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Winter Trout Spey Fly Recommendation

Normally I don't fish in the Winter, however my FF Club scheduled a fly fishing trip in the end of February for a Eastern PA fish day. All I do is spey swing soft hackle flies. Any recommendation for a trout fly to slow swing ? Size ? Picture ?
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What river are you fishing?
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The Bushkill lower end
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I've done well there with a black mini-leach.

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present slow and low. If you have a heavier rod, consider a dark size 8 sculpzilla
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I'm a long way from PA here out west. Doing a stint of winter trout fishing Euro nymphing and swinging flies on a single hander with skagit head & sink tips. The fly that's getting the most action is a rust or olive size 8 Slumpbuster. Bouface & Wooly buggers work also. Slumpbuster & Bouface pine squirrel flies are easy to tie and really durable.
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https://www.speypages.com/speyclave/...-sizing-2.html

I also will throw my tube bunnies, I prefer my Meiser 1264S here for the additional power, not my Anderson 1173.
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Don’t count out swinging those soft hackles,
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I Haven't swung to much for winter resident trout (our season closes sept 30th in almost all resident locations).. But This fly is killer and will do the trick.

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Don’t count out swinging those soft hackles,
Agreed, and I will swing a traditional wet and I will swing a dual set. Add conehead muddlers, bunnies and sczupzilla. So many options.

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Good lookin flies raspberry-patch! The one on the left is real pretty, but my money is on the right!
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I also will through my tube bunnies, I prefer my Meiserv1264 here for the additional powee, not my Anderson 1173.
I have the ACR 1103-4, feel its too light for winter fishing with streamers - use it exclusively on spiders, will use it on small 30' or less streams, I also have the Meisner 1307-4 which I use on the larger streams/rivers 30+' for trout on up. Those bunnies I would lien toward my 10' 8wt single spey for small streams.
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With the ACR 1173, I will use the spiders and the March Brown wet (and similar). As I noted above, I will use the Meiser 1264S for the larger flies for trout.

I have a couple of others tools (rods) that i might use, when i need to travel, a Scott ARC 9'6" 7wt 4pc (which is a great single hand spey rod) and a 5pc Meiser 5WT, I forget the length, but it fits in my small rod airline carrier ( with my other 4pc rods).

Yes, select the fly you want to present, then select the rod to match the fly and conditions.

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Good lookin flies raspberry-patch! The one on the left is real pretty, but my money is on the right!
Poul Jorgensen use to call the simple peacock fly the insult. Effective, simple and insult to tying fancy patterns
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