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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-06-2013, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Swinging Backwards Tied Flies

Anyone ever do this? I tied some Woolly Buggers backwards.

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i would guess the tail would flip over and foul on the hook.
Give them a try, could be the next big thing. Like "hitching" we would be saying "i was randying my fly and slayed them today"
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Check out a searun cutthroat pattern from the West Coast named "Knutson Spider" (hope that is the correct spelling).

It uses a mallard flank front hackle that is tied angled forward, and is very effective and lively in the water.

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Have you checked out the Tenkara flies - reverse hackle?
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First steelhead I caught on a spey rod was with a chartreuse bead slide down to the eye in front of black woolly bugger (but with a bit of white hair in the wing), kind of a reversed GBS. I did this because I'd snagged up and lost my last real GBS. That's her before she went in the smoker (and the last SF Clearwater steel I've fished for).

I'm assuming you mean keep the hook orientation the same, just tie the feathers and fluff in a reverse pattern (head toward the bend)?
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Middlecalf,

Yes, though now I'm thinking that maybe I should tie my next flies also upside down, the way carp anglers tie their flies.

That way, my hook would be hidden, which might not be crucial when fishing faster waters.

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I've done quite a bit regarding this. The backwards flies i fish i mainly tie on tubes so fouling is almost out of the equation...and the bugs look like balloons when they hit the water...maximum profile.. Just be sure to tie it on the right way.
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I sometimes think all the flies I tie are backwards...
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Im not sure what you refer to but check out Tom Larimers reverse marabou fly.

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We were probably really high (its legal here in Warshington) when we thought of tying these flies backwards a couple winters back. i thought a "simple" guide style intruder would illustrate the how's and do's of such a fandangled idea and using many of the same techniques applied to different patterns. i don't tie or fish flies like this much anymore, as it was more of a novelty, but we have caught fish on em. and they do look amazing in he water. being as the fly is effectively being fished backwards all of the materials are constantly working against the current.

First, hackle some schlappen or saddle hackle, 3 or 4 turns. Then tie in marabou by the stem and wind as a hackle, 3 turns, add a couple strands of flash. Tie in your dubbing loop of ostrich, about 2 turns worth. Dubbing loop bump of arctic fox, 2 turns.
Wrap your tinsel body and then another 3 or 4 turns of schlappen. Again, make another dubbing loop of ostrich, dub a ball of ice dub, and tie off. add head cement.
now turn that mother around and add a conehead. bam. maximum profile.
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First steelhead I caught on a spey rod was with a chartreuse bead slide down to the eye in front of black woolly bugger (but with a bit of white hair in the wing), kind of a reversed GBS. I did this because I'd snagged up and lost my last real GBS. That's her before she went in the smoker (and the last SF Clearwater steel I've fished for).

I'm assuming you mean keep the hook orientation the same, just tie the feathers and fluff in a reverse pattern (head toward the bend)?
What the........am I the only one that thinks the head of this fish is odd? Thing looks like a beluga whale! Wierd......but still bigger than my first steelie
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Looks like an in-land steelhead to me. They start looking like what they actually are, rainbow-trout, when they get so far upstream, like this.
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its from running into all those dams
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