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Norm Woods Special (variation) II




Getting closer to what I was looking for.

hook - Dai Riki 280 #8
thread - Veevus 8/0 tan
rib - x-small wire gold
abdomen - Arizona Simi Seal holo gold
body hackle - dyed gold (2 Tsp Rit Golden Yellow, 1/4 Tsp Rit Camel/2 cups water) undersize by 2
wing - calftail dyed burnt orange (2 Tsp Rit Sunshine Orange, 1/4 Tsp Rit Tan, 1/4 Tsp Rit Purple/4 cups water)
thorax - Ice Dub golden brown
front hackle - dyed gold


Norm Frechette


Icy Heron (Variant)

Category – Nymph

Hook – Mustad R50-94840, size 10-16
Thread – Gray or black
Tail – Coq de Leon
Ribbing – Silver wire
Body – *Heron or equivalent substitute
Wing case – Peacock ice dubbing fibers
Thorax – *Squirrel or hares ear
Coat the wing case with UV Resin

*I substituted gray goose fibers for the body and gray hares ear dubbing for the thorax

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Dahlberg diver- fairly close to original I think-" A delivery system for flashabou". In my opinion one of the most truly original fly designs. This version is great for river smallmouth. Back in my days at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard I spent some pleasant days pitching these against the bank of southern Maine rivers.


veni, vidi, fishi
Like I said, that's just my own thoughts. Absolutely zero proof that it would actually make a difference lol. That fishery is so crazy. There are times I think the fish would eat any fly in existence, and other times when they are so damn selective it had better be exactly what they want. Ultimately I reckon a good variety of size, color, profile etc on hand is about the best anyone can do.
Do they ever key in on shrimp/krill? I’ve a thing for tying shrimp patterns.

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