Originally Posted by GR8LAKES FLYER
Bumping the request for more photos of that Meiser stick ...
So it looks like you modeled that "Black" fly after Dec's Coastal Orange ... well sort of, you know what I mean.
Curious to know if you tried this style with GP flank instead of saddles for the wing ?? The tented (a-la Glasso) wings with saddles still have good movement, however the the GP flank would offer a greater profile.
I suspect it would depend on what or how you achieve confidence in the waters that you swing. In cold water, profile is more important than movement in my thinking (but that is just me). Once waters start to warm, profile drops down the list (still somewhat important) and movement replaces it.
Here's my thoughts:
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I labeled as "Normal" meaning optimal or preferred water temperatures.
Interesting to see your thoughts on this .... I know I'm over thinking things but what else can I do while I'm waiting to go fishing
Hmmmm. All great food for thought, and most I haven't; spent a lot of time considering. Despite having slowly been working at filling a winter Wheatley with more traditional bugs, I will confess a weakness for tying on a tube or a shank when fishing tips, the fly being drawn down into the treacherous, snag filled depths. I did fish them the last couple outings, and was very pleasantly surprised at not giving up more than I think I would have otherwise. So, they will be playing a larger roll in my approach going forward. I wish I could figure out how to post video here, as I recorded a bit with the orange and yellow fly and was really pleased with the volume and shimmy. It's a few posts back on my instagram feed if you're inclined - rcharrington
But about that approach- the fact that you have points numbered makes me sure you are much more methodical in yours than I in mine. I'm probably more Ouija Board inclined. If I could carve a steelhead divining rod, I'd be whittling. My fly choices go through phases- my first steelhead come to a Skunk, my second to a Green Highlander, as fully dressed as I could manage 40 years ago. And then I wandered. Classics, string leaches, tubes and shanks, and everything between. Well, everything but glo bugs and nymphs. So, back to the classics- at least mixed in amongst my winter tubes and shanks- what's next, a dry line all winter? I'd miss skagit and tips too much.
So, to profile- and flank feathers. Tied like Mr Kinney's Dragon's Tooth? I like that idea. Mr Kinney's bugs (or at least a variation of them), are on my to-do list.
And I posted some pics and background my new winter Meiser. Cheers!