Michigan doesn't really have a style of swing fly.
we increase the size of a trout fly or just mash things to the hook willy nilly.
I use large flashy movement flies to get that territorial bite.
The few bites i get are smash & grab style bites.
no need to set the hook.
I "designed" this off a flash fly you would see in Alaska for salmon but in a NWP color you might see in an intruder.
I put hackle, flash ,hackle to help the flash from tangling on the hook.
Check out some of Kevin F.'s new patterns. There are enormous hanks of flash on the hook with a little Ice Dubbing at the front. They work. So, yes, I think the MI style certainly uses more flash than almost anything you see in the PNW.
We fish a lot of flashy flies here in Ohio too. Kevin Feenstra, as mentioned above, Greg Senyo,Jerry Darkes, are some of the more well known tiers around here. I tie and fish several of their patterns with success in Ohio and Pennsylvania. I also do well on simple marabou and flash concoctions, and Tom Larimer style reverse marabou flies, mostly with a good bit of flash in them. I think it's because our rivers don't get crystal clear, usually stained to some extent, that our patterns are flashier than most
pmurf54 i just started the swing last year. if you look on my profile i have 2 picture albums.
1 is fish 1 is the flies that caught them.
a lot of my flies are like what you just described.
kinda alaskabous strung out w/ beads for butts.
i fish a very heavily pressured area so i tend to fish flies that are huge compared to the rest of the crowd.
im hoping 2015 will be my year on the swing
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