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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-11-2020, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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YOUR 5 swing flies

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If you could only have 5 flies to put in a swing box (it could be trout, steelhead, salmon or smallmouth) what would they be?
This is somewhat of an experiment/poll that I will use to set up a couple boxes in the future. Feel free to include pics of your custom 5 if you want to.

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When I first started fishing for Atlantic Salmon in 1974 I probably carried 25 or 30 patterns...all the same size or two. After a few years experience I quickly learned that wasn't necessary and settled on 5 patterns - Rusty Rat, Silver Rat, Cosseboom, Black Bear Green Butt and Mickey Finn. Carried them from size 2 down to size 10 and they did the trick quite well.

There was always a small box of a few classics in the mix, but those 5 patterns proved their worth over the years......
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I spend probably 90% of my fishing time for smallmouths (poor man's Maine steelhead :-) ). Compared to pretty much everyone else who posts here, I'm a hack at the vise, and I tend to keep my fly selection really limited.

As often as I can, I'm throwing the top one, a waker I call the Flying Circus. I have posted previous versions here before, but I'm a constant tinkerer, and this is the latest iteration. The next one down is one I fish just because I like to tie it; I call it the Highland Hammer. Most of the credit for that one goes to Steve Byrd. It's a variant of his Brahma Hen Muddler. The last one is just yer basic rabbit strip / wool head sculpin with pheasant rump pectoral fins. I don't fish it too much anymore, as I have developed a "thing" for more classic-inspired stuff, but when I absolutley, positively, just have to put a fish in the net under tough conditions, the Montana Hammer is reliable.
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Green Butt Spey
Lady Caroline
Dragonís Tooth
Purple Muddler
Orange GP

Sizes from 1.5 to 5 (in AJ scale)

The patterns above could easily be replaced with another five and I would be just as happy. The colors are the key. Something black, something orange, something purple and something drab. Through a hot spot on somewhere and you are good to go.

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I agree, although I would say that movement is also important in addition to colour.

I fish variations of the same Scandi tube in different colours and sizes (and weights).



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Green Butt Spey
Lady Caroline
Dragonís Tooth
Purple Muddler
Orange GP

Sizes from 1.5 to 5 (in AJ scale)

The patterns above could easily be replaced with another five and I would be just as happy. The colors are the key. Something black, something orange, something purple and something drab. Through a hot spot on somewhere and you are good to go.
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Gold muddler, green muddler, black muddler, purple muddler, orange muddler
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Gold Green Fly, Orange Heron, Senyo's AI, Mini Graboid and a Steelhead Caddis to skate.
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For swinging for salmon, steel, bass, and sometimes trout in any size or shape...

Blue charm
Lady caroline
Some sort of hitcher
A black fly
Black or silver doctor
A green fly
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Gold Green Fly, Orange Heron, Senyo's AI, Mini Graboid and a Steelhead Caddis to skate.
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ohh and I almost forgot....Aldo's post reminded me how much I love swinging mice patterns for big browns at night.

So much fun!
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From the above, it is clear that muddlers of various types are killer steelhead flies on the swing. My favorite five are similar:
Muddler
Skunk
Undertaker
Royal Coachman bucktail
and the klinker - purple egg-sucking leech
a black and blue bucktail would come in sixth, except during the winter, when it would start the list.
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ohh and I almost forgot....Aldo's post reminded me how much I love swinging mice patterns for big browns at night.



So much fun!
Sick!

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winters hope
lady caroline
grease liner
muddler(natural, black, orange)
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Summer-
Four purple/Black Muddlers
One small natural color wet.

Winter-
3 Purple/black or blue black spiders- tube or shank
2 Orange/pink spiders- tube or shank

Or-
3 Purple/Black GPs
2 Pink/Orange GPs
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I carry a autistic number of flies. especially when we all know you only need a few. Im surprised to see im one of the few here who don't really fish to many irons/classical patterns. Though i have a great respect for them, i try to avoid confidence flies but these are the heavy hitters from the last two seasons.

Purple mini intruder

john hazelett dirk wiggler in olive

grabiod leech white,cerise,purple black barred

farmers craft fur fly

silvey's tube snake
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