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    Good Day to All, Just wondering if you have a fly box you carry out withyou that may have the "same fly", but tied differently ?Slight variations, or really unique ones of the same fly. Lately, I have been creating my "Caddis" box. I must havecome across a dozen or more variations of this versatile flyin the time I've been tying my own flies. I know I learned 6-8different styles in the tying classes I've taken, as well asdeveloping my own. What about you, do you have a "go-to" fly that you havevariations of that work best at various times on the water ?Tie One On

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    I guess it could be chalked up to either rampant creativity or ADD, but I rarely have more then two or three of exactly the same fly. I am always changing them up slightly to see if they variations will work better. I'll change dubbing color, flash color or amount, add rubber legs, etc, etc.
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    one side of a fly box contains variations of Caddis...which along with a BHPT, zug or prince represents my 'go to' rig. this past summer i spent as much time as i could stalking wild trout in the streams of western NC. those little brookies loved the big bushy caddis.

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    I did a fly swap one year and I appologize that I can not remember who tied it, but a great Caddis. It has a Muddler Bullit head and he ties in wing material (that meshy stuff) under the hair wing plus add a tuft of CDC. Turned into my favorite Caddis...that sucker floats!I also add rubber legs to several of the basic flies for something different.

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    I carry lots of slightly different types of caddis, stimulators, and adams. These three are my most productive flies, and I have a wide variety of sizes, colors, and variations.

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    Kai, small green stimulators (sizes 16 and 18) are actually my favorite dry caddis pattern, I just wish they weren't such an ordeal to tie. I love how they ride and how well they work for skittering and moving by what Gary LaFontaine called "good, bad mends".
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    EHC posted"one side of a fly box contains variations of Caddis...which along with a BHPT, zug or prince represents my 'go to' rig. this past summer i spent as much time as i could stalking wild trout in the streams of western NC. those little brookies loved the big bushy caddis."I agree, I tend to go to a nice fat Elk Hair Caddis, especially in the GSMNP, for prospecting if nothing is coming off the surface. Its easy for the fish to see and easy for my old eyes to see. I've even had success with it, trimmed down on the spot and colored with a Pantone pen, during a "Little Yellow Sally" hatch on the Elkmont section of the Little River one evening.
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