run for its money!

    Pocono

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    Default Re: a little bug for small streams

    It really does, and it fairly screams "fishy" at the same time. Now, where did I leave my 125 dollar dry fly cape.....oh, wait, that's right, its up on ebay. lol
    Gary

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