Gladly tie up a row of these in my box. Thanks!For small wets, the Hen and Herl in size 14 has been an absolute killer on my local waters over the last few years. Both fresh stocked, and holdover/wild browns take them with reckless abandon, even when they are ratty and falling apart. A pheasant tail SH is my second choice, but rarely do I need to reach for that. These streams aren't quite big enough to warrant a two handed rod (barely 30ft across in most sections), but a fiberglass 3wt 7'6" with Cortland Sylk DT is a perfect tool. I usually run a 50" furled leader with a couple feet of 5x fluoro.
Here's a couple of the flies that got wrecked, but still fished great.
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those are great looking flies.These swung up my first West Coast Steelie....two in fact.
From Michael Jensen - Playing with styles – translucency, colour and movement | Ahrex Hooks
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that’s the reason I think a lot of people like to swing for trout. I think most the micro Spey rods were designed for steelhead anglers looking for a fix. Great fly.I love to swing soft hackles in summer for trout when dreaming of swinging for steel from fall to spring. My favorite and most effective is also one of the simplest to tie. Tiemco 109Y in 17 or 19. Grey spiky squirrel for body and partridge hackle, preferably the lighter grey around the neck. Works in multiple situations and hatches I believe because it doesn't mimic any specific bug just looks buggy. View attachment 374972