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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-24-2018, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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What's your confidence fly?

Just curious. I was out today. I tied on good old muddler minnow and had a greedy little rainbow in 10 minutes of swinging. Sometimes I wonder why I tie on anything else.

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I can fish a muddler 100% of the time and feel totally confident. that's my #1 fly.
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'The fly that worked last year...

This one caught fish during very slow fishing and is the confidence fly for winter while watching the woodshed get sparse. I like flies that are short...and this is long. The black bear wing just freakin' worked. So I've tied a dozen for this year....and they'll be taking something else.

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The fly I tied on my tippet, what else would one use! Muddlers are deadly on so money species!
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For Bass: Muddler - Marabou
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For Bass: Muddler - Marabou
For Trout: Muddler or Scupzilla #8 (if I want depth)
For Steelhead: Lady Caroline
+1 on the Lady Caroline
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Just curious. I was out today. I tied on good old muddler minnow and had a greedy little rainbow in 10 minutes of swinging. Sometimes I wonder why I tie on anything else.

1/0 skunk with a really thick BUCKTAIL!!!!! wing... throw them calftail wings in the trash
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don't think I would tie on a muddler during a trico spinner fall on the Missouri or Silver Creek!! )

But that being said, except for chasing winter steel, a muddler could really serve well for most species most of the time in various colors and sizes

But I have recently gotten into tying dee wing flies - lots of fun and as many variations as there are dubbing colors and winging materials
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Less specific than a particular fly, but on early summer runs I fish purple or pink/purple hair wings with a lot of confidence. Come fall, I'm inclined to tie on a natural or orange hairwing, or a sparse muddler. If I feel the need to change it up, I'll switch to an undertaker and swing it with confidence regardless of what time of year.
In winter, I fish black and blue with more confidence than anything else, followed by black and claret.
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Day in and day out, nothing and I mean nothing has produced more for me than a slender, semi translucent emerald shiner streamer. 3-3.5" for the fall fish; 1.5-2" for spring fish; like dropbacks.(imitates salmon parr)
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Rolled muddler #3x-#8 to 3x#2., #8 Prince nymph 1x and 3x long., Pheasant tail nymph on scud hook #10 and #12, 2x and 3x strong and another 1/2 dozen patterns. use 2and 3x strong hooks on the small sizes or your hooks will be straightened.
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On/ near the top, muddler with an orange body and natural wing / head. Deeper, an orange comet or a black / orange intruder. Not even sure why I carry most of my other flies.
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I have to say that for me the good ole wooly bugger in a variety of colour combos, some with a bead and some without, would have to be my go to for trout and steelhead... I've even caught salmon on them.

They just plain work for me!

What do you mean you release the fish after you catch it? Like, release it into your cooler right ?!?!
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