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    I've been attempting to design a 'gill fly that would catch fish of all sizes in most weather conditions, and in different water depths, and I think I've finally got it!!Tried it out yesterday for about 45min. in 50 degree rain and it caught fish from around 1 & 1/2in all the way to 8". Heres the pattern.

    Rainy Day Wonder

    Hook: standard wetfly or nymph, 10-14
    Thread: Colour to match body, 8/0
    Tail: Black, Olive, or Brown marabou, very short
    Body: Four or five marabou strands, twisted and wrapped, colour matching tail
    Rib:Silver or Gold wire, opoen wrapped
    Eyes: Beadchain, colur to match rib
    Head: Thread

    1. Start thread and tie on eyes, wrap to hook bend

    2. Tie in tail, then ribbing, the marabou for the body

    3. Wrap marabou to behind the eyes , then counter wrap ribbing, trying not to pin down the fuzzy marabou.

    4. Tie off ribbing, build up head in frontf eyes, and whip finish.


    Notes: This fly can bedragged in the shallows like a nymph, as the fly rides hook point up, or you can fish it as a streamer in deeper water. Tight Lines!!

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    Sounds like a winner, and a bit like a damsel nymph. I've had great luck on one with a dubbed body and wrapped head (around eyes) with some spanflex tied in for legs right behind the eyes.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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    BigCliff, Sounds like a cool pattern ya got there.And ya, it does kinda look like a damsel nymph. I'll try to post a picture.


    Steelhead Junkie
    I like organic chicken..... The kind with the capes still on 'em

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    Hi

    Here is a link to a FAQ that tells you several ways to post a picture. If you need help just let me know.

    Frank

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    I pretty much tie 99.99999% of my Wooly Buggers by tying in the tail, and then wrapping the marabou forward. I think it looks much better than chenille,
    and saves a couple of steps.

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    Thanks Guys That FAQ should be helpful, and the buggers w/wrapped 'bou are sweet, especially with beadchain eyes.
    I like organic chicken..... The kind with the capes still on 'em

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    Just tried the thing out yesterday for a short time ( the gills e=were hittin' dries...) and it got some very confident stikes. The fish grabbed it without hesitation. Even got a crappie to try a bite....but, there lips are thin...I was excited... need I say more....
    I like organic chicken..... The kind with the capes still on 'em

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB2 View Post
    I pretty much tie 99.99999% of my Wooly Buggers by tying in the tail, and then wrapping the marabou forward. I think it looks much better than chenille,
    and saves a couple of steps.
    Frank, what size bou do you wrap for the body? ! 1/2 hook gap?
    I don't care for the chenille either.

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    Here's a pic I took with my cell phone:


    I dunked two cameras to death in the past two years, and don't want to
    send any more $$$ to China right now, so I don't have a macro mode at the
    moment .

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    Just got out today... Used the Rainy Day Wonder, and had a decent day for 80 degrees, and wind around 10mph. Caugh some average 'gills and a CRAPPIE First on the Rainy Day Wonder!! Was tossing the fly into the windy end f a ond under an indicatour( until it flew off),. It seemed to wok just as well without.
    FrankB2, is tat a Peak Rotary Vise??? How does it perform??
    I like organic chicken..... The kind with the capes still on 'em

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