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Fly fishermen--what's your "go to"fly?
« on: November 21, 2008, 01:05:21 am »
We need a fishing thread here.

What fly do you use when you don't know what to use?

For me, its the Stayner Ducktail.  Minnow imitator. If I don't know what to use, or if I don't see fish rising, I'll tie it on a sink tip line, and let it find the seams between moving water and slow water. If there are fish, eventually one will bite it.

Bass as well as trout.  I have even caught steelhead on the ducktail.

When I took a vacation to Florida, I caught Redfish, Ladyfish and Sea Trout on the ducktail. And no one in Florida knows this fly exists.

It was invented here in Idaho, by Ruel Stayner, who I'm sure must be a duck hunter, looking for something to do with all those feathers.

One trip I made with some buddies to the Big Wood river near Sun Valley--no one caught anything until I broke out a ducktail.  I hooked up, then passed out my ducktails to my buds, and everyone caught something. On a ducktail.  Granted, that's an exception.  But often, when the hatch is over, I'll tie on the ducktail, go deep, and catch one or two more.

What's your "go to?"

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    Re: Fly fishermen--what's your "go to"fly?
    « Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008, 10:04:31 pm »
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    Re: Fly fishermen--what's your "go to"fly?
    « Reply #2 on: November 23, 2008, 02:38:56 am »
    I have a buddy who lives in Wyoming.  Huge fly fisherman.  I'm going to take a trip up there one of these days and learn how.

    Wish I had something constructive to contribute.  Maybe after I learn.  ;)


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    Re: Fly fishermen--what's your "go to"fly?
    « Reply #3 on: November 23, 2008, 05:12:35 pm »
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    Flyfishing is a religeon that I have not taken up.  I already have one.
    Too bad. Most religions promise salvation in the next life.  Fly fishing brings salvation in THIS life.  ;D




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    Re: Fly fishermen--what's your "go to"fly?
    « Reply #4 on: February 01, 2009, 12:22:01 am »
    Depends on what I'm fishing for. For anything in the salmonid and char family, egg-sucking leeches are hard to beat. We also have a pink-bodied dry up here known as a Salcha Pink that'll just slay arctic graying, rainbows and dollies when they're hitting the top. It even works well as a wet when it gets water-logged and sinks. For northern pike, a mouse or diver is perfect.
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    Re: Fly fishermen--what's your "go to"fly?
    « Reply #5 on: February 02, 2009, 09:21:47 am »
    I just really got back into fly fishing last year, so I don't have much experience on the subject, but smaller sizes of mosquito imitators seem to work well enough on the trout in streams around here.
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    Re: Fly fishermen--what's your "go to"fly?
    « Reply #6 on: February 02, 2009, 04:55:13 pm »
    White caddis, usually pretty large.
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