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Normally I don't fish in the Winter, however my FF Club scheduled a fly fishing trip in the end of February for a Eastern PA fish day. All I do is spey swing soft hackle flies. Any recommendation for a trout fly to slow swing ? Size ? Picture ?
 

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I'm a long way from PA here out west. Doing a stint of winter trout fishing Euro nymphing and swinging flies on a single hander with skagit head & sink tips. The fly that's getting the most action is a rust or olive size 8 Slumpbuster. Bouface & Wooly buggers work also. Slumpbuster & Bouface pine squirrel flies are easy to tie and really durable.
 

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I Haven't swung to much for winter resident trout (our season closes sept 30th in almost all resident locations).. But This fly is killer and will do the trick.

 

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https://www.speypages.com/speyclave/82-spey-basics/390296-trout-spey-fly-sizing-2.html

I also will through my tube bunnies, I prefer my Meiserv1264 here for the additional powee, not my Anderson 1173.
I have the ACR 1103-4, feel its too light for winter fishing with streamers - use it exclusively on spiders, will use it on small 30' or less streams, I also have the Meisner 1307-4 which I use on the larger streams/rivers 30+' for trout on up. Those bunnies I would lien toward my 10' 8wt single spey for small streams.
 

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With the ACR 1173, I will use the spiders and the March Brown wet (and similar). As I noted above, I will use the Meiser 1264S for the larger flies for trout.

I have a couple of others tools (rods) that i might use, when i need to travel, a Scott ARC 9'6" 7wt 4pc (which is a great single hand spey rod) and a 5pc Meiser 5WT, I forget the length, but it fits in my small rod airline carrier ( with my other 4pc rods).

Yes, select the fly you want to present, then select the rod to match the fly and conditions.
 

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The black spider is an old pattern popularised anew in the UK by Tom Ivens some time during the late 60's or early 70's (if memory serves) as a pattern to imitate snails particularly in reservoirs, which became known as the Black & Peacock Spider.

While using the fly once, I remember catching a rainbow so full of snails it's belly looked 'lumpy', though it managed to find room for one more.

I recommend the little hard-cover book featured, although out of print for some time; last printing 2004. I found my copy on-line. Originally published and edited by Trout & Salmon magazine, UK.

Malcolm
 

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The black and peacock spider is a truly excellent all round fly which suggests many things to the fish not just snails. I have done well fishing it from boats in Scotland in early season dark olive hatches when they are taking below surface.
 
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