Whats your favorite Fly

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  1. Eric Denny

    Eric Denny Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!

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    Ok I liked hearing what everyone caught there first fish on but it had me wondering what is everyone's favorite fly? I know this changes from time to time and probably depends on the kind of fishing you are doing but over all what is your favorite fly? And pic's are a bonus!!! Mine is a Dave's hopper. I don't know why but that with a ant behind it has given me a lot of luck. So let me hear it???
     

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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    Well....it used to be variations on the venerable Renegade (still a favorite...sooo versatile....wet or dry), but I've come to rely on the Olive Willy. I don't know what fish 'think' it is, other than 'food'.

    I don't fish dryflies much anymore...I agree with Denny Rickard that it's mostly smaller fish that hit most dryflies....the larger fish focus on the larger food 'packets'....sub-aquatic insects and minnows....on lakes, anyway.

    Unless there's a serious hatch on, I don't think flies that attempt to mimic a single aquatic insect are worth a shit....Except for catching fishermen. Anything that's suggestive of food, thrown in the right place at the right time, to unspooked feeding fish, does the trick. A decent cast, proper positioning, and a leader/tippet appropriate for conditions is far more important than pattern, IMHO.
     
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    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    I have to agree with some of this, I have found a stone fly to be the most productive for large fish in my part of the country. But I haven't tried Montana were I bet there are some monster browns that would love a juicy dry fly. I even landed summer steel on a stone fly before it hit the water mid air. It was epic, So I have made lots of variations and creations of different patterns pertaining to the specific river's and creek's I fish with excellent success. I'll try and find some photo's.
     

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  4. David Prutsman

    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

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    The Olive Willy, traditionally (as far as I know) a Stillwater pattern, has done really well for me in the smaller streams of Colorado on the swing followed by an erratic, jerky strip up stream.
     
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  5. Eric Denny

    Eric Denny Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!

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    Would love to see some pic's. And love the story of it hitting it before it touched the water!!!
     
  6. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    If I want to catch fish here in Montana, I use a black zebra nymph. If I want to catch Whitefish I use a red zebra nymph. And a Red SJW.

    I haven't had much luck with dries here. Fish are eating nymphs and not looking up for the few live flies out there.
     
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    For rivers and streams during dry season It's a tie between the purple haze and the PMX. In cold weather I love a basic conehead zonker.

    I don't have much experience in stillwater, but so for I love a basic mohair leech like the ones tied by Troutpocket in a thread a few months ago. It's amazing what a pinch of marabou and some mohair yarn wrapped around a hook will do. It'll even work with just marabou or just yarn.
     
  8. David Prutsman

    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

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    913649_10151312152327470_1329998213_o.jpg My go to is a black, peacock bugger with red rib; usually a size 4.
     
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  9. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Old Man, you hang that zebra nymph as a dropper?

    Stew

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    My favorite fly is the one that is working at the time. Otherwise, I don't pick favorites... it depresses the other patterns.
     
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    muddler minnow gets it done, haven't really met a fish that hasn't gone after it.
     
  12. Eric Denny

    Eric Denny Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!

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    So is that pink you got worked into that stone?
     
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    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    Ya pink or purple for steel. I try and get my fly's to imitate more then one creature. With any luck they look like there steeling eggs. The acrobatic steely's love the rubberleg's version's on caddis hook's.
     
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  14. Eric Denny

    Eric Denny Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!

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    Nice I will have to remember that!!! Glad it works for you.
     
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    Soft hackle gold ribbed hare's ear
     
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    Spencer Higa's SOS in a #18 or #20, dropped off a Purple Haze. I can fish this rig for months in Montana.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Builder is all over it... like a rat on a cheeto... or a brown on a Para Purple Haze!
     
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    "rat on a cheeto"... Made me chuckle out loud...my wife asked who I was talking to.
     
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    No. Two Flies, Both sinking flies. A SJW as the upper and the Zebra as bottom.
     
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    Jimmy legs! Copper john is a close second
     

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