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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2020, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Great Lakes & The Flash Fly.

So, maybe it's just quarantine, and maybe it's over-analyzing. Maybe I just want to have an excuse for retying all my boxes... I'm wondering what the consensus here is on the the Flash fly, and maybe more specifically those in Michigan, I'm wondering what your take on it is. I think if you look around the state even briefly, you'll find an array of patterns, based on the same egg-sucking leech appearance, but shrouded in enough flash to send signals to the moon.

Now, I'm not knocking this tactic, as it obviously works at times; but what conditions, rivers, and attitude do you find them fitting for you?

I know there are some west coast schools of thought that utilize flash more than others, but it's interesting to me that in the great lakes fishery, flash is considered a primary component, while generally, it's utilized as accent out west.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2020, 12:35 PM
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Guide's like Kevin Feenstra or Jeff Hubbard may have a better answer but most rivers here are heavily stained with tannin which can mute and darken a flies coloration.
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Very simple. What catches more ? A Little Cleo or a black stonefly ? BTW, the Prom Dress was first and originated a long ways from Michigan. Cheers
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That is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much! Kevin did mention red and green flash in spring being a good go too. Has anyone found that certain conditions; ei low water, cloudy, rain/precipitation, do any better with certain flash colors?
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Good illustration in the photo.
Even the Rio Pro staff appears to be taking notes. I need one of those hats!
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Good illustration in the photo.
Even the Rio Pro staff appears to be taking notes. I need one of those hats!
I noticed that, too bad he's blocking may. I need that right now lol
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I must have been standing right next to you at Speyfest.
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Kevin did mention certain flash colors
here you go.....
PS these were from Kevin's presentations at SpeyFest. Incredible amount of knowledge shared.....
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that looks like Drew Rosema holding the board for him
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that looks like Drew Rosema holding the board for him
That's Pete Humphreys. His head is in other photo as well.
Drew usually with clients for these events.

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I've fished with Peter a lot, he's a blast. But haven't fished with him since the accident.
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