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I have started using more and more stages of caddis patterns just wondering if anyone has a good caddis emerger pattern. After being in Montana I have taken to the Krystal Serendipity but as always looking for a better mouse trap. Let me know



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Do you have a link to a photo of a Crystal Serendipity? Never ff'd in Montana - so am unfamiliar with their patterns/sizes.
 

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Colorado I can't seem to find a picture of the fly. I found it on Blueribbonflies.com I've yet to figure out how to link a web page in here. It's one of Craig Matthews babies. Basically i tie it on a 16 scud hook use crystal flash for the body and an elk wing off the back clip the elk hair at about a 1/4 inch. I just think it's something different the fish havent seen much of. Anyways thanks for the link Bit I use to fish that pattern and got away from it i need to throw it back in the box.


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Flyfishcolorado,

First, let me say Holy cow! Blueribbonflies are awfully proud of their flies! Someone on this forum touts blueflycafe.com where the flies are $0.65 apiece - check it out - I've used them twice this year and the flies seem to be of very good quality.

The crystal serendipity is something I've never used before. I usually fish a large 'stubby' nymph for caddis that works well. I bought a few years ago at the Orvis shop in Salida and can't remember it's name. It's also tied on a scud hook, size 16 is typical, olive (or tan) hares mask dubbing (hairy) with a turkey wing tied in at the tail and brought completely over the top of the body. Gold wire is used for the ribbing and there is a tungsten bead head. There is no tail. Pluck out a few of the hares guard hairs to make it look buggy. It looks something like this except I don't use the peacock herl or the hackle. http://www.blueflycafe.com/products/5/1001

I also use a breadcrust tied wet. I've been experimenting with Fox's Poopah with limited success (can't recommend that pattern yet) and then always, always have copper johns tied on scud hooks - I'm becoming fond of tying them with two wires to emphasize the ribbing (i.e. one black and one olive wire).

Bitafurnfeathers recommendation for the LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa is right on - that's a known producer.
 

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Well I agree 2 bucks a fly is steep. But when you are on vacation and wanting to have success at a river you don't normally fish I will say these guys know their stuff. I actually floated the roaring fork Monday and went into a fly shop. the guy says oh u need to fish prince nymphs size 8 and 10 which you normally trust someone if u are going in there to buy flies. But his bin of 14's and 16's was empty so my buddy bought a couple we didnt catch a thing on that big of a fly and figured this guy was trying to more some slow movers. Blue Ribbon i have never had that happen. Normally the owner says i was here yesterday and this is what i was using and you buy a couple and sure enough thats exactly what is working. Now I tie my own flies so the chance of buying flies only comes when i'm at the rivers edge ready to drop in and just want to make sure i have the right fly. I must say i may have to by my prince nymnphs and copper johns from this blue fly cafe I can't tie a dozen flies cheaper that 61 cents apiece plus i hate tying those 2 flies. Thanks for the link Colorado always good to have a back up source.


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I totally agree with your philosophy on picking up a few flies streamside. For one thing you get what's working now (not what worked a year ago) and second, the small fly/tippet/lead purchases helps to keep that shop in business. It's funny how some shops push their stuff that doesn't sell.

You'll like the stuff from Blueflycafe.com and it ships quickly - I have gotten mine within two days. What I like to use blueflycafe for is trying different nymph patterns and small dry flies. Let me know what you think when you get your stuff.

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Thats why i like this forum so much seems there are a bunch of guys just like me. Understand that sometimes u dont need another leader but the guy went out of his way to help you so 2 more 5X leaders aren't going to kill you. But I also have gone into shops that are just there to make a quick buck on guys that don't know what they are doing. I went into a shop and the guy was on the phone telling his buddy he could care less about the fly tiers he just wanted to sell rods needless to say he lost a steady customer because i'm one of those guys he could care less about.


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Totally agree with your opinion on the forum and fly shops. That guy on the phone lost not only a good customer but all of his friends too. I'm at an age where I appreciate stores that want to make me their customer (interpret that as 'service') rather than one that simply wants to sell me something.
 
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