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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-06-2020, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Afternoon Trilogy

I got out yesterday afternoon for a little stress relief ... finally I needed a break from working at home and not having that separation between work place and home place.
My home river has so many closures because of the Covid crisis, I was forced into the lesser known upper sections of my home river. Definitely not two-hander water, which gave the opportunity to use my new single hander. It was a blessing since it's been forever that visited those areas.
Knowing the upper sections would have few steelhead stragglers, I decided to go for the "unicorn" fish ... the surface take.

First offering



This fly still has no name
I designed this fly to ride low in the surface like a trapped bug that is struggling. So sort of a damp fly really.
It did produce three large boils in behind that resulted in "no pull", however the boils were significant and was enough that raised my heart rate to the point I could not think of anything else.

Second offering



Yup, the Celestial Skater
This fly was a gift from Todd that was named after my daughter Celeste. The fly and my daughter's hair were the same colour at the time that Todd created this version. All that foam, no way this fly doesn't stay on top and a very nice wake it throws too. There was no action for this fly yesterday, which is rare. It usually produces flashes, boils, miss takes, etc.

Third offering



A Shady Lady
Thinking the Celestial Skater may have been too much fly for the fish, I switched over to this east coast pattern. In the past, this fly produces violent takes on the surface (hitched) and in the surface film (damp). It lived up to it's reputation yesterday, producing several boils and follows and a solid pull with the operator (me) asleep at the wheel I did get a small 4" smolt take the fly off the surface, but not counting that as a "real" fish.

I thought I should at least share some patterns, since everyone has been posting some incredible efforts lately.


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Great report, Mike!

I tie one up that is very much like #1 above....with the intent of fishing it exactly as you stated. Mine has a yellow dubbed body rather than the yellow crest for the tail!

That Shady Lady looks pretty dang high class to me!
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Hi Mike,

Great to hear you got out for a bit to relieve some stress, strange world we live in right now... I got out once myself, but no love shown...

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Lovely Mike, thanks for taking us along on your outing so we can vicariously live through it, can't wait till i can get on some water, it is so needed, and totally going to poach that first fly, Cameron
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Sounds like a great day Mike! I always enjoy seeing your patterns and hearing your thought process
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Thank you friends
Your kind comments mean a lot.

Moe >> nothing like designing your own pattern and fishing it I find. Most of the flies I tie and fish are my own or a variation of sorts. Like custom tailored to the waters I fish to give me confidence. I would like to hear more about your similar design ... looks like great minds think alike

Alan >> glad you got out as well my friend Stay healthy, we have a date for this fall !!

Cameron >> you honor me by copying my pattern my friend. I have another with a Yellow GP back feather as a wing and a green version of the same. I tied up a Hairy Mary version with blue deer belly as the collar and head, black body and wing with GP crest tail and flame red butt. I mix a bit of peacock krystal flash into the wing, that one is for salar on the east coast. It did get some follows last fall, but none to commit yet.

Steve >> your commitment to the surface take is commending The addiction is strong with you ... as it is with me These crazy surface bugs make me laugh when I view them in my tub. Yet they are the flies I reach for first now days.


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Whatís the recipe for number three? Iíd like to tie up some of those


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Great flies. Those would be perfect on the St Mary’s rapids

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Looks fun, Mike! Glad you got out and even played around with the singlehander.

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Whatís the recipe for number three? Iíd like to tie up some of those
Sorry for the late response ... been a little busy

Shady Lady

Hook: light wire salmon (I use Daiichi 2131)
Tag: Silver wire (tinsel is fine) followed by a section of Chartreuse floss (wool) and then a section of Flo. Red (Flame is ok).
Tail: White bucktail (calf is okay) veiled with pearl Krystal flash.
Body: Black deer hair spun and clipped to a reverse taper
Hackle: Brown stiff hackle, I use stiff furnace

I tie these in a variety of colours, using the same hackle, tag and tail . Natural deer hair body, light blue deer hair (Smurf), Highlander Green body (Green Machine).
I really like this style of tapered deer hair bugs.They ride on the surface in calm waters, but a bit of current and they go damp (very fishy). To ride on top, give them a hitch.


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