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Old 07-08-2012, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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this forum has been dead for too long so i figured i would ask how much does a polar bear weigh?

enough to break the ice...

ok, now that i'm done being cheesy i'll tackle this a lil more seriously (no pun there)



well, the dog days are upon us, and gone are the great spring hatches. but, the trout are still looking up. it is terrestrial season, and like myself i'm sure you have a good amount of green weenies, hoppers and beetles in your box. still, i am always on the prowl for the pattern i missed, but must try. i recently read an article in the spring edition of southerncultureonthefly.com (if your not checking out this online zine, you are missing out) about the "moth larvae hatch" and it inspired me to dust off the vise and try a fly recipe they had in the article. while i did not have some of the exact materials listed, i improvised a little and came up with someting i am sure will be just as effective. thats the great thing about tying your own flies isn't it?





hook: #6 nymph/streamer 3X long

weight: .020 lead wire

thread: 70 denier utc olive green (i would prefer 140 denier but had none in a usable color)

legs: standard ultra chenille flourescent chartreuse

ribbing: 4# monofilament

stripes: medium round rubber legs yellow

body: medium ultra chenille flourescent charteuse



wrap the wire in so it can't move and bring the thread to the front





tie in the legs from front to back. i use 3 sets but you can do however many you like







tie in the mono







tie in the stripes







tie in the ultra chenille and wrap forward







fold the stripes to the front. note: leave them somewhat loose. if you pull the rubber tight it can slip out after trimming, and makes it harder to adjust them when your finished





wrap the mono forward. i do not use closely spaced wraps, about 7-8 is all. trim the mono and stripes, whip finish, singe the legs with a lighter being careful not to also singe the body. apply head cement. i then remove it from the vise so i can use my bodkin to adjust the stripes into a straight line and space them evenly across the back





the finished product





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Old 07-08-2012, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats pretty cool....wish i could do that!!
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Good stuff.
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really cool lure, looks like a lot of work and patience thanks for the tour
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Nice!
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Well, have you caught anything on it yet???
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not been out much lately. i did try it out on tellico for a little bit last week, a smaller one than shown here. i hooked into a nice 'bow before it got away. the fly fishing was a little tough on tellico as the fish there have thier choice of baits to bite into. i did much better early in the morning on north river using a san juan worm, one of my go to's when i'm in the mountains
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Very cool! Thanks for the new pattern-there's lots of worms like that in my river.
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