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First brook trout trip of the season

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On Friday, the water and weather finally started giving us a break and Mac and I got out to visit a great brook trout river we know.  The water was high, so we could not fish all the runs we wanted to. Nor could we fish the remainder as well as we liked, but we still managed to eke out eight nice brook trout, seven of which were between 13 and 17 inches. I lost a couple, including one that would have been substantially larger. Of the fish we caught, seven were on a size 10 Copper John and one was on...

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Tying the Dark Hendrickson wet fly

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Tying the Teeny Nymph

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Another classic for the spring fly box

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Here's yet another pheasant tail nymph that I tied today. I'm nearing somewhere around three dozen in the last few days. PT nymphs are a great fly to tie and fish. If I could have one nymph pattern in my fly box, this or the gold-ribbed hare's ear would easily make me happy.  I won't go into the recipe because it's so well documented, but I will say that if you are relatively new at tying, this is a useful and fairly simply pattern to learn. Oh, and it's also an inexpensive one since the materials are pheasant tail, fine copper...

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The Hornberg

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  There was a time when the Hornberg was considered an almost unfair fly to fish with. Invented by an American Game Warden of that name, this fly quickly gained a reputation as a slayer of brook trout. This spring, on my favourite brookie waters, I'm going to give that rumour a test. In preparation, yesterday, I tied my first three of these flies, so if they seem a little sloppy, you'll have to forgive me. I used a hen, soft hackle grizzly feather like the original pattern called for. I plan on fishing it as a streamer anyhow. The...

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