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If you had to pick one fly(different sizes would be fine) to keep in your tackle box, what would it be... probably a rolled muddler for me, a few different sizes and I'd be happy.. but.. then again.... I like colour... maybe some GPs in different colours... .. .or... hmm.. no... forget that...

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Hmmmm................Lady caroline with speckled bustard wing.........orange heron.....................or one of my 10 inch long intruder styl flies...................help me I'm going insane,pass me a cuban!
 

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John Doe,just brown yarn and any brn. hair,feathers,derived from a chewed up brown drake steelhead fly,just kept trimming the parts and pieces off between fish,when i looked at the fly the next day i realized this FLY could be anything,plus i really didn't need to work as hard to tie to a standard,not pretty though,but it's my go to bug when breaking someone to a flyrod:chuckle:
 

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I try not to dwell to much on fly selection, in the winter I usually fish the " green dragon" or one of Jack Cooks prawn creations. Summer and its the summer duck spey all the way to fall. But there is a fly that seems to work for me when it gets tough, and always I have at least a dozen at all times. The black G.P just plane works! and now I am a believer after my last Thompson trip. I think it has a lot to do with its profile in the water, long and sleak and very visible.


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Green Butt Skunk. Any shape or style as long as it is a GBS. I have caught plenty of fish on a lot of different patterns but I am pretty sure that what those fish really wanted to eat was a Green Butt.

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GP, interesting you should bring up this fly.

One of my all time fav's. on SW Washington rivers. Moved to So. Oregon and have yet to hook a fish on this pattern on the Rogue.

Go figure?
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Although not really on the subject of this thread.. I think the US Army survival kits have one fly and it's the Royal Coachman. I wonder how that was arrived at?
 

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Black/purple marabou or rabbit strip leech on just about any steelhead river. On the Klamath, hands down, a copper bead head moss back (# 8 or 6)
 

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fred that's funny because i fished the gbs plenty when i started flying and had no success,recently been tying them as a psuedo spey ,hackle only no hairwing or tail and also a crystal splash root beer body,this color is buggy,,,won't be without a handful now,funny how a pattern can suddenly move to the front of the pack ,,er box:D
 

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Gartside Sparrow

For often clear Western Michigan streams, this small Spider style tie works as a nymph tied in smaller sizes. Tied bigger, longer, or with different body materials, it's a streamer. BTW, an excellent variation is a spinoff of John Kluesing's Blueberg--tie a sparrow with bright blue flashabou for the body and you've got a nice parr pattern.
 

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Winter, Orange Heron. I'd sure miss the Ally's Shrimp and Cop's Lights Spey though.

Summer, Night Dancer Shrimp. I'd sure miss the low-water feather wings I use though and there is nothing like getting a fish on a waking fly.
 

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Tyler's Black GP Tube Fly Thingy

with the laser beam peccary strips. They really work but I'm too lazy to tie 'em, and Tyler is too lazy to tie a bunch of extras for me, so I guess it is a Thompson Stone.
 

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Even though I am totally "hooked" on Ed Ward's Intruders, when push comes to shove I find my black/purple GP thing on (I now call it the Voodoo Child) on the end of my line. I tie it from a giant first light monster 6-7" long to a sweet litttle low-water version that might be 1 1/2" long.

If you want to see it you can do a search for Tyler's Tubes on the Steelhead Fly Board.
 

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Boobies are great for the splashy surface rise - but if you want real thrills you have to go deep! :smokin:
 

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I'm a minimalist when it comes to flies, so I'd have to say the Doc Spratley. I caught my first winter fish on it on the Vedder in 1976. Since then I have caught numerous winter and summer fish in the Thompson, Stilly and Skagit--not to mention the hundreds, if not thousands of trout that it has taken in the last thirty years.
 
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