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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-20-2020, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Adding your own twist to "improve" a fly pattern

Saw the original (wingless) fly on the internet. I thought it looked incomplete, so i added a wing which greatly improves it's looks (to me anyway, and hopefully to the fish too). Anyone else altering existing patterns to suit yourself or the fish? Let's see some examples!!!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-20-2020, 01:51 PM
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You can say:

- 40% are a variation to a pattern
- 50% are my own pattern
- 10% are a documented pattern

Cummings Special variation



Freight Train Variation



Akroyd variation



Dragon's Teeth variations




I can attribute my changes and variations to being a fisherman first.
What gives me confidence and what I feel would work best in the rivers I fish and conditions.


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Nice ties Mike, I'd have confidence in an of those!!! Nice photography too!
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What hook are you using for that GB mallard wing fly ??


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Totally hot flies! Love the Dragonís Teeth.

Artwork, Mike
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Keith, why don't you post a photo of one of those Manic Muddlers of yours
Talk about brilliant variations !!


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Variation of Stve Byrd's Squirrel and Brahma Muddler
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The GB mallard wing fly is tied on a tmc 200r size 8 I think. They are light hooks, but I have some trout water that's slow and 3' deep or less year round, so they work well for me.

You guys all tie some good looking flies!

I'm gonna have to try that muddler variation... tasty!

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A wonderful thread! Keep those juicy fly pics coming!!!

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that low water freight train
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