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Old 04-10-2015, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is everyone tying to get ready?

I know my vice tends to collect some dust over the spring and summer months. I've been tying mainly stone flies, grhe's, prince's, caddis dry & emergers, rs2, soft hackle emerger, juju's, san juans, foam hoppers, various streamers, marabou jigs (for the crappie and bass) and never forget the dirty hippy!
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I lost my BWO/egg/sanjuan box that I rely on for the spring, so I bought a new box and have been filling it, pics are in another post. After killing it with store bought cork poppers on a front range pond i have decided to tie some spun deer hair poppers for this summer.
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Nice! Have you had the chance to try those out yet? How well do they push water?
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Have not tried them out yet. Been out on the pond once and the water was still to cold for warm water fish surface action. I tied some larger patterns with magnum rabbit strip tails for bass last spring, they definitely pushed water and floated great and got some fish. The ones in the pic are tied on a size 14 streamer hook. the small poppers got more action last year but smaller average size. Still a lot of fun watching bluegill blow up a popper. It will be better as usual on flies I tied. Looking forward to it again this year!
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Soft hackles..... You dont see them much in the bins. But they have been catching fish since fly fishing first started. For a reason! Anyway easy tie, vary the body material as you wish (suggestions, peacock, hairs ear, chartreuse wire or orange thread). Fishes great when caddis are emerging, which is alot of the time on most free stone streams. Fish them in a traditional nymph rig and then swing them. Put a bead head on them so they work as a anchor fly. Whatever, swing them.. they work great in weird currents and are very forgiving as far a presentation goes. Put them as a dropper on a caddis dry. You will be covering multiple lifestages. A dragged elkhair caddis looks like it is diving to lay eggs or even a small minnow(like a very small muddler), a soft hackle dropper just adds it all and works with the rig. Buggy, lots of movement. It just works however you fish it. cant go wrong. I rarely do not have some with me on the river.


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Guides choice soft hackle...... The reason, quick tie and even with a bad drift it will catch fish...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdP-iTo7zlE
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I love tying rabbit strip streamers. They work great and are very simple. Caught my very first laker on a bunny leech.
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That guides choice hares ear looks sweet, I'm going to tie a few up today. I am just now experimenting with soft hackles, they worked great on Friday on a heavily fished section.
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There is a GEM of a trick in that video... at about 3:35... I've never done that but will from now on. I love tricks like that, they typically are the difference between good flies and excellent ones.
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Nice videos, I bet you could vary that GRHE soft hackle with some darker colors and make a nice salmonfly nymph...

I've just been filling the voids in my fly boxes and tying up whatever's necessary:
-Midge/mysis patterns for the Blue River/Taylor/Frying Pan
-Caddis emergers for the Upper C
-Pat's Pickles and other salmonfly nymphs for Upper C
-Baetis emergers for everywhere
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