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silvertip8k 03-05-2013 03:08 PM

Clear Creek Slayer
A few years ago on the fourth of July weekend I was up near Mt. Evans ( a fourteen'er in Colorado),fly fishing with a friend at about 10 or 11,000 feet… we lived at around 8,000 then…and the weather was a pretty nice Colorado summer day…when we finished hiking to the stream we were wanting to fish , the weather took a turn for the worse…spitting snow, and pretty cold…I was on the streamside near a beaver dam that formed a pond. I was trying to adjust my choice of pattern I was fishing, and thinking the grill at home looked pretty good when a huge Adult Caddis landed about 3 feet from me…I got a chance to study it for a while before it took off…I started fishing some dark caddis bugs in about a size 12, the biggest thing I had…and it was like a switch turned on…match the hatch…Qed…

The pattern tied above is as close as I can come to try and imitate what I saw…its on a size 10-12 nymph hook for extra length, I used some gadwall back feathers for the sides/body, and some Mule deer fur for the hair wing…two moose mane quills for the antennae…and a short rooster hackle for some legs…the body is dubbed with some buffalo wool in dark brown…more visible from underneath. This bug has been a real “go to” in still water situations…or when the trout are really picky…its similar to some of the other sedges I tie up…but just for the darker variety…one friend thought I should name it the “Clear Creek Slayer”…

wt bash 03-05-2013 03:59 PM

Re: Clear Creek Slayer
Damn man that looks like it'll fly away!!! Wicked!

williamhj 03-05-2013 05:07 PM

Re: Clear Creek Slayer
Looks great, rather realistic! How do the antenna hold up to fishing?

silvertip8k 03-05-2013 05:14 PM

Re: Clear Creek Slayer
not all that well...but they are fun to put on...and the presentation, at least until a strike or hangup, is pretty good...they usually bend first...

I will say I have caught two fish with one fly and they were still intactt...but thats not the norm...

a few I brought home a retied on another pair...I think its worth it...

this year I want to try using one in a "hopper dropper" rig with maybe a small baetis or similar dropper...

I put some legs on one and it looked a lot like a grashopper too...

turkey barbs from a fan are something new I am trying out...sometimes lastsing a few more casts might be worth it...

williamhj 03-05-2013 05:22 PM

Re: Clear Creek Slayer
That's my experience using hair or feathers for antenna. They look much better than micro fibbets (at least to me, fish probably don't care), but only the synthetic holds up.

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