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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-11-2020, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Pot belly pig variation

Great fly from Stu Foxall!!

I tied my slightly different:
REAR SECTION
•black bucktail in the round
•Snowrunner wing as topper

FRONT SECTION
•guinea
•Rhea
•soft hackle

Pretty straight ahead but I like the profile and size very much for a lot of conditions. Not to mention simple to cast
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Have you seen this style fly on the swing?? You will be amazed how it dances
Yours is tied very nicely and will dance correctly. Just enough flash too


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Have you seen this style fly on the swing?? You will be amazed how it dances <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
Yours is tied very nicely and will dance correctly. Just enough flash too <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smokin" class="inlineimg" />


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Thanks Mike, I haven’t studied it under water much but I got my first steelhead on my home river on a commercial one from Aqua flies.
As far as balance, it’s hard to see in the pic but the definitive wing in the rear coupled with the Rhea being longer on top in the front station should help.

It’s kind of funny but I rarely fish big huge intruders anymore! I only tie them for pleasure, not that I wouldn’t fish one, but smaller and sparser has continually produced better results for me in regards for Steelhead and salmon......besides that, I can cast the darn things!

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I tie these pot-bellies on heavy gauge hooks, like Daiichi 2151 hooks. These are classified as irons, being 2x short and 3x heavy wire.
They are a great platform for this style fly and many other shrimp/prawn/squid-type flies.
I tie them sparse and thin, a bit of flash and a tail much like yours of either fine bucktail, finn coon, fine polar bear or whatever I feel is going to dance in the current. The rhea is a nice touch, I may give that a try. I use either soft hen or most times it's pheasant rump.
I switch up the colours a lot, but black/blue/copper is great, olive/black/brown and so is claret/purple/GP breast. These things dance and sway. During high, clear water, swing one across, let it dangle, then swim it back across river with a big mend. Bounce it off the large rocks and swim in behind them to lurking steelhead

I will be amazed if it makes it past the dangle before a steelhead eats it


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Awesome!!! Can’t wait to see some of yours Mike. Thanks for color suggestions

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