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    Default Just a Couple of Flies

    This is what I carry for chasing river largemouths.




    This is what I almost always end up using.




    It’s sort of like lugging your whole golf bag around the miniature golf course, thinking you just might need any one of those clubs. “Let’s see. The windmill hole. 9 iron and chip it? No, I think I’ll use…my putter again.”

    I suspect most fly fisherman do the same thing; carry a box full of flies but end up throwing a precious few that they have confidence in. It's said that a good fly catches as many fishermen as it does fish and I guess that’s a big part of why we have a lot of patterns in the box. “Isn’t that pretty? Looks so natural. I’ll take three and I bet they’ll catch fish… if they ever get out of the box!!!

    My regular fishing buddies carry even busier boxes than I do and regularly change throughout the day, fine tuning what they're throwing for conditions; water, air, lunar, who knows? I, on the other hand, doggedly toss the same fly until I’ve sufficiently annoyed old bucketmouth to hit it. (Largemouths are like that. It’s part of their charm.). I postulate that sticking with a pattern saves me fishing time, minimizes the number of bad knots I can tie, and doesn’t make my head hurt from thinking about it too much. Most importantly, I don’t seem to catch any less fish than my cohorts do.

    I often wonder why a limited selection of flies hangs with the power of the big box. They may not always be the perfect fly for the situation but, if fished with confidence and experience, they often seem to get the job done. It’s seems to me that if the fisherman believes in it, the fish often do to. Now I don’t mean to suggest the whole “power of positive thinking” thing, but rather that the wrong fly fished right seems to out fish the right fly fished wrong. And no one can fish a fly wrong better than me.

    As for the Orvis Gully Fish and the Murray's Marauder, my go to flies? They do okay...





    Now, if I’d just get smart and lighten the load by not always carrying those clunky boxes of fish candy. Probably not. You never know when you might just need to chip that windmill.

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    Default Re: Just a Couple of Flies

    Sep: Very nice looking bass!

    Larry

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    Default Re: Just a Couple of Flies

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Sep: Very nice looking bass!

    Larry
    Oh, don't get me started on bass pictures....









    Stop me before I fish again!!!!

    Sep

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    awesome bass! i recognize almost all of those flies from orvis haha i spend too much time (and money) there!

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    Default Re: Just a Couple of Flies

    Quote Originally Posted by rmooney View Post
    awesome bass! i recognize almost all of those flies from orvis haha i spend too much time (and money) there!
    Yeah, there's a lot of common patterns in those boxes. I think the only flies I actually got through Orvis were the Gully Fish (my very, very favorite bass chaser), the small yellow and black poppers (bream candy), and the black/purple/yellow worm slider (upper left in large box) that's a to handle and has yet to catch a fish for me. It looked good at the time....

    The rest came from all over, including those "interesting" leggy things concocted by friends. Fun stuff.

    Sep

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    Default Re: Just a Couple of Flies

    Sorry... the rant smiley on the front of my last post was inadvertant...

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    i have that same worm fly, but in pink and red. here is a pic of the ONLY fish ive caught on it. and youre right, it really sucks trying cast it lol


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    What did you use for the Lip on The Minnow Plug/Fly?

    How do you get it to run right?
    When I tie a plug fly they turn into spinners...
    }((((°> "Go Fly Fish'n life is just too short" <°)))){

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    Default Re: Just a Couple of Flies

    Quote Originally Posted by EastTexas View Post
    What did you use for the Lip on The Minnow Plug/Fly?

    How do you get it to run right?
    When I tie a plug fly they turn into spinners...
    The minnow plug/fly is an Orvis fly, not something I made. The lip is a soft plastic, very much like that from a gallon milk jug. The key, I think, is that it is creased/folded down the middle, not just flat/bent. Gives it incredible action. Wiggles like a hula dancer.

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    Very nice SEP. Cabela has those rubber lips in the fly tying catalog. I thought about trying some. Bad thing is, it is a catalog thing.....the store didn't even know what I was talking about.

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