The Anything-But-Yarnies Thread

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I think it's tough to beat rabbit strips for winter fish but as a fly tier it's fun to mess around... I also find unweighted flies like fish tacos to be essential for soft seams, tailouts etc..
 
#33
Did a lot of wrappin' in South America the last couple months. Mostly sparse-n-wiggly rhea creatures I've been fishin the last couple years. Also some bunny leeches and a bunch of Neil's scandiball.

The rhea bug (aka Beyoncé, junkyard jb, daddies new tux, etc) is as follows:

Tube or 25mm waddington shank
Tinsel or similar low bulk body wrapped forward
.035" lead wire wrapped under dubbing bump
Artic Fox spun in a loop for a prop
Sparse layer of flash (maybe 20 pcs total)
Rhea Feather split and hackled... 3 turns
Marabou Feather tied in by stem and palmered... 3 turns
Add Amherst, Grizz Hackle, rubber legs if desired
Finish with 2-3 turns of stripped guinea, or any hackle of your choice
JC eyes if desired.

The less materials the more it breathes, casts, sinks and catches fish.

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Pretty tasty looking flies. I like the color combos!
 
#34
Presentation is very important in fly fishing. We all have our favorite flies but more important than the fly is getting the fly to the fish in an appropriate manner. If you are using the old conventional, newer marabou, or yarnies if you don't have presentation you won't catch fish. Learning presentation with steelhead is the learning curve for all of us with steelhead. I think we put too much emphasis on the fly when it should be on presentation, presentation.
 
#35
Presentation is very important in fly fishing. We all have our favorite flies but more important than the fly is getting the fly to the fish in an appropriate manner. If you are using the old conventional, newer marabou, or yarnies if you don't have presentation you won't catch fish. Learning presentation with steelhead is the learning curve for all of us with steelhead. I think we put too much emphasis on the fly when it should be on presentation, presentation.
I agree! I would also say the build of the fly also becomes part of the presentation. Meaning I have sparse heavy flies tied to drop into small short slots I know to hold steelhead. It makes it easier to show the fish my fly in a manner in which they will eat. On the other end I have flies tied on weightless plastic tubes meant for short casts with short light sink tips in cold colored water way way "inside" where I know steelhead will rest or travel at the given flow. Those buoyant flies stay outta the rocks in the frog water and also help make the presentation happen. I also agree some players will literally eat anything. But just as pluggers have lucky tadpollies and drifters secret Okies and special cured roe, I like to believe for whatever reason that maybe a certain fly will work some sort of magic on those fish that are on the fence. And I think some of the great local anglers and tiers that came before us may have believed the same thing. It's fun to believe anyways. But I do agree.
 
#36
...The less materials the more it breathes, casts, sinks and catches fish...
^This. Holy carrot crunching christ, THIS!!! Dude speaks the truf. Less materials, but still holds a wicked profile with long slender feelers hanging out back there. I remember the first time I saw a fly in the water tied like that and it blew my mind. Then my whole program was fucked up when Norwegian dude got bit three times fishing a run in front of me. He was fishing this tube that he called a temple dog, I'll never be the same after seeing it in the water.
 
#37
I honestly don't tie as complex as I used to. I can get what I need with marabou, schlappen, hackles, chenille, fur, copper wire, and iron.

I find my trouble with complex ties is I hate losing them and I don't catch more fish with them. I do many of the complex builds for stinger hook, or size, but the details are just the classic sources. I like flies I can tie on and go, tubes are too much complexity.

I tie big yet sparse which takes some experience but is the best way to go! Skagit Minnow type and anything like that is all I need. And maybe a heavy egg sucking leech.
 

David Dalan

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#38
^This. Holy carrot crunching christ, THIS!!! Dude speaks the truf. Less materials, but still holds a wicked profile with long slender feelers hanging out back there. I remember the first time I saw a fly in the water tied like that and it blew my mind. Then my whole program was fucked up when Norwegian dude got bit three times fishing a run in front of me. He was fishing this tube that he called a temple dog, I'll never be the same after seeing it in the water.
 
#42
Tried my hand at some of these scandiballs (sans JC). Think I may have tied a couple of them a bit too thick though. Nonetheless a fun tie and I can't wait to try them out tomorrow and see how they look in the river.

First time tying with tubes though and I was wondering something. How does one decide whether to use the wider versus the thinner diameter tubing?

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#43
Tried my hand at some of these scandiballs (sans JC). Think I may have tied a couple of them a bit too thick though. Nonetheless a fun tie and I can't wait to try them out tomorrow and see how they look in the river.

First time tying with tubes though and I was wondering something. How does one decide whether to use the wider versus the thinner diameter tubing?

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those look sweet
 

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