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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2018, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Using/tying traditional dries in a not so traditional way

Has anybody experimented with tying up and skating traditional dries but in larger than normal sizes? I was thinking like size 8-10 Royal Wulffs, Adams, humpys, etc, but tied steelhead bee style with forward wings. This might be fun and effective.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2018, 02:03 AM
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you can catch trout with bellybutton lint, mate.

and I think you know as well as I this is a fantastic idea and it will work.
it'll be hilarious. so please report back with your success.

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I haven’t, but I’ve caugt more trout on Variant-style flies than any other dry fly so far this season. Size 14 hooks, but the fly is the size of an 8 or 10. The trout take them really hard, especially when twitched or when skating. Lots of fun
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Years ago the variant was a go to searching dry. Also used many bi-visible in the round dry flies as they never sank and could be twitched and skated like crazy. Super easy to tie and durable. Then came elk hair caddis and stimulators. All these flies could be cast across and down to pound up fish or excite trout during caddis emergences. Wulffs and humpies will certainly work as they are very buoyant. Try 'em out. These flies can be upstream cast and dead drifted if the situation needs it. This is the fun opposite of fishing itty bitty tricos with 7X on some technical spring creek.

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