Wilted Spinach

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  1. cabezon

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    Thank you, Gene. I totally get the Royal Wulff analogy. Your observation that it works even at shallow depths would argue that the colors of the fly that we see at the surface are the colors that the fish are seeing. It does look buggy in a soft-hackle way. And as trout don't have hands, their only option to explore their world is via their mouths. In this case, the cost of exploration is the sting of a hook....

    Steve
     
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    looks alot like the carrot nymph
     
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    I suppose it does. I still don't get the tail loops. Like I said, I've tried the pattern without the flashy loops and it doesn't work.
     
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    likely looks like an air bubble?
    or a shuck?
     
  5. Bob Newman

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    I've tied this in olive and had very good success in a lake.
     
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    That's good to know. I'll tie some up in olive... in fact, I was just thinking about that.

    Do you still use the red head?
     
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    No red head, but that could be a good switch-up, kind of a mini-olive willy like thing.
     
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    I tied some with olive colored thread... so no red head. Red doesn't go well with olive and we can't have a clash of colors for a soft hackle. That would just be wrong. :)
     
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    In the Warm Water Species Forum, I mentioned John Montana and carp fishing. He is quite well-known in the carp flyfishing world. John Montana is his moniker.

    His real name is John Barlett and he is the guy who invented the Wilted Spinach for use in catching trout. I have no doubt he's tried the pattern for carp and I don't know if it works for those guys or not.

    I do know the pattern works for trout.
     
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    Thats a neat little pattern. Thanks for the post.
     
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    That pattern would work for carp, especially in that orange color.
     
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    it looks like a yellow carey special. mike w
     
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    I can't wait for my yellow dyed pheasant rump gets here. Gonna tie up some carp carrots. Tied a few wilted spinaches. They just look fishy.
     
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    I tie carp carrots with yellow dyed mallard or guinea. Works equal to pheasant IMO.
     
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    I got some yellow guinea and tied some carrots. They look good to me. We will see what the fish think. Thanks for the tip.