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A box of blobs

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No, this is not a box of Christmas ornaments. It's a box of blobs. These are a British design not much used in Canada and the US but something I dabbled with last year for rainbows with pleasant results along with booby flies which are another effective Brit pattern. I've tied a dozen for myself to add to my arsenal of rainbow flies that I'll take out in the early season. Really easy to tie. Hook: wet fly hook 2X size, 6 to 10 Thread: Red or hot orange 6/0 or 8/0 Tail: flashabou of your preference. Body: Orange and...

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The Clouser minnow: A stellar smallmouth bass fly

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  The Clouser minnow is a legendary fly that catches fish in salt- and freshwater. In my experience, it's particularly deadly when used for smallmouth bass. The colour combo shown above is just about as good as it gets in the waters in and around central Ontario.  The genius of this pattern is that it offers a sleek and lively minnow profile while riding hook point up so it can be worked among the boulders and drop offs and jigged deeper if need be. So simple and versatile, the Clouser is truly a work of fly design genius.

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Stephen's Silver Claret Palmered Wet

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Stephen Procter is a talented fly tyer. All you need to do is look at this Silver Claret Palmered Wet fly to confirm that. He tied it with beautiful proportions, a compact and neat head and that special something that makes a fly look like as if it will slay fish. The recipe is as follows:Hook:1X-Short,heavy wire wet flyThread:Black 8/0 / 70 den.Rib:Silver oval tinselTail:Golden pheasant crest,dyed redBody:Silver mylar tinselBody hackle: Spencer's dyed claret rooster saddle hackleFront hackle:Silver badger Brahma hen neck hackle.

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Smallmouth on the fly

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Big smallmouith on the fly  are a challenge to hook and land, but when it happens, oh boy, life is good. This summer my guests and I have been fortunate enough to land a few beauties in the 19-inch range but we have yet to break that magical 20-inch mark. Luckily there is still time. As always, an olvie beadhead woolly bugger or anything with rabbit fur seems to do the trick.

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Getting ready for the hex hatch

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Behold, the hexegenia limbata in all its glory. I took this photo two years ago on June 27 on one of our local lakes. It's early yet, but not too early to start thinking about a good hex pattern or two to add to the fly box. Stay tuned.

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