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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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What are they biting on?

....the Usual!

Thanks for looking! Cheers,
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 02:21 AM
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Very nice, I don't have a photo handy but for 2 weeks I've been using a rather plain version of the pattern Thor. Been catching on tube and standard hooks and I just made half a dozen for back up. Think black tube - orange tail pretty long - wine colored body - white calf tail wing - brown hackle. Simple fly and I don't know why they are taking it but it's been the flavor for June.
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If there was fish around I'd be able to tell you!
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Tight lines! B K Paige
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I'll bump your post and show what I'm catching on...



Really simple and not very large.



Tube: Pro Sportfisher Micro black with 3/4 inch hook holder extension
Tail: UV Orange Marabou
Body: Dark Wine color Chenille = easier than dubbing
Wing: White Calf Tail
Hackle: Dyed brown Shlappen
Cone: Black Pro SPF small = very light but will sink them
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Nice looking flies Ard! Great contrast with the white wing and orange tail. I can see why they have been working well for you.

I am in back tying mode in anticipation of a BC trip in late summer early fall...I really am liking this classic Atlantic salmon tube fly "Usual".... but I will tie a couple of Thor up as well. Thanks for the recipe Ard.
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I posted the fly because I figured you have all the stuff to whip a couple off. The water here is colored due to runoff and tannin from wetland drainage so I was looking for something that may show up to the fish. When I picked that fly I had only 2 on tube and 3 on standard hooks. Just this past Monday I made half a dozen on small Bartleet hooks #8 and quickly found that a large salmon would straighten the hook and be gone so.... Went back to the tube because I can stick with a small trout size hook while using a good heavy wire type. I'll wait out the weekend then go back to it Monday.

Yesterday I took a boat ride to a spot where last year I had a fellow catch a batch of salmon but saw not a single fish. When they are present in numbers you will see fish so I know where not to look anymore this year or at least for a while. You see, if you want a shot at a really big sea run rainbow or quasi steelhead you must find some salmon, they travel with. Problem is sorting the trout without getting your hooks bent or leader broken.
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Problem is sorting the trout without getting your hooks bent or leader broken.
This sounds like quite the problem....I wish I had more of this type of problem....

Yes, many benefits of tubes especially with bigger fish and flies. Thanks for the recipe once again.

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One of these days I'll get an artistic streak going and post some tubes with a bit more thought and work involved I tied so many flies over the decades that I haven't had the need to make any other than to fill a gap and I tend toward easy gap filling...……….
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I can provide a list of what they're not biting on, if that's any help...
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would that be called addition by subtraction ....
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Ard, that flee you've posted is a slight variation on what's been used on Tweed at the back end for years in cold coloured water when light levels are drawing in .Simply called white wing!, ok maybe we don't have the brown front hackle, but its deadly flee all the same, works wonders in low light and slightly dirty water.
The other flee posted is a variation of a Swedish flee I believe originated on the Byske river called the Usual One.Again a very very productive flee with a bit of peat stain on!.
Just a bit of in fill there.
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Didn't run into too many last week but they seemed to like dark tube flies. Black or olive with a wrap of burnt orange
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